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
  • 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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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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Our guide was very friendly and knowledgeable and the glacier was super cool!
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It says easy difficulty, but it was just a bit challenging (in a good way). Just make sure you’re fit! Having said that, it is an amazing experience!! Totally worth it. Older or younger people might not be able to do this tour. You have to keep up a pace with the rest of the group of course, and there’s a few climbs up ice and snow. Really beautiful and definitely worth the trip and the price. Pete was our guide, really lovely guy and we felt safe with him. Make sure you follow the instructions (as to what to wear that they recommend) and have lots of fun!
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This was the highlight of our trip to iceland, we were a group of 4 and never have we been near a glacier, let alone hiked one before. The tour had a leisurely pace, the scenery was wonderful and our female guide Sitius (sry I may have butchered the name here) was so considerate, well informed, understanding and all around a lovely tour guide to be with. She explained how to put on the equipment in detail, took her time to make sure everyone was safe and made us all feel confident. We even stopped and she showed us how to drink glacier water, took time for our questions and the all important pictures, evidence first! Definitely highly recommended.
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We had a great tour with Reyner! He was able to answer our questions whenever we thought of one. He gave us lots of time to enjoy the caves and along the way enough tome to take breaks.
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This is the best experience we had during our trip to Iceland. Highly recommend.
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Wonderful! Great experience with this tour!
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Iceland was the most beautiful place I have ever been in my life. Yes I am only 23 but if you love beautiful views or a photographer or an artist this is the next place you need to visit. There wasn’t one point on my travels around the country where I wasn’t astonished with the natural beauty there. It’s like another world. Going on this glacier tour was really eye opening and the staff were friendly. I’d accidentally arrived a day early as I got the dates wrong and they were kind enough to let us attend the one that morning. The blue ice was wicked and I got some incredible photographs and learnt about the glacier and Iceland culture and way of life. 10/10
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Blue Ice Experience in Skaftafell | Easy Difficulty