The Glacier



Briksdal Glacier is a western outlet glacier from the Jostedal Glacier ice cap.
The glacier ranges in altitude from 350 to 1910 m a.s.l. and covers an area of 10,4 km², with only 12 % of the glacier area below 1500 m a.s.l.


Front position

Front position measurements were started in 1900 (Rekstad, 1904). Until 1934 there were only minor changes in front position. Between 1934 and 1951 the terminus retreated more than 800 metres and uncovered lake Briksdalsvatn. After 1951 the glacier had small advances and since 1967 the glacier has advanced 465 metres and has covered the former lake entirely. The glacier area has increased by approximately 0.15 km² or 1.5 %. Between 1988 and 1996 the glacier advanced 390 metres. After 2000 the glacier drew rabidly back and stood autumn 2007 no longer into the water.