Blue Ice Experience in Skaftafell | Easy Difficulty

Blue Ice Experience in Skaftafell | Easy Difficulty
A naturally formed ice cave on Svínafellsjökull.
Skaftafell Nature Reserve once had National Park status in its own right.
Your glacier guide will ensure you can safely travel over Svínafellsjökull.
The glacier has carved out a valley in Vatnajökull National Park.
Sunglasses protect your eyes from the glare of the sun against the ice.
Blue ice is more common on the glaciers of Iceland in winter.
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Reach new peaks with this highly popular Blue Ice Experience, hiking and climbing on an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, 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 and warm clothing. 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 the glacier, 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.

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.

Grab your jacket and hike into a glacial wonderland! Check the booking availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Vatnajökull, Skaftafell
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:00. 09:30, 09:45, 10:00, 10:30, 14:00, 14:15, 14:30, 15:00,

Icelandic Mountain Guides Sales Lodge (next to the Skaftafell Visitor Centre Vatnajökull National) 20 min. prior to departure

Please note that the meeting point for this activity is Icelandic Mountain Guides Sales Lodge in Skaftafell - Vatnajökull National Park, 20 minutes before departure time.

  • Guiding services

  • Glacier gear

  • Safety equipment

What to bring:
  • Warm clothing

  • Rain gear

  • Hiking boots

Good to know:

Minimum shoe size is 34EU (3US). The crampons needed for this tour do not safely fit a smaller shoe size.

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It's amazing, our guide Ean is very professional, group size is small, even it was raining the trip was still great!!! 超棒,导游很专业,人数也比较少
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Nice tour guide ,nice view, great experience, however quite difficult even for beginner tour.
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The best trip I ever did. It was a lot of fun and new knowledge. Recommend it.
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The whole trip lasted 3.5 hours including 1.5 hours on ice and another one hour walking to and from the glacier. It was a fun and unique experience. My parents who are in their late 50s lagged a little behind but did it with no problem. I would recommend a 5-hour tour if you're in shape and have enough time. Our guide Aaron is quite knowledgeable about glaciers in Iceland and also a funny guide.
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We had a very nice trip to the glacier with a very nice tour guide. Our guide (angelina?) gave us a lot of information about the glacier we were on and paid a lot of attention to all the people she was guiding. She was very nice to our kids and also to all other partcipants. The trip was quit easy, also for the kids (aged 10 and 12). We enjoyed it a lot! Thanks to our wonderful guide.
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Learned a lot about glaciers on this activity and had fun doing something new. The staff at this company are welcoming and our guide Agatha was personable, and knowledgable. The 3 hours was enough if you're short on time but to get higher up on the glacier, we would've done the 5 hours. It was not difficult for active individuals.
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직원들 특히 가이드 분 친절해서 좋았습니다. 11시 시작이었는데 10시 40분 집합이었고 다 끝나니 3시가 다 되었어요. 빙하 근처까지 차타고 가는 시간이 꽤 걸리는데 그 시간 빼고 3시간인 것 같습니다. 만 8세 아들도 즐겁게 잘 했어요.
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Our Blue Ice experience was absolutely awesome. My husband and my children age 12 and 9 absolutely loved this adventure. The guide was Informative and so very helpful. We drank the glacier water and experienced something so amazing. I’ve been going to Iceland my whole life to visit family and this is one of the most favorite adventures I have experienced.
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Absolutely incredible. Solvik, our guide, was very safe, knowledgeable, and exciting. We were in a group of 4 so got to experience a much more intense glacier hike / climb experience than we were expecting. Best activity of our trip. Highly recommended.
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We had a blast. the tour guide was very knowledgeable, and they did a good job to gauge what was a good hiking pace for the group. we brought snacks and water with which i would definitely recommend (obviously water for a few hours of hiking), or bring an empty bottle to fill with some glacier runoff if you're adventurous.
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