Bjarni Bjarnason has been running the Ice and Adventure touring service since 1994 and has been involved in the tourism industry since 1990. So he has a lot of experience that engenders trust. This is extremely important when you are dealing with Vatnajökull glacier, the largest glacier in Europe, a gigantic sheet of ice, with the most unpredictable weather in Iceland. ‘Old man Vatnajökull’ should be taken very seriously.
Driving on the Glacier
The Ice and Adventure service operates out of Suðursveit in South-Eastern Iceland. The company’s most popular tour takes the tourist on an excursion in a 4x4 super jeep. The jeeps leave the ring road No. 1 in the lowlands at road F 985 at 9:30 and 2 pm every day. The F 985 is the road to Jöklasel on Skálafellsjökull. Jöklasel is an amazing mountain hotel at an altitude of 840 metres, which is the first destination of the tour. The tour then takes you towards Brokárbotnstindar, 9 km along the glacier. Along the way there is a magnificent view of deep valleys like Kálfafellsdalur, tall mountains like Þverártindsegg and Öræfajökull and of course, the great Vatnajökull itself. Ice and Adventure offers tours to many other destinations on the glacier, including Grímsvötn, Kverkfjöll, Snæfell, Breiðamerkurjökull, Öræfajökull and Humarkló. Ski and Skidoo Tours
It is also possible to tour the glacier on a skidoo or snowmobile. This service operates from Jöklasel, in various directions. Finally, there is the opportunity to go skiing on the glacier. The tour once again heads to Brókarbotnstindur. The jeep drops the travellers off and they walk back to Jöklasel on skis. Once back at Jöklasel, refreshments await them. Jöklasel
Visiting Jöklasel is a unique experience in itself. It is the highest restaurant in Iceland, with a magnificent view of the mountains, plains and ocean. Jöklasel is only 16 km from the main road, but the last 6 km of the road can only be traversed by vehicles with four-wheel drive. The Jöklasel restaurant offers a seafood buffet at lunch and a midday buffet with all sorts of cakes and coffee.
Ice and Adventure tours depart daily from the crossroads on the road to Jöklasel at 9:30 and 14:00. For further info., visit www.glacierjeeps.is