Bøyabreen is a glacier arm of the Jostedalsbreen or Jostedal Glacier, the biggest glacier in continental Europe. It is situated in the county Sogn og Fjordane at the west coast of southern Norway. There are however larger glaciers on the Svalbard archipelago.
The Jostedalsbreen has many glacier arms such as the Nigardsbreen and Tunsbergdalsbreen in Jostedal, the Briksdalsbreen by Olden, the Bøyabreen by Fjærland, the Kjenndalsbreen by Loen and Austerdalsbreen.
The glacier lies in the municipalities of Luster, Balestrand, Jølster and Stryn. The highest peak in the area is Lodalskåpa at 2083 meters.
Jostedalsbreen has a total area of over 480 km². The highest point is Høgste Breakulen 1957 m above mean sea level. Branches of the glacier reach down into the valleys, for instance Bøyabreen in Fjærland and Nigardsbreen, both 300 m above sea level. The thickest part of the glacier is 600 meters.
Jostedalsbreen has a length of a little more than 60 km and covers almost half of the national park.
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