Even if you have lived in Iceland your whole life, the wonders of Vatnajökull never cease to amaze and enthrall. The largest glacier in Europe tumbles down the highest mountain ridge in Iceland, creating tremendous icefalls just above the southeast part of Route 1.
The ice giant covers 8% of Iceland and is up to 1000 meters (3280 feet) thick. That equals 30 meters of ice evenly spread over all of Iceland – but we are in fact quite happy to keep it where it is. The Icelandic climate can be challenging enough without adding dozens of meters of ice on top of us.
Ice, water, and tectonic plate movements have shaped Vatnajökull’s surrounding landscape over millennia. Today, the whole area forms Europe's largest natural reserve, the Vatnajökull National Park, which is featured in the UNESCO World Heritage List since July 2019.
Underneath all this cold and magnificent beauty, the glacier harbors a fiery hot secret. This huge sheet of ice is placed directly on top of one of the world’s most active volcanic fields. As you can probably imagine, that sometimes makes for a dramatic relationship.
Vatnajökull holds a special place in the hearts of Icelanders. With this unique aircraft, we want to share the natural wonders of Vatnajökull with our passengers and invite them to step aboard a glacier to experience a stunning part of our home.
Vatnajökull possesses spectacular beauty. At its rim, vibrant turquoise icebergs float on glacial lagoons, and deep inside, the ever-changing ice caves mesmerize visitors with their display of sapphire blue light.
Adding some physics to the fun, glacier ice is in fact just plain, clear ice. It only appears blue because the blue wavelengths of sunlight pass all the way through the thick ice while red and yellow don’t. However, it is denser than usual ice and melts a lot slower – making it ideal for a prolonged cocktail hour.