Skaftafell Blue Ice Winter Wonderland | 5-Hour Hike

Skaftafell Blue Ice Winter Wonderland | 5-Hour Hike
Even though it is but a small glacier outlet, it's sheer size is monstrous. Near Vatnajökull, south Iceland.
A man wearing Ice climbing crampons, clearly planning to take on the challenge that is the glacier.
A traveller in full glacier gear, planning a hike.
The view from the white top to the glacier lagoon below.
An adventurer on the pure white of the snow-topped glacier.
Working their way though an ice vale, two travellers head for the top, near Skaftafell nature reserve, south Iceland.
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Come along on this fun-filled hiking day trip that takes you up an impressive glacier in Skaftafell Nature Reserve. This is the perfect excursion for those looking for a longer than usual experience on the glacier and those wanting to add a unique and thrilling twist to their Iceland vacation.

You'll meet your guide at Skaftafell Nature Reserve where you'll get to know the rest of the hikers on this tour. On this 5-hour excursion, you'll travel in a small group which will ensure a more personalised experience.

Your guide will provide you with a safety briefing upon arrival to the ice cap where you will also be provided with all of the necessary glacier gear to be able to safely explore Falljökull glacier and have your mind blowing by the stunning ice fall that the "Falling Glacier" has to offer. 

During the tour, you will be accompanied by a certified glacier guide who will tell you all about the formations of the glacier, so you can gain a deeper understanding of the mesmerizing Icelandic nature. If you have any questions about glaciers in general, then feel free to ask your guide. They like to share their knowledge of this natural phenomenon. 

Heading on to the ice, you'll experience the dramatically carved landscape, and impressive ice formations and crevasses. It is an experience you won't forget. You'll also get a fantastic view of the surrounding mountains that encircle the glacier, including Iceland's highest peak Hvannadalshnúkur. 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 sweeping panoramic views of the area. Last but not least you'll get to behold the massive icefall, where ice crashes down the mountain towards the ocean.

Immerse yourself in the beautiful Icelandic nature with this exciting glacier hiking tour in Skaftafell Nature Reserve. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Demanding
  • Minimum age: 14 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: South Iceland, Vatnajökull, Skaftafell, Falljökull, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 10:30.

Please be at the tour start location in good time before departure.
Skaftafell Information Center
  • Small group guarantee

  • A guided glacier hike

  • Certified glacier guide

  • All glacier gear needed

  • Food & drinks

  • Transport to/from Reykjavík

What to bring:
  • Warm outdoor clothing

  • Head-wear and gloves

  • Waterproof jacket and pants

  • Good hiking shoes (can be rented)

  • Packed lunch

Good to know:

Hiking boots should be tight around the ankle and have a hard sole. You can rent shoes during the booking process.

Skaftafell is located around 4 hours and 30 minutes from Reykjavík 327km (203 miles). The nearest towns to Skaftafell are Kirkjubæjarklaustur, 69km to the west and Höfn, 130km to the east.

The glacier guides are wearing green jackets by the trailer marked with the provider's name. You need to be at the meeting point 30 minutes before the departure time of the tour.

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Skaftafell Blue Ice Winter Wonderland | 5-Hour Hike
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