Skaftafell Glacier Hiking Tour | Medium Difficulty

Skaftafell Glacier Hiking Tour | Medium Difficulty
A glacier hiker drinking the glacial meltwater straight from the Svínafellsjökull ice cap.
Svínafellsjökull is a glacier tongue of Vatnajökull, which stretches into Skaftafell Nature Reserve.
The ridges of Svínafellsjökull in Skaftafell have black accents from the ash that has frozen into them.
As you ascend Svínafellsjökull, know you are exploring part of the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnjökull.
Svínafellsjökull's main advantages over other glaciers is that it looks over the Skaftafell Nature Reserve.
Vatnajökull as seen from Svínafellsjökull, with a coating of clouds.
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Join this fantastic 4-hour glacier hiking tour on the gorgeous Svínafellsjökull glacier and experience the adrenaline of ascending one of Iceland’s most fascinating geological features. This is the perfect tour opportunity for those travellers in the Vatnajökull area looking to occupy their afternoon with an authentically Icelandic glacier.

Svínafellsjökull is an outlet glacier, part of the far larger Vatnajökull glacier, found in the National Park of the same name. The park covers a total area of 14,141 km2, approximately 14% of Iceland, and is comprised of stunning ice caps, dramatic mountainscapes, lush valleys and, of course, Skaftafell Nature Reserve. Svínafellsjökull begins at Skaftafell, meaning you have a fantastic opportunity to gain a firsthand look at this stunning region,

At the foot of the glacier, your friendly, knowledgeable and experience glacier hiking guide will provide you with all of the necessary trekking equipment, including a helmet, crampons and walking poles, if needed—hiking boots and rain gear can be rented at extra cost. They will also proceed to give an educational and entertaining safety briefing, laying out what to look out for on the glacier, and sharing interesting facts about the region. When everyone is geared up, you will begin to make your way up the ice cap.

You will climb the Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue up to the pale glacier valley between the summits of Hvannadalshnúkur and Hrútsfjall, quickly realising that Svínafellsjökull is hemmed in by some of Iceland's most spectacular peaks. As you ascend, a fantastical frozen world of ice sculptures, blue moulins and deeps crevasses will reveal itself to you, as will truly incredible views over Iceland’s South Coast. Make sure you don’t forget your camera!

So don’t delay any longer! Hurry now, and you too can experience glacier hiking on Svínafellsjökull, one of the most beloved ice caps in Skaftafell Nature Reserve. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: May. - Sep.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 14 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Vatnajökull, Skaftafell, Svínafellsjökull
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:00 09:30, 10:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:30,

You meet us at the departure location.
Sales Lodge (next to the National Park Visitor Center) 15 min. prior to departure
  • Glacier Hiking Guide

  • All necessary activity equipment

  • Reykjavík pickup

  • Meals and refreshments

What to bring:
  • Warm Clothing

  • Good Hiking Boots

  • Your Camera

  • Rain/Windproof Gear

  • Energy Bars

  • Snacks

Good to know:

Boots and rain gear can be rented on location.

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Skaftafell Glacier Hiking Tour | Medium Difficulty
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