Vatnajokull Glacier, the largest glacier in both Iceland and Europe, displays fascinating ice caves. Like GoEcco Eco Tours describes "It’s like standing under a frozen blue ocean or in a frozen cathedral surrounded by millions of shades of blue". Vatnajokull Glacier has a surface area of approximately 8000km² which covers 8% of the Island. It’s thickness is equally impressive as its average is between 400-600m but in certain areas does reach depths of almost 1000m!
"It’s like standing under a frozen blue ocean or in a frozen cathedral surrounded by millions of shades of blue"
Many tour companies provide daily guided tours into the cave. We chose GoEcco Eco Tours where we were picked up by Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and transported in their 4x4 truck through the harsh road conditions, where we were driven right up to the caves entrance. GoEcco provided the helmet and shoes and a very knowledgable friendly guide.
"depths of almost 1000m!"
Entrance to Vatnajokull Glacier
Having formed over thousands of years on top of valleys, mountains and volcanoes, the constant movement and varying seasonal conditions create some astonishing Ice caves which are accessible to visitors. However, due to their unpredictable nature, there is a need to go with a guide who is able to ensure you are safe beneath the ice as well as being able to give you a detailed insight into the Glacier’s history and the formation of these natural marvels. Created and altered by the seasonal conditions, these caves are only accessible during the months of December through to March when the temperatures restrict melting and movement in the ice.
The meltwater from the Summer season alters the ice caves making their structure change every season and creating different ice patterns
Unfortunately due to its confining size along with currently being one of Iceland’s top attractions, the cave does however get quite busy inside and can be slightly restricting. However, all in all it was still extremely impressive and very interesting to visit thanks to GoEcco.
A jumping photo on Vatnajokull Glacier...well why not?