Vatnojökull - worth it without the tour?
Replies: 3 - Last Post: Aug 4, 2013 6:25 AM Last Post By: Alingsas2
Jul 31, 2013 7:30 AM
Aug 1, 2013 2:34 AM
1Vatnajokull covers 10% of the area of Iceland, what do you think "visiting" it means? Most people just enjoy the view of it, which can be seen over a very wide area, weather permitting. The glaciers you see when going for a walk at Skaftafell are part of Vatnajokull.
It is a very foolish idea for people without mountaineering experience and suitable equipment to think of walking on a glacier unsupervised. Quite a lot of people have died that way. In the case of Vatnajokull, in spite of it being so large, it is actually rather difficult for the ordinary tourist to approach it closely enough to attempt to walk on it. The main location where tours onto the glacier (mainly in special vehicles) start is a location called Joklasel, which is high up a mountain up a dirt road accessed between Jokulsarlon and Hofn. Since you need a 4wd to drive up that road, most people get a tour including transport up the road. It is often part of a combined package with a sailing tour on Jokulsarlon. Another option is the Kverkfjoll tour operated out of Myvatn, which to take best advantage requires an overnight at a mountain hut, because it is a long drive to get there and a long walk up to the most interesting sights.
If you want a walking on a glacier experience, the main option is an organised walk onto Solheimajokull near Vik.
Aug 1, 2013 12:56 PM
Aug 4, 2013 6:25 AM
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