Glacier snout and a fascinating cave

Glaciers cover about 11% of Iceland. The largest of them is the Vatnajökull Glacier, which covers 8% of the country; it is one of the largest glaciers in the world. The largest glaciers in Iceland are in the southern part of the island. The reason is that there is much more rainfall than in the northern region. Up to a quarter of the country’s total precipitation falls on the glaciers, all temperate glaciers.

Many of the largest and most powerful volcanoes in the country are under glacier caps, such as Katla in Mýrdalsjökull, Eyjafjallajökull and Snæfellsjökull. Grímsvötn, Bárðarbunga and Öræfajökull are volcanoes in Vatnajökull.

The glaciers are a fascinating world that is best explored in winter. Icelandic Times invites you to a little glacier trip… so you can dream and plan your next trip to Iceland.


Seals lie sprawled out in calm winter weather at Jökulsárlón Lagoon. The highest mountain in Iceland, Öræfajökull in the background.


Well-equipped travellers face a storm on Sólheimajökull glacier, a glacier tongue from Mýrdalsjökull.


Fifteen tourists walk in a single file on the glacier snout of Sólheimajökull.


A world of wonders under Breiðamerkurjökull in Vatnajökull.


Photographs & text: Páll Stefánsson

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