Glacier Hiking Tour in Skaftafell

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


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 blown by the stunning icefall 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.

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Small group guaranteed
A guided half-day glacier hiking tour
Certified English-speaking glacier guide
Glacier Equipment: harness, helmet, crampons, and ice axe
Free Parking


Glacier Hiking

What to bring

Warm clothing as first layer
Waterproof clothing as second layer
Hiking shoes with ankle support (can be rented at the time of booking)
Packed lunch
Hat and gloves

Good to know

This tour doesn't require prior experience. 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.

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