From Skaftafell

Blue Ice Experience

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The original glacier walk, operating since 1994. The perfect option for a family adventure. Discover why glacier walks are one of the most popular outdoor activities in Iceland.

Tour code: SKF21

Blue Ice Experience
Price from: 9.900  ISK

Walk Through a Wonderland of Glacial Ice Sculptures

During this easy Glacier Walk, you will explore a stunning outlet glacier in Skaftafell. This icy giant is a breathtaking outlet glacier that extends from the mighty Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe.

Your adventure starts off with meeting your certified and experienced glacier guide in Skaftafell. Your guide will instruct you on how to use the basic and required glacier equipment that we provide, like crampons and an ice axe. Once you step onto the ice field it will feel as if you have been transported to an icy, foreign planet.

As you walk through a wonderland of glacial ice sculptures,  ice ridges and deep crevasses on the glacier, you will witness stunning scenery as far as the eye can see. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this glacial wonderland in person.

*The Skaftafell parking lot fee is not included in the tour price.

Tour Overview

  • Language

    English

  • Group size

    Up to 15 per guide

  • On the Ice

    1.5 - 2 hrs

  • Meeting point

    Skaftafell Base (20 min. prior to departure)

    Meeting point

    Our Skaftafell Base Camp is located on the campsite, close to the visitor center.

  • Difficulty

    Moderate

    Difficulty

    Moderate

  • Availability

    All-year

  • Duration

    3.5 hours

  • 10

    Minimum age:

    10 yrs

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Tour Highlights

Included

  • Experienced and qualified guide
  • Glacier gear
  • Safety equipment

Not Included

  • Rain gear
  • Hiking boots
  • Warm clothing

Optional Extras

  • Rain gear (jacket or pants)
  • Hiking boots

Tour Map and Itinerary

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Blue Ice Experience

MAP & ITINERARY

Day Tour

Walk Through A Wonderland Of Glacial Ice Sculptures

Your Glacier Walk kicks off with meeting your certified glacier guide at the Skaftafell Base next to the visitor center in Skaftafell.

After meeting your group, you will be provided with an ice axe, crampons and a harness. At the edge of the glacier, your guide will give you a short safety briefing.

On the glacier, you will experience a stunning wonderland of ice. The tour ends at the original meeting point.

Directions

Skaftafell - Where to meet us

Driving time
From Reykjavík: 5 hrs
From Vík: 2.5 hrs
From Höfn: 1.5 - 2 hrs

GPS point for Skaftafell
N 64.016217
W 16.966664

Our Welcome Centre in Skaftafell is located in the heart of the camping site, right next to the service centre.

The park is by the end of road no. 998 that branches off the main road no. 1

Please be there 20 min before the departure of your tour.

  • Day Tour
  • Directions
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Practical Information

We always recommend to book as soon as you are ready especially if you have a strict travel schedule or a large group. It is easy to change or cancel 24 hours before departure by emailing us ([email protected]). Tours can also be purchased the day of as long as there are spaces available.

There are no official addresses on our meeting points but you can see directions and GPS points if you click the map above.

Before we head to the glacier for the tour we need to get everyone fitted with the equipment, crampons and harnesses. The crampons need to be adjusted to each persons shoe size so it is important that people arrive 20 minutes before so everyone is ready at the departure time.

Sólheimajökull is in the south and is closer to Reykjavik, Skaftafell is in the south east and much farther away. The tours we offer on both locations are very similar, only operated on different glaciers so you can choose the one that best fits your travel schedule.

  • Hiking boots that reach over your ankle are a must on our glacier walks.
  • Other clothing should be picked according to weather that day, you will not get much colder on the glacier as on the ground.