One of the many ice chutes of Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier, is called Svínafellsjökull and, together with the neighbouring Skaftafell, is one of the most easily accessible glacial tongues.

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With Iceland's highest mountain, Hvannadalshnjúkur (2,110m above sea level), as a backdrop, the incredible shapes of bluish to grey glacial algae will simply mesmerise you.

In addition, the Svínafellsjökull glacier is very accessible on its sides, where hiking trails lead along the normal terrain. Don't climb directly onto the ice masses without a guide; they can be unstable, especially in summer, and it's easy to fall into one of the many crevasses.

How to get there?

Svínafellsjökull is easily accessible, as it is very close to the Ring Road, from which there is a dirt but well-maintained road about 2 km long.

The distance to Reykjavík is 328 km (see route map), 5 km from the main visitor centre Skaftafell and 57 km from the famous glacial lake Jökulsárlón.

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