A tour to Iceland's most famous glaciers
Iceland is renowned for glaciers, covering about 10% of the island. The ten biggest glaciers are: Vatnajokull, Langjokull, Hofsjokull, Myrdalsjokull, Drangajokull, Eyjafjallajokull, Tungnafellsjokull, Þorisjokull, Eiriksjokull and Thrandarjokull.
Extreme Iceland offers tours to all of these glaciers and even up to them.
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Vatnajokull, with the Oraefajokull volcano 2110 meters high as highest peek, is the third largest glacier in the world and the biggest glacier in Europe. The southern edge of the glacier is an amazing wonder world with a lot of glaciers creeping down to the lowland. Extreme Iceland offers adventure tours to these places all year round, lasting for two, three, four days or even longer tours. Hiking on one or more glaciers can even be included and a boat trip on the Glacial Lagoon, one of the most beautiful places on earth, can also be included.
On the way east from Reykjavik you can see Eyjafjallajokull (1651 m) and further east the fourth largest glacier of the country, Myrdalsjokull. Solheimajokull is a creeping glacier from Myrdalsjokull almost reaching down to the lowland. We stop by the glacier and take a walk on it for one or two kilometers up, viewing adventurous scenery. The extreme wonder world that we are going to experience is the southern rim of Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe. From the road on Skeidararsandur you can see far up to Skeidararjokull, a great glacier creeping south from Vatnajökull. In Skaftafell we will walk to and up on Skaftafellsjokull and Svinafellsjokull, but both of these glaciers are easy to walk up quite high. Also it is possible to hike from the Skaftafell national park into the valley Morsardalur to the glacier Morsarjokull.
Oraefajokull has a lot of glaciers creeping down to the lowland. We will walk to Virkisjokull and Fjalljokull and even to Stigarjokull and Holarjokull - depending on how many days our trip is lasting. We walk to Kviarjokull and the lagoon Fjallsarlon south of Fjallsjokull. From here we head for Jokulsarlon (the Glacial Lagoon) viewing thousands of icebergs floating around. Breidamerkurjokull is one of Vatnajokull’s biggest creeping glaciers and in the year 1903 the edge of it was only 200 meters from the sea. At that time the glacier started to melt and in 1935 a small lagoon started to form at the edge of the glacier. In 1975 the size of the lagoon was 8 square kilometers but today it is about 20 square kilometers. Jokulsarlon is Iceland’s deepest lake, about 284 meters deep. We offer a sailing trip into the amazing world of icebergs.
Those who are interested in seeing more glaciers can go east by the southern edge of Vatnajokull and see Skalafellsjokull, Heinabergsjokull, Hoffelsjokull and Lambatungnajokul. It is also possible to drive by car up to Skalafellsjokull and tour on this great glacier.
If you have the aim to fully experience the glaciers, for example take a glacier walk, a week or so is needed for the tour. But it is also possible to reach them faster! For instance we offer 14 hours day trips (Reykjavik – Jokulsarlon – Reykjavik) every day of the year.
Our unique two-day tour to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon and Skaftafell National Park in the South Coast