From Skaftafell

Glacier Walk Express

A glacier walk tour in Skaftafell that is short on time but big on adventure. A short and easy option for those who want to experience the glacier wonderland and still have time for other adventures. An unforgettable experience for the whole family.

Tour code: SKF19

Glacier Walk Express

Quick and Easy Glacier Walk for the Whole Family

This quick and easy glacier tour is perfect for anyone who just wants to experience the thrill of walking on Europe's largest ice cap. On this 2.5 hours glacier tour, you will visit Falljökull, one of Vatnajökull's many outlet glaciers, and still have time to spare for other amazing adventures.

The adventure starts at our Skaftafell Base Camp, located on the campsite of Skaftafell National Park, where you will meet your experienced glacier guide. Your guide will equip you with crampons and an ice axe, before heading off to Falljökull glacier on our glacier bus.

After a short hike up to the glacier and an introduction in how to use the included glacier gear, you will step on the glacier with your guide.

Your guide will lead you safely through the ever-changing glacial landscape, through the labyrinth of crevasses and ice ridges. For roughly an hour, you will experience the alien landscape of the Icelandic glaciers.

Tour Overview

  • Language


  • On the Ice

    1 hr

  • Group size

    Up to 15 per guide

    Group size

    Up to 12 per guide over the winter season

  • 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



    Accessible to all people in good health.

  • Availability

    May - Sept

  • Duration

    2.5 hours

  • 10

    Minimum age:

    10 yrs

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Tour Highlights


  • 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

Click map for detailed itinerary

Glacier Walk Express


Day Tour

Quick and Easy Glacier Walk for the Whole Family

The tour departs from our Skaftafell Base Camp, right on the Skaftafell campsite next to the visitor center.

20 minutes prior to departure, you will meet your experienced glacier guide, who will gear the group up with crampons, ice axes and harnesses.

When everyone is ready, you will take our glacier bus up to the glacier for an amazing adventure.


Skaftafell Base Camp

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 Skaftafell Base Camp in Skaftafell is located in the heart of the camping site, right next to the service center.

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 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.