On our way home from Geiranger and Ørsta, we detoured to Nigardsbreen. Steinar Bruheim from Jostedalen Breførarlag came to show us around the glacier.  He offered great knowledge and good company with his 30 years of experience as a glacier guide.


The name Nigardsbreen (Nigard Glacier) came from the farm Nigard, that was crushed by the glacier. During the “small ice age” from the 1600’s to mid 1700’s, the glacier moved forward with great speed. Today, the glacier have retracted 4,5 kilometers. 


The glacier seen from above the Nigards glacier water. The river is quite strong during summer, full of sediments from below the glacier, thus the grey color.


A guided group on their way up the spectacular route.


Steinar Bruheim, the general manager of Jostedalen Breførarlag, here together with Mingma Tsiri Sherpa. Mingma currently holds 19 Everst Ascents and is looking to conquer the world record of 21 times. 


The black hole. You don’t want to fall into that.


Another guided group on their way through the ice tunnel.


Steinar and Tor with the upper level of Nigardsbreen behind. The glacier arm divides into three parts a little further up the valley. It ends up at Jostedalsbreen.


One of the ice tunnels. Icy and solid conditions. The tunnel forms naturally, but the glacier then cuts a safe path to accommodate the visitors.


Nice views down the valley.


Bridge across the glacier melting water. Quite a lot of ice is melting from the glacier during summer!

Thanks Steinar and BFL for showing us around! See you again soon.




During our trip to Geiranger, we detoured to Slogen in Ørsta, as we are filming there next year for Untouched Norway. It is quite a well-known peak in Norway, offering alpine cliffs and steep mountain sides straight down to the Hjørung fjord. The Slogen peak is part of the Sunnmøre alps, and you will find a large number of spectacular peaks in this area. The views you will find is just amazing and we are really looking forward to film in Ørsta next year! 


Closing up to Øye, and the views were just getting better and better. This Norwegian cow said to us “you better watch your step up there, son, it will get steep and slippery”. And so it did. 


Øye, and its beautiful fjord, the mountains and the green vegetation below, welcomed us with great weather. For a while, at least..

So, the trip to Slogen starts at about 90 meters above sea level (masl) and ended up at 1564 masl. The horizontal distance is also 1600 meters, meaning an average of 45 degrees. Lucky we had 20 kgs of video equipment on our backs…


You  actually don’t need to climb a single meter to enjoy the views. Here is a shot of Smørskredtindane (1435) from the starting point.


A little further up the trail. Konehornet (1276) is towering up behind us.


Flowers and Smørskredtindane (1435).


The Hjørung fjord 


One small rock, and one large mountain, same geometries. The peak is called Jakta (1588)


Slogen. So, when we finally reached the ridge a little behind us, the rain started pouring. So much for the heavy drone backpack…


Right next to the top. The ridges are vertical down towards the fjord, so the view is open and beautiful. However, should be careful of where you put your foot.


On our way down. 1564 meters of amazing views, even in the rain.


A look back at Smørskredtindane (1435)


The cow said good bye and was happy we came back without slipping on the ridges! 😀

We will be back soon Ørsta, looking forward to start shooting next year! 



Norexplore recently went to Luster, Ørsta and Geiranger to make preparations and locate future filming locations. Hotel Union Geiranger were kind to offer us a great home base for the trip. As we usually are heading to untouched and remote areas rather than populated tourist attractions, we were positively surprised by Geiranger and its beautiful nature. While the city centre is somewhat crowded during the summer, the mountains around Geiranger are far from crowded. From there you can have some distance to the tourist crowds and you will find spectacular views!

The tourist attraction Geiranger, and we can understand the tourists.


Great surroundings to our stay in Geiranger.

The first day started with a boat trip in Geirangerfjorden. The sky was filled with clouds and it was somewhat rainy, but the views made up for the bad weather.


Waterfall looking like a bottle.


“The seven sisters” (seven individual waterfalls)


Waterfall by the entrance to Geiranger.

Halfway in our trip, just when we turned around the boat, we got dropped off by an old farm called  Skageflå. To be precisely, the farm was at a cliff about 250 meters above us. The farm was built in the Middle Ages, and they raised more than 125 goats there at its prime. The road up to the farm was steep and dangerous before the government decided to grant money to build a better trail up there. Some say its because the tax collector couldn’t get up there..


Can you spot the trail up the farm?


A birds view of the Skageflå farm, with the boat dropping us off. 


Skageflå farm.

We continued up the mountain from the farm, and continued back to Geiranger centre from there. The trail was fun and spectacular, and we can see why some ambitious tourists choose to walk the trail. As an exmple – We met some guys from Isreal on the way. They had been traveling from Isreal a few days before, with about 35-40 degrees. Their closest neighbor was the desert, and they were wondering if we could send some water to them, as we has so much! Very nice guys!


View on the way back towards Geiranger. Waterfalls everywhere.



The trail up to Skageflå. 


Trail to Skageflå. Steep and fun. 


Old farm houses at Skageflå, solid base structure. 



A nice view on the trail above Skageflå, before heading towards Geiranger. 

After a nice dinner at the hotel, we headed out for a kayak trip through Geirangerfjorden. It was getting late, so thanks to Active Geiranger ( to borrow some kayaks late after their closing time.


Kayak trip in Geirangerfjorden.

The following two days brought us to Slogen in Ørsta and Nigardsbreen in Luster. More pictures and posts from those trips will follow.





In March 1894, the Norwegian Government decided to build a rail road between Bergen and Oslo. It was to be built across the vast and weather exposed mountains that divides the two cities – Bergen in the west and Oslo in the east. 15 years later, including 700.000 kilograms of dynamite, 500 kilometre of fuses and 2,5 million man hours, the rail road was completed in 1909. As all the labour was by hand, it was built a construction road from Geilo, Voss and Flåm, today known as Rallarvegen. Today, about 25.000 cyclists are biking through the 80 kilometre gravel road ech year, with a spectacular view of the Norwegian highlands.

There are still a few villages that are only accessible by train or biking, one of them called Finse.


So, when I (Tor) got the question if I wanted to use a cabin up here for a couple of weeks to watch my friends dog, I was already packed and ready to go. From my familys cabin at Reime, it is only about 1 hour by train.


Old bike, great views, nice weather. Finse welcomed me with its best manners.


Surroundings of Finse in the evening.


The first few days turned out to be rainy, cold, foggy and windy. We got in about 70 kilometers  of hiking within the first three days, and did explore quite a few of the mountains here. The difference from Raundalen, which is only about 1 hour away by train, is that the terrain around Finse is so vast. The mountains can be steep, but you have to walk far distances to get to them. Meaning great training for both me and Tess (the dog).


At the top of Kyrkjedørsnuten (1790 meter above sea level). But where is the view?


Suddenly the fog opened up for a couple minutes, revealing Hardangerjøkulen (The 5th largest glacier in Norway)


Bridges up here are not made for dogs, for sure. On our way back to Finse from Ramnabergnuten. We didn’t go all the way up as the fog were really tight, and we did’t try to capture it on the camera due to 0 visibility. On our way back, the weather got lighter.


The closest glacier to Finse is called Hardangerjøkulen. The top point is almost 1900 meters above sea level, and the maximum thickness is more than 300 meters. The glacier is very popular during the winter, especially for kiting and skiing. There are glacier arms stretching down towards Finse, and its crevasses can be both wide and deep. This can be quite spectacular during summer, but during winter most of them are concealed with snow.

During the second world war, the Germans actually tried to build an airstrip on Hardangerjøkulen, and carried up thousands of bags of sand. However, after landing the first plane and trying to take off again, the plane got stuck in a crevasse and they terminated the airstrip. As we have been here quite a few days alone now, I have had plenty of time to read about these things.


The dam at Finse regulating Finsevatnet (lake). The reason this was built was not to produce power, but to avoid flooding in Simadalen. Hardangerjøkulen is rising in the back, surrounded by clouds.


Right next to Hardangerjøkiulen, by one of its many arms Midtdalsbreen. This is a photo from above, and you can see the river with melting water, in between sediments and rocks, and some green vegetation.


From above, the crevasses below looks like a hand. Blåisen, one of the arms and legs of Hardangerjøkulen, stretching down towards Finse. The stretching forces results in big crevasses. Some of them are revealed already (July) but in a month or so when the snow ,melts even more, they will be quite spectacular.


One of the cracks. They can get deep and such have taken many lives over the years.


A lake nearby Blåisen. The ice water is creating a nice contract to its rocky surroundings, with some spots of green vegetation.


Close to the cabin at Finse. The river from Finsevatnet, carrying lots of sediments, here divided by some grass land.


The grassland seen from above.


The cabin at Finse, with very calming surroundings. Hardangerjøkulen can be seen in the background.


We have spent a lot of time filming up here, and we will release a small edit pretty soon.


For now, so long Finse, and see you soon!