Boyabreen Waterfalls

Fjaerland, Sogn og Fjordane County, Norway

About Boyabreen Waterfalls

Hiking Distance: 800m round trip
Suggested Time: 30-45 minutes

Date first visited: 2019-07-20
Date last visited: 2019-07-20

Waterfall Latitude: 61.49009
Waterfall Longitude: 6.76272

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The Boyabreen Waterfalls (more accurately called Bøyabreen) was my way of paying homage to the collection of waterfalls we saw around the popular Bøyabreen Glacier.

Of all the glaciers where we could get somewhat close to its terminus, this one was probably the easiest one to access, and I’d imagine that’s the main reason for its popularity.

Looking up at perhaps the thickest of the waterfalls around the Bøyabreen Glacier. I think this one came from the melting ice of the adjacent Vetlebreen Glacier

Julie and I first noticed this glacier as we were driving the Rv5 through the Fjærland area, which was skimming the southern end of the vast icefield of Jostedalsbreen National Park.

However, we didn’t actually visit the Bøyabreen Glacier until we came back to Norway in 2019, and that was when we paid closer attention to the handful of waterfalls in the vicinity.

Once we found the turnoff leading to Bøyabreen (see directions below), we had a choice of parking in one of the public spaces by the turnoff, or driving another 300m to a closer car park.

The advantage to walking the extra 300m was the ability to look around at the waterfalls lining the head of the Bøyadalen Valley.

Bøyabreen seen across Brevatnet during our 2019 trip to Norway

Beyond the closer car park (which was for the Brævasshytta), we walked another 200m or so to get right to the shore of the Brevatnet and an unobstructed view of the terminus of the Bøyabreen Glacier.

While none of the waterfalls appeared to have names (except for Oksafossen which according to Norgeskart was on the west side of the Rv5), it was fascinating to see though it followed a pattern of waterfalls replacing former locations of receding glaciers.

Indeed, we witnessed this phenomenon twice before on our 2019 trip to Norway at Briksdalsbreen and Kjenndalsbreen so by the time we got to Bøyabreen, we weren’t really that surprised anymore.

Anyways, we wound up spending a little less than an hour away from the car, but we also ate at the cafe at Brævasshytta.

This was how we saw the Bøyabreen Glacier on our first trip to Norway in 2005

So I could easily foresee this place being just a real quick stop.


The Bøyabreen Waterfalls reside in the Sogndal Municipality. For information or inquiries about the area as well as current conditions, visit their website or Facebook page.



The Bøyabreen Waterfalls and Glacier sat just north of the town of Fjærland along the Rv5.

Although you can see it from the Rv5, it’s definitely worthwhile to take its turnoff for a closer look.

Looking back at the public car park near the turnoff for the Bøyabreen Glacier

That turnoff sat about 20km east of the roundabout at the E39/Rv5 junction in Skei and 7km north of the turnoff for the Fjærland sentrum.

Once at the Bøyabreen turnoff, the public car park area was about 200m away from the Rv5.

There was also a closer car park that was meant for customers at the Brævasshytta (the cafe near the Bøyabreen terminus) another 300m further down the road.

However, we did see some people just park there anyways without going to the cafe.

Another look at the public car park area for the Bøyabreen Glacier near the turnoff from the Rv5

For geographical context, Skei was about 20km (under 30 minutes drive) south of Byrkjelo, 31km (under 30 minutes drive) north of Fjærland, 44km (over 30 minutes drive) east of Førde, 62km (under an hour drive) northwest of Sogndal, 77km (over an hour drive) south of Stryn, 133km (under 2.5 hours drive with a ferry crossing) north of Flåm, and 217km (under 4 hours drive with a ferry crossing) north of Bergen.

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Sweep of the terminus of Boyabreen while also examining some of the surrounding waterfalls

Sweep from the cantina parking lot of Boyabreen and neighboring glaciers with some of the waterfalls

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