Iceland is home to many natural landscapes including the glaciers and lava caves. Iceland is famous for its glaciers that have some breath taking structures of ice and give a great opportunity to photographers and tourists to take some the best moments with them. These glaciers provide some of the most beautiful and humbling views. There are so many natural wonders, waiting to be explored by you.
Are you ready to find out what those are?
To satisfy the hiking junkie in you, we’ve compiled a list of all the glacier hikes option that you have in Iceland. Among the best things to do in Iceland, this list will definitely give you an idea on what are the places to visit in Iceland.
Before we start off, do note that Glacier Hikes are not easy at all and do need a certain level of expertise. The tour guides available at the spot also provide training and equipment for a safer experience.
Here are the top three Glacier Hikes that are sure to give you an experience of lifetime.
On top of our list is the Vatnajökull Glacier. At 8100 km2, it is Europe’s largest glacier and covers a whopping 8% of the country. In the depths, of this beautiful glaciers, there is a huge maze like icy structure that reforms every year. The best part about this is an ever shifting and ever changing. It has a wide variety of colorful icy structures to be discovered. The best Iceland tour packages will definitely involve a tour into this Icy Giant. Although, upon sighting the beautiful icy structures and beautiful landscape, you will be tempted to wander about on your own and discover the beautiful maze but it is something that you should definitely not do.
The maze and the icy structures keeps changing and you have a high probability of getting lost. If you don’t, the slopes are so steep, you run a risk of slipping and getting injured. So when you visit this amazing natural masterpiece, make sure to stick with a tour guide and enjoy the views while managing to keep yourself alive.
Coming second on the list and competing with the Vatnajökull Glacier is the Sólheimajökull glacier. About eight kilometers long and two kilometers wide, it is by far the favorite spot on which to take guided glacier walks. Sólheimajökull has several distinctive traits that separate it from other glaciers. Firstly, it is incredibly easy to find, laying just off of the Ring Road that encircles Iceland. Secondly, it is not surrounded by tall mountains, meaning those who ascend it can attain incredible views of the South Coast.
Thirdly, it is home to many walls of ice that can be climbed up with ice axes on certain tours. Your experience will be better multifold if you carry the suitable equipment. Make sure to have Hiking boots that have no problem in climbing up frozen slopes, take a hiking sticks, some good gloves, a torch and a cap. You might or might not!) Still be able to hike up with a not so good equipment, but that will ruin the experience for you. If you forget to take your equipment due to any reasons then you have the option of borrowing it from the starting point of your hike.
This 20 kilometers long and 15 kilometers wide glacier is located in the Highlands, and two main highland tracks, connecting the north and the south of Iceland, lie alongside it. The glacier lies over a massif of Hyaloclastite Mountains. The tops of these mountains can be seen in certain places on the glacier.
It also conceals at least two active volcanic systems, the calderas of which are visible from the air. Guests traverse beneath Langjökull's thick ice sheet, experiencing the vivid blue coloration within, and gaining an insight into the glacier's beauty, formation and processes. It is the only place in the world where this is possible. ‘Into the Glacier’ tours are often combined with adventure activities such as snowmobiling.