Glacier Encounter | Easy Vatnajökull Glacier Hike

Glacier Encounter | Easy Vatnajökull Glacier Hike
Glacier Encounter | Easy Vatnajökull Glacier Hike
Glacier Encounter | Easy Vatnajökull Glacier Hike
Glacier Encounter | Easy Vatnajökull Glacier Hike
Glacier Encounter | Easy Vatnajökull Glacier Hike
Glacier Encounter | Easy Vatnajökull Glacier Hike
Glacier Encounter | Easy Vatnajökull Glacier Hike

Walk across the glistening surface of Iceland's largest ice cap on this glacier hiking excursion of Vatnajökull. This short but exciting tour is ideal for those looking for an initial taste of hiking up a glacier, without dedicating their whole day to just one adventure.

After having reached the meeting location at Freysnes gas station, close to the breathtaking Skaftafell Nature Reserve, you will greet your local glacier guide and get acquainted with the rest of the hikers. Before hitting the road you will get familiarized with our specialised glacial hiking equipment and learn of the journey ahead.

Then, you will board a super jeep and begin the short, scenic drive up to the glacier. Vatnajökull is the most voluminous ice cap in Europe, as it covers more than 8% of Iceland's total landmass, boasting over 30 different outlet glaciers—including your destination, Svínafellsjökull. If you are only walking up one glacier during your Iceland travels, this should be your prime candidate.

This tour caters especially to those who have never hiked a glacier before and aren't yet sure of their abilities, as the hiking route is not only brief but chosen for its smooth and accessible surface. But even though the tour is easy, you will still get fully acquainted with the power and beauty of this magnificent glacier outlet.

On your hike, expect to behold cracking blue crevasses amidst ash-streaked icy surfaces, which are in constant development as the glacier breathes and crawls leisurely across the land. During your adventure, your experienced guide will tell you about the geology and history of the glacier and local area and answer all of your enquiries.

You will also experience an array of exciting photo opportunities, so don't forget to pack your camera to create memories to last you a lifetime. Once you have explored the glacier and taken in the magnificent view of your surroundings, we will head back to the super jeep for the short drive back to our base.

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to get to know the power of a glacier in an easy and fun way. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Apr. - Oct.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 11 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: South Iceland, Vatnajökull, Skaftafell, Svínafellsjökull
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:30 10:30, 13:30, 14:30,

You meet your guide at the departure location.
Freysnes gas station
Included:
  • English speaking guide

  • Glacier crampons

  • Ice axe

  • Safety equipment

  • Transportation in a Super Jeep

  • Food and drink

  • Hiking boots

  • Outdoor Clothing

  • Pickup (Meet on location)


What to bring:
  • Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing

  • Sturdy hiking shoes with ankle support

  • Hat and gloves

  • Sunglasses if it's a sunny day

  • Water and a snack

  • Camera


Good to know:

We rent hiking boots on location for 500isk, in Euro size 36-47.



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No credit card fees
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Glacier Encounter | Easy Vatnajökull Glacier Hike
 
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