Vatnajökull, also known as the Water Glacier in English, is the largest and most voluminous ice cap in Iceland, and one of the largest in area in Europe. It is the second largest glacier in area after Austfonna on Svalbard in Norway but, nevertheless, larger by volume. It is located in the south-east of the island, covering more than 8 percent of the country.NameThe name Vatnajökull is derived from vatna, the genitive plural form of vatn which means "water" in Icelandic but is also used to refer to a lake, and jökull, the Icelandic for glacier.SizeWith an area of 8,100 km², Vatnajökull is the largest ice cap in Europe by volume (3,100 km³) and the second-largest (after Austfonna on Nordaustlandet, Svalbard, Norway) in area (not counting the still larger Severny Island ice cap of Novaya Zemlya, Russia, which may be regarded as located in the extreme northeast of Europe). On 7 June 2008, it became a part of the Vatnajökull National Park.The average thickness of the ice is 400m, with a maximum thickness of 1,000m. Iceland's highest peak, Hvannadalshnúkur (2,109.6m), is located in the southern periphery of Vatnajökull, near Skaftafell National Park.Take a look at our Iceland trip planner to schedule your visit to Vatnajokull and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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Ice cave tour with Local Guide of Vatnajokull was great. Our guide Tinna was brilliant. Going up the glacier was quite an experience. Going inside the caves, even better. These are natural caves as op... more »
ツアーで氷の洞窟に行きました。ツアーによっても行く洞窟は変わるようです。私は青い洞窟では無く、通称アナコンダと呼ばれるものでした。外の光で照らされた氷の凹凸が、息を飲む美しさでした。たどり着くまでにはかなりのオフロードを専用の車に乗っていく必要があります。恐らくツアーのみだと思います。 more »I went to the ice cave on tour. The cave which goes by the tour seems to change. I was not a blue cave, but was known as an anaconda. The uneven ice that was illuminated by the outside light was a breath-taking beauty. By the time you get there, you'll have to take a lot of off-road dedicated cars. I think it is only a tour.
Went up with Galcier travels, Andrei was a great guide and great photographer. Great time on the ice and in the caves.
Absolutely amazing place. A must visit for all tourists visiting Iceland
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