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Skaftafell Ice Climbing

Ice climb on a stunning outlet glacier in Vatnajökull National Park and enjoy the spectacular scenery in Skaftafell. Please note: This is a fixed priced private group tour for up to 4 passengers. Please feel free to contact our sales office if you have request for group larger than 4 passengers.

Scheduled Departures available to book here

Tour code: SKFP24

Skaftafell Ice Climbing

The Perfect Playground for Ice Climbers Of All Levels

Glaciers, with their many ridges, deep crevasses, various shapes and heights of ice walls makes it an ideal playground for ice climbing. Whether you are a complete beginner looking for an adventure or an experienced ice climber wanting to improve your technique, the glacier has everything you are looking for. After being fitted with the required ice climbing equipment that we provide, your highly trained guide will give you a safety briefing. While walking to the wall to that you will climb that day, you will witness the splendid features of an icy landscape. With only 4 passengers per guide, we are able to adjust the difficulty level to each person for a fun, safe and adventurous experience.  This is a great tour with spectacular sceneries viewed from a different angle. Don’t forget your camera, you will want to share this experience with your friends and family!

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

Tour Overview

  • Meeting point

    Skaftafell Base (30 min. prior to departure)

    Meeting point

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

  • Group size

    1 - 4 per guide

  • On the ice

    ~4 hrs

  • Language


  • Note

    minimum shoe size of European 34 (U.S. - 2.5)

  • Difficulty



    Accessible to all those in good health, who are doing some sport regularly, and who are used to all-terrain walks. 4-6 hours walk per day, without much carrying.

  • Availability

    Jun - Aug

  • Duration

    5 hours

  • 14

    Minimum age:

    14 yrs

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Tour Highlights


  • Experienced and qualified guide
  • Glacier gear
  • Safety equipment

Not Included

  • Rain gear
  • Hiking boots
  • Warm clothing
  • Lunch

Optional Extras

  • Rain gear (jacket and pants)
  • Hiking boots

Tour Map and Itinerary

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Skaftafell Ice Climbing


Day Tour

The Perfect Playground for Ice Climbers Of All Levels

Before embarking on your ice climbing experience, you will meet up with your group and certified glacier guide at our sales lodge in Skaftafell.

Your guide will give you a short safety orientation and provide you with an ice axe, crampons, helmet and harness.

You will have the opportunity to climb in some epic crevasses and/or moulins. Following your tour, you will head back to the original meeting point.


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.

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.

Yes the tour is suited for beginners. The guide will teach you all the tricks involved and can pick an appropriate climbing route for the participants experience level.

  • 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.