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Hardangerjøkulen seen from Hårteigen (southwest)
Map showing the location of Hardangerjøkulen
Map showing the location of Hardangerjøkulen
Location in Hordaland
LocationHordaland, Norway
Coordinates60°32′N 07°25′E / 60.533°N 7.417°E / 60.533; 7.417Coordinates: 60°32′N 07°25′E / 60.533°N 7.417°E / 60.533; 7.417
Area73 km2 (28 sq mi)
Thickness380 metres (1,250 ft)

Hardangerjøkulen (English: Hardanger Glacier)[1][2][3] is the sixth largest glacier in mainland Norway. It is located in the municipalities of Eidfjord and Ulvik in Hordaland county. It is located about 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) northeast of the village of Eidfjord, about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) south of Finse, and about 20 kilometres (12 mi) west of Haugastøl.

Hardangerjøkulen's highest point (1,863 m above sea level).

Hardangerjøkulen's highest point is 1,863 m (6,112 ft) above sea level, and is the highest point in Hordaland county. Its lowest point is 1,050 m (3,440 ft) above sea level. The thickest measurement of the glacier was 380 metres (1,250 ft) thick, but it has been getting thinner during the 20th century.[4]


The glacier is easily accessed from the north in the winter, from the village of Finse, which is only accessible by stopping at Finse Station on the Bergen Line. In the winter the highest point can be accessed from Finse using only skis.

Recent history[edit]

The 1980 movie Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back used Hardangerjøkulen as a filming location, for scenes of the ice planet Hoth, although in the battle scene, miniatures were used on a set that used microscopic glass bubbles and baking soda to mimic the snowy territory.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Brunhouse, Jay (2004). Traveling the Eurail Express. Gretna, LA: Pelican. p. 345.
  2. ^ Porter, Darwin (2007). Frommer's Scandinavia. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. p. 214.
  3. ^ Ryder, Simon (1999). Norway. Singapore: APA Publications. p. 383.
  4. ^ Store norske leksikon. "Hardangerjøkulen" (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2014-05-25.
  5. ^ Hill, Amelia. "Star Wars Planet Profiles: Hoth". About.com. Retrieved November 21, 2014.

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