Small group 5-Hour Ice Climbing and Glacier Hiking Tour with Departure in Skaftafell

A person stands, harnessed up at the top of an ice wall, while another is lowered into a deep blue crevasse.
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Söluskálinn í Freysnesi, Iceland
5 hours
June. - Sept.
Minimum age
16 years old


Get ready for an epic five-hour excursion on the ice on this semi-private ice climbing and glacier hiking tour. Active adventurers keen to learn new skills and traverse vertical ice walls should book this tour now.

Your excursion begins when you meet your certified glacier and ice-climbing guide at Freysnes, about 3.7 miles (6.1 kilometers) east of Skaftafell. The tour leader will take you to the glacier when everyone is ready to start the adventure.

This tour offers a semi-private experience with a maximum of five participants. A small group ensures close attention and interaction from your guide.

Today you’ll learn glacier techniques that go beyond top-rope climbing. If you’re looking for something more than a regular glacier hiking tour, this experience is for you. 

Your guide will teach you how to traverse the glacier safely, and you’ll enjoy a combination of hiking, ice climbing, Via Ferrata, and rope work to match the groups’ needs and abilities.

This excursion is physically challenging and may feel grueling at times. However, previous experience isn’t necessary, and your guide will ensure you have the information and equipment you need for a safe and enjoyable experience.

When each participant has a helmet, crampons, and ice axe, it’s time to head out onto the icy wilderness. Breathe the fresh air and marvel at your breathtaking surroundings, from jagged black and white ice to deep blue crevasses.

First, your guide will choose an appropriate wall and teach the group basic ice climbing techniques. Whether a beginner or an experienced climber, this is an excellent way to ensure a good start to the excursion.

Afterward, you’ll move to more challenging climbs to match the skill and energy levels of the group. Because there are only five participants, the guide can tailor the activity to suit individual group members.

Usually, you can fit in up to five climbs. If the group prefers to do more glacier walking, the guide can adapt the plan to suit. Whatever you choose, you’ll enjoy a unique and unforgettable experience amid a picturesque and ever-changing icy landscape.

Ensure you’ve got your camera on hand to capture lasting memories of your exciting day. Your guide will ensure you have time to take photos, appreciate your surroundings, and stop for food and water breaks.

After your immersive glacier experience, your guide will take you back to the starting point at Freysnes.

Embark on the ultimate glacier excursion with this challenging five-hour semi-private ice-climbing and glacier-hiking tour near Skaftafell. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Certified glacier guide
Ice climbing, glacier hiking, and glacier techniques
All safety equipment
Ice climbing boots




Glacier Hiking
Ice Climbing

What to bring

Warm, waterproof outdoor clothing
Food and water for the day, as per your personal requirements, carried in a small backpack
Hat and gloves
Sunglasses and sunscreen for sunny days

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Waterproof clothing (rain gear) can be rented if needed.

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