How Svartisen (The Black glacier) got its name

Hotel Svart is going to be located by Svartisen glacier, one of Norway’s most fascinating natural wonders. Svartisen is named after its two constituent elements: “svart” or “swart” which is the Norwegian word for “black”, and “is” which translates to “ice” or “glacier” in English.

Interestingly, the dark ice found on this glacier is much darker than the newly fallen snow and fresh ice, and this is what gave Svartisen its name in ancient times.

With a total coverage area of 370 square kilometers, it is the second-largest glacier in Norway! To put this into perspective, it is larger than both the cities of Oslo and Bergen combined. It used to be a single continuous ice mass but is now separated into two parts.

If you’re looking for a memorable adventure, we recommend taking part in a glacier trek with one of the expert guides available. You’ll be treated to an awe-inspiring experience as you navigate the stark contrast between the black ice at the arm of the glacier and the fresh ice atop it. Don’t miss out on the chance to witness this incredible natural phenomenon for yourself!