From Skaftafell

Glacier Adventure

A half-day exploration of a fascinating outlet glacier in Vatnajökull National Park. Go beyond the normal Glacier Hike.

Tour code: SKF22

Glacier Adventure

Experience More Of The Glacier's Beauty On A Longer Glacier Walk

Enjoy 4 hours exploring an icy wonderland that extends from the mighty Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. On this Glacier Walk, you will go farther onto the ice field than the typical glacier tour. The labyrinth of ever changing formations on this frozen giant are best navigated with an expert guide who knows the lay of the land. Your epic adventure kicks off with meeting your certified and experienced glacier guide in Skaftafell. After getting fitted with the required glacier gear we provide, like an ice axe and crampons, your guide will lead you onto the glacier. As you traverse zones of different glacial formations, you will notice the diverse colors of ice surrounding you. Strong hues of blue, white, ash covered and even crystal clear ice become more prominent as you travel farther. The panoramic view of the glacier, the surrounding peaks, and the unique experience of glacier ice under your feet, are sure to leave lasting memories.

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

Tour Overview

  • 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.

  • Group size

    Up to 8 per guide

  • On the ice

    ~4 hrs

  • Language

    English

  • Difficulty

    Moderate

    Difficulty

    Moderate

  • Availability

    May - Sept

  • Duration

    5 hours

  • 14

    Minimum age:

    14 yrs

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Tour Highlights

Included

  • Experienced and qualified guide
  • Glacier gear
  • Safety equipment

Not Included

  • Rain gear
  • Hiking boots
  • Warm clothing
  • Snacks

Optional Extras

  • Rain gear (jacket or pants)
  • Hiking boots

Tour Map and Itinerary

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Glacier Adventure

MAP & ITINERARY

Day Tour

Experience More of The Glacier's Beauty on a Longer Glacier Walk

After meeting your professional glacier guide in Skaftafell at our Base, you will be provided with an ice axe, harness and crampons.

While glaciers are fun places to explore, precaution must be taken when walking on them

Your guide will give you a short safety briefing before you step on the icy landscape.

During the tour, you will traverse a field of crevasses and ice sculptures. A truly once in a lifetime activity.

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]nguides.is). 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.