About ICETROLL & RIVERPIG
ICETROLL Guides for 2018, in order of beauty: Andy :-) Sara, Finn, Anna, Ellie, Michael, Nick, Lianne, Ben (he's English/Aussie...)
We also offer RAFTING down the Jostedalen Glacier River from late May to mid-late September. That is the field of water-rats Ben, Nick & co.
ICETROLL work with various MEDIA PROFESSIONALS each season. Work ranges from Movies to Documentaries, Reality Shows to Advertising. If it involves Ice, Snow or Water we can help

ICETROLL - The Guides

In 2018 ICETROLL has most of the guides returning from last season. Andy (NZ) and Ben (from some place in the South Pacific) run Icetroll and Riverpig respectively. Nick is returning after nearly 8 years away! Lianne also returns after spending a season out in Canada. Mike also returns for more from NZ. New guides for 2018 are Finn (NZ), Ellie (UK) and Anna (from Sweden). We may also get Mo back for a month or so this season, a legend of the 2008-2011 seasons and regular visitor (seems to time his visits here with parties, curious...)

Of all the folks working in Icetroll, none are proficient at office duties, so don't expect email replies within minutes, or for your booking to be efficient. What you can expect is when we do finally reply to your inquiry you are talking to a guide who knows all the trips and all your options. And once we are away on our trip you have outdoor lovers with you that want to make this a day for you.

We have small groups and take you to places no one else goes, that is what we want as guides, to escape into the wild as much as you do on your Norwegian adventure!

RIVERPIG - The Guides

In 2018 RIVERPIG will be welcoming back Big Ben from Australia and Nick from NZ. They will be joined in high season by 2 more friends that will together take on the ElvePurka each day

Ben will again try to get his Australian accent past the Norwegian border control. If you are looking to swim in glacial water, you should ask him how it is possible to fall out of the raft in flat water - he has a technique.

Nick (Skux - an ironic name) returns after helping us in one of our first seasons on the river, back in 2010. He spent more time underwater than on it then, lets see if anything has changed!

Media & Location Fixing
ICETROLL work with film and advertising companies to create movies, documentaries and still/moving adverts. With our local knowledge and contacts we provide the perfect location for the project at hand. As water, snow and ice are no barrier, we can get your crew into special, beautiful, areas safely and quickly.

On Styggevatnet we have provided access for docmentary footage to BBC for the "Antarctica-Ice, Life & People" on their Christmas Lectures, 2004.
ICETROLL also worked with BBC early in 2011 on another documentary "The Secrets Of Ice", providing access and safety for the film crew around pinnacles of ice and into caves and crevasses.

ICETROLL worked as river safety managers on the most prominent Norwegian film, "Vilmark". This scene featured the crossing of a river (grade 4+) with actors (safely!) traversing a log placed over the river.

Globetrotter, a German outdoor equipment supplier, have had 2 brochure shoots here in Jostedalen with ICETROLL. In 2007, Globetrotter also shot the 'final' of their Fjord Trophy. A national competition for pairs of competitors from 10 regions of Germany. The winning 20 people joined 20 journalists for 1 week in Norway. 3 days of that spent in Jostedal testing Land Rover 4X4s, kayaking and glacier hiking

In 2011 Strix TV produced one episode of a reality TV show in Jostedalen, "Til Toppen of Norge" (To the top of Norway) rafting with RIVERPIG on the Jostedalen River for 3 days.

In 2013 the Norwegian programme "71 degrees North" bought a 'celebrity' show to Jostedal, shooting the show over the path of our 2-Day Tour

Japanese TV have been here twice, filming "Bullet Travel" with 2 celebrities taking 24 hours in Norway and getting as far as Jostedalen! Another visit in 2014 was for a documentary about Glaciers and Fjords

Late in 2013 (November!) the huge American Cable TV show "Dual Survivor" shot an episode here with help from IceTroll, during which the 2 stars of the show had to escape from a moulin (water hole on a glacier) and return to civilisation.

The Lakes and Glaciers
Both TUNSBERGDALSVATNET and STYGGEVATNET are part of Norways National Electricity Grid for Hydropower. During the tours we encourage discussion on nature and energy resources and what better place to think about these than where the two meet.

TUNSBERGDALSVATNET was dammed in 1978, making what was once a 2km long lake, at the end of a flat riverbed, into a 7km long lake. The lake now comes up to within 2 km of Norways longest glacier arm, Tunsbergdalsbreen. This lake/reservoir sits at 478m above sea level when full at the end of the summer, and can be drained 38m vertically for hydropower production. The top 7m of this 38m deep resovoir holds more than 50% of it's volume!

STYGGEVATNET is a newer Hydro project, completed in 1989. This dam resulted in the connection of two small lakes (Styggevatnet and Austdalsvatnet) into a single reservoir of 6km length and 90m depth. With its impressive altitude, 1200m above sea level, Styggevatnet represents huge potential for hydropower prodution, with the water dropping a max 1180m vertically through the hydro turbines, producing the highest 'head-pressure' on any turbines in Northern Europe. The resovoir also holds water that had the potential to flood the Jostedalen valley. Major flooding is now a thing of the past for Jostedal locals.

Of course, as well as providing a great source of energy to Norways National Grid, these lakes are now accessible to us by kayak, opening up wonderful, quiet, areas away from the masses, for exploration of glaciers.

NIGARDSBREVATNET is within a Nature Reserve (meaning the area has heavier protection than a National Park). The lake is 285m above sea level, the lowest altitude of the lakes we can kayak on in Jostedalen and therefore is the lake we begin tours on in May and finish the season there in October, when the other lakes are freezing.