The National Park

Folgefonna, the third largest glacier on mainland Norway, is the heart of the national park. Exotic and dramatic, this magnificent glacier has drawn tourists since 1833. Here are glacier tongues and icefalls, wild valleys, and raging rivers of rushing meltwater, scenic summer pastures that are still being grazed, ancient hamlets and fjordside villages.

The glacier and its environs also provides unique insights into how the massive icecap that once covered most of Scandinavia, carved the fjords and valleys for which western Norway is justly famous.

Four wilderness preserves border the national park: Bondhusdalen, Buer, Ænesdalen and Hattebergsdalen.

Actually many glaciers

Folgefonna actually consists of three glaciers: Nordfonna, Midtfonna and Søfonna, as well as numerous tiny glaciers, altogether covering a total of 207 km2. Measurements show that the glacier is almost 400 metres at its thickest, and at its highest point annual precipitation is 5500 mm.


Like bread dough resting on an uneven surface, the glacier is slowly seeking lower ground. Glacier arms pour into the surrounding valleys, even forming icefalls where the terrain is particularly steep. The dramatic Bondhusbrea offers one such dramatic icefall – and the sight is unforgettable!

The story behind the national park

Folgefonna National Park was established in 2005. It is one of 42 Norwegian national parks. As the name implies, at its heart is Folgefonna, Norway’s southernmost and third largest glacier.

New developments

The gateways to Folgefonna National Park, as well as the many attractions and facilities in its vicinity, are continually being developed to enhance the experience of visitors. For up-to-date information, please inquire at one of the gateways or Tourist Information Offices. It may also worth your while to contact some of the professional activities providers that advertise on our website.