Not for nothing did Vatnajökull feature in the James Bond film A View to Kill and the fantasy TV series Game of Thrones. Its unparalleled eerie beauty, wind-buffeted peaks, and giant sea of glinting white snow make the landscape look like another planet.
Situated in Southeast Iceland, Vatnajökull stretches 8,100 km² (3,127 mi²) and covers more than 9% of Iceland’s land, making it the largest glacier in Iceland and Europe. The average thickness of the ice reaches up to a whopping 400 m (1,312 ft)!
Today, this mammoth ice cap is a part of the Vatnajökull National Park, which was established in 2008 to safeguard Iceland's precious nature. Vatnajökull feeds into countless rivers and glacier tongues. It’s responsible for a large portion of Iceland’s attractions, including the celebrated Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. During the tour, your local guide will tell you fascinating natural and historical stories about the majestic glacier.
Vatnajökull is also home to Iceland’s highest summit, Hvannadalshnjúkur. You’ll have a chance to feast your eyes on this beautiful, pyramid-like structure. Beneath Vatnajökull sits some of Iceland’s most active volcanoes. While you probably won’t see any volcanic eruptions, the vast, wintry expanse of the glacier will send shivers down your spine!