I’ve traveled quite a bit and Iceland takes the cake on having some of the most easily accessible glaciers in the world. Most of these can either be seen from the main road or involve just a short walk. They’re also all located in Southeast Iceland, so you don’t have to travel far to see each one!
Hoffellsjökull is by far my favorite because of how close we were able to get to it. There’s a long, dirt, bumpy road to drive on to get there. Though 4WD isn’t required, it’ll definitely give you peace of mind.
Our picture below is taken feet from where we parked. It was insanely windy while we were there, so we didn’t get to do much exploring. However, you can take a trail down to the actual glacier if you’re interested.
Jokulsarlon was by far the busiest glacier we visited. We had planned to kayak in the glacier lagoon, but the tour was cancelled due to the wind. Luckily we were able to book an amphibian boat tour, which took us around the glacier lagoon and up close to some icebergs. The glacier was quite a ways off in the distance, but I enjoyed seeing so many icebergs!
There are some glacier activities you can do at Fjallsarlon, which wasn’t nearly as crowded. There was a short walk from the car to get a good view of the glacier. You can go even further than the picture below shows if you’d like. I love how you can see the glacier pouring out over the surrounding landscape.
Skaftafellsjokull is located within Skaftafell National Park. The hike was the longest out of all the glaciers, but it was very flat and not too crowded. You can go even closer to the glacier than we did, but the sand was tough to walk on. I do wish I brought binoculars so I could see better off into the distance!
The glaciers in Iceland did not disappoint. Have you visited any glaciers in Iceland? What was your favorite one?