Small-Group 7-Hour Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing Tour from Skaftafell

A professional glacier guide will lead you past deep crevasses and beautiful ice sculptures on a glacier hiking tour.
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June. - July.
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16 years old


Embark on an exciting adventure across an ice-covered landscape on this small-group glacier hiking tour with ice climbing. Travelers who love being active amid beautiful natural scenery should book this seven-hour tour from Skaftafell now.

This magical excursion starts when you meet your certified glacier guide at the Skaftafell base, next to the National Park Visitor Center. The tour leader will provide the necessary equipment, such as a helmet, ice axe, and crampons.

Today you’ll traverse one of many outlet glaciers, part of the vast expanse of Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier. Skaftafell is one of the best locations to access outlet glaciers and traverse such an otherworldly landscape on foot. 

Your small-group tour has a maximum of eight participants, and you’ll begin by driving to the glacier base to start your walk. After everyone is wearing their safety gear and ready to go, it’s time to head into the spectacular glacier environment for a once-in-a-lifetime excursion.

The guide will lead you up the glacier tongue and into the valley. Marvel at the towering peaks and steep glacier walls as you venture further across the ice. Traversing through deep crevasses, you’ll feel a sense of wonder at the awe-inspiring landscape stretched before you.

Your tour guide aims to lead you further onto the ice than the standard glacier walks that most people take. For the ultimate day excursion, you’ll also try ice climbing, a challenging yet rewarding glacier activity. 

The guide will show you basic ice climbing techniques. Then all you need is strength and determination to reach the top of the ice wall. You’ll be safe inside the harness, so rest when needed, and don’t worry if it proves too much! 

The whole group can enjoy stunning panoramic glacier views from the top of the steep ice walls. Breathe in the fresh air as you take time to appreciate the incredible vistas of towering summits and the Atlantic Ocean.

You’ll have plenty of time to capture fantastic photos for lasting memories during your six-hour exploration across the ice. The experienced guide will share interesting facts about glaciers and how they shape the Icelandic environment.

After a thrilling glacier hiking and ice climbing experience, your group will walk back to the vehicle and drive down to the base at Skaftafell.

Experience a breathtaking glacier to its fullest by booking this seven-hour small-group glacier hiking tour from Skaftafell. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Guiding services
Glacier gear (crampons, ice axes and safety equipment)


Glacier Hiking
Ice Climbing

What to bring

Warm clothing
Rain gear (can be rented)
Good hiking boots (can be rented)

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