Glacier Discovery | Glacier Hike from Skaftafell

Experience the very best of the Vatnajökull Glacier on our half-day hiking tour. Graced with an abundance of daylight, we start this tour at 13.00 every day in the summer, allowing you to take in some of the other sights in the morning such as a puffin tour or boat ride on the glacier lagoon making the most of this beautiful area.

This is a small group public glacier hike for up to 8 people per guide and is rated as moderate, we hike for around 4 hours in total and so this tour is perfect for those looking for an in-depth tour of the glacier.

You will meet at the Local Guide HQ 15 minutes before the tour, but we are located just off Road 1 around 15 minutes east of Skaftafell National Park. Here you will meet your local glacier guide who will greet your group and get you kitted out for the tour. We will depart in one of our specially modified Super Jeeps and drive for around 15 minutes to the glacier. As this tour is for more experienced hikers we have a bit more flexibility with the tour and will choose the best option for the day based on the overall skill of the group and of course the weather!

The glacier we most commonly chose for this tour is the Falljökull (falling glacier). It has a reasonably steep start to the hike which leads us to the stunning ice fall, here you will see the towering ice columns, deep Moulins and cracking crevasses. All of our guides are local to this area and have a wealth of experience guiding the glaciers here, they will teach you about some of the history and geography of the area and are always willing to answer your questions.

The tour is around 4-4.5 hours in total and we aim to spend about 3 hours hiking on the ice. We can experience all weathers in a day so suggest you bring warm and waterproof clothing including a hat and some gloves, however when the sun is shining you will also benefit from some sun block and sunglasses. Whilst we can sometimes get fresh water up on the ice, we always suggest bringing some water and a snack up onto the ice with you.

We really think you will enjoy this in-depth glacier hike on one of Vatnajökull's most stunning outlets.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Hiking
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 14 years old
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Falljökull, Svínafellsjökull
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 13:00

Departure location:
Local Guide HQ
Included:
  • All safety equipment

  • Hiking boots and Outdoor Clothing


What to bring:
  • Good outdoor clothing that is warm and waterproof, water and a snack


Good to know:

We rent boots for 1000isk at our office so if you do not have them we offer sizes 36-47



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