Glacier Encounter | Easy Vatnajökull Glacier Hike

Glacier Encounter | Easy Vatnajökull Glacier Hike
Local Guide SuperJeep
A view of the ice fall on Falljökull
A View to the black sands under Svínafellsjökull Glacier's outlets, South Iceland.
A view into a deep crack in the glacial cap of Vatnajökull Glacier, South Iceland.
On the cracked icecap on the top of the Svínafellsjökull Glacier
Vatnajökull's glacier outlet, Svínafellsjökull, seen over it's Lagoon.
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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: Vatnajökull, Skaftafell, Svínafellsjökull, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:30. 13:30, 14:00, 14:30,

Freysnes gas station

During the summer months, April – October, our meeting point is at Freysnes gas station. It is located on road number 1, the main ring road highway of Iceland, 320km east of Reykjavík. If coming from Reykjavík, it’s about a 4 hours drive and you will find Freysnes gas station on your right-hand side just a few minutes after passing the sign for Skaftafell nature reserve.


  • 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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Out guide was really nice and The bike was wonderful. Very easy hike, a old couple who are not really fit were able to do it with the kind help of our guide. For those who are fit and active in their daily routine and with sufficient time and money, I recommend going on Glacier Discover tour which should take you way above the glacier.
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