Steindalsbreen Glacier Hiking Trail
Trek up the Steindalen valley to the base of a glacier
- Destination: Lyngen Alps
- Season: July-October
- Difficulty: Medium
- Distance: 11.5 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
- Elevation Gain: 470 meters
- Duration: 5-6 hours
About Steindalsbreen Glacier
Get up close to a glacier with thousands of years of history.
The trail is a moderate hike up through the Steindalen valley. The Steindalshytta cabin is located a bit over 2 kilometers into the hike.
Information signs about the flora and fauna, history, and local place names may be found along the path. Signs have also been erected near the glacier showing its recession year by year.
Do not walk onto the glacier unless you have relevant experience.
The glacier is accessible from the eastern side of the Lyngen Alps.
The trailhead begins at the bottom of the valley by route 868 between Oteren and Lyngseidet. Follow the signs to “IMA Tursenter” and park by the Akselstua community hall.
From the car park, follow the dirt road into the valley. The path leads uphill before it flattens out on the last section up to the Steindalshytta cabin. The cabin is about 2.2 kilometers from the beginning of the trail.
Continuing towards the Steindalsbreen glacier, the route is relatively flat until you reach the moraine ridge. From there, it becomes steep before flattening out again and arriving at the base of the glacier.
- The glacier has front positions covering a period of more than 8,000 years. The oldest of these are in the lower valley, but completely new spires have started to appear up at the glacier.
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