Skaftafell Glacier Hike | 3-Hour Walk

Skaftafell Glacier Hike | 3-Hour Walk
Skaftafell Glacier Hike | 3-Hour Walk
Skaftafell Glacier Hike | 3-Hour Walk
Skaftafell Glacier Hike | 3-Hour Walk
Skaftafell Glacier Hike | 3-Hour Walk
Skaftafell Glacier Hike | 3-Hour Walk
Glaciers are dangerous, full of hidden cracks and canyons, so it's important to stay in a line behind your knowledgeable guide.
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Add some excitement to your holiday and come along on an exhilarating glacier hike on top of an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier. This exciting tour is perfect for those travelling the south coast of Iceland and want to combine incredible landscapes with a thrilling adventure. 

A stop at Skaftafell is a must for travellers on Iceland’s south shore. It is a stunning area of amazing contrasting scenery; where enormous white glaciers are surrounded by jet black sands. Scaling one of those glaciers is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that should not be missed, and this tour will allow you to hike up a glacier tongue of the largest glaciers in Europe. 

You will meet your certified glacier guide by the company's trailer 150 meters south of the Skaftafell Visitor Center. They will give you all the necessary equipment and then take you on a short 15-minute drive to the glacier tongue, where you will receive all the equipment and knowledge necessary to scale the massive ice cap. You’ll learn the basics of glacier hiking before heading out on the ice. 

On this tour, you will be given the unique opportunity to hike up a glacier and see firsthand it's constantly changing environment. Your expert guide will lead you through this frosty wilderness, past incredible ice formations, deep cracks and blue crevasses. Standing on top of the glacier might give you a feeling of being alone in the world, surrounded by nothing other than the blinding whiteness of the glacier.

Once you reach the ice cap, you’ll get plenty of time to marvel at the surrounding landscape and take in the views. During this tour, on a clear day, you might see the magnificent Hvannadalshnúkur, the country’s highest peak. 

Discover the ancient and untouched wilderness of Vatnajökull glacier surrounding areas. Book now to secure your place on this unforgettable glacier hiking tour. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Vatnajökull, Hvannadalshnúkur, Skaftafell, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:00. 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00,

Skaftafell Terminal

We will see you at our meeting point 30 minutes before departure time. Please note that if you arrive after departure time your place on the tour can't be guaranteed or refunded. 

Since May 1st, 2019 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. 

  • Certified English-speaking glacier guide

  • Glacier Equipment: harness, helmet, crampons, and ice axe

  • Small Sroup Guarantee

  • Free Parking

  • Hiking boots with ankle support (can be rented at the time of booking)

What to bring:
  • Warm clothing as first layer

  • Waterproof clothing as second layer

  • Hiking boots with ankle support (can be rented at the time of booking)

  • Hat and gloves

Good to know:

- This tour doesn't require prior experience.

- It is 3 hours in total including gearing up and bus ride to the glacier. Around 1,5 hours on the ice.

- 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.

- Since May 1st, the meeting point is at Skaftafell Terminal Tour Center by the main road.



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The weather is light rain but the tour is still continue and it is a amazing experience.
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Our hike guide was great. Very professional, knowledgeable and helpful. Made our hike a memorable one. Took us to a newly formed and found ice cave. Wonderful wonderful experience. Highly recommended.
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I hiked in a rainy day. However, it was awesome and our guide was terrific! It was a lot of fun and I strongly recommend it.!
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Our guide was great. She made the experience very enjoyable and was very insightful about what it was like to live in Iceland. The weather was great and the views were amazing. We even were able to explore an ice cave!
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What a beautiful place! So much was wonderful about this trip. Iceland has such an interesting geography and history and the landscapes are just breathtaking! Suggestions: My advice to anyone taking a self-drive tour is to pace yourself well! It took us a couple of days to realize that we weren't going to be able to get to everything that was suggested because there were such beautiful landscapes along the way and we wanted to check out some things that weren't listed on our itinerary. Our add-on guided tours were scheduled for morning times that were impossible to get to without getting up much earlier than we had been and sometimes driving for a long time. The hotels we stayed in were lovely, and each was for two nights. Because of all of the driving involved to get from one place to the next, it might have been nice to stay in a couple of the hotels only one night, and then the next night tasty in one farther along the road, in order to cut down on driving time. I'm sure some people would prefer to not pack up every day, but it would be good to have the option--more driving and 2 nights in each hotel, or less riving and 1 night in each hotel. All in all
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Lovely adventure with amazing guides. the hike and sights were just incredible. Must do activity
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아이슬랜드에서 유일한 투어였는데 좋았어요. 11,13살 아이들도 힘들다면서도 열심히 하이킹 했고요. 기억에 남을 투어였던 것 같아요. 가이드하시는 남자분이 너무 열심히 해 주셔서 이것저것 많이 가르쳐 주시고, 아이들에게 교육적으로도 좋았습니다.
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Awesome experience. Our guide Carolina was a lot of fun and very knowledgeable about the glacier environment and associated geology. Recommend this as a must to do activity. It is normally quite cold so one should layer up.
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It was very cold, especially when it started hailing on the glacier! I would definitely reccommend wearing lots of layers! Our tour guide was lovely, very knowledgeable and I felt safe whilst I was on the glacier. Definitely worth it for the views and experience!
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Our tour is very interesting. Our tour guide Jessica brought us to see one of the ice cave nearby while hiking up the glacier and explained to us a lot regarding the glacier. She even help each of us to take picture in the ice cave. Btw it is quite a long walk to the glacier, so bring the necessaries only for this tour.
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