The Ultimate Glacier Hike from Skaftafell

The Ultimate Glacier Hike from Skaftafell
The Ultimate Glacier Hike from Skaftafell
A man wearing Ice climbing crampons, clearly planning to take on the challenge that is the glacier.
The Ultimate Glacier Hike from Skaftafell
The Ultimate Glacier Hike from Skaftafell
The Ultimate Glacier Hike from Skaftafell
The Ultimate Glacier Hike from Skaftafell
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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 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.

Quick facts

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

Skaftafell Terminal
We will see you at our meeting point 20 minutes before departure time. Please note that if you arrive after departure time your place on the tour can't be guaranteed or refunded.  The meeting point is at Skaftafell Terminal Tour Center by the main road. You can look up "Skaftafell Terminal" on Google Maps to find the exact location and driving directions. Driving time to Skaftafell from Reykjavík is around 4 hours and 30 minutes. If you arrive early, you can visit Skaftafell Terminal Tour Center which offers free parking and has restrooms. 
  • 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

  • Food & drinks

  • Transport to/from Reykjavík

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.

- From May 1st, the meeting point is at Skaftafell Terminal Tour Center by the main road. You need to be at the meeting point 30 minutes before the departure time of the tour.



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The guide was nice and professional
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Our guides are very humorous, carefully providing the teaching of crampons and glacier walking, and also explain a lot of knowledge about glaciers and the environment, leading us to the edge of the blue ice near the top; the difficulty of the trip is suitable, only a pity is We don't have time to stop for lunch, it is recommended to take this trip!
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Our guide was amazing, knowlegable and meanwhile funny, making that a great trip for us. The view was spectacular and one tip is to pack your lunch for sure. Your guide will bring you to a spot for the best lunch ever!
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Guide was fantastic, and the tour around the lagoon was absolutely spectacular. Highly recommend this tour.
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This was an incredible experience and definitely a highlight of our Iceland vacation! With 5 hours we were able to see and do more and go farther up the glacier all while being able to stop for photo opportunities of which there was no shortage of spectacular views. Our guide took care in making sure we explored the glacier safely and pointed out the unique features. We even repelled down an ice wall! It is a shame that in the near future these glaciers will disappear as will this experience for future generations.
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We were a group of 16 people with 2 guides, that was splitted in two groups of 8 when hiking started. I didn't selected the shoes rental at booking time but has the possibility to rent it directly at the meeting point. the temperature is not really colder unless the weather becomes windy. I did not have waterproff pants and it was not a problem We went at the highest point of the glacial tongue just before the "seracs". great view ! It is not really hard to walk on ice with ice grips they provide. If you have some hiking experience it should be ok. Our guide was Jose, a spanish guy speaking english. he was really nice.
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We were very lucky and the clouds parted for our hike! It was pouring rain the whole way there until the last minute and we got some sunshine. Pretty incredible being able to hike on a glacier. Our guide was awesome too, answered all our ridiculous questions and was extremely nice, definitely had a lot of experience so that was comforting! Would recommend for the adventurer!
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This tour was one of the highlights of our trip! The scenery is beautiful. It was somewhat challenging, which is what we were looking for. Even though the weather was a little rainy and drizzly, it was still the most amazing views. Our guide was amazing. He would explain to us what caused the different colors and shapes throughout the glacier. He even helped us take some photographs, which turned out awesome. Since it was the longer hike option, we got to go almost to the top and the guides were able to show us alot of different cool stuff! Totally worth the cost, just make sure to wear your waterproof clothing!
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I recommend doing this "long" tour since there are a lot of groups on the glacier at the same time from other companies. So this is the only way to get out of the big flocks of tourists and have some space "for yourself". Of course at first you have to get used to the crampons, but the guides are totally helpful and tell you everything you need to know. In the end it really is easy if you follow the tipps. Even on our quite cloudy day we could see the sea from above, which got me some really cool pictures.
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this tour is really impressive that you could never find such a chance elsewhere to see and know the glacier in this close distance and long duration. Highly recommended to those who wants to have special experience in Iceland. One of the must-do acticity. Pay attention, compare to 3-hour tour it could be a bit physical demanding, although the view is much better.
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