Reach new peaks with this highly popular Blue Ice Experience, hiking and climbing the beautiful Svínafellsjökull outlet glacier, situated within Skaftafell Nature Reserve, in southeast Iceland.
You will begin your adventure at the Sales Lodge, next to the National Park Visitor's Centre, fifteen minutes prior to the tour departure. It is highly advised that you bring with you: rain gear, hiking boots, warm clothing and a packed lunch! Both boots and rain gear can be rented on site, for a small fee.
At the beginning of your 2-hour tour, your experienced mountaineering guide will run through the basic principles of glacier hiking, ensuring your safety on the ice, and will teach you about the formation of Svínafellsjökull, as well as life in the Skaftafell Nature Reserve.
They will also instruct you as to how to properly use crampons and ice axes, two required pieces of kit for this tour. Whilst this instruction occurs, the mountain peaks and the glistening blue glacier stretch out in a fantastic vista around you. When you're all kitted up for the hike, your guide will start the hike!
Svínafellsjökull is an outlet glacier, originating from the giant Vatnajökull glacier, in Skaftafell Nature Reserve. Your guides will lead you through a natural Eden of periwinkle blue ice ridges, deep crevasses and intricately formed ice sculptures. Throughout your tour, the surrounding scenery of Vatnajökull National Park is destined to take your breath away.
This tour is classified as 'moderate' regarding the difficulty level of the hike. Don't be deterred, however, as the glacier hike is easily accessible to all those in good health, are generally fit and able to walk on all terrain. There is very little carrying of equipment at Svínafellsjökull.
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Vatnajökull is the largest glacier in Europe covering 8% of the island of Iceland. Vatnajökull National Park - which encompasses the earlier national parks of Skaftafell and Jökulsárgljúfur - is the largest protected area in Europe and believed by many to be the most beautiful place on earth.
In this area you'll find some of the most stunning and diverse sights in Iceland. Among those are Iceland's highest peak, Hvannadalshnjúkur, its most active volcano, Grímsvötn, beautiful waterfalls such as Svartifoss by Skaftafell and Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall, stunning canyons such as Jökulsargljúfur and Ásbyrgi, and the breathtaking Jökulsárlon, an ice-riddled glacier lagoon that is one of the most beautiful attractions in Iceland.
The glacier itself covers a surface area of about 100 km2. The thickness of the ice is generally around 400-600 meters, at its thickest around 950 meters. Under the glacier are valleys, mountains and plateuas as well as active volcanoes, most notably Grimsvotn and Bardarbunga, both the largest and most active of these. Then there are Esjufjoll, a glorious volcanic mountain island, surrounded by the glacier on all sides.
Vatnajokull has over 30 outlets, some of the major ones being Dyngjujokull and Bruarjokull to the north and Breidamerkurjokull, Oraefajokull, Skeidararjokull and Sidujokull towards the south. On the west side from the north are smaller glaciers Eyjabakkajokull, Hofsjokull, Flaajokull Heinabergsjokull and Skalafellsjokull.
The highest peak of Iceland then lies to the south, Hvannadalshnjukur in the Oraefajokull outlet, reaching 2109 m, according to latest measurements.
Many rivers have their sources at Vatnajokull, including some of the greatest glacier rivers in the country. To the North are Jokulsa a Fjollum and Skjalfandafljot, to the Northeast are Jokulsa a Bru, and Jokulsa i Fljotsdal and to the south are Jokulsa i Loni, Hornafjardarfljot, Jokulsa a Breidamerkursandi, Skeidara, Nupsvotn, Hverfisfljot and Skafta.
The area around the glacier is highly varied. The highland plateu to the north is divided by glacier rivers which see massive floods in the summer. This is a highly volcanic region, where the volcanoes Askja, Herdubreid, Kverkfjoll and Snaefell tower over the scene. In this area is also the Jokulsargljufur preservation area with its magnificent canyon and the mighty glacier ricer Jokulsa a Fjollum where you'll find stunning waterfalls such as Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall. Further north are the Hljodaklettar echoing caves and the horse shoe-shaped Asbyrgi canyon, among other incredible sights.
Broad wetlands lie near the glacier and in the vicinity of Snaefell, further east. Particularly notable is the Eyjabakkar oasis, one of the largest nesting places for pink feeted geese in the world and located north of the Eyjabakkajokull outlet. To the east is also the stunning Jokulsarlon.
South of Vatnajokull, majestic mountain ridges characterise the scene, with outlet glaciers lying between them and reaching onto the lowlands. The Skaftafell preservation area is located there, with its rich flora and home to the beautiful waterfalls Hundafoss and Skogafoss, the latter famed for its with its magnificent columnar basalt formations.
To the south lies the vast sand desert Skeidararsandur, reaching all the way to the sea. The glacier river Skeidara runs through it and the sand was indeed created by great glacier bursts from Skeidara, with its origins in volcanic activity at Grimsvotn.
To the west of Vatnajokull there is strong volcanic activity as well. Some of the world's greatest fissure and lava eruptions happened there, at the Eldgja volcanic chasm and the Lakagigar craters in the 18th century. Vonarskard pass, to the northwest is also worth checking out, a highly colourful geothermal area that connects the North and South of Iceland.
Fans of the James Bond films might recognize the glacier from A View to a Kill and the stunning Jokulsarlon from Die Another Day, though the events of the former were supposed to take place in Siberia.
Scenes by the Wall in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones were also shot by Vatnajokull and further scenes were shot at lake Myvatn, another Iceland's major attractions.
Departure time : 09:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00
Available all year: Every day at 10:00 and 14:00. July 1st to August 31st: Every day at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00 Closed Dec 24th and 25th and Jan 1st
Very cool and unique experience - a must try! Pat was a fantastic guide, so try and get him if you can. He was helpful, safe, and relaxed. It wasn't a "canned" tour where you have one route in and one out. It was an exploration, with Pat checking the safest and most interesting routes and leading us accordingly. Bonuses include eating super old glacier ice and a glacier mud facial (if you so choose). Same glacier where Interstellar was filmed, so that's also a bonus if you're a film fan. We were originally going to cancel the tour, but I'm so glad we didn't! Definitely book this if you're coming to Iceland!
The service, the guide and also the scenery were awesome. We had 10 people together in one tour. The guide explained everything and the safety clearly. Lucky we had a very good weather and we enjoyed the whole tour very much!
Very nice guide and awesome excursion!
A see-through-glacier experience!!! Must do tour. It was one of the most amazing thing i've ever done. Our guide was so great, she gave us a great explaination about glacier and local area with some great allegory. It was heavy rain so from my shoes to my hair was soaked. It would be great if you can bring some rain gear but you can also rent some at the meeting point. An actuall time on ice is about 2 hours which is never short. Before I book this, I was wondering why there is no longer program. But I realised the reason as soon as I got the glacier. It was cold and hard enough to. Above all, it surely is must do tour. Thanks anlot to my guide(sorry i forgot your name, onlything i can remember is it sounds like Pretty). 강력히 추천합니다. 꼭 해보세요!
Awwww, the guide, the company, the tour itself were are FANTASTIC!!! We were late getting to the Glacier for the tour, and the Company were very kind and waited for us. We took the Glacier and blue ice walk and it was wonderful! The guide was full of local and historical knowledgeable... I would recommend this tour EVERY TIME!!!!
Iris was great! Glacier was so cool!!! Be careful walking inside the crevice though and on top... that snow may be deceiving. Great experience!
Our tour guide, Chris was very knowledgeable about glaciers and was able to explain everything well to the whole group using similes. (The group was collectively from 4 different countries too!) The tour was exactly what we expected from the discription - easy walking with an optional, short climb down into a crevice. I would recommend this tour to anyone. Chris also knew all about the filming for various films and shows that took place here! :D
My friend and I had such an amazing experience on the glacier walk. We were lucky enough to be in a small group of 4 that day, whereas the other companies looked to have about 15 per guide. Glad to have chosen this company! Our guide was very knowledgeable, informative, and entertaining. We spent almost 3 hours on the glacier walking to different points and discussing the changes over the past years due to global warming. This was honestly one of the highlights of our trip and we are so glad we decided to take this tour.
Being on top the glacier was great. I thought the tour would be more demanding but it was quite easy. I would loved a bit more challenge but the scenery was amazing and did not disappoint.
Awesome!The heavy rain made the glacier more pure and more blue.
What a fabulous glacier hike! I went with my boyfriend and his parents (who are pushing 70) and we chose this hike because it is suitable for all ages. It was just the right amount of activity for them, the views were fantastic, our guide (Tim) was knowledgeable, attentive and fun - reminding me of one of my best friends actually! My boyfriend's mum stumbled at one point and scratched her hands a little on the ice, but Tim was next to her in the blink of an eye, offering first aid and taking extra care of her for the rest of the trip. Gorgeous views, great guide and professional service! :)
Completing this hike was an amazing experience! Suitable for all ages and it wasn't overly strenuous. The guides were friendly, knowledgeable and chatty.
Incredible experience that should not missed while in Iceland. I wish I could upload my pictures here. The scenery on this glacier is incredible!
We had a great time! It was at a nice leisurely pace, allowing us to enjoy the beauty of the surroundings. Our guide, having grown up in the area, was also also really knowledgeable.
This was a really wonderful tour. Our guide, Chris was super easy going and knowledgable. I am very happy that we booked this during our trip.
Really beautiful experience. Very nice guide. We definitely recommend the Glacier Hike. It was very easy and scenic.
It was an awesome tour of blue ice experience and this our best tour during this trip. If I back Iceland again, I will join the tour again, no doubt.
I was so excited for this tour before I came to Iceland, and I didn't disappointed by it. It was the my favorite tour during my trip in Iceland. The glaciers were so extremely beautiful, and the tour guide was so nice and funny. Overall, the hiking experience was amazing, very safe and easy, I wish that I could stay longer on the glaciers. If I go back to Iceland again, I would love to join that tour again!
I came with another friend, and we were so excited for this our entire time in Iceland. Thankfully, it exceeded our expectations. The glaciers were beautiful, our tour guide was funny and entertaining, as well as really knowledgeable about the glaciers and shared a lot of fun and interesting facts. The tour was pretty safe and easy for a novice hiker like me — definitely recommend for beginner hikers or those who have no experience.
We had a great time