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 a gorgeous outlet glacier of Vatnajökull and experience the adrenaline of ascending on of Iceland‘s most fascinating geological features. This is the perfect opportunity for those travellers in the Vatnajökull area looking to occupy their afternoon with an authentically Icelandic glacier.

Vatnajökull National 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.

At the foot of the glacier, your friendly knowledgeable and experienced glacier guide will provide you with all of the necessary trekking equipment, including a helmet, crampons and ice axe, 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 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 glacier tongue and into a fantastical frozen world of ice sculptures, blue moulins and deep crevasses will reveal itself to you. Make sure you don‘t forget your camera!

So don‘t delay any longer! Hurry now,  and book your tour by choosing a date!

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: May. - Sep.
  • Duration: 4,5 hours
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 14 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Vatnajökull, Skaftafell
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:45. 13:30,

Sales Lodge (next to the National Park Visitor Center) 15 min. prior to departure

Please be at Icelandic Mountain Guides 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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Love the professional guide! Love the beautiful scene!
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Excellent and knowledgeable tour guide! Great experience overall. The hike was very exciting and informative and provided for many once in a lifetime sights and experiences.
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Wow wow wow! My husband and I booked this tour as our whale watching was cancelled last minute ...boy were we pleased! This was absolutely amazing and just totally 100% blew us away. We were put in a group totalling 8 people, all of whom were lovely and Mike our guide was fantastic, he knew the glacier really well and was able to answer any questions we had and kept us informed along the way, he had a cracking sense of humour and really made the tour memorable. I cannot describe just how awesome this was...and the 4x4 van to the foot of the glacier had us all in stiches, it was the most fun I’ve ever had in an A team style van! The whole experience will stay with my husband and I forever, Mike you were great! IF YOU’RE READING THIS JUST BOOK THIS TOUR!!!!! YOU WILL ABSOLUTELY NOT REGRET IT!!! MIND.BLOWN.
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Estuve con mi pareja en Islandia a finales de mayo de 2018 e hicimos este tour guiado. Y puedo decir que merece la pena. Tom fue nuestro guía, fue muy atento con nosotros, nos explicaba cosas muy interesantes y siempre estuvo abierto a nosotros (aunque no fuéramos un grupo muy hablador) y a sacarnos fotos En cuanto a la ruta, fue una ruta sencilla, nos enseñó un poco de técnica de andar con los crampones por el glaciar. Como hay que hacer ciertas subidas y bajadas, puede ponerte un poco nervioso (pero nada exigente, tan solo la inexperencia de los crampones y de estar en un sitio nuevo). Aún así llegamos un poco mas lejos que otros grupos, caminábamos 5-10m y parábamos para que nos explicara Cuando pensábamos que ya se iba a terminar la ruta, nos llevó a una cueva de hielo muy pequeñita, pero que si es la primera vez que lo ves, impresiona bastante. Para terminar la ruta, nos enganchó una cuerda a los arneses y bajamos una pared muy poco empinada (de verdad, muy poco, si nunca has hecho rapel puede que te de un poco de miedo, pero en nuestro grupo había dos personas que les daba un poco de miedo y lo hicieron sin problema) Después de eso, salimos por una zona mezclada entre hielo y barro, que daba mas miedo que caminar por el glaciar por si te resbalabas y te pegabas un buen culazo, pero con ojo, todo se hace! Recomiendo mucho la ruta. Diría que es una ruta fácil, pero de tener que salir un poco de la zona de confort si nunca has hecho algo así
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We had an incredible experience with Icelandic Mountain Guides, especially with our guide, Pat. Their office is easy to find and their staff is welcoming, friendly, and knowledgeable. We did the 4-hour glacier hike, and we recommend it highly. As long as you're in basic hiking/walking shape, you'll be fine! Our guide helped us gain confidence quickly concerning our crampons and offered easy-to-remember instructions on how to successfully hike on the glacier. We're not sure there are enough words to describe how great our guide Pat was. He was full of knowledge concerning the area and glacial & volcanic environments, and was an expert at navigating the terrain, bringing us to some incredible features on the glacier. He prioritized our safety and yet we still got to get up close with some amazing crevasses, waterfalls, and hiked into the icefall. We learned so much on our hike and had so much fun, even though it rained the entire four hours--so don't let the weather deter you! Pat happily answered all of our questions and the joy he got out of sharing this hike with our group was evident. Have we mentioned that Pat was the greatest? This was an experience like no other and we were both so glad we booked a tour through Icelandic Mountain Guides. -Rebecca P. and Emily W., United States
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