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Vatnajokull Glacier

Mar, 15 | |

Vatnajokull Glacier

Iceland is a land filled with lots of interesting things to do and incredible places to see. Amongst its lovely attractions worth visiting is the Vatnajokull glacier. This glacier is Iceland’s largest glacier and the largest Icecap in Europe with an area of over 8,000 km sq. This glacier contains about 3300 km³ of ice.

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Vatnajokull glacier has close proximity to Hvannadalshnukur, which is considered the highest peak in the entire country. It will be surprising to know that there are lots of volcanoes right under the ice cap. A volcanic eruption occurred here just recently in 2011. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Vatnajokull glacier is the location of the longest line of sight in the world, which is approximately 550 km. It has been used as the shooting location for several great movies including “A View to Kill”, a James Bond Series. Despite the fact that the shoot location of the movie was at Vatnajokull, Russia was given the credit as scene location. It is also considered to be one of seven natural wonders of Europe.

The best way to see and experience Vatnajokull glacier is by booking a tour with any of the tour operators offering services to this part of the country. There are loads of them available out there. You will explore the area using a 4×4 jeep alongside a professional tour guide. Asides that, you can also take a boat ride to the Vatnajokull glacier. Exploring the glaciers through the waterways create a stunning landscape picture and offers you the chance to catch spectacular views of it. Remember to bring your camera along with you as lots of picture taking opportunities awaits you there. Vatnajokull glacier National Park is also considered a perfect place for camping and hiking. Also, travelers can also decide on skiing on the ice caps. This makes Vatnajokull glacier and surrounding areas one of the most visited tourist attractions in Iceland. The glacier attracts thousands of people annually.

Covering about 8% of entire country, Vatnajokull glacier has an average thickness of 400m. Underneath Vatnajokull ice-cap are seven central volcanoes. One of the largest volcano underneath the glacier is The Kverkfjöll, located on the northern edge of Vatnajokull. So many travelers who had been opportune to visit the largest glacier in Europe consider it as a beautiful and serene place. It is definitely a beauty to behold.

As a result of its massiveness, one can possibly catch spectacular views of this beautiful glacier from the Faroe Islands, which is about 340 miles away. In 2008, the entire glacier and surrounding areas including National Parks as well as several nature reserves, were declared the largest National Park in Europe. The perfect and safest time when visitors can go into the glaciers is during the winter months. Whenever you are planning a vacation to Iceland, be sure to visit the Vatnajokull glacier. Your trip to Iceland will be considered incomplete if you miss out on visiting this incredible place. With the help of a guide, you are definitely going to experience memorable moments here. The Vatnajokull Glaciers a sight you will not want to miss.

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