Bij het natuurpark worden ook zogenoemde Skaftafell Ice Cave Tours aangeboden. 430316-1760. Marvel at a naturally-formed, blue ice cave and learn how glaciers are formed. The depth of snow on ÃrÃ¦fajÃ¶kull after a high-precipitation winter is between 10 and 15 m. Some of the snow will melt, while the rest forms glacial ice. Book Now. They also change daily, depending on what the weather is doing. The ice appears blue to our eyes as it is the only colour the ice reflects to our eyes, and the ice absorbs all the other colours. Substantial volcanic activity also characterises the landscape west of VatnajÃ¶kull, where two of the world's greatest fissure and lava eruptions of historical times occurred, at EldgjÃ¡ in 934 and LakagÃgar 1783-1784.  Generally measuring 400â600 m in thickness and at the most 950 m, the glacial ice conceals a number of mountains, valleys and plateaus. Ice Cave Tour in the National Park of Vatnajökull (From $180.55) Skaftafell Glacier Hike | 3-Hour Walk - Small Group (From $72.41) Small Group Glacier Wonders Adventure From Skaftafell (From $99.53) Small Group Glacier Hiking & Ice Caving Tour Inside Vatnajokull Glacier (From $124.31) 5-hour Glacier Adventure From Skaftafell (From $129.57) Quick View. Vatnajökull National Park (Icelandic: Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður) is one of three national parks in Iceland.It encompasses all of Vatnajökull glacier and extensive surrounding areas. Access is via a 22-foot entrance at the water's edge, though height clearance tapers down to only about 4 feet at the far end, about 150 feet in. Here youâll find stunning glaciers, interspersed with lush areas, waterfalls and ice cavesâ¦ It became part of the Vatnajökull National Park in 2008. The caves never get smaller, either the sun or rain carves out a larger area within the cave, or the walls become so thin that the cave collapses on itself and disappears. Here you can see the location of Skaftafell and Svartifoss waterfall on the map. VatnajÃ¶kull National Park is divided into four territories, each of them locally managed. A visitor centre is located at SkriÃ°uklaustur. Sinds 2008 is het gebied, dat zoân 1700 km² groot is, onderdeel van het nationaal park Vatnajökull. Read more. These tours are only operated in winter. The weather can vary considerably in an area as extensive as that covered by the National Park with its wide range of elevations. Traverse Europeâs largest glacier, and Icelandâs highest mountain range, to reach the entrance of the ice cave. , On 5 July 2019, VatnajÃ¶kull National Park was inscribed as a World Heritage Site. Skaftafell National Park is located by the roots of Iceland largest glacier Vatnajokull and once there you will witness plenty of its outlet glaciers cascading to the lowland, all with different names and characters.. You can even get very close to some of those glacier tongues and grand sceneries making one feel pretty vulnerable and small compared to this giant terrain and forceful nature. Glacier ice caves can form anywhere on the 30 or so outlet glaciers that exist on Vatnajökull, but will most of the time form on the edges of the glacier. When established, the park covered an area of 12,000 km2, but with recent additions of LakagÃgar, LangisjÃ³r, Krepputunga and JÃ¶kulsÃ¡rlÃ³n (including its surrounding areas) it now covers 14,141 km2 or approximately 14% of Iceland, making it Europe's second largest national park in terms of area after Yugyd Va in Russia. Quick View. The ice itself is spectacular, but no glacier ice cave looks the same every year. National park rangers conduct patrols and provide educational services in the park's highland areas. In the wintertime the water has frozen again, leaving visitors with tunnels of ice to explore. Check our Skaftafell Glacier Hike | 3 Hour Expedition. Bucketlist-materiaal: Skaftafell Ice Cave Tour. You will explore one of these wonders today in a tongue or the larger Vatnajökull. Temperatures range between 10 Â°C and 20 Â°C in summer, while winters are rather mild (the thermometer rarely falls below -10 Â°C and the temperature is often well above freezing point). , VatnajÃ¶kull is Europe's largest glacier outside the arctic, with a surface area of 8,100 km2. Precipitation increases closer to the north coast and in parts of the highlands such as at Askja. In the highlands, most ranger stations offer daily interpretive walks from early July until mid-August. They are only found in the wintertime, when the glacial rivers retract and the water freezes. The mighty Dettifoss waterfall still thunders into the upper end of this canyon, while the scenic formations at HljÃ³Ã°aklettar and the horseshoe-curved cliffs of Ãsbyrgi are found farther north. Skaftafell Blue Ice Cave Adventure & Glacier Hike. Glacier Discovery/Glacier Hike in Skaftafell Area. $816.16 per volwassene. The Southern Territory extends throughout the south-eastern part of VatnajÃ¶kull, or from LÃ³magnÃºpur mountain in the west to LÃ³n and LÃ³nsÃ¶rÃ¦fi in the east. The south side of VatnajÃ¶kull is characterised by many high, majestic mountain ridges, with outlet glaciers descending between them onto the lowlands. Although the glacier caves are formed in summertime, they can most of the time only be entered in the wintertime. Admire the beauty of the natural landmarks with its blue walls and ice formations as you venture inside the cave with your guide and ice picking equipment. (here). from $85.00. Sometimes the caves are tall, sometimes they are wide, they can also be narrow or with a low ceiling, with many chambers or just one large arch. Moulins are generally unsafe to enter, as they are a vertical drop. The visitor centres in Ãsbyrgi and SkriÃ°uklaustur are open from the beginning of May throughout September, but can be opened during winter on appointment. At While the icecap rises at its highest to over 2,000 m above sea level, the glacier base reaches its lowest point 300 m below sea level. The Eastern Territory includes KverkfjÃ¶ll mountains and north-eastern VatnajÃ¶kull, as well as the expanses of SnÃ¦fellsÃ¶rÃ¦fi. Read more. Find your adventure in the land of fire and ice with Troll Expeditions. Bij deze excursies ga je dieper de Vatnajökull in. Because of the weight and pressure of the ice in the glacier, the ice can become extremely dense and push out all the air bubbles. These areas are an important habitat for reindeer and pink-footed geese. Skaftafell Blue Ice Cave Adventure & Glacier Hike. Be prepared to see one of the most beautiful shades of blue on a glacier! Already at 6.30 oâclock today we set off on the 180 km long way to the ice caves of Vatnajökull in the Skaftafell National Park. Being inside an Ice Cave provides visitors with unparalleled photographic opportunities while capturing the blue light passing through the glacier ice. They look amazingly beautiful from the inside. Sometimes it seems as if you are looking at an ocean wave that is frozen in time. It is therefore always a unique experience to explore the inside of a glacier ice cave. Further north beyond the ice cap, annual precipitation decreases. The ice cave is located at the base of Breiðamerkurjökull (glacier). Head out on a thrilling ice adventure to the Skaftafell Ice Cave from Hofn. 8 Day Summer Circle Tour, Ring Route of Iceland with Snæfellsnes Peninsula. With a surface area of 5,033 miles, the glacier spans eight per cent of the country and is the largest glacier in Europe. Hvannadalshnjúkur - Hike Iceland's Highest Peak. Broad wetlands and expansive ranges distinguish the areas near the glacier and farther east, around SnÃ¦fell. From time to time there are volcanic eruptions and an enormous amount of ice melts suddenly, making the glacier retreat a lot.