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. 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 8000km, and almost 1000m 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 how it is to climb in and out of crevasses and see the incredible layers of blue ice that are thousands of years old, or perhaps use 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, 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.