Glaciers can be dangerous either due to the danger of falling into a crevasse or bacause of natural hazards such as glacier lake outburst floods or ice avalanches. Take care when approaching glacier fronts or when hiking on a glacier.

Nigardsbreen, 25 May 2019. Photo: Hallgeir Elvehøy

Travel advice on glaciers

  • All those who hike or ski on glaciers should have sufficient knowledge of glacier travel and be able to make safe choices of the correct route.

  • Regardless of season, it is always recommended to wear a climbing harness and have the necessary rescue equipment. Take ropes in order to rope up when necessary and in case needed for rescue. If you’re unsure, then rope up.

  • It is important to be able to judge glacier routes so that you can plan trips up and down where you judge there are fewest crevasses combined with knowledge of local conditions.

  • The strength of the snow can vary greatly. Snow bridges are strongest early in the day after overnight frost. During the day and generally throughout the spring, the snow will soften and it is easier to go through a snow bridge.

  • You can learn about safe hiking on glaciers, crevasse rescue techniques and equipment needed for safety and rescue on glaciers from a glacier course. These courses are arranged by several of organisations (choose courses that follow the Norwegian standard for glacier courses).