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Mýrdalsjökull, Vik

#4 of 6 in Nature in Vik
Geologic Formation · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Experience the thrill and the beauty of Mýrdalsjökull, one of Iceland’s foremost natural wonders. The peak of the glacier reaches 1,493 m (4,898 ft) and its thick ice covers the active Katla volcano. Unlike other glaciers that you can only admire from a distance, here you can get up close, and even step onto the ice and taste the frigid water. You'll be able to choose from a variety of tours ranging from snowmobile and Jeep rides, to dog sledding and ice climbing. Because of crevasses and quickly changing and extreme weather conditions, touring the glacier with an experienced guide is recommended. Plan to visit Mýrdalsjökull and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Vik attractions using our Vik travel site.
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  • Plenty of free parking. Toilet facilities 300isk. A van is there selling some hot food. If you want to walk on the glacier you will require equipment which can be hired from the hut & a guide will...  more »
  • Water bubbling out of the mountain as you walk a path overlooking a body of water with mountainous terrain behind as you round a bend to see a wall of ice and a field of snow behind. Absolutely...  more »
  • Good place to see a glacier in action and to understand about them. Really brings home the effects of global warming! Worth a visit but nothing spectacular!  more »
  • One of the best attractions on Iceland with stunning view.
  • The fourth largest glacier in Iceland, Myrdalsjokull is a true embodiment of the land of fire and ice. Deep within Myrdalsjokull’s ice cap lies one of the largest active volcanoes in Iceland, the destructive Katla. Set along Iceland’s popular south coast, Mydalsjokull is one of Iceland’s most easily accessible glaciers, jam packed with activities. For visitors, you may choose to make a short short to get a feel of the glacier by site, or explore deeper by taking a few hours to one-day stop, depending on individual strengths and gear preparation to hiking over snow-clad mountains.
  • Amazing icecap. Not many people stop by here. After you park, there is about a kilometer hike. You can just go up it but once you reach the ice stairs, you will realize you need glacier shoes to go any further. The glacier gives off a very pretty teal.
  • An amazing place. The tour folks take you up to the glacier in a huuuge truck. Then comes the endless ice mixed with volcanic ash. Mesmerizing!
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