The first detailed list of the numbers and areas of glaciers in Norway was made by Olav Liestøl in 1958 and published by Hoel and Werenskiold (1962). The list was based on topographicmaps from the Norwegian Geographical Survey (Norsk Geografisk Oppmåling) at a scale of 1:100,000 and aerial photographs from the 1940s and 1950s for some areas. Subsequently, detailed glacier inventories based on vertical aerial photographs were made of southern Norway (Østrem and Ziegler 1969) and northern Scandinavia (Østrem, Haakensen,and Melander 1973). A second glacier inventory for southern Norway was completed in the late 1980s (Østrem, Selvig, and Tandberg 1988). The most recent inventory is the first covering all of Norway and was based on Landsat imagery from 1999-2006. Below we list the inventories published by NVE.

Inventory of Norwegian glaciers

By using Landsat satellite imagery from 1999-2006 the Norwegian Water Resources and Energy Directorate (NVE) has mapped the extent of glaciers in mainland Norway and a new inventory of now available.

About 2700 km2 of mainland Norway, 0.7% of the land area, is presently covered by glaciers and perennial snow.

Ordering:
The inventory can be ordered by emailing NVE at the following adress: bibliotek@nve.no

Please use "Breatlas 2012" as email subject, and remember to include full name and adress in your email.

Download: Inventory of Norwegian Glaciers (PDF 27 MB)


 

Atlas over breer i Sør-Norge: Inneholder beskrivelse av alle breer i Sør-Norge basert på flybilder tatt i perioden 1969-1986 og topografiske kart. I tillegg finnes informasjon om brefrontvariasjoner, massebalanse m.m.

Atlas of glaciers in Southern Norway: Contains a description of all glaciers in Southern Norway based on aerial photographs taken 1969 - 1986 and maps. Information about front variations, mass balance etc. Tables in English, but text is mainly in Norwegian. Glacier map included.

Reference: Østrem, G., K. Dale Selvig & K. Tandberg. 1988. Atlas over breer i Sør-Norge. Meddelelse nr 61, Hydrologisk avdeling, NVE. 248 s.

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Atlas over breer i Nord-Skandinavia:
Inneholder beskrivelse av alle breer i Nord-Skandinavia basert på flybilder og topografiske kart. I tillegg finnes informasjon om morfologi, brevariasjoner, m.m.

Atlas of glaciers in Northern Scandinavia: Contains a description of all glaciers in Northern Scandinavia based on aerial photograhs and maps. Information about morphology, glacier variations, etc. Tables in English, but text is mainly in Norwegian. Two glacier maps included.

Reference: Østrem, G., N. Haakensen & O. Melander. 1973. Atlas over breer i Nord-Skandinavia. Meddelelse nr 22 fra Hydrologisk avdeling, NVE, og Meddelande nr. 46 från Naturgeografiska institutionen, Stockholms Universitet, 315 s.

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Atlas over breer i Sør-Norge: Inneholder beskrivelse av alle breer i Sør-Norge basert på flybilder tatt i perioden 1955-1968 og kart. I tillegg finnes informasjon om brefrontvariasjoner, massebalanse m.m.

Atlas of glaciers in Southern Norway: Contains a description of all glaciers in Southern Norway based on aerial photograhs taken in the period 1955-1968 and maps. Information about front variations, mass balance etc. Tables in English, but text is mainly in Norwegian. Glacier map included.

Reference:  G. Østrem & Siegler, T. 1969. Atlas over breer i Sør-Norge. Meddelelse nr 20 fra Hydrologisk avdeling, NVE, 207 s.