Category Archives: Iceland Glaciers

Grjótárdalur Skarðsheiði 080111 – The guides correct the direction!

The hiking club Toppfarar hiking arount the valley of Grjótárdalur Skarðsheiði in difficult conditions of weather and hiking conditions. Total of 16, 4 km in 8:20 hrs. up to 1.023 m with ascendant of 1.411 m. In this video the guides are correcting the direction from the ridge north of the valley Miðdalur back to the ridge in Mt.Miðfjall, east of the valley Miðdalur.
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Gráfell in 6 peaks-hike in Tindfjallajökull – 110910

Hiking Club Toppfarar hiking six peaks in glacier Tindfjallajökull in september 2010 in a fair weather, warm and sunny in the beginning but then foggy and rainy and sunny in the end at the last two peaks. In this one we are hiking down the fifth peak, Gráfell – 1.070 m – and the weather has changed to a sunny and warm weather with splendid view all over Tindfjalladalur with all the peaks of the day surrounding the valley.
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Iceland Glaciers & Jokulsarlon Glacier lagoon | Icelandtotal.com

Glaciers cover ca. 11% of Iceland. The largest glaciers are located in the southern part of the country and in the central highlands, with Vatnajokull being the largest one and actually Europe’s largest glacier. Jokulsárlon lagoon, located at the south end of Vatnajokull glacier, is the largest and best known glacial lake in Iceland. Tours to glaciers and the Jokulsarlon lagoon are one of the most popular activities among Iceland travelers. To book a Glacier tour in Iceland, please visit Icelandtotal.com.
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Fascinating Glaciers Of Iceland

Fascinating Glaciers Of Iceland

Article by Bjorn Olav Jonsson

One of the most fascinating things of Iceland is the glaciers present here. These glaciers cover more than 11 percent of the total land area of this country. All types of glaciers are found here in Iceland. Below is the narration of two most popular and the biggest glaciers in every aspect, of Iceland

VATNAJOKULL

This glacier was named after some sub-glacial lakes, which were situated in the centre of a very volcanically active region. So far, it is the largest glacier of Iceland as well as Europe with an area of 8100 square kilometers. The average thickness of this glacier is 400 meters and at many places it is as thick as 1100 meters. It contains about 3300 cubic kilometers of ice. The sub-glacial landscape of this glacier is a plateau with lots of valleys and ravines. The highest icecap of this glacier is around 1800 meters above the sea level. The ablation elevation has lots of difference in each direction. Its 1100 meters in south, 1200 meters in west and 1300 meters in north. Many small and big sized glaciers are formed and flow towards the low lying areas. It is the most researched glacier in Iceland and one of the most researched in the world. One such research was started in 1934, following the eruption in the lake region. At that time a glaciological society was formed and it has continued its research every year. This society has many huts on the many icecaps of this glacier. The last eruption in lake region was witnessed in 1996 and then in 1998.

LANGJOKULL (THE LONG GLACIER)

The long glacier is the second largest glacier of Iceland. It covers an area of around 950 square kilometers. It highest peak is around 1300 meters above the sea level. It is set on the hump of Hyaloclastite Mountains. The rise is highest on the southern and northern part of the mountain. People do not know much about it because glaciological society has not researched on it to the extent, they should have done. This society has its hut at Nunatak Fjallkirjan which is 1228 meters above the sea level. The southwestern part of the icecap is named Gietlandsjokull at its height is more than 1400 meters at the elevation. One can get some excellent view from the peak, taking into consideration, if the weather is fine and the day is sunny and clear. At some distance from Gietlandsjokull is another part of glacier called the Thorisjokull. Its height is 1350 meters. According to some ancient stories, it was named after the name Agre Thorir who used to live in the green valley situated in the pass between the glaciers.

Many little glaciers are generated from this big glacier and all have their particular introduction. Nowadays, there is no snow or ice on the top of the mountain called Ok which is 1198 meters high. This mountain is very famous as it lies in the way of the Kaldidalur route. Two very famous glaciers are surrounding this bigger glacier. One is Eiriksjokull and the other is Hrutafell. These two glaciers are the suppliers of water to the country’s biggest natural lake, geothermal area in the west and also the geysers area.

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Bjorn Olav Jonsson is a freelance writer. For further information visit the website, www.icelandguest.com.

Hike Iceland – My Commune with a Glacier

Hike Iceland – My Commune with a Glacier

Article by David Brooks

For all those nature lovers who also love a good adventure hike, you should check out Iceland. It is like a hiker’s paradise, especially if you love glaciers.

To me there is nothing better than getting outdoors and going for a nice long trek. I love the adventure, the physical challenge and exploring new places. I also have a certain proclivity towards glaciers. I think that they are amazing, though I have never actually seen one up close. Last month I got the chance to do just that.

I didn’t go to Iceland just for hiking, I was there on business. But over the weekend, I decided to get book a tour. There are several hiking and trekking tour companies in Iceland so it wasn’t hard. With the help of the front desk clerk at the hotel I was staying at, I got in touch with a company that offers tours right from Reykjavik; turns out that you don’t necessarily have to travel far to get out in nature or to commune with a glacier.

Anyways, I made my choice of tour operators and told them what I wanted to do. They suggested a tour that fit my time frame and desire to explore a glacier, in this case Solheimajokull glacier. I think this translates as “sun home glacier” at least I think that is what it translates to with my rough knowledge of Icelandic. This particular glacier is located about two hours away from the capital city.

The tour company picked me up from my hotel in the morning and off we went. I was amazed at how quickly we were in the country. Reykjavik is not a very big capital city and most of Iceland is uninhabited. When we arrived at the glacier, I instantly fell in love. The weather was picture perfect and the contrasting colors of blue sky and the white glacier were outstanding.

We took a few minutes to go over a safety brief, put on our extra clothes and crampons and then we were off. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and told us all kinds of facts about Iceland, glaciers and such. But, what I liked best was when everyone stopped talking. Rarely in our busy lives do we get to experience absolute silence and that was one of the early pleasures of this glacier tour. We all stopped walking and talking and there it was, total silence. I turned my face to the sun and just soaked up this moment.

Later, we got to explore some crevasses and beautiful blue-white ice sculptures. When you touch this kind of ice, you are amazed by how smooth it is like polished glass. We got to walk through long ridges that were like narrow ice hallways.

What struck me about this glacier was that it seemed to have a positive affect on everyone’s mood. It is kind of like the glacier is pumping out negative ions and it helps you feel content and grounded in that moment. I also think that the glacier, by the fact that it has been around for so long, imparts a certain sense of history and almost embodies a wise personality. Maybe it was just me, I tend to anthropomorphize everything.

One the way back to the city, our guide also stopped by two beautiful waterfalls, Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss. Being from the western US, I am not used to seeing so much water and I was struck by the raw power and beauty of these falls. Raw power and beauty is a good analogy for Iceland in general.

All-in-all I was very satisfied with my Iceland hiking tour experience. This particular tour wasn’t very strenuous, so if you want something more physical, you can choose Zyrtec online a different tour. I think that one day I would like to come back here and do one of their multi-day tours.

So, if you are looking for a new hiking adventure or just an Iceland day tours idea, I wouldn’t hesitate to tell you to hike Iceland. Next time I am going to visit Skaftafell in the East for a longer trek.

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David Brooks is a customer service specialist at Blindsgalore.com, a internet retailer of window treatments, blinds, shutters and shades.

Iceland’s Golden Circle Tour

Iceland’s Golden Circle Tour

Article by David Brooks

If you are planning a trip to Iceland, one of the tours you should look into is the golden circle tour. This will give you an experience of several of the country’s top tourist attractions.

Just what will you see on this tour? Generally, the “golden circle tour” consists of three prime locations, or attractions: Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir National Park all located in southwest Iceland.

Gullfoss (which translates as “gold waterfall”, whereas, ‘gull’ is gold and ‘foss’ is waterfall) is probably the most famous waterfall in Iceland and the one you will often see pictures of. It is located on the Hvita (white) River. It is a powerful site and certainly worth seeing. The falls drop in two steps and then the river turns sharply to the left, forming a fairly narrow and steep canyon.

“Geysir” is a hot springs geyser located in an area called Haukadalur. We actually get our word, “geyser” in English from Icelandic. Specifically, this geyser is called strokkur, which means “boy.” If you have ever been to Yellowstone Park, then you kind of know what to expect. Strokkur is smaller than the one in Yellowstone but it is no less beautiful. What is also different about viewing the geyser in Iceland is the visitors can get quite a bit closer to it than American safety standards would dictate. I am not saying it isn’t safe, in fact this is something I like about Iceland as opposed to America: fewer rules, i.e. you are a grown up and can look after yourself.

Next up on the golden circle tour, though not necessarily in this order, is Thingvellir. Thingvellir is the site of the original Althing, Iceland’s first parliament. It dates back to 938 A.D. That’s right; Iceland had a parliamentary democracy over 1000 years ago. This site is also located about 40 minutes outside of the capital city, Reykjavik. Thingvellir is also a national park and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Icelanders traditionally came from all over Iceland to this spot annually. People bartered goods, resolved civil matters and decided on laws. It was also quite a social gathering I imagine. The site is right on a volcanic rift and you can walk between the rifts. There’s a beautiful waterfall and deep pools of crystal clear water, all off which flows out into a rather large lake called Thingvellirvatn, or “the water of Thingvellir.”

There are a few ways you can see this tour. First, you can take a tour bus which is the most cost-effective way but certainly the least personal and intimate. You can also choose to book a tour with one of the many jeep tour companies. This option is much more adventurous, personal and unrestricted, especially in terms of time. The jeep tour option can be more fun because most likely they will take you off road to see what the tour bus patrons will not. The third option, and also the most expensive, is to rent a car, secure a map and do it all yourself. Don’t worry too much about getting lost. Iceland is pretty easy to get around in and there aren’t that many roads that you would get massively confused as you might in a metropolitan area.

If you are only going to be in Iceland for a short time, the golden circle tour is a good option. It will give you a decent overview of some of the country’s highlights. But don’t think that these attractions are necessarily the best Iceland has to offer, they aren’t. In fact, Iceland has hundreds, if not thousands of natural wonders. If you ever have the time and wherewithal, I would recommend spending a couple weeks camping, hiking and exploring this natural wonderland, it is one of the most pristine wildernesses left on earth.

If you are looking for things to do in Iceland and are short on time, try the Iceland golden circle tour, it is pretty good as far as Iceland tours go. If you want a different idea try the Langjokull super jeep tour Iceland. Have fun! – David Brooks

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David Brooks is a freelance SEO consultant based in San Diego, CA.