28 Dec Glacier tours in Iceland
Iceland is the second largest island state in Europe and the largest volcanic island in the world. Iceland has a land mass of approximately 100,000 km². 11% of the island’s surface is covered by glaciers. The word “Jökull” is the local word for glacier and is included in the majority of the names of glaciers. The landscape of glaciers takes your breath away and attracts many visitors annually and they become immediately spellbound by the beauty. Over the past few years more and more visitors have been flocking to the island and discover the beauty that makes this destination incredibly special.
There are many companies that offer special guided glacier tours and there are many different starting points where the tours commence. Three famous starting points are Reykjavik, Skaftafell and Solheimajokull. Among the largest glaciers are: Vatnajökull, Langjökul, Hofsjökull, Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull. Vatnajökull is the largest glacier in Iceland and in Europe, covering an area of 8100 square kilometers; it is also the third largest in the world. This mighty ice shield covers entire valleys, mountains, and volcanos. Under Langjökull (English for „long glacier“) lies two complete volcanic systems. Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull are at the very most southern point of the island. It is said that when the weather is nice on Mýrdalsjökull, you can enjoy one of the most beautiful views in the world.
After the volcanic eruption in 2010 the island mountain glacier (Eyjafjallajökull) became one of the most famous glaciers in the world and covers an area of 80 km². Ice trekking and ice climbing has been regularly offered on Vatnajökull and other large glaciers; it is also possible to explore Langjökull on a snowmobile and ride across Mýrdalsjökull on a dog sled. Certainly a very special experience for all nature lovers and adventure fans. Iceland has a relatively harsh climate. But if you are well prepared for your trip then it shouldn’t be a problem. The entire country is encircled by a ring road (Hringvegur). This allows travelers to drive along the 1136km long road to reach all of the various glacier areas.
Accommodations and Lodging in Iceland: The ring road mentioned above has a great selection of bright and inviting places for travelers to spend the night. At various points you have the opportunity to access the glaciers. Depending on the time of year, nature lovers also have to opportunity to camp in the great outdoors. For those looking for a bit more luxurious accommodations, they can rent a van or RV and travel and sleep in style. For travelers accustomed to the comfort a hotel has to offer, then there are many hotels and guest-houses to rent in the various towns and cities. Whoever wants to spend the night at Reykjavík should visit Alda Hotel Reykjavík. A very friendly and well-furnished 4-star hotel with a unique atmosphere and amazing service. The Icelandair Hotel in Vík is situated only a few meters from the ring road. Here you can prepare for a glacier tour in a very modern and bright hotel or just truly kick back and relax.
Getting There: Iceland is only reachable by plane at the international airport Leifur Eiríksson or by car-fairy in Norröna. Icelandair is the national Icelandic airline and offers numerous international connections to mainland Europe or the American continent.