In Vatnajökull, bulks of untouched ice stretch into the horizon as far as the eye can see.
Covering 8% of the country to the south, Vatnajökull is the largest, most voluminous, and by far the most spectacular ice cap in Iceland. It is a preserved area within the boundaries of Vatnajökull National Park. To hikers, geography enthusiasts, and casual travelers, the area is the single embodiment of the island’s icy side. Isolation is awash with rivers, blanketed volcanoes, and monumental rock formations all around.
There are around 30 glaciers in Vatnajökull with several volcanoes under them. Every now and then, one decides to arise from its slumber, turns the terrain all chaotic in glacier floods, and invokes a sense of wonder in its curious spectators. Like a snake that molts, Vatnajökull rejuvenates every ten years or so in utmost vigor. There are less active and equally enchanting sites scattered across the park, such as the volcanic fissure Lakagígar that lies dormant for almost 300 years.
The national park is also home to several gushing waterfalls and mystical ice caves. They are seemingly scripted for wild adventures in the great outdoors. But beyond leisurely activities, a profound sense accompanies visitors everywhere they go. It is a reminder that everything they see and touch in this vast space is as old as time itself.
Tours visiting Vatnajökull
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