Glaciers & Ice Caves in Iceland

March 11, 2023

Natural ice cave Iceland


Iceland is a country known for its vast array of glaciers. These glaciers cover an area of roughly 10% of the country and include some of the largest and most impressive glaciers in the world. Here are a few of the most popular glaciers in Iceland:

1. Vatnajökull Glacier: This is the largest glacier in Iceland and one of the largest in Europe, covering an area of approximately 8,000 square kilometers. It is situated in the southeast of Iceland and consists of several outlet glaciers that flow into the surrounding valleys.

2. Langjökull Glacier: This glacier is the second-largest in Iceland, covering an area of around 950 square kilometers. Located in the central highlands of Iceland, it is easily accessible for visitors with specially designed ice tunnels and cave tours.

3. Eyjafjallajökull Glacier: This glacier is located in the south of Iceland and famously erupted in 201, causing widespread flight cancellations across Europe. It covers an area of approximately 100 square kilometers and is surrounded by picturesque valleys, waterfalls, and hot springs.

4. Snæfellsjökull Glacier: This glacier sits atop a dormant volcano on the westernmost tip of Iceland’s Snæfellsnes Peninsula. It is a popular destination for hikers and climbers, offering stunning views of the surrounding coastline.

In addition to these, there are several other glaciers in Iceland such as Hofsjökull, Mýrdalsjökull, and Drangajökull, each with their own unique features and attractions.

Ice caves

Natural ice cave in Iceland
Natural ice caves in Iceland

Iceland is renowned for its breathtaking natural scenery, and one of its most fascinating features are ice caves. These stunningly beautiful formations are accessible in a few places in the country.

The ice caves themselves are a mix of frozen white and translucent blue, with walls that tower up to 100 feet high in some places. The colors come from the way that the light shines through the compressed ice creating an otherworldly and almost surreal atmosphere that is truly unforgettable.

One of the most popular destinations for ice cave tours in Iceland is Vatnajökull National Park, which is home to the largest glacier in Europe. Visitors can explore the park’s numerous ice caves with the help of experienced guides who can lead them through the winding tunnels and around the glittering crystal formations.

Other notable ice cave destinations in Iceland include Myrdalsjokull, Langjökull and Skaftafell, of which offer their own unique geological wonders and breathtaking vistas. No matter where you choose to explore, the ice caves of Iceland are sure to leave you awe-struck and inspired by the incredible power and beauty of nature.



By Stefan

Stefan is a professional guide in Iceland. He's been guiding visitors since 1988 and still loves his job! Professional general guide, hiking guide, incentive guide. National park ranger. Teacher and lecturer and former head of the Iceland Tourist Guide School. Seven univerisity degrees.

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