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Jökulheimar and Tungnaá

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Drive from hotel

3 hrs


4×4 Car



Jökulheimar is an isolated yet fascinating area in the Icelandic highlands. Located on the western edge of the Vatnajökull area, Jökulheimar actually means “home of the glaciers.” Vatnajökull’s glacial tongue Tungnaárjökull is the source of Tungnáa, a powerful Icelandic river. Jökulheimar is akin to a black sand desert – flowing and unbroken with few signs of life. The isolation is immense but offers visitors the ability to escape and find a unique kind of peace. During the summer, visitors can access Jökulheimar via 4×4; however, in the winter, the area is only accesible via Super Jeeps.

Facts about Jökulheimar & Tungnaá


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Yes, it is possible to drive to Jökulheimar in the summertime; however, 4×4 cars are necessary. We highly recommend booking a guided tour with a local tour company. Ask in our Hotel Rangá reception to learn more about guided tours.

Jökulheimar is a vast expanse of black sand in the middle of the Icelandic highlands at the edge of Tungnárjökull. Jökulheimar is a base for scientific excursions on Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull. 

Facts about Jökulheimar & Tungnaá

It takes approximately 3 hours to drive from Hotel Rangá to Jökulheimar. You can only access Jökulheimar in a 4×4 vehicle.

It takes approximately 4 hours to drive from Reykjavík to Jökulheimar. You can only access Jökulheimar in a 4×4 vehicle.

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