Steindalsbreen Glacier

Friday 23 August 2019

Woke up fairly early this morning and sorted the van ready to go  Last night I did some research into a trail that took you to the Steindalsbreen Glacier. The trail is 12 km long there and back and I’m beginning to wonder if I’m up to that length of hiking. Anyway I decided I’d go for it because it looked very photogenic and the weather was playing ball for once.

It was a lovely morning with lots of low cloud drifting through the valleys.

The trail description is as follows –

“The glacier is accessible from the eastern side of the Lyngen Alps. The trailhead begins at the bottom of the valley by route 868 between Oteren and Lyngseidet. Follow the signs to “IMA Tursenter” and park by the Akselstua community hall.

From the car park, follow the dirt road into the valley. The path leads uphill before it flattens out on the last section up to the Steindalshytta cabin. The cabin is about 2.2 kilometres from the beginning of the trail.

Continuing towards the Steindalsbreen glacier, the route is relatively flat until you reach the moraine ridge. From there, it becomes steep before flattening out again and arriving at the base of the glacier.”

Well I did just that and found the trail easily. Its very well marked and mostly easy walking so after about two and a half hours I was there, having spent lots of time taking pictures and videos en route.

When I arrived I did a piece to camera and said I was the only one there. On reviewing the clip I noticed in the background some tiny figures. I hadn’t realised just how big the glacier was and completely lost all sense of scale. So I walked about another kilometre to get to the actual edge of the glacier and met the people I’d spotted, a Norwegian family taking their two young boys on to a glacier for the first time.

Steindalsbreen Glacier
The person is visible just right of centre where the glacier begins to spread out

I had a walk a little way on to the ice and did another piece to camera and then came off and went to look at some tiny icebergs that were in the glacial pool at the front of the ice. I took lots of pictures and had something to eat then decided it was time to head back, though, to be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to the 6km walk back.

Small icebergs form in the icy pool at the front of the glacier
Jokullsarlon it is NOT!

Anyway the return was uneventful but I was glad to see Silver Fox (the van) when I got back.

The route back…

So I had some rest and then started looking for the next place to camp this evening. I hit upon a place called Lullefjellet Naturreservat at Skibotn and off I went.

I got there and joined about half a dozen other vans in what looks like a nice quiet spot, set up the van for the night and after a bit of cataloguing and writing turned in for the night.

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