Vatnajökull 2'110 m
Bromo Tengger Semeru Nationalpark

The Vatnajökull ice cap covers more than 8 % (8'100 km²) of the country and is the largest glacier in Iceland. 

Under the ice cap, there are several volcanoes. The Bárðarbunga volcano, the Grimsvötn volcano or the Öræfajökull volcano. On Öræfajökull's summit crater's north-western rim is Hvannadalshnúkur (2'110 m), which is Iceland’s highest peak.

The average thickness of the ice is thus 400 m with a maximum thickness of 1000 m.


Iceland 1957, Hvannadalshnúkur and the Öræfajökull ice fronts of Vatnajökull. 

Iceland 1978, the Skeiðará bridge and the Vatnajökull Ice cap with it's highest peak Hvannadalshnúkur.

The Skeiðará bridge is a 880 m long bridge which stretches over the floodplain of the river Skeiðará. The bridge is situated in the south of Vatnajökull and east of Mt. Lómagnúpur.

The source of the 30 km long Skeiðará river is the large, about 23 km wide outlet glacier Skeiðarárjökull of the Vatnajökull ice cap. In the year 1996 the bridge was destroyed by floating ice boulders in the size of houses. A new Skeiðará bridge was built.


Iceland 1986, Skaftafell Nationalpark.
The stamp is showing Hvannadalshnúkur, highest peak of Iceland. Kverkjöll mountain stamp

Iceland 1991, Kverkjöll

The Kverkjöll mountain massif lies underneath and at the northern edge of the icecap Vatnajökull. It is a smal range of about 10 kilometres split by a narrow pass, called Kvervin. The highest point of Kverkjöll is 1'920 metres and called Skarphéðinstindur.

It was first climbed by German geologist in the year 1910. It rankes as the thirdhighest peak on Iceland, after Hvannadalshnúkur (2'110 m) and Bardarbunga (2'000 m). All of them are situated in the Vatnajökull.

Iceland 1995, the Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon.
The Fjallsárlón is one of the glacial lagoons south of the Vatnajökull ice cap. It is situated about 12 kilometres in the southwest of it's neighbour (and better known) lagoon Jökulsárlón. The pyramid shaped peak is named Miðaftanstindur.


Iceland 1991, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, the Breiðamerkurjökull and the southeastern flank of Esjufjöll volcano.

The subglacial Esjufjöll volcano is situated at the southeastern park of the Vatnajökull icecap. Most of the volcano, including the 40 km2 caldera, is covered by the icecap, only the southeastern ridge is visible from the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon across the icefront of the Breiðamerkurjökull. Grimsvötn volcano

Iceland 2007, "The International Polar Year 2007-2008".

The Icelandic stamps depict a volcanic eruption in the Vatnajökull glacier and the Radio-Echo Soundings equipment being used to map the landscape beneath the ice-cap.


Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and Breiðamerkurjökull of Vatnajökull

Iceland 2007, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the Breiðamerkurjökull of Vatnajökull.
The stamp was issued in sheets of 10 stamps and in the miniaturesheet "Glaciers in Iceland".

The Breiðamerkurjökull is an outlet glacier of the Vatnajökull ice cap. It's ice front ends in the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Hvannadalshnúkur stamp

Iceland 2007, the summit Hvannadalshnúkur
The stamp was issued in sheets of 10 stamps and in the miniaturesheet "Glaciers in Iceland".

Iceland 2009, Skaftafell Nationalpark.

Hrútsfjallstindar is the name of the impressive peaks dominating the skyline to the north of the Svínafellsjökull ice front. The peaks are four and the highest one is 1'875 m. The hike is equally demanding and takes about 14-16 hours. The route offers amazing views of the Öræfajökull massif as well as the Skaftafellsjökull and Svínafellsjökull valley glaciers.


Iceland 2009, Boeing 757 over Vatnajökull.
(issued in an booklet)

Kvíár Glacier Kviar Gletscher Vatnajokull stamp timbre issued 2014 Iceland

Iceland 2014, Kvíár Glacier.
The Kvíár glacierruns from Öræfajökull in the southernmost part of Vatnajökull. It runs into a 500-600 meters deep gorge between the mountains Staðarfjall and Vatnafjöll.

The stamp was issues in the series ¨Tourist stamps III¨.


Iceland 2016, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the Vatnajökull ice-cap.
The stamp was issued in the series "Tourist stamps V".


Iceland 2018 Cept stamp

Iceland 2018
Suspension bridge (64° 2'44.14"N 16°10'48.23"W) over Jökulsá river at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
View towards the Breiðamerkurjökull.
The stamp was issued in the series "Cept 2018 - Bridges".