Squeeze a glacier hike into a busy day exploring the wonders of South Iceland with this 2.5-hour express tour on the Falljokull ice cap. Anyone traveling to the Skaftafell Nature Reserve hoping for a little adventure will not be disappointed by this great excursion.
You’ll begin at a meeting point in this reserve, one of the most accessible highlights of the magnificent Vatnajokull National Park; many visit Skaftafell even if not glacier hiking due to its abundant trails, stunning scenery, and its waterfall of Svartifoss. Your guides will find you here before providing crampons, helmets, and ice axes and leading you onto the Glacier Bus.
After a short, bumpy, beautiful ride, you’ll arrive at the tongue of Fallkjokull, which descends from the largest ice cap in all of Europe. After a safety briefing on how to correctly navigate the icy terrain, you’ll begin to ascend its glistening slopes.
Although this is an express tour, allowing only around an hour on the feature itself, you’ll still get to see all that makes the glaciers famous. Plunging crevasses, gurgling with the sounds of underground rivers, will run along your side as walls of compact snow tower over you; you can marvel over sculptures of ice and still attain stunning views after Skaftafell.
Once your short but satisfying journey is complete, you’ll be whisked back to base camp to return your equipment. With only 2.5 hours having passed, there is a wealth of things you can continue to do with your day, be it exploring the nature reserve on foot, traveling east to Jokulsarlon, or traveling west to the sites of the South Coast.
Due to the length of the tour, it is also excellently suited to those who are worried that longer excursions would exhaust them.
Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to witness a glacier in Iceland, no matter how pressed for time! Check availability by choosing a date.
Please arrive at the departure point 20 minutes before departure.