Vatnajökull Glacier – Europe’s Largest Glacier

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Vatnajökull is not only the largest glacier in Iceland but also the largest glacier in Europe. What’s more, Vatnajökull covers more than 8% of Iceland’s total landmass. This massive glacier is stunningly beautiful and well worth a visit.

The Vatnajökull National Park surrounds the glacier, and the area offers a variety of adventure activities for visitors. You can go ice climbing, take a glacier hike, visit ice caves or explore the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Contact the Hotel Rangá reception to book your guided tour of the Vatnajökull glacier today.

Vatnajökull is a glacier-volcano and several powerful volcanoes are located underneath its icy surface. These include Grimsvotn, Oraefajokull, and Bardarbunga. Vatnajökull glacier also is the source of many glacial rivers and notably more than 30 outlet glaciers.

FAQ about Vatnajökull Glacier

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Yes, it is the largest glacier in both Iceland and Europe. The glacier has a surface area of approximately 8,100 square kilometers (3127 square miles).

The best way to travel around Iceland is either by a rental car or with a local tour guide. From Hotel Rangá it is a fairly easy drive to Vatnajökull via the ring road. It takes approximately 2.5 hours to drive from Hotel Rangá to Vatnajökul national park.

There are numerous local tour companies that offer tours on Vatnajökull glacier, such as glacier hiking, ice climbing and ice caving. Please check with the Hotel Rangá reception to book a tour.

Distances from Vatnajökull Glacier

It takes approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes to drive to Vatnajökull national park from Hotel Rangá. 

It takes approximately 4 hours to drive to Vatnajökull national park from Reykjavík.

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