Sunday, 17 July 2016

Folgefonna National Park

Folgefonna is a 545.2-square-km national park in Hordaland Сounty. The park is located on the Folgefonna peninsula, which, with its fjords, mountains, rivers and lakes, is a popular touristic site. The Park was opened by Queen Sonja on May 14th 2005. 

Folgefonna National Park

Folgefonna offers multiple opportunities for active pastime. You will find there ancient routes and mountain roads, as well as modern hiking trails. There are four tourist huts on the territory of the National Park, they are open for everyone all year round. 

Folgefonna National Park

Folgefonna is famous for its spring ski resorts; however, you can ski there whole year round. The route Sunndal – Keiserstien – Fonnabu is especially popular among skiers and hikers. 


The Park is rich in rivers – all are twisted and fast, abundant with salmon and trout. The Eneselva River is especially picturesque, and is popular among kayakers. However, many parts of it are still wild and untouched. 


Famous Folgefonna’s glaciers cover most of the National Park. You may even have a guided tour and explore deep glacial fissures, or enjoy a walk on the vast icy expanse above while peering down at the fjord and toward distant ocean. 

Folgefonna National Park

Buerbreen glacier flows down the valley toward the Buer glacier. As the ice breaks up, it forms a labyrinth of crevasses and ice-towers. 

Møsevassbreen glacier is a magnificent icefall that drops directly into Møsevatnet Lake at the southern end of Folgefonna. It is a most impressive and relatively young icefall. The lake offers kayaking amongst icebergs! 

The Juklavassbreen glacier takes you through deep ice valleys and between tall jagged ice towers. 

Folgefonna National Park

The glaciers used to cover the major part of Folgefonna during the last Ice Age. However, it is a mistake to consider that the contemporary glaciers are the remnants of those period. There are many evidence that Folgefonna fully defroze in the Stone Age, about 8,000 years ago, and new glaciers appeared because of the change of climate. 


In the major part of the mountainous area, flora is relatively scarce because of acid rocks and a short vegetation period. Still, you may find rush, dwarf willow, sedge and cotton grass. 

Cliffs are covered with saxifrage, moss campion, and bartsia. In the forest area, grows large and majestic gentian, usually missed by tourists. 

Folgefonna National Park

In the western part of Folgefonna and lower in the valleys, the humidity level is high. There you may see digitalis, heather, wood rush and several kinds of fern. 


Folgefonna National Park

High in the mountains lives ptarmigan whose areal makes golden eagles build their nests closer to glaciers. The most widespread bird in the area above the forest is meadow pipit. The forests of Folgefonna are home for wild deer, black grouse and white-backed woodpecker. 


Folgefonna National Park

The manor is situated right in front of the National Park. It was built in the 17th century and transferred to the state in the 1920s. It is the only Barony in Norway. The smallest "palace" in Scandinavia is surrounded by a luxurious rose garden and is one of the most popular places in Norway. 

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