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Folgefonna Glacier

Listed under Accessible Glaciers in Bergen, Norway.

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Three glaciers share this name, but it's the southern glacier, the Sønde Folgefonna, that's the most impressive, at 168 square kilometres in size – making it the third largest glacier in Norway.  The glacier is surrounded by the high walls of the Hardangerfjord, and the ice rises to 1,662m – which makes it very popular with ice climbers and explorers.  Most of the access routes to reach the glacier's highest points come in from the west.  As well as climbing on it, people also like to ski and hike all over Folgefonna, and there are rest huts, trails, and sign posts all over it.  

Norway's longest fjord, Sørfjorden rides up to the glacier's eastern lip.  The whole region has been turned into a national park, the Folgefonna National Park, which is tasked at protecting the glacier from more melt than it has coming.  

Written by  Emma Montague.

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