The Vatnajokull Glacier is the largest formation of ice (by volume) in Europe. With over three thousand square miles in surface are and over a half a mile thick in places, it covers about one-tenth the surface of Iceland, effectively giving the island its name. Vatnajokull actually feeds over two dozen smaller glaciers. Much of the glacier falls inside Vatnajokull National Park.
Iceland’s great ice cap was probably first seen by Scandinavian explorers in the 9th century. It was established as a national park in 2008. Vatnajokull has been used as a filming location for several James Bond movies as well as the television series Game of Thrones.
The Vatnajokull Glacier is a monster of an ice formation, visible from almost anywhere on the southeastern corner of Iceland (it is claimed that the glacier can actually be seen from as far away as the Faroe Islands). The glacier also covers a number of volcanoes, some active.
The Vatnajokull Glacier is a popular (though off the beaten path) tourist draw. Somewhat isolated from the national capital at Reykjavik, most visitors come in the warmer summer months. Web: www.vatnajokulsthjodgardur.is (official website).