Glaciers are dangerous

Nigardsbreen, an outlet glacier of Jostedalsbreen — the largest glacier in continental Europe — is one of the most accessible glaciers in Norway. It is visited by many tourists by boat from the museum Breheimsenteret.

Beautiful and dramatic, but also dangerous. Tragically, blocks of ice falling from the glacier’s snout killed two tourists on Sunday.

Guided tours traverse the glacier, equipped with rope, ice axe and crampons.  I’ve heard these tours wonderful. While, like everything in Norway, they are not cheap, these tours are the only safe way to go on or near the ice.

 

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About richard telford

Ecologist with interests in quantitative methods and palaeoenvironments
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