History and museums
Jostedalsbreen nasjonalparksenter is a visitors center that is located in the village of Oppstryn in the municipality of Stryn in Sogn og Fjordane county, Norway. The center is located east of the villages of Loen and Olden, on the shore of the lake Oppstrynsvatn. The mountain Skåla and the glaciers Briksdalsbreen and Jostedalsbreen are located to the southwest of this visitor's center.
Jostedalsbreen nasjonalparksenter is one of the three visitor's centers in Jostedalsbreen National Park. The center is owned by a private foundation. Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland officiated at the formal opening of the center on 19 June 1993, although it was opened to the public in 1992.
The main building at the Centre was constructed in a manner similar to Viking long houses where pillars rather than the walls are supporting the roof. The Viking longhouse here is the size of the biggest actual longhouse found in Norway. There is also a cinema building which is used to show a panorama film of the glaciers in the park. The center also has a botanical garden and geological park with native plants and rocks. The main building houses exhibits about the area's culture, animal life, and history. There is also information about avalanches.