From Skaftafell

Glacier Walk and Ice Climbing

A thrilling adventure on a beautiful outlet glacier that is suitable for all skill levels. Walk, ice climb and enjoy the magnificent landscape around you on this day tour.

Tour code: SKF28

Glacier Walk and Ice Climbing

A Fun Glacier Walk With An Introduction To Ice Climbing

On this adventurous glacier walk and ice climbing tour, we take you to a majestic outlet glacier in Vatnajökull National Park. There, you will explore all its features, such as water cauldrons, ridges, and deep crevasses.  Your tour kicks off with meeting your certified and experienced glacier guide in Skaftafell. After being fitted with the required glacier gear that we provide, such as a helmet, harness, crampons and an ice axe, you will receive a short safety briefing from your guide. Stepping onto the glacier is like walking into an icy wonderland. Different shades of ice combined with the stunning mountain peaks around you, set the scene for your ice climbing adventure. At the right location, your guide will rig up the climbing ropes. Everyone will have a short and easy introduction to the sport of ice climbing. With only 6 passengers per guide on this tour, each person will have their time to shine. This combination of a glacier walk and ice climbing is a great way to experience Icelandic glaciers. Don't forget to bring your camera!

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

Tour Overview

  • Meeting point

    Skaftafell Base (next to the National Park Visitor Center)

  • Group size

    2 - 6 per guide

  • On the ice

    3 hrs

  • Language


  • Minimum shoe size

    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.

  • Duration

    4.5 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 or pants)
  • Hiking boots

Tour Map and Itinerary

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Glacier Walk and Ice Climbing


Day Tour

A Fun Glacier Walk With an Introduction to Ice Climbing

After meeting your professional and knowledgeable glacier guide at the Skaftafell Base, you will be provided with a safety orientation, a harness, a helmet, crampons and an ice axe.

On the glacier, your guide will rig up the climbing ropes and you can enjoy an introduction to this awesome activity.

Following your Glacier Walk and ice climbing adventure, you will head back to our Base.


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.

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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.