It has a lenght of approx. 80 km (50 miles) and covers an area of 474 km2 (183 square miles). At several places the ice layer is over 500 m (546 yards) thick. The total ice mass stores as much fresh water as you can fill into 300.000.000.000 bathtubes, enough to supply Norway with water over 100 years. Read more facts on the National Park page.
Did you know...?
The Norwegian Glacier Museum give you answers. Did you know... That Jostedalsbreen is the largest glacier on the European continent? That there are 2534 glaciers in Norway? That Jostedalsbreen is not a remnant of the last ice age?
There are 1252 in the southern part of Norway, together covering an area of 1523 km2. In the northern part of Norway there are 1282 glaciers covering 1169 km2. In addition, Spitsbergen has 2128 glaciers, and they co an area of totally 36591 km2.
About 8000 years ago, in a period of warmer climate called Atlanticum, the glacier had probably totally disappeared. About 5000 years ago, the climate became cooler again, and a new glacier could build up.