Buarbreen Glacier Hiking Trail

Get up close with the Folgefonna glacier

  • Looking up along the trail

    Looking up along the trail Photo: Espen Oldeman Lund

  • Looking down towards the trailhead

    Looking down towards the trailhead Photo: Espen Oldeman Lund

  • The farm at the trailhead

    The farm at the trailhead Photo: Espen Oldeman Lund

  • Enjoying the views at the end of the trail

    Enjoying the views at the end of the trail Photo: Espen Oldeman Lund

  • Buarbreen Glacier

    Buarbreen Glacier Photo: Espen Oldeman Lund

Essential info

  • Destination: Hardangerfjord
  • Season: June-September
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Distance: 5.4 kilometers (out‑and‑back)
  • Elevation Gain: 420 meters
  • Duration: 3-4 hours

About Buarbreen Glacier

The trail up to Buarbreen Glacier is one of the most popular hikes in the Hardangerfjord region and definitely one you should do in this area. The views of the glacier itself are spectacular, but just as spectacular are the views along the way.

The farm at the trailhead is charming with chickens, cats, cows, horses and pigs. Up along the valley you have amazing views of the glacier and the surrounding valley and mountains. 

Getting there

From Odda drive road 13 towards Låtefossen. As you reach Sandvevatnet Lake, look for a yellow sign towards «Buer». Take a right here along Jordalsvegen. Continue past Odda Camping and just after the campsite make sure you bear left along the lake.

The road then now runs through a small residential area before heading up the valley. Continue up the gravel road until you get to the parking lot. 

Trail description

From the first parking lot follow the gravel road going past the farm. Make sure you close all gates as you pass through the farm area. On the other side of the farm, the trail continues along the river for about 150 meters before it enters the forest.

Continue up along the trail as it ascends up towards Buarbreen Glacier. You will have views of the forest all along the trail.

You will need to cross several rivers and most of the bridges are metal bridges that are easy to go across. However, one bridge is a suspension bridge and crossing this could for some be a bit scary.

After the suspension bridge, you will need to ascend some quite steep sections. The steepest sections have ropes to hold on to, but if the ground is wet this part of the trail could be a bit tough.

Eventually, you reach the end of the trail with nice views of the glacier and the valley behind you. 

Facts

  • Make sure you stay far away from the edge of the glacier. Ice may break off and can be very dangerous.

Amenities

  • There is a pretty big parking lot at the trailhead so you don’t have to worry about there being enough space for your car. If the first parking lot is full, continue past the farm and park at the much bigger parking lot on the other side of the farm.
  • Parking costs 150 NOK and you need to pay with a credit card at the automatic gate when you leave.
  • Toilets are available at the extra parking lot behind the farm.
  • At the end of the trail, you will see a small hut. The hut itself is closed, but you can enter into the first room if you need a place to change or warm-up. 

Map

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