Iceland is known for its beautiful landscapes as it is full of mountains, glaciers, beaches, and falls. In southern Iceland, there are the largest high ice caps. Approx 11% of Iceland is covered with glaciers which is a treat to every tourist. I mean who don’t love watching glaciers. The best time to watch these mesmerizing glaciers in Iceland is between November-March.
So here are 10 most-visited glaciers in Iceland which cannot be missed when you’re going to visit Iceland:
Vatnajokull Glacier is the largest glacier not only in Iceland but in Europe. It covers almost 8% of Icelandic area in the southeast of Iceland. On a cloudy day, it’s hard not to be in awe of this amazing glacier. It is really worth driving through this place as it en routes spectacular beaches and fast-flowing streams. In Vatnajökull glacier, Grímsvötn is the most active volcano in Iceland. On the south-east side of the glacier, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is extremely beautiful and is one of Iceland’s deepest lake. Vatnajökull National Park is the largest national park which covers an extensive area of 12,000 km. To visit the glacier completely, a 4×4 car is best suited to drive through.
After Vatnajokull, Langjokull Glacier is the second-largest glaciers in Iceland. Langjokull means ‘long-glacier’ which is derived from its shape in the west of Iceland. This is the nearest to the city of Reykjavik. Explore Langjokull Glacier from the inside and explore man-made ice cave tunnels. The best way to cover and get a feel of this amazing place is going snowmobiling on the glacier. This place is very attractive for snowmobiling tours. Plus there are two active volcanoes in Langjokull Glacier which is amazing to watch.
The third biggest glaciers in Iceland is Hofsjokull Glacier and also the toughest to reach. It is located in the center of Icelandic Highlands. Only in the summertime, the area is accessible and with 4×4 car with a guide which knows the area well. In Iceland, it is a path of various rivers, including Þjórsá, Iceland’s longest river. The road Kjölur connects the south to the north that runs between Hofsjökull and Langjökull and is a part of the highlands and therefore only available during summertime.
Solheimajokull is famous for ice hiking and Ice climbing, situated in the southern part of Iceland which is just 158 km far away. As we all know, Solheimajokull is categorized as the most enjoyable and noticeable place among the best Glaciers in Iceland. It is quite an astonishing experience when we reach over here, the place is full of ice all over. This place is the topmost choice of tourist as a favorite destination. And you require no earlier familiarity with the Glaciers to reach here. This Glacier is about 11km long and advances Mydrasojokul Glacier. The climate is quite cold you need to take a warm jacket for reaching here. Here you get to see ice formations, crevasses, blue ice, etc.
Drangajokull is located in the Westfjords. Most of the ice caps have been decreased in size but this is the only ice cap which hasn’t decreased in size. It is less than in size of about 1000 meters. Here you can go in the summertime and can enjoy the midnight sun. The island is situated in the north Westfjords. The Island is situated in the north of the Strandir region. The nickname of the place is known as a cold lagoon. On this Fabulous Island, you can go hiking, Ice climbing, etc. This destination is perfect for those who want to have fun and explore the world.
If you are fond of sightseeing, hiking, and adventures then you are at the right place you will find all those things over here. To reach here you have to travel 6 km underwater that is made to minimize the time of travel. The Snafelljokull is situated between Reykjavik and Snaefellsnes peninsula. The average time of hiking is about 5-6 hours but at the time of winter, it will take an extra two hours. It is best suited for those who love to see amazing scenes and do adventure. When you turn out for the Glacier in Iceland you will have to bring winter clothing.
It is marked as the fourth largest glacier in Iceland and has been present near the Eyjafjallajokull glacier. After reaching here you need to be very alert because this Island has caves and many volcanic eruptions occur here. It is an interesting and astounding experience to explore this place. This island is above the active Katla volcano.
This is counted as the sixth-largest Glacier in Iceland. There is a hiking path between Mydalsjokull and Eyjafjallalkull glacier. It is quite a peaceful environment over here you will enjoy every single minute with lots of fun and adventure. The ice cap has almost enclosed about 100 square km of the area. The name of the Island suggests means the “island mountain glacier”. Whenever you will move from here you will see beautiful scenes. Skogafoss waterfall is one of the attractive places in the Island. If you are moving towards the Island don’t forget to see the waterfall.
Tungnafellsjökull is among the most beautiful glaciers in Iceland. It has an elevation of 1,535 meters. It is situated in the northwest of Vatnajökull glacier. The area is perfect for photography, the view is beyond anything. To the east of Tungnafellsjökull glacier, there are two shallow lakes. A 4×4 car is recommended for a complete visit.
Þórisjökullis a small glacier in western-Central Iceland but the mesmerizing one. This is one of the perfect places for photography among all. Its a must visit and absolutely recommendable.