Folgefonna is a collective term for three plateau glaciers in the Hardanger region of Hordaland county, Norway. They are located on the Folgefonna peninsula in the municipalities of Odda, Jondal, Kvinnherad, and Etne. The three glaciers are:
- Nordre (northern) Folgefonna, with an area of 26 square kilometres (10 sq mi)
- Midtre (central) Folgefonna, with an area of 11 square kilometres (4.2 sq mi)
- Søndre (southern) Folgefonna, with an area of 167 square kilometres (64 sq mi), making it the third largest glacier in the mainland of Norway.
Folgefonna seen from the road E134
|Location||Hardanger, Hordaland, Norway|
|Area||207 km2 (80 sq mi)|
|Length||36 kilometres (22 mi)|
|Thickness||maximum measured is 375 m|
In total, Folgefonna covers about 207 km2 (80 sq mi) (measured 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 very 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 the town of Odda usually take the walk to Buarbreen (a part of Folgafonna).
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