Glacier Discovery | Glacier Hike in Skaftafell Area

Glacier Discovery | Glacier Hike in Skaftafell Area
Walls of ice on Vatnajökull glacier in south east Iceland in summer.
In summer, Vatnajökull glacier shimmers under the constant sun.
Beautiful blue ice on Vatnajökull glacier.
All safety equipment is provided on this summer tour on Vatnajökull.
Vatnajökull glacier is a beautiful feature found in east Iceland.
Glacier hiking on Vatnajökull is a great bonding experience.
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Witness a beautiful outlet of the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull, and scale its icy surface, on this thrilling half day tour. This excursion should not be missed by those who want to try the essential Icelandic experience of glacier hiking in a remote and spectacular location.

This tour begins when you meet your guide and small group at the Freysnes gas station, an easy to find location on the Icelandic Ring Road, just outside the Skaftafell Nature Reserve in south-east Iceland. You’ll board you modified super jeep, and be driven fifteen minutes in Vatnajökull National Park.

Where you go will depend on conditions, but if all goes according to plan, you’ll visit Falljökull, or the Falling Glacier. This tongue of Vatnajökull is little explored compared to many others in the region, guaranteeing you a more personalised experience with few crowds. It is also a little more challenging to climb, requiring a moderate level of fitness to ascend.

At its base, your guide will provide you with crampons, a helmet and an ice axe to aid and protect you on your journey, give you a safety briefing, then lead you up onto the majestic feature.

When you start to ascend, you’ll be left in little doubt as to why glacier hiking is one of Iceland’s most popular activities. The experience is otherworldly, with endless expanses of white and blue ice stretching in all directions, unbelievable formations such as crevasses and caverns, and spectacular views over the National Park and South Coast.

This glacier hiking tour lasts over three hours, giving you plenty of time to take in the views, shoot the sites with your camera, and learn a wealth about the glaciers from your guide. Before you descend, you’ll know all about how they formed, how they changed since Iceland’s settlement, and the threats that face them in the modern era.

After a thrilling excursion, you’ll be driven back to your vehicle at the gas station.

Don’t miss a great opportunity to explore a glacier in south-east Iceland in summer. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Apr. - Oct.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 13 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Vatnajökull, Skaftafell, Falljökull, Svínafellsjökull, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:15. 13:30,

Freysnes gas station

During the summer months, April – October, our meeting point is at Freysnes gas station. It is located on road number 1, the main ring road highway of Iceland, 320km east of Reykjavík. If coming from Reykjavík, it’s about a 4 hours drive and you will find Freysnes gas station on your right-hand side just a few minutes after passing the sign for Skaftafell nature reserve.

  • English speaking guide

  • Glacier crampons

  • Ice axe

  • Safety equipment

  • Transportation in a Super Jeep

  • Food and drink

  • Hiking boots

  • Outdoor Clothing

  • Pickup (Meet on location)

What to bring:
  • Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing

  • Sturdy hiking shoes with ankle support

  • Hat and gloves

  • Sunglasses if it's a sunny day

  • Water and a snack

  • Camera

Good to know:

You can rent hiking boots on location for 500 ISK (Euro size 36-47)

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This was a great hike up the glacier. The views, the weather, and the guide were all tremendous; however, I wish we had stopped more frequently to take in the views and take more pictures. It felt somewhat rushed and was exhausting in the end. If you're planning to take lots of pictures this isn't a good fit. if you just want a challenging hike with lots of time on the ice then its great!
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