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: Jul. - Apr.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Vatnajökull, Skaftafell
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:00. 09:30, 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30,

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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T was a very good guide, we had a wonderful experience! highly recommend!
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Our guide Til was amazing: funny, informative, patient. The hike was pretty strenuous but really breathtakingly beautiful. We loved it.
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I went there with my parents who were in their 60's and we truly enjoyed it. It was definitely okay for them cuz they do jogging a lot so it wasn't a problem. I don't remember the name of our guide, but he was kind and verrry patient even though every single of us was in different pace =) I find it really recommendable! oh! and I was there about 10 days ago (21st of June) which was the beginning of summer, I thought it would be still cold so I bundled up a looot. Finally, after we walked for 15 min, I needed to hold all of those with my hands. It's not that cold up there!!! (but the weather was a bit sunny+cloudy at that time) Anyway, I will definitely try the medium level next time!!!
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爬到冰川上很有趣。 但是上冰川之前还要爬一段山 那个有些累 我们向导走的巨快 团里有的人快要跟不上 但是向导也停下来等了。 总体来说 好玩 但是有点累。如果带老人的话要想一想哦
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Remarkable. This was our first glacier experience. Our guide taught us super practical techniques and guided us expertly up the slopes of this incredible phenomenon, but also gave us so much insight into the geological processes at work around us. Such a unique and enriching experience. Feel very privileged to have had the chance to experience this.
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What an incredible experience! Our guide was fantastic; knowledgeable and helpful. The weather was awful and rainy, but it was still an amazing experience. Drinking water up on the glacier was amazing! I thought the crampons would be awkward, but you couldn't even tell you had them on. One little word of caution... Even though the 3 hour Blue Ice Experience shows a difficulty of Easy; I would classify it a little more difficult than that. I'm in good shape, exercise regularly, and live at a high altitude, but even I struggled a little bit. It was well worth the struggle! I'll do it again, given the chance.
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Our guide was an experienced guide, he has sense of humor. Overall was great and worth to join. If u loves to take photos, I would suggest you to join the 5 hrs one that would be perfect.
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Great guide, amazing view and a very pleasent tour for beginners.
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Amazing experience! Although it’s not as easy to climb up the mountain as I thought but it’s all worth it. The view is stunning! The tour guy is friendly and nice, he gave us many information about the glacier. Wear boots! If not, you can rent it for 1000isk (around £6)
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The guide was very nice! The weather was great and the view was stunning!
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