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Vatnajokull Glacier

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Ranked #26 of 301 attractions in Iceland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Geologic Formations
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Los Gatos, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

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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35 reviews 35 reviews
25 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

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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88 reviews 88 reviews
41 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

just amazing, must go, must see, must take in all the info at the visitor center and if you are coming off a long hike, must have the soup at the center which is very very generous and good.

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London, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
31 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Visited the glacier with Glacier Jeeps, going up to the glacier by superjeep and then on to it by skidoo snowmobile. Snowmobiling in the summer is great fun and far warmer than artic Sweden in the winter!

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Calgary, Canada
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70 reviews 70 reviews
55 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We arrived at Skaftafell thinking we wouldn't be able to go on a glacier hike, but were really happy to find that Glacier Guides had one leaving in less than an hour. It was an amazing experience walking on a glacier. There are a ton of hiking paths around that you can do on your own if you don't want... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Would definitely recommend going on an ice walk up here, the company we used were great (name escapes me - sorry!!), Jung, was very knowledgable about the glacier and taught all our kids in our school group loads, really interesting walking in amongst the glacier. Great value for money too.

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London, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

This glacier is near a stunning national park in Iceland. There are several routes for hiking, so you can pick the one you prefer (easy, moderate or difficult). We got to see beautiful waterfalls and amazing Icelandic landscapes. Unfortunately the guided walks to the glacier were cancelled due to weather conditions, but the glacier still looked amazing from nearby!

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New York City, New York
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41 reviews 41 reviews
20 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

The Vatnajokull Glacier is imposingly beautiful with so many huge glacial tongues! There are many activities such as glacier walks, Ice cave tours, Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon. It has stunning beauty!

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New York City, New York
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141 reviews 141 reviews
17 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

Out of the 2 national parks that we went to (Snæfellsjökull and Vatnajökull), I definitely prefer Vatnajökull because there are more things to do here. Lots of trails to hike, waterfalls to see, and glaciers to hike on. There are 4 different entrances. The one we went to was Skaftafell. Bathrooms were alright, I wouldn't say exactly pristine clean. The... More

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