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Blue Ice Experience - Glacier Walk

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Embark on the original and legendary "Blue Ice Experience - Glacier Walk", an epic family-friendly adventure that's been enthralling visitors since 1994.

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Tour code: SKF21

Blue Ice Experience - Glacier Walk
Price from: 15.571  ISK

Discover the breathtaking glacial landscapes with the original masters of glacier adventures

Immerse yourself in an epic journey across an outlet glacier of the Vatnajökull, Europe’s greatest ice cap.

Your Adventure

Your guide will welcome you warmly in Skaftafell and give you a comprehensive introduction to your equipment - including crampons and an ice axe - ensuring you're safe and fully prepared before you set off for your adventure.

The adventure starts with a short ride on a robust vehicle, which takes you close to the glacier's edge and maximises your time spent on it.

On this Premium Blue Ice Glacier Hike, you will venture deep into the glacier, far beyond the limits of standard tours, allowing you to experience the solitude and tranquillity of this icy wilderness.

Feel the exhilaration as you leave the other groups and the more crowded parts of the glacier far behind!

Each expedition is intentionally intimate, catering to small groups of up to 15 passengers. This way, our guides can offer you a personalised experience and share their extensive knowledge of local flora, fauna, geology, and glaciology.

Your Mountain Guide

Each Icelandic Mountain Guide holds a Wilderness First Responder certification and completed the rigorous Hard Ice glacier training program, a world-class curriculum developed in partnership with New Zealand's most esteemed guides and instructors.

Many of our guides are active members of the local search and rescue teams, and some are passionate scientists. They bring not only their expertise but also their dedication to safety to your journey.

Your Footprint

We are profoundly committed to respecting the pristine landscapes we explore. Our ethical approach involves leaving no trace behind, moving harmoniously across the glacier without carving unnecessary stairs or steps into the ice.

Discover the true meaning of Blue Ice, and take home memories that will last a lifetime!

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

    Easy

    Difficulty

    Accessible to all people in good health.

  • Availability

    All-year

  • Duration

    3.5 hours

  • 10

    Minimum age:

    10 yrs

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Tour Highlights

Included

  • Experienced and qualified guide
  • Glacier equipment and safety gear
  • Modified vehicle ride to the glacier
  • Small groups
  • Access to exclusive areas thate other groups can't reach

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 - Glacier Walk

MAP & ITINERARY

Day Tour

Walk Through A Wonderland Of Glacial Ice Sculptures

The tour will start with a safety briefing: your guide will familiarise you with the necessary glacier equipment, which, coupled with our unmatched safety standards and small group sizes, ensures that your expedition is both secure and memorable.

The adventure itself starts with a short monster truck ride, taking you right to the edge of the glacier ice and maximising your time spent on the ice.

With the stage set, you'll step onto the icy expanse. A chill of excitement runs through you as the world transforms into an ethereal icy planet. You're now embarking on a journey that takes you further into the glacier, towards exclusive areas that other tour operators can't.

Our certified guides are equipped with the highest glacier training. They will ensure your safety while enriching your expedition with their extensive knowledge of local flora, fauna, geology, and glaciology.

This journey isn't just about the thrill of exploration; it's about respecting the environment we traverse. Our careful approach ensures we leave no trace, preserving these icy landscapes for future generations.

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 Base Camp in Skaftafell is located right next to the service centre.

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

The parking fee (1000 ISK) must be paid at the location and is not included in the price.

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 and Skaftafell are two different locations in Iceland, each having its own unique characteristics and attractions. 

Sólheimajökull is a glacier tongue that extends from the mighty Mýrdalsjökull glacier, Iceland's 4th largest ice cap. It is located on the south coast of Iceland between the volcanoes Katla and Eyjafjallajökull. The area is renowned for its beauty and is perfect destination for glacier hiking and ice climbing due to its easily accessible location and terrain. We offer a variety of tours at Sólheimajökull, which are especially suited for families and those seeking a more relaxed experience.

Skaftafell is a nature reserve located in the Vatnajökull National Park in the south-east of Iceland. It is a green oasis nestled under the white expanse of Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier. Skaftafell is a hiker's paradise, with trails leading to stunning attractions and picturesque glacial tongues.

Skaftafell's glaciers are known for their rugged terrain and fantastic views. The tours we operate here are particularly designed for those with an adventurous spirit. If you're a keen hiker or climber, you'll find the challenging landscapes of Skaftafell incredibly rewarding.

  • 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.