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Svinafell Glacier

Skaftafell, Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland
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Get up close with a glacier tongue

Once you find the parking there is a vistors centre (pay for parking there) and you can walk up to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
James S
,
Banbury, United Kingdom
via mobile
Amazing

The Svinafell glacier at Vatnajokull National Park is an amazing location. Beautiful glacier... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Highlander-GG
,
Rochester Hills, Michigan
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  • Very good23%
  • Average0%
  • Poor1%
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“ring road” (5 reviews)
“car park” (5 reviews)
“short walk” (3 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Skaftafell, Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland
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"approach road"
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"views are amazing"
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"proper equipment"
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"blue sky"
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"blue ice"
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"vatnajokull national park"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Once you find the parking there is a vistors centre (pay for parking there) and you can walk up to the edge of the glacier. It says a 10 minute walk, but it took us about 30 minutes each way (and we are not slow...More

Thank James S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Svinafell glacier at Vatnajokull National Park is an amazing location. Beautiful glacier formation for great photos.

Thank Highlander-GG
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Reviewed 7 June 2018

beautiful glacier that looks much different than the rest in the area and is lovely to watch and walk around....Looked live a marble finish from a distance.The mix of dirt and ice and colour with a sunny blue sky was pretty spectacular..Be careful walking on...More

Thank rmody26
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Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

Follow this simple trail in Skaftafell national park and you get really close to the glacier. The different colors of the ice are great, the views are amazing BUT seeing how far the glacier had retreated is a bit on the sad side.

Thank denise b
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

The walk from the Skaftafell visitor center is of about 25-30 minutes on even terrain, so it's easy to reach. Bring your best jackets, as the temperature falls drastically the closer you are to the glacier. The views are amazing and you just can't put...More

Thank Ugo C
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

Decided to check out the glacier behind our hotel down a dirt road and were blown away - have a look - also a location for Game of Thrones !

Thank PJ_WestLondon
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

You feel like you are walking on the moon in a deserted land until you reach this breathtaking glacier : the largest in EU actually. It is mesmerizing to see and very humbling to be at the feet of this giant. Short walk and definitely...More

Thank Clem C
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Reviewed 16 March 2018

While the approach road may not be the best, Svinafell is a great spot to get great views of the glacier tongue without having to hike.

Thank karnrateria
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Reviewed 8 February 2018 via mobile

Svinafell is one of the smaller arms of Vatnajökull, stretching out on the west side. The small glacier is close to the ring road and easy accessible.

Thank Niels L
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Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

You can easily park at the car park and then a few minutes walk will take you to the very edge of this glacier. You can see the very end of it. Be careful walking on the edges as it can be very slippery. It...More

Thank Sharon G
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