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The larger glaciers of Breheimen

Jostedalsbreen at Stardalen from W Jostedalsbreen at Stardalen from W, June 23, 1999. (42 kB)

Breheimen is here used in the word´s wider sense: Jostedalsbreen and all other glaciers in the vicinity; from Ålfoten in the west to Jotunheimen in the east, from Nordfjorden in the north to Sognefjorden in the south. This is the largest glacier area in Norway by a large marginal; even larger than the one around Svartisen.

The area is of course dominated by the colossal Jostedalsbreen, which rather than one ice cap is a complex system of continuos ice domes. Certain parts, in particular up around Lodalskåpa (2083 m), the highest peak on Jostedalsbreen, have more of an ice steam-net character. Apart from Jostedalsbreen proper there are many other fairly large glaciers in the surroundings: Spørteggbreen, Harbardsbreen and Holåbreen in Breheimen proper east of Jostedalen, Jostefonn and Grovabreen down at Fjærland and Jølster, the significant Myklebustbreen west of Olden, Tindefjellbreen north of Loen, and Tystigbreen and Sekkebreen in the northeasternmost part. In addition to that Ålfotbreen at the far west.

The glaciers are generally of ice cap type, even if they have a more alpine character around Lodalskåpa and in the eastern borderzone towards Jotunheimen. There the highest peak in the area is situated, Norra Hestbrepiggen (2172 m). The bedrock is generally very hard, and there is a lot of bare rock. Because of this, moraines are often insignificant - even at large outlets.

Contents

  • The larger glaciers of Breheimen, arranged after district


  • Table over the glaciers of Breheimen larger than 5 km2 (glacier complexes treated as one unit)


  • Table over the glaciers of Breheimen larger than 5 km2 (glacier complexes divided into ice streams)

  • (For the interested, information concerning classification, naming, and measurements.)


    The larger glaciers of Breheimen, arranged after district

    Ålfoten
    Ålfoten
    Western Jostedalsbreen
    Western Jostedalsbreen
    Northern Jostedalsbreen
    Northern Jostedalsbreen
    Eastern Jostedalsbreen
    Eastern Jostedalsbreen
    Southern Jostedalsbreen
    Southern Jostedalsbreen
    Breheimen proper
    Breheimen proper


    The glaciers of Breheimen larger than 5 km2

    (Glacier complexes treated as one unit)

    Name Area (km2) Type District
    1. Jostedalsbreen (Western, Northern, Eastern, Southern) 533.48 Glacier complex Jostedalsbreen
    2. Myklebustbreen 53.00 Glacier complex Western Jostedalsbreen
    3. Harbardsbreen 38.45 Glacier complex Breheimen proper
    4. Tystigbreen 25.83 Glacier complex Northern Jostedalsbreen
    5. Spørteggbreen 25.49 Glacier complex Breheimen proper
    6. Sekkebreen 24.99 Glacier complex Northern Jostedalsbreen
    7. Tindefjellbreen 24.15 Glacier complex Northern Jostedalsbreen
    8. Grovabreen 23.38 Glacier complex Western Jostedalsbreen
    9. Holåbreen 20.65 Glacier complex Breheimen proper
    10. Jostefonna 14.90 Glacier complex Southern Jostedalsbreen
    11. Ålfotbreen 13.87 Glacier complex Ålfoten
    12. Gjegnalundsbreen 10.97 Glacier complex Ålfoten
    13. Ramnefjellbreen 9.51 Glacier complex Western Jostedalsbreen
    14. Trogebreen 9.45 Glacier complex Southern Jostedalsbreen
    15. Svardalsbreen 8.91 Glacier complex Southern Jostedalsbreen
    16. Ceciliebreen 8.58 Glacier complex Western Jostedalsbreen
    17. Raudeggbreen 7.02 Glacier complex Northern Jostedalsbreen
    18. Sætrefjellbreen 6.73 Glacier complex Northern Jostedalsbreen
    19. Tverradalsbreen 6.70 Glacier complex Eastern Jostedalsbreen
    20. Nesdalsbreen 6.60 Glacier complex Western Jostedalsbreen
    21. Sandåbreen 5.77 Cirque glacier Northern Jostedalsbreen
    22. Grånosibreen 5.76 Glacier complex Eastern Jostedalsbreen
    23. Steindalsbreen 5.67 Glacier complex Southern Jostedalsbreen
    24. Voggebreen 5.50 Glacier complex Southern Jostedalsbreen
    25. Greinbreen 5.25 Glacier complex Breheimen proper


    The glaciers of Breheimen larger than 5 km2

    (Glacier complexes divided into ice streams)

    Name Area (km2) Type Glacier complex
    1. Tunsbergdalsbreen 47.47 Valley glacier Eastern Jostedalsbreen
    2. Nigardsbreen 45.90 Ice cap Eastern Jostedalsbreen
    3. Austerdalsbreen 27.90 Ice cap Southern Jostedalsbreen
    4. Kjenndalsbreen 20.27 Ice cap Northern Jostedalsbreen
    5. Brenndalsbreen 17.79 Ice cap Western Jostedalsbreen
    6. Fåbergstølsbreen 16.31 Ice cap Eastern Jostedalsbreen
    7. Bergsetbreen 15.13 Ice cap Eastern Jostedalsbreen
    8. Bøyabreen 14.79 Ice cap Southern Jostedalsbreen
    9. Steindalsbreen 14.46 Valley glacier Harbardsbreen
    10. Stigaholtbreen 14.45 Valley glacier Eastern Jostedalsbreen
    11. Austdalsbreen 13.60 Ice cap Eastern Jostedalsbreen
    12. Supphellebreen 13.54 Valley glacier Southern Jostedalsbreen
    13. Strupebreen 12.26 Ice cap Myklebustbreen
    14. Briksdalsbreen 12.09 Ice cap Western Jostedalsbreen
    15. Tverrelvbreen 11.44 Ice cap Tystigbreen
    16. Nibbabreen 10.73 Ice cap Eastern Jostedalsbreen
    17. Erdalsbreen 10.57 Ice cap Northern Jostedalsbreen
    18. Lodalsbreen 10.54 Valley glacier Eastern Jostedalsbreen
    19. Lundadalsbreen 10.30 Ice cap Holåbreen
    20. Langedalsbreen 10.28 Ice cap Southern Jostedalsbreen
    21. Haugabreen 10.25 Ice cap Myklebustbreen
    22. Krunebreen 10.22 Ice cap Northern Jostedalsbreen
    23. Lundebreen 9.61 Ice cap Western Jostedalsbreen
    24. Melkevollbreen 9.37 Ice cap Western Jostedalsbreen
    25. Vestre Sygneskardbreen 8.74 Ice cap Northern Jostedalsbreen
    26. Storegrovbreen 8.48 Ice cap Sekkebreen
    27. Bødalsbreen 8.29 Ice cap Northern Jostedalsbreen
    28. Flatefjellbreen 8.26 Ice cap Western Jostedalsbreen
    29. Ruteflotbreen 8.18 Ice cap Northern Jostedalsbreen
    30. Vetle Supphellebreen 7.86 Valley glacier Southern Jostedalsbreen
    31. Bjørnakyrkjebreen 7.83 Ice cap Southern Jostedalsbreen
    32. Austre Smådalsbreen 7.41 Ice cap Spørteggbreen
    33. Tuftebreen 7.37 Ice cap Eastern Jostedalsbreen
    34. Grånosbreen 7.30 Ice cap Spørteggbreen
    35. Kaldekaribreen 7.27 Ice cap Western Jostedalsbreen
    36. Tjøtabreen 7.23 Ice cap Western Jostedalsbreen
    37. Ytre Gjelåbreen 7.04 Valley glacier Holåbreen
    38. Holåbreen 6.92 Ice cap Sekkebreen
    39. Bingsbreen 6.86 Ice cap Southern Jostedalsbreen
    40. Fortundalsbreen 6.72 Valley glacier Harbardsbreen
    41. Sanddalsbreen 6.63 Ice cap Myklebustbreen
    42. Tverrbytnbreen 6.26 Ice cap Northern Jostedalsbreen
    43. Austre Sikilbreen 6.15 Ice cap Northern Jostedalsbreen
    44. Vassvendbreen 5.85 Ice cap Raudeggbreen
    45. Sandåbreen 5.77 Cirque glacier Sandåbreen
    46. Vivabreen 5.63 Ice cap Eastern Jostedalsbreen
    47. Jølstrabotnbreen 5.31 Ice cap Jostefonna
    48. Skålebreen 5.25 Valley glacier Tindefjellbreen
    49. Åskorbreen 5.04 Ice cap Ålfotbreen


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