Waterfalls, vast glaciers and volcanoes. Need we say more? Covering 13 per cent of Iceland’s landscape, Vatnajökull National Park is as versatile as it is large. And although this natural playground of fire and ice was designated a national park as recently as 2008, its attractions formed eons ago. In the north, you’ll uncover Dettifoss, considered to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe; the iconic horseshoe-curved cliffs of Ásbyrgi; and volcanoes erupting from the earth between threads of glacial rivers. Among these volcanoes are Kverkfjöll and Snæfell, the colourful craters of Askja, and the Queen of the Mountains – otherwise known as the volcanic table mountain Herðubreið.
Transitioning to the south you’ll encounter part of the park known for its towering mountain ridges. Here the central volcano of Öræfajökull and Iceland’s highest peak, Hvannadalshnjúkur, scrape at the sky. Witnessing it all from afar is breathtaking, but there’s nothing quite like setting off on a true adventure. Pull on your explorer’s hat and join an ice walking or climbing tour, try your hand at snowmobiling across the glacier or descend between the glassy walls of an ice cave. Though the Vatnajökull glacier’s icecap covers a large portion of the park (it’s the largest icecap in Europe), the variety of geological curiosities that inhabit the national park make for an incredible visit.
Bentours are highly experienced in the Nordic regions and can help you find your way to this incredible attraction as well as assist in planning your dream Icelandic holiday.