Exciting 3-Hour Private Glacier Hiking Tour in Skaftafell From Skaftafell Tour Center

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Skaftafell Terminal - Tour Center, Flugvallarvegur, Öræfi, Icela
3 hours
July. - Jan.
Minimum age
8 years old


Experience an extraordinary adventure atop a mighty ice cap by joining this private tour of the Skaftafell glacier. Thrill-seekers who want to experience one of the best Icelandic activities while surrounded by stunning scenery should look no further than here.

The private tour begins at the Skaftafell Terminal Tour Center, 202 miles (326 kilometers) from Reykjavik, where you will meet your tour guide. This adventure doesn’t include a pick-up from Iceland’s capital, so joiners must arrange for their travel to the terminal.

Traveling to the meeting point is also an excellent opportunity to see more of the beautiful and diverse South Coast, which has sites such as Seljalandsfoss waterfall and the Reynisfjara black sand beach.

At the tour center, you will suit up with the necessary equipment, including crampons and a helmet, to make your glacier hiking tour safe and comfortable. Soon after, you will journey to Falljokull glacier, where you will have an unforgettable Icelandic hiking experience.

Once you reach the excellent Falljokull glacier spot, you’ll witness dramatic geological landscapes covered by powdery white snow and ice. 

Falljokull, which translates to “falling glacier,” is an outlet glacier of the massive Skaftafell glacier, which in turn is part of an even mightier ice cap of Vatnajokull. Vatnajokull glacier is the biggest glacier in Europe, covering at least eight percent of Iceland’s landmass.

Before venturing into more challenging landscapes, your guide will teach you how to walk on ice safely and adequately. The terrain is rugged and can be challenging in some areas, but it makes for an even better glacier hiking experience.

As you explore more of Falljokull and Skaftafell’s icy wonders, you will experience an exciting adventure like no other. Hiking atop a massive glacier, surrounded by picturesque sceneries, is something you will most likely never forget. The different formations of moulins, crevasses, ice fall, and even ice caves are a sight to behold in the frozen wilderness of Iceland.

If you’re glacier hiking in good weather, you will see more Icelandic attractions around you. For example, Mount Hvannadalshnjukur, the tallest mountain in Iceland at 6952 feet (2109 meters), is visible from where you will hike on a clear day. Moreover, you will also get plenty of chances to sip pure glacier water while in the area.

As this can be a private or small-group tour, you will have the freedom to hike at your own pace. Meanwhile, if you need hiking assistance, you may ask for help from the tour guide. You may also inform the guide if you want a more challenging terrain, although most glacier areas are already excellent hiking spots.

After a few hours of glacier hiking atop Falljokull glacier, you will return to the Skaftafell terminal with memories of a lifetime.

Hike atop an outlet glacier of the mighty Vatnajokull ice cap and explore its frozen geological magnificence on this three-hour private tour. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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All necessary glacier equipment (crampons, helmet, ice axe)
English-speaking and certified glacier guide 
Small group or private experience (maximum of 12 participants)


Glacier Hiking

What to bring

Waterproof clothing with thermal layers
Sturdy hiking shoes (hard on the sole and tight around the ankle)
Winter gloves and a hat
Hiking pants and socks
Sunglasses and sunscreen
Small water bottle

Good to know

- Minimum age to join the tour is eight years.

- The maximum number of tour participants is 12.

- Tour participants can rent other glacier hiking equipment like hiking shoes upon booking.

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