Supphellebreen

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View from the side of the Supphellebreen, a glacier in Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway
Suphelle [sic] Glacier, Fjærland.

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View from the side of the Supphellebreen, a glacier in the Fjærland area located in Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway. It is described as follows by the author:

We reached Stolum, a hamlet at the highest navigable point of the fjord, which was to be our quarter for the night, at three p.m., or seven hours from Lekanger, and having ascertained that we could be lodged at the house of a man named Iver, we proceeded at once to visit the Suphelle Brae[1]. The distance was greater than I had been led to expect, being considerably above an hour’s walk to the ice, and everything was drenched by a slight drizzling rain. The glacier, however, was quite clear. I sketched it from the small hamlet of Suphellen, as seen in Plate VII. From hence, as from the sea, the glacier appears as if in complete continuity with the great snow-field above. It was not until (as is my custom) I had mounted some way over the ice itself, that I discovered, to my surprise, that a very lofty cliff of rock entirely separates the upper from the lower glacier, the latter being in fact what is termed by the later Swiss writers a glacier remanié[2], formed altogether of icy fragments precipitated by avalanches from the steep and pinnacled glacier above. It is an exceedingly remarkable arrangement, which has no parallel in the greatness of its scale in the Alps.

  1. ^ Older transcription of Supphellebreen.
  2. ^ A reconstituted glacier.
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