Friday, September 29, 2006

Jostedalsbreen

Glaciers and Climate

Last evening I was watching a TV program about Global Heathing. I will not discuss reasons for this fact as I’m no expert. The only thing everybody agrees upon is the fact climate has changed several times through history of Tellus.

The consequences and results of global heathing can be demostating and the signs of it in artic areas are clear and very visible. The Glaciers are redusing their size in record speed. That’s why I post this short story with pictures from the largest glacier at the European Continent: Jostedalsbreen in Western Norway.

When Anna and I planned our trip to the Norwegian Fiords and Nortwest cities, we had to descide what we would like to see. And then find out wether it was possible or not to realise.
Deep fiords, steep mountains and glaciers are natural prohibitors. And a road closed or ferry out of service can cause many, many hours (or a whole day and night) detour.







We wanted to see and come close to the largest glacier by taking a road that opened only a couple of years ago. The road in facts tunnels under the glacier. When arriving from south, you’ll approching the glacier just before the tunnel entrance. There you’ll find a small parking lot, from where it’s a pathway to the green river and a tiny lake just beneath the Glacier. You have to be very careful, as the glacier can start ”calfing”. i.e. Large peaces of ice breaks out from the glacier and fell down the cliffs and into the water, which in turn creates intensive, local ”tsunamis”. Tourists have died from this nature phenomae, by simply behaving stupid. Staying to close to the water or trapped in narrow gorges.








The Glacierfront is higher up to day, than only 3 years ago. Below, Calfing glacier; can cause "tsunami's" , so be aware.







4 Comments:

Blogger RennyBA said...

Hi Tor!

I do agree that global warming is a big concern and will effect us drasticly if it causes the golf stream to shift for example! Love the pictures of the ice berg, it sounds like an amazing trip!

September 30, 2006 1:08 am  
Anonymous Lisa said...

Global warming is such a concern. A huge problem for us all.
What an interesting and beautiful (yet dangerous) place.

September 30, 2006 3:28 am  
Blogger Expat Traveler said...

wow - those pics are beautiful. I loved being so close to those glaciers in Montreux. Hiking is so much fun and taking pics of the sites is great..

But yes the world is changing, scary to know most of the artic ice now melts!

September 30, 2006 6:47 pm  
Blogger TorAa said...

To all concerned about global warming, it's obvious something going on, when you these huge glaciers become less and less. Afvice: Do visit a glacier when you still can.

PS. I've put on two links, so you can learn mote about this Glacier.

October 02, 2006 6:49 pm  

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