Journey to the glaciers
We’ll drive up to the country’s largest glacier where we explore the vast white dessert-like landscape before visiting a glacial lagoon where we’ll sail around the icebergs.
We’ll drive along a picturesque, winding coastal road where most cannot help but be impressed by the surrounding scenery. Icy blue glacier tongues cascade between vast mountains, all under the watchful eye of the magnificent Vatnajökull glacier.
The mighty Vatnajökull glacier
The whole area is dominated by this vast ice-cap which is the world’s third largest after those of Antarctica and Greenland. Under the ice-cap are numerous active volcanoes – the two major volcanic centres are those of Kverkfjöll and Grímsvötn. The latter is Iceland’s most active volcano since the middle Ages, it erupted in 1996, 1998 and again in November 2004.
Upon leaving the highway, we continue by way of a tortuous road up to Skálafellsjökull and the consequent Vatnajökull ice-field. The ascent might be described by some as being “white knuckle” but there is no denying that it is spectacular, safe and undeniably worth it.
Switching to snow vehicle, we head out over the vast wide expanse of snow. Passengers get to experience Europe’s largest glacier at very close quarters, with the added thrill of knowing that several active volcanoes are lurking under the hundreds of metres of ice below. After this exhilarating experience we’ll have lunch at the Glacial Hut.
Onto Jökulsárlón lake
Then, we’ll head onwards to Jökulsárlón, which is a deep lake clustered with ice flows. The glacial lagoon began to form around 1950; before this, the Jökulsá river flowed from under the glacier directly out to sea, swiftly and dangerously. Today the Jökulsárlón lagoon is popular with visitors who cruise on the waters between the majestic icebergs. After enjoying the breathtaking, scenic surroundings we turn back to Höfn.
- Boat tour and lunch included
- Language: English
- Max. participants: 100