Iceland is a mecca for lovers of the outdoors and nature. The countries glaciers attract people from all over the world, whether for sightseeing, glacier walking or hiking in the mountains. The landscape is unique and the scenery is unforgettable. Approximately 11% of Iceland is covered in glaciers. This is due to the combination of volcanic activity and the climate.
The largest glacier in Iceland is Vatnajökull. Covering an area of 8000km and almost 1000m at its thickest, this is in fact the largest ice cap in Europe by volume. The most fascinating fact about Vatnajökull is that there are several volcanos underneath the ice cap. The only way to capture the full magnitude of the glacier is to view it though satellite images.
Glacier Tours Iceland
The best way to explore and learn about Iceland’s glaciers is through a guided tour. There are many tour companies with experienced guides that offer extensive knowledge of the landscape and the Iceland wilderness. Whether you are interested in a relaxing tour of the glacier areas, a gentle nature walk, or you have a desire to participate in something more adventurous, there is something for everyone. Qualified mountain guides offer mountain hiking, glacier walking or 4x4 tours whether you want to join a half day trip or a longer trip over several days.
Getting to Iceland’s Glaciers
Reaching Iceland’s glaciers is easy from central hotels in Reykjavik. Many tour operators are based in Reykjavik so hotel pick up’s can be organised or groups can meet centrally before leaving. After a busy day out in nature, guests can return to the comfort of the Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel, Reykjavik and take advantage of the hotel’s premier facilities. Indulge in the health and fitness centre and treat yourself to dinner and refreshments in 1919 Restaurant and bar