Folgefonna seen from the road E134
|Location||Kvinnherad, Odda and Etne, Hordaland, Norway|
|Thickness||maximum measured is 375 m|
- Nordre (northern) Folgefonna (26 km2)
- Midtre (central) Folgefonna (11 km2)
- Søndre (southern) Folgefonna (167 km2), the third largest glacier in the mainland of Norway.
In total, Folgefonna covered 207 km2 (80 sq mi) in 2006. On 14 May 2005, Folgefonna National Park was established, protecting the glaciers and the surrounding areas.
The glacier is home to a summer skiing resort, located on its northern region. The largest outflow glaciers from Folgefonna are Blomstølskardbreen, Bondhusbreen and Buarbreen. Since around 1960 Blomstølskardbreen on the southern end of Folgefonna has changed little. Bondhusbreen and Buerbreen further north were growing in the 1990s, but have been retreating since the year 2000. The glacier is a famous tourist attraction. Most people who visit Odda usually takes the walk to Buarbreen (a part of Folgafonna).
The first element is folge meaning 'thin layer of snow', the last element is the finite form of fonn meaning 'mass of snow, glacier made of snow'.
- Folgefonna og Fjordbygdene. Book published in 2008 by University of Bergen and Nord4(591 pp. in Norwegian)
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