Iceland Glaciers

There are many glaciers in Iceland, the largest glacier in Iceland is Vatnajokull and it is the largest 

glacier mass in Europe. It covers an area of roughly 8100 km 2, and is 
about 1000m thick where it is thickest. Its average thickness is between
 400 and 500m, and the total ice volume of Vatnajokull is probably in 
the vicinity of 3300 cubic km. The ice cap covers a highland plateau, generally reaching 600-800 m 
altitude, but dissected by numerous broad and narrow subglacial valleys. 
 A number of large volcanoes are covered by the great ice cap, including
 Oraefajokull (Öræfajökull) (2111 m), Bardarbunga (Bárðarbunga) (2020 m)
 and Grimsvotn. For those interested in a little Iceland adventure there
 are glacier walks available where a tourist in Iceland can experience 
the wonders of Icelandic nature up close and personal. If you have a 
mind to see these magnificent Icelandic glaciers and take a walk on them
 please don't do so unaccompanied. There are accidents and fatalities 
every year on the Icelandic glaciers involving people, both tourists in 
Iceland and locals, who are not equipped well enough or are 
inexperienced.  A guided glacier tour is definetly the way to go if you 
are not satified with seeing the Icelandic glaciers from afar.

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Breidamerkurjokullis an outlet glacier of the larger glacier of Vatnajokull in southeastern Iceland. Emerging as a tongue of the Vatnajokull, it ends in a small lagoon, known as Jokulsarlon...


Drangajokull is the northernmost glacier of Iceland. It is situated southwest of the peninsula Hornstrandir in the Vestfirdir region. The glacier covers an area of 160–200 km2 (62–77 sq. mi) at an altitude...


The glacier snout Eyjabakkajokull is the easternmost of the other much larger, northern tongues. It flows through the so-called Devil’s Pass to the east of Breidabunga and down to the mud-flats Eyjabakkar...


The Myrdalsjokull (1480m) is the fourth largest glacier with an area of about 590 km². It rests on a very volcanically active mountain ridge, which erupted in 1918. Its volcano is called Katla...