After spending so much time in fjord country, I thought it was time to visit one of many glaciers that carved this magnificent landscape. My sights turned outside of Olden to Briksdal Glacier, located in Jostedalsbreen National Park, which is part of the largest glacier on the European mainland. This well-visited tourist attraction flows over 4,000 feet into the Briksdal Valley. The climb up to the glacier revealed views of a beautiful landscape and, of course, numerous waterfalls.
Time for some science:) A glacier is “a mass of snow and ice, mainly on land, and which, or has been, in motion”. Glaciers are becoming more widely studied by scientists to understand the effects of climate change. One measure that scientists use to categorize glaciers is reaction time. Due to its steepness, the Birksdal Glacier has a reaction time of 3 to 4 years.
Why is the ice blue? As in everything else, our eyes respond from the light reflected from the object. Because of the shape and composition of the ice crystals within the glacier, only the blue wavelengths within the light spectrum are reflected. This gives the glacier its blue tint.
OK, enough science! There is just enough room to show one last picture from my amazing journey to Briksdal Glacier.