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Vatnajokull Glacier

Address: Iceland
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Ranked #19 of 297 Attractions in Iceland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
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Type: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
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Brisbane, Australia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
38 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We went for a short glacier walk on one of the glaciers that make up the Vatnajokull icecap. We were issued with crampons and ice picks - we enjoyed the experience of our first time on a glacier. Next time, we'd probably go for a longer trip (this was only 2 hours, so you don't get too far).

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United Kingdom
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

The best holiday of my life. Went in 1982 with a group in a minibus (accompanied by chuck-wagon) across the central desert and past the glaciers like this one. It was amazing. I was particularly struck by the black-and-white landscape where black volcanic rocks were showing through the white snow. Incredible. We went in July and I remember on one... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

To see something like this with your own eyes is truly unforgettable! This experience made we want to come back to Iceland again and again, to see the changes to the nature and to see it in different season. We've been there in February 2014 and were lucky enough to have the glacier water decline, so we could visit the... More 

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193 reviews 193 reviews
50 attraction reviews
251 helpful votes 251 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

Started the day with the glacial hike. Had a good guide 'Dana', knowledgable, interesting, helpful. Put the ice shoes(spikes) on and headed to the glacier, I am travelling in a group of 4 and it was the 1st time any of us had walked on a glacier. We walked for about 1 hour, she told us investing information and we... More 

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San Diego, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
20 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Can truly say this one of the best experiences I have ever had. We were blessed with a warm, sunny day which made it even better. We went with Arctic adventures for 7 hour tour with climb. It was a challenging climb(the arms get tired) but well worth it!

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San Antonio
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This glacier is very nice. It is spectacular to see this. I remember seeing this in the James Bond movie "Die Another Day". This is also a national park in this country. It was the highlight of my day.

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Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Because of the bad weather the snowscooters were not available, our guide took us for a walk on the glacier, it was amazing. We met scientists from a university and they told us about the thikness and danger. It was very educational.

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Los Gatos, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

We visited the Vatnajokull National Park near Skaftadell which is in southern Iceland. The visitors center is excellent, and the trail from the visitors center to an active glacer was the highlight of that national park visit. The hike was about one hour round trip, and it was an easy hike. The scenery and uniqueness was great.

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Orono, Maine
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37 reviews 37 reviews
26 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I have never seen a glacier before this, and it did not disappoint. It is so vast and incredible, that it is difficult to describe. The views are simply stunning. Unfortunately, I was injured by the time I arrived at the glacier. Next time I will definitely pay for a glacier walk. I can't wait to go back and do... More 

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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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105 reviews 105 reviews
42 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

I only visited a few of Vatnajökull's snouts: Flaajökull and Svinafellajökull but that was enough for being totally impressed by the size of this thing. Just realise how powerful it is... Really amazing!

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