Vatnajokull Glacier Adventure | Skaftafell National Park

Embarking on a glacier hike up Falljökull, one of Vatnajökull's near-fifty outlet glaciers, is an unforgettable Icelandic experience.
When going on a glacier hike in Iceland, you will never be greeted by the same landscape twice since a glacier is a living, moving thing in constant formation by the natural elements.
The sun shines the brightest on top of a glacier like Vatnajökull in Iceland, since the snow and ice work as the ultimate reflectors.
Going glacier hiking is one of many thrilling experiences you can have in Skaftafell National Park.
When hiking up a glacier in Iceland, you are greeted with a labyrinth of different ice formations, such as these on one of Vatnajökull's many outlet glaciers.
When going on a glacier hike in Skaftafell in Iceland, it's important to remember to have fun.
Based on 31 traveller reviews

Challenge yourself with this fantastic day-tour hiking up the impressive Falljökull, an outlet of Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajökull, found in South Iceland. This is the perfect tour opportunity for visitors looking to experience an authentically Icelandic activity, as well as those looking to partake in some physical adventure.

Upon arrival to the ice cap, your guide will provide you with a safety briefing and you will also be provided with all of the necessary glacier gear to be able to safely explore the ice-cap.

It is always important to make sure that you head onto the glacier with a certified guide as they are the only ones experienced on the safest paths to take. Heading on to the ice, you will experience a dramatically carved landscape, complete with impressive ice formations and deep blue crevasses. 

Your guide will tell you all about the formations of the glacier in order for you to gain a deeper understanding of this mesmerizing ice giant. If you have any questions about glaciers in general then feel free to ask your certified glacier guide. They like to share their knowledge of this natural phenomenon.

This trip provides plenty of photo opportunities so make sure to bring your camera along; you will spend approximately 3.5 hours on the actual ice where you will get the chance to enjoy vast sweeping panoramic views of the area and the surrounding mountains

The tour is operated in a small group, limited to 12 participants per guide, ensuring a more personalized experience. 

So don't delay any further! Hurry now and you too can experience the joys of glacier hiking on Falljökull ice cap in beautiful south Iceland, Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Feb. - Sep.
  • Duration: 5,5 hours
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 15 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: South Iceland, Vatnajökull, Skaftafell, Falljökull
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:15 10:30,

You meet us at the departure location.
The meeting location for this tour is at the Glacier Guides Booking Hut in Skaftafell National Park (Next to the Visitor Center) 30 min. prior to departure.
  • Small group guarantee

  • A guided glacier hike on Falljokull glacier

  • Certified glacier guide

  • All glacier gear needed

  • Hiking shoes (can be rented as an extra)

  • See what to bring

  • Transport to/from Reykjavík

  • Food & drinks

What to bring:
  • Warm outdoor clothing

  • Head-wear and gloves

  • Waterproof jacket and pants

  • Good hiking shoes

  • Packed lunch

Good to know:

You can rent hiking shoes and waterproof clothing in Skaftafell.

Skaftafell is located 327km (203 miles) from Reykjavík. The nearest towns to Skaftafell are Kirkjubæjarklaustur, 69km to the west and Höfn, 130km to the east.


Average rating 4.7 / Number of reviews 31

Wonderful tour! We explored the glacier and hiked about 2/3 of the way up towards the falling ice at the top. We learned about glacier formation and activity along with the climate and wildlife that goes with a glacier. The equipment was sufficient and allowed us to safely hike the ice and stay warm and dry.

It was definitely the highlight of our time in South Iceland. My parents, both in their 60s, and I went for this hiking tour on June 3. It was amazing to say the least. Our guide, Dave, was very knowledgeable and professional: He guided us through both the easy parts and the more difficult/challenging, but incomparably more beautiful parts of the glacier over 5 hours. Some said there were too many breaks during their tours, but not ours. We only had about eight or so breaks (both long and short) that I felt was appropriate. It wasn't physically challenging that much: If my parents in their mid-60s could do it, I'd say anyone under that age and in reasonably good health can also do it! All in all, I heartily recommend this to everyone visiting Skaftafell.

Amazing experience on the glacier! I would recommand it for aller People going in Iceland! Thanks to Josh and Joe, our guides ;)

Amazing tour with some really knowledgeable guides. The glacier is incredible and can highly recommend this trip.

Amazing! we all had such a great time, very well organised, very informative, a great experience and breath taking

All well and professionally organized. Our guide, Joe, was excellent!

Mark is our Leader and he is pretty professional, interesting and handsome :) Thank you for everything. You give us a very wonderful memory in our life. If somebody want to go there. You should be join this tour! Very recommendation!

We were really disappointed.... on our "hiking" trip we stopped nearly every 5 minutes for 5 minutes ( that's why it is a "5,5" hour-tour). We did not walk very far during this time.... it just took us a lot of time to reach our targed because of all the unneccesary breaks we took.... It would be possible to do the trip in 4 hours by walking with the same pace just by leaving out most of the breaks ( I mean you can stop once in a while for a picture, BUT NOT EVERY OTHER MINUTE!) It would also be nice, if "moderate" would be explained in more detail. The trip was everything but moderate. It was really easy to walk even for people who do not go hiking that often. It is just moderate for people who never been hiking in their entire life or been for a longer walk... I think it is way to expensive for what was offered... I would not recomment the trip for "active" people who go hikinh once in a while

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