Drangjökull

  • It is quite curious that the rugged Westfjords Peninsula only has one tiny glacier, Drangajökull.

It is quite curious that the rugged Westfjords Peninsula only has one tiny glacier, Drangajökull. The Peninsula is next to Greenland and practically crosses the Arctic Circle. Large areas are not habitable due to unfavorable climate and poor land quality. You would think this was the ideal setting for Nature to place an impressive glacier.

Drangajökull is the northernmost glacier in Iceland. It covers an area of 160- 200 km2, making it the fifth largest in Iceland. But, it is the only glacier in Iceland that lies entirely below an altitude of 1000 meters, being only 925 meters high.

The glacier is surrounded by low hills and hiking to the icecap may seem relatively easy. The track along the eastern side is very pleasant in spite of boulders, rocks and streams to be negotiated. Still, it has an air of illusion. The clear arctic air makes the icecap appear to be much closer than it is in reality. If yu are not an experienced hiker, this is the route to take to the icecap.

The area around Drangajökull glacier used to be more densely populated. The locals left quite a number of trails crisscrossing the area. Those trails are now a part of the very popular and guided Hornstrandir hiking routes.