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Stemming from the magnificent Vatnajökull, Falljökull is an impressive glacier in its own right. Discover the untamed beauty of this icy giant.

Admire the ice formations of this dramatic glacier that is popular among adventurers. From hiking and ice climbing to exploring the ice caves that lie beneath, Falljökull is sure to provide a magical experience to those who venture here.

Tours at Falljökull Glacier

What is Falljökull Glacier?

Falljökull is an outlet glacier, or glacial tongue, which is part of the mighty Vatnajökull Glacier. It is located in Southeast Iceland and its name translates to “falling glacier.” It’s easy to see why, with the field of ice dramatically sweeping down the face of the mountain.

An outlet glacier is typically found in valleys, and because of the irregular shapes of mountains, glaciers can fork out and spread across vast expanses. Outlet glaciers, like Falljökull, derive from major ice caps and glaciers; in this instance, Vatnajökull.

Falljökull Glacier in Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

Falljökull Glacier in Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland

Where is Falljökull?

Falljökull Glacier is part of Vatnajökull Glacier, located in Vatnajökull National Park in Southeastern Iceland. Nestled deep within the remote Skaftafell Nature Reserve, Falljökull is a striking blue hulking ice figure with deep crevasses and ice caves to be discovered.

How to Get to Falljökull Glacier

To get to Falljökull, you’ll need to head east out of Reykjavík on the Ring Road. The drive is 335 km (208 mi) and will take just over four hours to complete.


Things to do at Falljökull Glacier

Hiking is the most popular activity for those visiting Falljökull. Specialist glacier gear, including crampons, helmets, and axes, are required to scale this imposing beast. The exertion is well worth it though; scaling this glacier will provide up-close looks at wondrous, naturally formed ice sculptures and views across Iceland’s southeast coast.

Those who have seen the glacier in person describe it as a mammoth waterfall frozen in place, such is the effect that the massive ice shelf crumbling into the landscape creates. A hiking tour of Falljökull will take 4-6 hours, depending on the difficulty level you choose.

If you enjoy photography, the many panoramic views from the glacier, as well as views of the ice sculptures and crevasses will make for outstanding shots.

Falljökull Glacier covered in snow

Falljökull Glacier covered in snow

Attractions Near Falljökull Glacier

Thanks to Falljökull’s location within the Skaftafell Nature Reserve area of Vatnajökull National Park, there is no shortage of nearby attractions to enjoy.