Vatnajökull Glacier

Vatnajökull Glacier

With an area of over 3000 square miles (almost 8000 square kilometres), Vatnajökull is Iceland's largest ice cap, the second biggest in Europe, and covers over 8% of Icelandic territory! Find out what to see and do there and how to get to Vatnajökull Glacier.

Vatnajökull Glacier is an enormous ice cap that covers over 8% of the territory of Iceland. It extends over 3000 square miles (almost 8000 square kilometres), and some of its ice is as much as 3,120 feet (almost 1 kilometre) thick. Unfortunately, as with the Langjökull and Snaefellsjökull glaciers, Vatnajökull is shrinking by several metres every year due to global warming.

What to do at Vatnajökull Glacier?

As well as simply enjoying the spectacular glacial scenery, there are several activities that allow you to make the most of your time at Vatnajökull. One of the most popular excurisons is trekking on the glacier: using ice picks and crampons, it's possible to walk over the vast ice cap and immerse yourself in the impressive icy landscapes. Experience this unique activity for yourself and book online in advance: Vatnajökull Glacier Hike.

If you want to delve even deeper into the magical landscapes of the Vatnajökull glacier, don't miss entering the blue ice cave underneath the ice cap. Hearing the sound of the ice moving as you marvel at the striking blue tones of the cave is a truly unforgettable experience. This activity is only possible during the winter, as when the temperature is warmer in summer, the cave is inaccessible. Check the available dates and book via our website: Skaftafell Ice Cave Tour & Glacier Hike.

Vatnajökull on screen

Among the many films and TV series shot in Iceland, Game of Thrones is one of the best known. Vatnajökull was chosen as the filming location to recreate the landscapes Beyond the Wall, known for its bitterly cold winters. 

As well as Game of Thrones, Vatnajökull Glacier has also been the setting for popular films as 007: Die Another Day, Tomb Raider and Batman Begins.