Sunday, April 05, 2009

Briksdal Glacier (Briskdalbreen) - en route to Lom

20th September - Sunny & Nice

After we got off from the Aurland snow road, it was already near 1pm. We hurried to continue our journey up north to Lom, our plan for the rest of the day was to see the Briskdalbreen (Briskdal Glacier) in Stryn before we arrive at Lom for the night.

We had to drive back that longest tunnel again back to Laerdal, before we board another ferry (again!)from there to cross over to Sognefjord.

On the way to Lom

Quite lucky as there was a ferry just in nick of leaving. Otherwise would've to wait for 30min I think.



Then we have to drive the mountain pass, along a privately constructed road and pay a toll like USD30. I was like eh?! Private Road?!



And eventually saw the sign to Briskdalbreen, located within the Josteldalbreen National Park. Everyone was getting very excited to see the Glacier, except my Aunt that has no concept of what Glacier is.


Drove along some farms, came to a crystal, erm more like turquise colored lake with people fishing there. We stop and ask what did one of them caught, and this norwegian guy spoke with great American accent says "Trout!" Haha!


By this time, we could see a Glacier right in front of us from afar.


To distant from where we turn in at Stryn center till Jostledalbreen National Part was not exactly a short drive. When we reach there, it was already at around 5pm. At this time of the season, usually things close at 6pm due to low tourist turn out, as well as the sun set sooner.

Further to that was that the Glacier we saw from afar was not the Briksdal glacier but instead the Melkevoll Glacier. we were tricked! My dad suspected that was not the real real Briskdal Glacier as we read somewhere that the real Briskdal Glacier could be view from a very near distance.


So we keh poh chee (busy body) and drove up to the Briskdal Glacier Centre to see what's there to see and viola! We found that this is the start point to go up to the real Briskdal Glacier. It requires a good 1 hour of uphill walk (look very steep to me, I swear!)

My mom and dad was struggling on if we should pay NOK200 to take the Troll car to go up since the real Briksdal Glacier was hidden from a hill right in front of us. I was pacing left and right at the entrance to see if there was anyway that I could get a glimpse of it, perhaps in hoping I could be done just with that.


Oh well, eventually the NOK200/person was paid, and we had this old retired uncle that seemed very happy with his job and drove us up. He look so old that his face hand neck all wrinkled too much.


We begin to climb uphill on the Troll Car, as we go up we crawl into the revine that was hidden from us at the main entrance. The view changes.

Up up to the edge of the glacier! Jostedal Glacier National Park

Waterfall formed from melted glacier, look blushish actually

We continue to climb and it was quite a while before we took another right turn and the Briskdal Glacier finally come into view! All of us was like sigh in its magnificant standing...


The final 1km walk up to the end of path has to be done on foot. It is perhaps a measure to reduce pollution near the glacier itself I think.


Briksdalsbreen (The Briksdal glacier) is one of the most accessible and best known arms of the Jostedalsbreen glacier.


The Briksdal glacier lies in the Jostedalsbreen National Park. Briksdalsbreen terminates in a small glacial lake, Briksdalsbrevatnet, which lies 346 meters above sea level.



Taking a closer look at the Glacier, it is not as clean as you might want it to be. Pollution, exhaust from vehicles, you name it and they all contribute to the grime formed on glacier.



As the glacier melts, a pool form right in front of it, with the same mystifying turquise color.



A piece of small Glacier floating on the pool, issit too much if I ask for Ais Kacang ABC here?

My mom looking so small compare to creation of mother nature

Being around at higher latitude is actually very cold, not to mention the constant wind blowing to our face. As the sun begin to set, we too return back to the base saying good bye to such beautiful scenery.



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