With over 10% of its land area covered by glacier ice caps, Iceland has been called a “glacier paradise”. Glaciers are huge rivers of ice that form in places where snow never fully melts—on mountain tops and highlands where it's compressed into dense ice. And, like all rivers, glaciers move—slowly deforming as they flow creating crevasses, cracks and ice caves. Vatnajökull, the largest glacier ice cap in Iceland and Europe, has more than 25 outlet glacier tongues.
Skeidarajokull Glacier is one of these tongues. Its viewpoint is next to the Skeidara Bridge Monument (a remnant of the longest bridge on the Ring Road) which was destroyed in 1996 by a volcanic eruption under Vatnajokull. The Svinafellsjokull Glacier is another tongue of Vatnajokull with excellent views making it popular for hiking, movies and visits. The Solheimajokull Glacier is a tongue from the Myrdalsjokull glacier ice cap, the fourth largest glacier in Iceland.