Adventurous 5.5 Hour Glacier Hiking Tour on Falljokull with Transfer from Skaftafell

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Skaftafell, Iceland
5,5 hours
All year
Minimum age
14 years old


Join us on this adventurous glacier hike on Falljökull glacier. This is a long glacier hike, giving you a real in-depth experience into Icelandic glacial geology for the adventure seekers. It is a moderately difficult tour, so join us if you are up for the challenge! Your guide will meet you at our booking centre in Skaftafell National Park, where you will gear up for the adventure ahead. All necessary gear for the glacier hike is included in the tour price, but make sure to bring weather-appropriate outer clothing and sturdy hiking boots. Take a short 20-minute drive to our outlet glacier Falljökull where you will start a scenic hike towards the glacier. On the small hike, you will see breathtaking landscapes, and you might catch a glimpse of Mt. Hvannadalshnúkur, Iceland's highest peak. You will be walking towards the impressive Vatnajökull glacier, Europes largest glacier. Soon we will arrive at the Falljökull glacier tongue, and our highly qualified and friendly guide will teach you how to take a walk on the ice. 

You will experience a fantastic array of different shapes in the ice, and you can expect to see crevasses, moulins and smaller rivers running over the face of the glacier. Bring your camera along for this breathtaking experience. This is a long, exploring hike so we will get the chance to walk to the magnificent icefalls higher up in the glacier. In the icefalls the ancient ice breaks up in many crevasses as it moves faster than the rest of the glacier towards the valley and can't contain a smooth surface, meaning all kinds of chaotic and ever-changing views of the white and blue ice. 

Please note that this tour departs from Skaftafell, which is about a 4-5 hour drive from Reykjavík. The closest towns to Skaftafell are Kirkjubæjarklaustur and Höfn.

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Guided Glacier Hike
Certified Glacier Guide
Specialized Glacier Gear
All Necessary Safety Equipment


Glacier Hiking

What to bring

Waterproof jacket and pants (We do have rental clothing available)
Hiking boots (Available for rent, 1000 isk. We advise against runners or any type of shoe that comes up below the ankle bone as the straps on the crampons can get a bit painful during the walk)(Climbing boots are included on the ice climbing tour)
Light sweater, wool or fleece
Light synthetic or quick dry pants (Try and stay clear of jeans on the longer trips as they get wet & cold quick and dry slow)
Thin Gloves
Small Backpack (Can be handy to carry camera, rain gear and all extras)
Sunglasses and sun protection (It can get quite bright on the ice with the reflection)
Food and drinks (Lunch is not provided on any of our trips. June - September there is plenty of fresh water on the glacier so bring a bottle)
Camera (If you forget everything else don´t forget that)

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All day trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to there own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

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