Glaciers of Iceland

The glaciers in Iceland cover approximately 11% of the total area of the country. The largest Icelandic glaciers are found in the south and central highlands of the country. The main reason for their location is the much greater precipitation in the South than in the North. Given the natural beauty and wonder of Icelandic glaciers, many tourists travel from all over the world just to experience the act of walking on a glacier. Travelling across the glaciers in Iceland was rare in earlier times, but nowadays hardly a day passes without a group or individual hiking the great plains of one of the famous Icelandic glaciers. If you are seeking such an adventure, it is most advisable to set up a professional tour as the glaciers can be dangerous without the proper knowledge, experience and equipment.



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Breidamerkurjokull

Breidamerkurjokullis an outlet glacier of the larger glacier of Vatnajokull in southeastern Iceland. Emerging as a tongue of the Vatnajokull, it ends in a small lagoon, known as Jokulsarlon...

Drangajokull

Drangajokull is the northernmost glacier of Iceland. It is situated southwest of the peninsula Hornstrandir in the Vestfirdir region. The glacier covers an area of 160–200 km2 (62–77 sq. mi) at an altitude...

Eyjabakkajokull

The glacier snout Eyjabakkajokull is the easternmost of the other much larger, northern tongues. It flows through the so-called Devil’s Pass to the east of Breidabunga and down to the mud-flats Eyjabakkar...

Eyjafjallajokull

Eyjafjallajokullis one of the smaller ice caps of Iceland, situated to the north of Skogar and to the west of Myrdalsjokull. The ice cap covers the caldera of a volcano with a summit elevation...

Hofsjokull Glacier in Iceland

Glacier Hofsjokull  (1069m) is located east of Glacier Vatnajokull, between Valley Vididalur in the Lon Area and Valley Hofsdalur of the Alftafjordur Area. It counts among the smaller glaciers...

Langjokull

Langjokull, “The Long Glacier,” (1355m) is the second largest in Iceland. It has an area of about 950 km² and most of it rises between 1200 and 1300 m above sea level. The southwestern part...

Myrdalsjokull

The Myrdalsjokull (1480m) is the fourth largest glacier with an area of about 590 km². It rests on a very volcanically active mountain ridge, which erupted in 1918. Its volcano is called Katla...

Snaefellsjokull

The Snaefell glacier (1446m) has an area of about 7 km². It covers a cone shaped volcano, which has been dormant for about 1800 years. In its slopes and around it are several lava fields from the Holocene...

Tungnafellsjokull

Tungnafellsjokull is a glacier and volcano in Iceland. It has an elevation of 1,535 metres (5,036 ft) and is located northwest of Vatnajokull glacier.Its highest point, Hahyrna (1520 m), protrudes from the western edge...

Vatnajokull

Vatnajokullis the largest glacier in Europe with an area of about 8,100 km², an average thickness of 400m and the greatest thickness of about 1100 m. It contains approximately 3300 km³ of ice. The sub glacial...