Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel, Reykjavik

Iceland glaciers

Iceland is paradise to outdoor and nature lovers. The country’s glaciers attract people from all over the world, for the fantastic sightseeing, glacier walking and mountain hiking. The landscape is unique and the scenery is unforgettable.  Due to the combination of volcanic activity and the climate approximately 11% of Iceland is covered in glaciers. The country’s largest glacier is Vatnajökull, and the only way to capture the full magnitude of the glacier is to view it through satellite images. Covering an area of 8,000 kilometers and almost 1,000 meters at its thickest, this is in fact the largest ice cap in Europe by volume. A fascinating fact about this glacier is that underneath its ice cap there are several volcanoes. If you are interested in slipping through ice caves, climbing with picks and getting chilly on mountain treks then join a guided tour.

Glacier tours and top hiking experiences

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 Icelandic 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 guides offer mountain hiking, glacier walking or 4x4 tours regardless if you want to join a half-day trip or a longer trip spanning several days. Check out the selection of activities by Icelandic Mountain Guides and start planning your trip.

Making your way to the mountains

Reaching Iceland’s glaciers is easy as many tour operators are based in the capital so hotel pick up’s can be organized or groups can meet centrally before leaving.  After a busy day, 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 center and treat yourself to dinner or refreshments in the 1919 Restaurant and bar.