Trips to the glaciers are not without danger! Icelandic glaciers are on a constant move and the weather can get much more brutal than in other remote places. It’s important to be aware of crevasse areas and what sections of the glaciers are a high-risk zone to be able to avoid them. DO NOT under any circumstance go on a glacier without experience or the proper equipment. Hiring a guide will ensure you an experienced leader with proper equipment and training!
Below are maps that show known crevasse areas on the glaciers. The goal is to increase safety for those who have experience and are planning on expediting on the glaciers but one must remember that crevasses can appear with limited warning signs!
Those who already own a Map of Iceland from Garmin (or plan to buy it) can download an updated version with the crevasse map included on www.garmin.is/kort.
Those who have an older version of the maps or want to have the crevasse map as ‘a layer’ on their device can download the crevasse map on the bottom of this page.
The crevasse map as a layer works well in new outdoor devices and Nuvi devices. The layered map does not work with marine devices but a 2012 Map of Iceland with the crevasse map included works in newer marine devices. These include: GPSmap 420/421, 520/521, 525/526, 720, 4010 and other devices more recent than from 2006. Older device such as 172S,0292 and 276C have not been tested. 182C was tested and the most dangerous area did not distinct from other areas on the layer. We are working on resolving that issue.
|Map||View in browser||Download PDF||GPS (PC)||GPS (MAC)|
|All Glaciers||View||All Glaciers 2013 (39,5mb)||Joklakort_2017||ZIP (1,2mb)|
|Langjökull Glacier||View||Langjökull 2017||–||–|
|South Glacier||View||Suðurjöklar 2017||–||–|
|Drangajökull Glacier||View||Drangajökull 2017||–||–|
|Vatnajökull Glacier||View||Vatnajökull 2017||–||–|
|Snæfellsjökull Glacier||View||Snæfellsjökull 2017||–||–|
|Hofsjökull Glacier||View||Hofsjökull 2017||–||–|