Vatnajökull Glacier
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Dennis E
Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands158 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Amazing place. Definately check for tours, as you won't get to the cool spots without a guide and/or superjeep. We did a snowscooter tour with Vatnajökull tours which we booked through Guide to Iceland and it was really amazing. Also, if you've never walked on a glacier, definately book a walking tour. Around the glacier are some other great must see hot spots like diamond beach, the lagoon, etc.
Written June 11, 2022
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alexandra ice
Chicago, IL83 contributions
Apr 2019
The glaciers in Iceland are visibly melting so don't lose any opportunity to visit the massive ice surroundings.
Once you're up there it's just you and the large mass of ice, cold and peace.
There are glacier hikes, jeep tours or snowmobile tours if you want to touch the cold of Vatnajokull.
A must-visit destination with an unique experience!
Written March 4, 2020
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Sergi
Barcelona, Spain13 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Walked through the Falljökull glacier (Vatnajokull) guided by Melrakki Adventures, what a nice experience!
You must take a guide to go there, otherwise it's too dangerous. We got the chance to see a nice blue ice cave too. With Oddur the experience was great!

Very recommendable!
Written October 26, 2020
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Edyta S
Gdansk, Poland949 contributions
Sep 2021 • Friends
Absolutely phenomenal and unforgettable experience. While in Iceland, you have to be here and have a hike on a glacier. Unfortunately its also quite sad experience cause here like no other place you can feel and see the effects of global warming. Do it while you still can!
Written October 26, 2021
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Texonesian
Dallas, TX125 contributions
Nov 2015 • Couples
When you walk on this glacier, you feel the energy of the history of this world crunching and sloshing beneath your feet. If you guides are to be believed (believe them), you will be introduced to ice that is older than our species. If you are lucky, you may even encounter an illicit opportunity to harvest some very ancient ice with you ax, and drop it into your beverage - so that you can enjoy a sample of what this planet tasted like before we had cars, airplanes, baseball, America, Jesus, and writing... That's when you realize that we are, in fact, nothing! If you make the trip to this country, then you NEED to take a hike on Vatnajokull Glacier!
Written April 19, 2016
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PM_Calif
Saratoga, CA34 contributions
Mar 2015 • Solo
In the absence of a proper place, I am categorizing this review under Vatnajokull. However this is a humble attempt to capture our journey (and dos/donts) from Reykjavik to East Iceland. Though the primary trip was with Iceland Photo tours (Olgeir) I also took some diversions and trips during the process.

Time of the Trip: I made this trip in early March. And hence expect extremely cold and unpredictable climate. Temperatures are often close to 0 F and goes sub-zero at nights. Reason I mention at nights..we have to spend pretty extensive periods outside @night to capture the Northern Lights

Things to Carry:
Must have Extremely warm jacket, Snow Pants, Snow boots, a very good cap (that cover the ears) and gloves. In fact take spare cap and gloves as it is possible to loose them without realizing since your hands might be numb from the cold. Also make sure the snow boots can sustain the extremes. Also make sure the jacket is waterproof. You will definitely run into lot of rain in the winter months. This is one journey where it important to have the best stuff..hence spend the money (and brand) without compromising on quality. Medicine : Some good headache medicines due to possible elevations and low temps. Good to have : Hand warmers

Journey:
Took the Icelandair from NYC to Reykjavik (Keflavik) and was received by Iceland Photo Tour (Olgeir) at the Airport. Typically the flight reaches Keflavik at 6:30 am and almost all the tours start around 8:30-9 am. So it is probably safer to reach the day before. Btw if you are planning to go from Airport to Reykjavik city take the Flybus. You can buy the tickets in flight and they are the cheapest and best mode of transport.

And then our journey started from there..I don't all the places we visited since some of the palces have no names..but the key is if you want to enjoy Iceland don't stay in Reykjavik..take the Highway 1 (Ring Road) and start driving East. We passed/stopped at lot of falls including Selfoss. But the key highlights of the trip was Jokusarlon (beach and lagoon), Austarland, Vik and surroundings, Glacier hike in Vatnajokull and Ice Caves.

We had a very nice Northern Lights viewing somewhere in East Iceland. Cant tell the name of the place as it really has no name. But the key is to have a good guide and patience. We braved the temperatures for around 3 hours before the Lights decided to show up around 2 am. That's why its important to be prepared for cold nights

Once we finished crisscrossing West to East Iceland, we came back to Reykjavik. Stronly suggest against staying in the city for more than 2 days. Total waste with respect to what you would have seen in the Highlands and wilderness. If you have to pick a tour, the only place worth visiting might be Reykjannes Peninsula.This is interesting and touristy primarily because of the geysers and where NASA trains its moon mission astronauts. But The Golden Circle etc is OK..more hype.

Place to avoid : Blue Lagoon. Don't spend a day in Blue lagoon. In fact when you are going back to the Airport, you can get dropped and spend couple of hrs max. Else its the most hyped place in Iceland. Infact the landscape and lagoon outside the actual Blue Lagoon complex is much better. There is a place called bridge that divides the continents. This can also be avoided though its included in the tour packages for most part

Food : One good thing about Iceland is you get very decent food in the gas stations. But if you are a vegetarian its worth carrying lot of fruits and bars. Limited choice.

Camera: DO NOT COMPROMISE on SLR camera, Lens, Tripod, Remote and Filters. And DO carry 2-3 extra battery and memory cards. The batteries wil, run out pretty quickly. And also a waterproof cover for the camera. This is beyond the iPhone capability. Capture what you can because this landscape is probably closest to what Earth was when god created it..Just surreal

Climate : This is a land of microclimates. SO weather changes every 15-20 mins and in winter rain is very likely. So carry lot of warm and waterproof stuff. Don't take fancy shoes or dresses. And travel light.

Hope this helps and good luck for the trip
Written April 7, 2015
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DRU
Boston, MA42 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
This review is to alert travelers that between Jökulsárlón and Höfn, near the hotel Smyrlabjörg, there is a gravel road that you can take to arrive at the Fláajökull tongue of the massive Vatnajökull glacier.

Once you arrive at the parking lot, you can cross a bridge and follow a marked path taking you right up to the glacier's edge. You can touch the glacier, though any kind of clambering would be at your own peril.

The entry point from the ring road is perhaps 10-15 minutes in the direction of Höfn after passing hotel Smyrlabjörg, and is close to a farm. The gravel entry point is marked with a sign for Fláajökull.
Written June 23, 2016
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thomasroger
Copenhagen, Denmark91 contributions
Oct 2015
This should be MANDATORY!

Here what you do: You go to Iceland. You get in a car and drive to one of the many access points of the enormous glacier Vatnajökull. You stand in awe.

Breakdown: It came out of nowhere. I was in Iceland on a film job and we had the glacier listed as a location for one of our scenes. One of many. So maybe I forgot to really think about, what it really was. Maybe it was the simply overwhelming impact Icelandic nature has on a first time visitor. Every corner your turn, there's something different and breathtaking. It wears your visual brain center down in a couple of days. So I wasn't prepared. For Vatnajökull.

It roughly takes up a fifth of Iceland. The size is beyond understanding. The beauty is like nothing man made. If anything - this is the church of God. It's raw, uninhibited nature. It will change you as a human being. Humble you in the best way possible.

And - if we don't change our ways - it will be gone in less than a 100 years!

Make the effort. Go there. Go early and see the sunrise. Take it in. Let Vatnajökull change you. Pass it on. This should be MANDATORY!
Written October 14, 2015
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Gary B
West Chester, OH276 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
Snowmobiling on Vatnajokull Glacier is definitely one of the greatest things I have done in my life. You simply must add it to your bucket list if you are ever in Iceland. It is not close to Reykjavik, it is 5 hours away on the Southern coast of Iceland, but it is absolutely worth the scenic drive to get there. They have jeep tours and snowmobile tours; do the snowmobile tour and take your own snowmobile. You are out on the glacier for about an hour. We had a perfect beautiful sunny day and it was like no place I have ever been. I have landed on glaciers in Alaska and walked on them but this is the largest glacier in the world. It is only surpassed by the countries of Greenland and continent of Antarctica. It is safe if you are careful. We did have a woman in the group who was not driving fall off and break her ankle so you do have to be cautious. They give you a jumpsuit and boots to wear, you will not get cold. You can get the snowmobile up to 30 miles an hour. You receive instructions on how to operate it before you start out. They stop three times for pictures so you can take in the incredible beauty. There is a little building where you get dressed and they have food availed. It is about an hour drive from where they pick you up to where the glacier starts, and of course an hour back down. Allow for 4 hours all together. You WILL NOT regret doing this, it is fantastic
Written August 7, 2015
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Indranu H
Bangkok, Thailand431 contributions
Jul 2012 • Family
this was the highlight of our trip to iceland. We were picked up at the junction at 4pm. This was a specially arranged tour for our group. The weather was perfect, bright sunshine and very little wind. We took the rubber boots from them and the guide took us to the end of the glacier. The trip lasted for 2.5 hrs and we had a blast.Highly recommended to do it on a clear day.Nothing like being on top of the largest glacier in Europe on a jeep
Written July 20, 2012
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