10 Most Popular Glaciers in Iceland to visit for sure!

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:

This Svínafellsjökull, one of the outlet glaciers in Skaftafell. It’s in the National Park of Vatnajökull.

 

1.Vatnajokull

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.

2.Langjokull

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.

With a backdrop to the massive Glacier Vatnajökull with all its outlets, the huge icebergs of Jökulsárlón are a truly surreal sight.

3.Hofsjokull
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.

4. Solheimajokull
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.

Katla Cave is a part of Mýrdalsjokull glacier

5. Drangajokull
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.

6. Snafellsjokull
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.

Mýrdalsjokull glacier accommodates the volcano Katla.

7. Myrdalsjokull
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.

8. Eyjafjallajokull
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.

Snæfellsjökull glacier in west of Iceland

9. Tungnafellsjökull
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.

10. Þórisjökull
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.

The unseen beauty of Iceland: Stuðlagil Canyon in East of Iceland

This is not so popular place that is visited by the tourists in Iceland, but this place is no less wonderful than the other places. The place is not so easily accessible, therefore left unexplored by many who come on Iceland Tour. This splendid Jökuldalur valley is located in the East part of Iceland. The hidden Stuðlagil Canyon surrounded with the Basalt columns in the Jökuldalur valley is the most amazing place to see whenever you come again to Iceland if you have missed. It’s totally worth your time to stop by at the valley and get mesmerized by the untouched beauty. Earlier it was basically a sheep farm, known as the best farms found in the country. The Jökla glacial river comes from the highlands and flows down in this impressive valley from the last hundred years.

Why this Stuðlagil Canyon is not so popular?

This exceptionally beautiful Jökuldalur valley has not been visited by many yet. It certainly is an unseen gem in eastern Iceland. The most possible reason behind this can be the strong glacial river Jökla, which is about 150 km long and considered as one of the largest and powerful glacial rivers in Iceland. The river was very difficult to cross as it was too dangerous to go near it. When we think of Iceland, we think of the Blue Lagoon of Grindavík or the Maelifell Volcano or maybe the Landmannalaugar National Park; but we always tend to miss out on many hidden gems of this beautiful country. And one of the lesser known places, in the land of fire and ice, is the breathtakingly beautiful Stuðlagil canyon of eastern Iceland. Its lack of popularity is, however, not quite surprising. As most of the tourist just drive past it to get to the more explored — north and south. Yes, it is not very easy to get to. But, if exploring untapped corners of the world is what you are looking for, then this might be the perfect place for you.

 

Why visit?

Stuðlagil is one of the largest collections of basalt columns that Iceland has in its wide treasury of natural wonders. Climbing the mighty columns is a hell of an adventure. But the real peace is in staring the uniquely blue river and wondering at the sheer beauty of nature. The mere sight of the river cutting through the vast basalt columns will make you realise what heaven might be like. You can easily spend about 2 to 3 hours here, climbing up the rocks or simply sitting beside the flowing river. Stuðlagil Canyon is a good example of what the country of Iceland holds for the one who dares to choose the less travelled path and tries to explore something new.

How to visit Stuðlagil Canyon?

One of the reasons for it being less popular among tourist is its accessibility. There are no signs as well as no trail to or down the canyon. But with the help of GPS and asking people for directions at regular intervals, can surely make it less of a trouble. For reaching the location, you need to drive to the farm Grund. For that, you need to make a turn towards south on ring road no. 1 by Skjödólfsstaðir to road no. 923, then you drive to the farm Grund, that is about 19 kilometres. Here, a parking lot and a path to the riverbank will be seen along with a narrow track to the bottom of the river. From here the destination is only at about a five-minute walk. Remember to be aware of your surroundings at all times, as you would be walking on a steep slope; and also, to enjoy the amazing view along the side.

How about taking a hike?

If you are someone who is looking for a place to hike in eastern Iceland, then I doubt, that there could possibly be any other place better than Stuðlagil Canyon. It is a 4 km walk to the canyon. You can get there via Egilsstaðir. Just drive along the 14 km long Jökuldalsvegur road. There you will find a farm called Klaustursel, beside which you will see a sign on the left. On following the sign, you will soon see a parking spot. Also, further up the road, you will see a white bridge that is only good for people; so, it is better that you park your vehicles in the parking area and hike through the bridge. After a 1.5-2 km walk, you will see Stuðlafoss — a spectacular basalt waterfall. Take a right turn when you reach the end and march down to a bridge. Then turn right and go along a less-trodden path. Finally, you will see the beautiful site of the canyon. Again, remember to be cautious. The path would be slippery along with the edgy rocks. So, don’t let yourself be hurt and spoil your great time. Cherish the eye-catching view of the picturesque Stuðlagil Canyon, and have some great stories to tell to your friends.

5 Must-Visit Places in West Iceland Tour

There are lots of places to see and things to do in West Iceland tour. This is a huge area characterized by falls, fjords, lava fields, glaciers and many more. West Iceland also has historical significance as this is the place where many sagas and events took place. This Viking country is truly bliss for all the travel lovers, as it has so much to offer from sight-seeing places to adventurous activities. The places are not so popular ones, but they really are worth visiting. It would be great fun to explore the places in your West Iceland tour, it certainly is the best choice for spending your vacation in this summer. Below are the lists of a few places where you should go during your visit to Iceland:

1. The second highest waterfall in Iceland – Glymur Waterfall

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Glymur waterfall used to be the highest waterfall in Iceland, but now Morsárjökull becomes the highest one in 2011. It is 650 ft tall from the sea level, located in the fjords of Hvalfjörður. You can reach the top of the fall by hiking; it would be fun. In winters, it is covered with snow all over, so it becomes a little difficult to hike above there. You can clearly see the starting mark of the Glymur hiking trail and would be joined by few more people. You must carry hiking boots and some warm clothes when going for hiking this trail. This would be the highlight of your West Iceland tour.

2. The most photographed Mountain – Kirkjufell Mountain

Kirkjufell Volcano Mountain with waterfalls, Iceland winter landscape

Yes, you heard it right, Kirkjufell mountain in west Iceland is the most photographed mountain in the world. It is 463m high mountain on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. The narrow structure of the mountain makes it totally unique and wonderful. No wonder it is listed among one of the ten beautiful mountains in the mountain and you will find the same upon visiting it. The mountain is formed with different types of lava and sedimentary rocks. It is one of the steepest mountains in Iceland and was featured as ‘Arrowhead Mountain’ in the famous HBO series ‘Game of Thrones’. It really is the best view to have in the West Iceland tour.

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3. The most powerful hot spring in Europe – Deildartunguhver

Deildatunguhver is located in west of Iceland

Deildartunguhver is located in the Reykholt village in West Iceland. The hot boiling water here flows with a rate of 180 liters per second. The water of this hot spring has been used for household chores for centuries, now it has been used for keeping the houses warm through geothermal energy. The water is warm within a radius of 60 km if you plan to take bathe here. The view is quite picturesque and you can feel the drizzle of the hot stream when going little close to the spring. It will completely be a worthy experience to stop at this place in the West Iceland tour.

4. The Journey to the Center of the Earth (Novel & Movie) – Snæfellsjökull Glacier

Our customers enjoying Snæfellsjokull glacier

Snæfellsjökull is famous from the novel Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne. The height of the Snæfellsjökull glacier is 1446m from the ocean level. It is built up through various volcanic eruptions over the last 5 million years ago. Basically, Snæfellsjökull glacier is the part of Snæfellsjökull National Park, which was established to conserve the natural reserve in the year 2001. You can reach the center of the Earth by taking a hike total of 5-6 hours. The Snæfellsjökull glacier is a fascinating place to visit in the West Iceland tour.

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5. A series of waterfall – Hraunfossar

Hraunfossar falls are amazing part of west of iceland

As the name suggests, Hraunfossar means the ‘lava waterfall’ is a series of falls flowing out from the distance of 900 meters from lava. The most fascinating thing about this fall is its turquoise color which looks superbly amazing from the distance. A short walk from the Hraunfossar waterfall will drop you to another beautiful waterfall, Barnafoss which is more powerful. The maximum it would take to admire and explore this fall is one hour. It is indeed a great place for nature photography. You can’t afford to miss these mesmerizing series of falls during your West Iceland tour.

Enjoying the waterfalls of Iceland on a private tour

A Comprehensive Guide to Game of Thrones in Iceland

Where are the locations where Game of Thrones shooting was done? Are you curious to see the natural view which is beyond the bloody gate’s wall? Are you curious to know why Iceland is the place chosen for Game of Thrones shooting by the producers? How did the crew and cast of Game of Thrones get on shooting here? Scroll below to get a comprehensive guide to Game of Thrones Iceland tour.

Game of Thrones is the web series produced by HBO which is based on “A Song of Ice and Fire” Novels written by George R. R. Martin. This web series is worldwide famous. The web series is highly appreciated and watched among the youth, not only in one part of the globe but all over the world.

The first episode of Game of Thrones was aired in 2011. The reason for this web series catching millions of eyes is its incomparable audience holding story, cinematography, astonishing twists in the plot and mindset-provoking themes. The most important reason is the beauty of Iceland. The natural beauty of Iceland perfectly suits the view theme of Game of Thrones.

Since the release of the second season of Game of Thrones, directors and producers have found Iceland as the favourite place to shoot most of the scenes of the web series. Most of the memorable scenes of Game of Thrones are filmed in Iceland only. The producer says that Iceland has helped him to bring his imagination to reality and thereby helped the web series to touch millions of hearts.

Almost 10,000 viewers gathered in New Zealand to see the locations of Lord of Rings filming and in the UK, viewers gathered to see Harry Potter movie series shooting locations. In a similar way, thousands of people have plans to spend holidays in Iceland to see the landscapes which had a great contribution to the Westeros World.

Watching on the screens, the views of Iceland might appear so mesmerizing to anyone but when you visit Iceland, you can relive your favourite web series Game of Thrones experience in reality. Some of the places in Iceland are very easy o reach, as they are just off the main ring road while some of the places are highly inaccessible as some of the scenes of Game of Thrones were filmed on the top of the glaciers. Such places are reachable only via “F” Roads which are mostly covered with ice in winters.

Some of the locations are instantly recognizable the fans of Game of Thrones but some seem to be completely changed.

Hengilssvæðið, or Hengill mountain

Located in the Thingvellir south, this volcanic mountain is in the proximity of Reykjavik. This mountain is a famous hiking spot for hiking between Hengill and Reykjadalur Valley.

Þórufoss, or Thorufoss

It is a very popular waterfall in Iceland. It is a subsidiary of Golden circle of Iceland. Limited direction sign and zigzag roads make these places not much preferable by the tourists.

Real Alcázar Palace, Seville, Spain – Royal Palace Of Dorne

It is one of the most beautiful palaces across the world. Built by  Peter of Castile. a Christian king.

The Roman Bridge, Cordoba, Spain – Long Bridge Of Volantis

Another amazing place that you get to see in Games of Thrones is The Roman Bridge. As the name suggests, it was actually being built by the Romans at very initial time span but it was being reconstructed a number of times later on.

Doune Castle – Winterfell

It is located in between the point of River Teith where the Ardoch Burn flows into it. An ultimate eye catchy and fairyland kind of a castle where Games of Thrones was being filmed.

How to Prepare for a Visit to Iceland in Winter and Spring?

What is the best season to visit Iceland? What clothes do I wear? Or what is the worst thing that can happen to me in Iceland? These are a few questions every traveler asked while planning a vacation trip. However, no matter which season you choose, you will definitely love Iceland!

Iceland during the winter season is generally considered to be from the month of September to April including autumn and April to May is the spring season. You can expect clear roads and comparatively low snowfall in spring than in winter. However, Iceland is unpredictable you probably could experience winter and summer season in a day. So, while travelling to Iceland you should be prepared for all kinds of weather. Here are a few recommendations we would like to make, of what clothes and things you should carry along with you during winter and spring tours in Iceland.

  • Waterproof winter Jacket- Insulated waterproof and windproof jacket is what you should be prepared with while travelling to this country. It doesn’t matter what the thickness is, but you will definitely need one.
  • Thermal underwear- This might sound ridiculous, but is a lifesaver.
  • Thermos flask- Buy a flask to sip on hot water or coffee while camping or journeying lest you will end up buying a costlier thermos in Iceland.
  • Water resistant pants- You need them while going on adventures like snowmobiling and waiting for the Northern Lights.
  • Waterproof hiking boots- You will even get a fashionable women’s or men’s waterproof boots. They are useful while walking on ice and visiting the Gullfoss.
  • Woolen socks- Wear them under your waterproof boots to keep yourself warm all throughout your trip. You will really need them while you are on days of camping outdoors.
  • Weather resistant camera and power banks- If you are a nature enthusiast, then you will need a camera that will not dysfunction as the weather changed. You will want to capture the magical and the mystical natural phenomenon of Iceland.
  • Moisturizer, gloves, scarves and winter hats are a must too.
The Northern Lights
Jökulsárlón Icebergs Reflection Glacier Lagoon Iceland

You perhaps might also want to know when to and not to visit Iceland, depending on the condition of your health and the way of living. Visiting Iceland in winter and in the spring season is both beneficial, because in winter you will be able to capture the perfect picture as the lights in winter are just perfect for a picture; spot Northern Lights; less busy and the prices for accommodation are comparatively low; frozen nature creations like the frozen waterfall will leave open-mouthed; get the chance to see ice caves and enjoy skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing.

Snowmobiling
Waterfall Gljufrabui

While in summer and spring time you will be able to enjoy more by sightseeing as the days are longer. In fact, exploring highland is only possible during summer; get close to waterfalls and see the real waterfall. Summer is also the best time for camping and hiking. However, remember it’s always better that you experiment Iceland in both the season.