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The larger glaciers of Western Jotunheimen

Smørstabbreen from Fannaråki Smørstabbreen from Fannaråki, July 30, 1984. (79 kB)

To Western Jotunheimen I here count Hurrungane, Smørstabbtindan, the area around Galdhøpiggen (2469 m) and the mountains to the north of lake Tyin. The Hurrungane has many fairly small glaciers between its very sharp peaks, Smørstabbreen is the largest glacier complex in Jotunheimen, the Galdhøpiggen massif has quite a few medium-sized glaciers, while they are generally fairly small in the southwestern part of the area, except for the area around Urdanostind.

Western Jotunheimen borders to Breheimen proper and has a relatively maritime climate with fairly large precipitation. Some glaciers in Western Jotunheimen have begun to advance again, following the increased precipitation in the last few years.

Table over the larger glaciers of Western Jotunheimen with basic data

#Name Type Area (km2) Length (km) Lowest point (m) Highest point (m) Height difference (m)
1. Fannaråkbreen Glacier complex 6.63 4.4 1390 2000 610
1a. of which Prestesteinsbreen Cirque glacier 3.66 2.6 1425 2000 575
1b. of which Steindalsbreen Ice cap 0.88 1.1 1510 1675 165
1c. of which Kongsdalsbreen Ice cap 2.09 2.1 1390 1705 315
2. Berdalsbreen Cirque glacier 1.13 1.6 1510 1970 460
3. Ringsbreen Cirque glacier 2.19 1.9 1195 2085 890
4. Stølsmaradalsbreen Cirque glacier 2.58 2.2 1360 1840 480
5. Bandbreen Glacier complex 2.01 3.2 1200 1930 730
5a. of which Midtmaradalsbreen Cirque glacier 0.98 2.3 1200 1825 625
5b. of which Skagastølsbreen Cirque glacier 1.03 1.1 1500 1930 430
6. Styggedalsbreen Valley glacier 1.98 3.2 1270 2275 1005
7. Gjertvassbreen Cirque glacier 1.66 1.8 1440 2350 910
8. Maradalsbreen Valley glacier 2.38 3.8 1250 2125 875
9. Hurrbreen Valley glacier 2.25 3.0 1370 2020 650
10. Veslbreen Valley glacier 1.59 2.8 1420 2065 645
11. Storbreen Valley glacier 5.19 3.2 1365 2070 705
12. Bjørnebreen Cirque glacier 1.20 1.9 1535 2200 665
13. Smørstabbreen Glacier complex 16.65 6.9 1390 2080 690
13a. of which Leirbreen Valley glacier 4.97 3.7 1510 2075 565
13b. of which Bøverbreen Ice cap 7.82 5.0 1415 2060 645
13c. of which Vestre Gravdalsbreen Cirque glacier 0.38 0.7 1700 1975 275
13d. of which Austre Gravdalsbreen Cirque glacier 0.85 1.2 1610 2040 430
13e. of which Sandelvbreen Valley glacier 2.63 3.2 1390 2080 690
14. Dumhøbreen Ice cap 1.18 2.1 1755 2160 405
15. Heimre Illåbreen Valley glacier 1.88 3.4 1515 2130 615
16. Storgjuvbreen Valley glacier 4.68 4.8 1375 2255 880
17. Veslgjuvbreen Ice cap 0.97 1.3 1835 2205 370
18. Styggebreen Valley glacier 5.33 4.3 1660 2460 800
19. Svellnosbreen Valley glacier 5.11 4.2 1605 2290 685
20. Ymelsbreen Glacier complex 12.18 7.2 1435 2200 765
20a. of which Nordre Illåbreen Valley glacier 3.41 3.3 1590 2180 590
20b. of which Tverråbreen Valley glacier 5.63 4.6 1435 2200 765
20c. of which Bukkeholsbreen Valley glacier 3.14 3.3 1595 2145 550
21. Søre Illåbreen Valley glacier 4.91 4.1 1520 2130 610
22. Stølsnosbreen Glacier complex 2.32 2.9 1485 1930 445
22a. of which Nordre Stølsnosbreen Cirque glacier 0.80 1.3 1515 1930 415
22b. of which Søre Stølsnosbreen Cirque glacier 1.52 1.7 1485 1930 445
23. Falkebreen Cirque glacier 1.29 1.7 1395 1820 425
24. Nordre Koldedalsbreen Ice cap 1.36 2.2 1390 1810 420
25. Søre Koldedalsbreen Valley glacier 1.06 1.7 1370 1800 430
26. Urdabreen Glacier complex 7.96 5.5 1340 2025 685
26a. of which Skogadalsbreen Valley glacier 1.33 2.4 1425 1980 555
26b. of which Urdanosbreen Valley glacier 3.29 3.5 1505 2025 480
26c. of which Mjølkedalsbreen Valley glacier 3.34 3.5 1340 1960 620
27. Sagibreen Cirque glacier 1.14 1.5 1540 1945 405
28. Høgvaglbreen Ice cap 1.41 1.7 1570 2020 450
Total 100.22


1. Fannaråkbreen

Fannaråkbreen from N Fannaråkbreen from N, August 6, 1982. (97 kB)

Fannaråkbreen (6.63 km2) is a glacier complex on the flank of Fannaråken (2068 m) next to the Sognefjellsvegen road.

1a. Prestesteinsbreen

Steindalsnosi from SE Steindalsnosi from SE, July 29, 1984. (58 kB)

Prestesteinsbreen (3.66 km2) is the largest part of Fannaråkbreen, a large cirque glacier on the north and east sides of Fannaråken and Steindalsnosi (2025 m).

1b. Steindalsbreen

Small hanging glaciers on the north flank of 
Steindalsnosi Small hanging glaciers on the north flank of Steindalsnosi, September 14, 1989. (57 kB)

Steindalsbreen (0.88 km2), a small ice cap in Fannaråkbreen, lies right above Steindalsvatnet.

1c. Kongsdalsbreen

Kongsdalsbreen with the ice lake from W Kongsdalsbreen with the ice lake from W, July 29, 1984. (89 kB)

Kongsdalsbreen (2.09 km2) is an ice cap in southern Fannaråkbreen, which sends down an ice tongue into Kongsdalen. There is an ice lake in the western part of the glacier.


2. Berdalsbreen

Soleibreen N of Berdalsbreen Soleibreen N of Berdalsbreen, August 6, 1982. (52 kB)

Berdalsbreen (1.13 km2) is a cirque glacier in western Hurrungane, on the north side of Austabottind (2204 m), ending in a small lake with a 400 m wide ice cliff.


3. Ringsbreen

Ringsbreen (2.19 km2), also called Ridingsbreen, a steep and complex cirque glacier, lies innermost in the valley Ringsbotn.


4. Stølsmaradalsbreen

Stølsmaradalsbreen (2.58 km2) is a steep cirque glacier towering high above the Stølsmaradalen valley.


5. Bandbreen

Bandbreen (2.01 km2), a small glacier complex, lies in the center of Hurrungane.

5a. Midtmaradalsbreen

Midtmaradalsbreen (0.98 km2), the southern part of Bandbreen, is a cirque glacier which sends down a narrow and steep tongue into the Midtmaradalen valley.

5b. Skagastølsbreen

Skagastølsbreen from N Skagastølsbreen from N, August 6, 1982. (52 kB)

Skagastølsbreen (1.03 km2) is the northern part of Bandbreen, a cirque glacier to the north of Skagastølsbandet.


6. Styggedalsbreen

Gjertvassbreen and Styggedalsbreen from 
Fannaråken Gjertvassbreen and Styggedalsbreen from Fannaråken, July 29, 1984. (139 kB)

Styggedalsbreen (1.98 km2) is a valley glacier in northern Hurrungane. Its lower part has a rather gentle slope, but the upper parts consist of extremely steep hanging side glaciers. The tongue of Styggedalsbreen has begun to advance again somewhat in the last few years.


7. Gjertvassbreen

Gjertvassbreen from E Gjertvassbreen from E, July 29, 1984. (78 kB)

Gjertvassbreen (1.66 km2), also called Jervvassbreen, is a steep cirque glacier on the north flank of Styggedalstindan (2387 m). It now stops at the edge of a precipice above Gjertvassdalen.


8. Maradalsbreen

Maradalsbreen from E Maradalsbreen from E, July 28, 1984. (53 kB)

Maradalsbreen (2.38 km2) is a valley glacier east of Skagastølstindan (2403 m). Its uppermost part is one big, steep ice chute.


9. Hurrbreen

Hurrbreen (2.25 km2) is a valley glacier with two side tributaries to the south of Loftet (2170 m) in the northern Smørstabbre massif.


10. Veslbreen

Veslbreen (1.59 km2) is a small valley glacier north of Storbreatinden (2018 m).


11. Storbreen

Storbreen (5.19 km2) is a fairly large valley glacier in the Smørstabbre massif to the east of Store Smørstabbtind (2208 m). The glacier is almost circular in shape and has two tongues on either side of a nunatak where there is a cabin, rejoining below. At Storbreen there has been performed mass balance measurements since 1949, first by Norsk Polarinstitutt, then by NVE, the 2nd longest continuous series in the world, after Storglaciären in Sweden only.

During the time period 1949-2000 the netto balance has been -10.5 m water equivalent, distributed across the entire surface, but since the end of the 1980s the glacier has had a slight increase. During the Little Ice Age Storbreen reached all the way down to the bottom of the Leirdalen valley, a position 1.9 km farther out than now.


12. Bjørnebreen

Bjørnebreen (1.20 km2) is a steep and heavily crevassed cirque glacier on the east side of Saksi (2189 m) and Storebjørn (2222 m).


13. Smørstabbreen

Smørstabbreen from W Smørstabbreen from W, September 14, 1989. (58 kB)

Smørstabbreen (16.65 km2), the largest glacier complex in Jotunheimen, with parts of cirque, valley and ice cap type, lies in the southern Smørstabb massif.

13a. Leirbreen

Leirbreen (4.97 km2) is a broad valley glacier in northern Smørstabbreen, with mostly quite gentle slope. A small southern tongue ends in a little lake. During the Little Ice Age the front of Leirbreen stood about 800 m farther out than today.

13b. Bøverbreen

Bøverbreen from W Bøverbreen from W, September 14, 1989. (68 kB)

Bøverbreen (7.82 km2) is an ice cap and the largest part of Smørstabbreen. Its accumulation zone lies between Storebjørn (2222 m) and Gravdalstinden (2119 m) and it sends out a wide tongue towards the northwest.

The tongue of Bøverbreen from NW The tongue of Bøverbreen from NW, August 6, 1982. (57 kB)

The tongue of Bøverbreen is fairly steep and crevassed, but not too much so, making it ideal for the glacier courses being held there.

Bøverbreen from W Bøverbreen from W, August 6, 1982. (70 kB)

13c. Vestre Gravdalsbreen

Vestre Gravdalsbreen (0.38 km2) is a small cirque glacier in southern Smørstabbreen.

13d. Austre Gravdalsbreen

Austre Gravdalsbreen (0.85 km2), a cirque glacier in southern Smørstabbreen, hangs high above Gravdalen.

13e. Sandelvbreen

Sandelvbreen from S Sandelvbreen from S, July 30, 1984. (58 kB)

Sandelvbreen (2.63 km2), a valley glacier in eastern Smørstabbreen, flows down towards Gravdalen.


14. Dumhøbreen

Dumhøbreen (1.18 km2) is an ice cap on the west side of Dumhøi (2181 m).


15. Heimre Illåbreen

Heimre Illåbreen (1.88 km2) is a small valley glacier in the northwestern Galdhøpiggen massif.


16. Storgjuvbreen

Storgjuvbreen (4.68 km2), an elongated valley glacier, lies to the west of Galdhøpiggen (2469 m). It has a pretty wide accumulation zone, but the tongue is narrow. Storgjuvbreen has begun to readvance somwhat the last few years.


17. Veslgjuvbreen

Veslgjuvbreen and Kjelbreen from SE Veslgjuvbreen and Kjelbreen from SE, September 14, 1989. (50 kB)

Veslgjuvbreen (0.97 km2) is a small ice cap on Galdhøi (2223 m), reaching down into lake Gjuvvatnet with a 400 m wide ice cliff. Summer skiing is arranged on this glacier.

Kjelbreen from E Kjelbreen from E, August 6, 1982. (59 kB)

Right to the north of Veslgjuvbreen there is a small cirque glacier, Kjelbreen, which also extends down into the lake.

The ice cliff of Kjelbreen The ice cliff of Kjelbreen, September 14, 1989. (76 kB)

18. Styggebreen

Styggebreen and Galdhøpiggen from NE Styggebreen and Galdhøpiggen from NE, August 6, 1982. (133 kB)

Styggebreen (5.33 km2) is a rather large valley glacier in a shallow valley south of the plateau of Gjuvflyi. The better part of the glacier slopes gently and has relatively few crevasses, which is good since the normal route to Galdhøpiggen (2469 m) from Gjuvvasshytta passes it.

Styggebreen at Keilhaus topp Styggebreen at Keilhaus topp, August 6, 1982. (60 kB)

During the Little Ice Age Styggebreen was much larger, reaching all the way down to the bottom of the valley Visdalen in a mighty icefall, 2.2 km farther out and as much as 650 m lower down than today!


19. Svellnosbreen

Svellnosbreen (5.11 km2) is a relatively large valley glacier in a hanging valley to the south of Galdhøpiggen (2469 m). In its upper part it has a prominent nunatak, Svellnosbrehesten (2181 m). The glacier tongue ends on the steep slope in "Eventyrisen" (=the Adventure Ice), the largest icefall in Jotunheimen, 600 m wide and 200 m high, where glacier courses from Spiterstulen often are held.

Svellnosbreen is one of the few glaciers in Jotunheimen which actually has advanced significantly in the later years. During the Little Ice Age the tongue extended down the entire slope and merged with Tverråbreen down the valley, 1.5 km farther out and 400 m lower down than now.


20. Ymelsbreen

Ymelsbreen (12.18 km2) is the name for the glacier complex south of Tverråtindan (2309 m) in the southern Galdhøpiggen massif.

20a. Nordre Illåbreen

Nordre Illåbreen (3.41 km2), a valley glacier in Ymelsbreen north of Bukkehøi (2314 m), turns down towards the Leirdalen valley. During the Little Ice Age the front stood some 1.1 km from its current position.

20b. Tverråbreen

Tverråbreen (5.63 km2), the largest glacier in the Galdhøpiggen massif and the middle part of Ymelsbreen, is a valley glacier with two ice tongues rejoining below a nunatak. NVE performed mass balance measurements here during the years of 1962-63. During the Little Ice Age the tongue of Tverråbreen extended 2.3 km farther out towards Visdalen. Then it was continuous with Svellnosbreen to the north as well.

20c. Bukkeholsbreen

Bukkeholsbreen (3.14 km2) is a valley glacier in southern Ymelsbreen, to the east of Bukkeholstindan (2213 m). During the Little Ice Age its front stood some 1.0 km farther out than now.


21. Søre Illåbreen

Søre Illåbreen (4.91 km2) is a valley glacier in the southern Galdhøpiggen massif, north of Tverrbotntindan (2161 m).


22. Stølsnosbreen

Stølsnosbreen (2.32 km2) is a small glacier complex to the north of the Morka-Koldedalen valley in southwestern Jotunheimen.

22a. Nordre Stølsnosbreen

Nordre Stølsnosbreen (0.80 km2), a small cirque glacier in Stølsnosbreen, lies to the west of Stølsnostind (2074 m).

22b. Søre Stølsnosbreen

Hjelledalsbreen from N Hjelledalsbreen from N, July 27, 1984. (61 kB)

Søre Stølsnosbreen (1.52 km2) is a cirque glacier in Stølsnosbreen between Stølsnostind (2074 m) and Falketind (2067 m).


23. Falkebreen

Falkebreen (1.29 km2), or Snøggeken as it is also called, is a cirque glacier on the east side of Falketind (2067 m).


24. Nordre Koldedalsbreen

Nordre Koldedalsbreen from NE Nordre Koldedalsbreen from NE, July 27, 1984. (62 kB)

Nordre Koldedalsbreen (1.36 km2) is an ice cap east of Koldedalstind (1927 m).


25. Søre Koldedalsbreen

Søre Koldedalsbreen (1.06 km2), a small cirque glacier, lies on the north side of Breidkvamsnosi.


26. Urdabreen

Urdabreen (7.96 km2) is a glacier complex next to Urdanostind (2157 m) in southern Jotunheimen.

26a. Skogadalsbreen

Skogadalsbreen (1.33 km2), a small valley glacier in Urdabreen, extends down towards the Skogadalen valley.

26b. Urdanosbreen

Urdanosbreen (3.29 km2) is a valley glacier in Urdabreen east of Urdanostind (2157 m), with a pretty wide tongue. In the westernmost part it ends in a small lake.

26c. Mjølkedalsbreen

Mjølkedalsbreen (3.34 km2) is a valley glacier in eastern Urdabreen. Its upper part is flat, but it has a small icefall down below. The tongue used to dam the upper Mjølkedalsvatnet lake in the side valley to the north, precipitating jökulhlaups. The last time this happened was in 1937, but since then the ice retreat has resulted in the lake no longer being ice-dammed.


27. Sagibreen

Sagibreen (1.14 km2) is a cirque glacier to the east of Sagi (2040 m).


28. Høgvaglbreen

Raudalsbreen from N Raudalsbreen from N, July 30, 1984. (63 kB)

Høgvaglbreen (1.41 km2) is an ice cap to the north of Høgvagltindan (2066 m) in central Jotunheimen.


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