Iceland is a mecca for lovers of the outdoors and nature. The country's glaciers attract people from all over the world for sightseeing, glacier walking and hiking in the mountains. The landscape is unique and the scenery is unforgettable. Due to the combination of volcanic activity and the climate, approximately 11 percent of the country is covered in glaciers.
The largest glacier is Vatnajökull, and the only way to capture the full magnitude of it is to view it through satellite images. Covering an area of 8000 km and almost 1000 m at its thickest point, this is in fact the largest ice cap in Europe by volume. Interestingly enough, underneath its ice cap are several volcanos.
Imagine climbing in and out of crevasses and seeing the incredible layers of blue ice that are thousands of years old, or perhaps using crampons and an ice axe for the first time. The best way to do all of this and explore and learn more about the glaciers is by guided tour. There are many tour companies with highly experienced guides, which offer extensive knowledge of the landscape and the local wilderness.
Whether you are interested in a relaxing tour of the mountainous areas or a gentle nature walk, or you have a desire to participate in something more adventurous, there is something for everyone. Qualified guides offer mountain hiking, glacier walking, ice climbing or 4x4 tours. Whether you want a half-day trip or a longer trip over several days, tours can be catered to your requirements.
Reaching the mountains is easy from Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel, Reykjavik. Many tour operators are based in the capital, so hotel pick-ups can be organized or groups can meet centrally before leaving. After a day in the great outdoors, you can return to the comfort of the hotel and rest your tired body in the health and fitness center before treating yourself to dinner or refreshments in 1919 Restaurant and Bar.