Skaftafell Glacier Hiking Tour on Vatnajokull

The icy crust of the glacier at Skaftafell.
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Skaftafell, Iceland
3 hours
All year
Minimum age
8 years old


Join a glacier hike along Iceland’s awe-inspiring South Coast at Skaftafell. This is the perfect way to add excitement to your holiday by hiking on top of an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier. This exciting tour is perfect for those traveling the South Coast of Iceland who want to combine incredible landscapes with a thrilling adventure.

A stop at Skaftafell is a must for travelers 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 Iceland’s mighty glaciers is a once in a lifetime opportunity that should not be missed and this tour will allow you to hike up the tongue of the largest glacier in Europe. 

You will meet your certified glacier guide at the Tröll Expeditions headquarters in Hof. 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 all the basics of glacier hiking before heading out on the ice. 

On this tour, you will be given the unique opportunity to hike up an incredible glacier and see its constantly changing environment firsthand. Your expert guide will lead you through this frosty wilderness, past magnificent 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 have 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. The views of Icelandic terrain from atop this mighty glacier are a truly breathtaking experience.

Discover the ancient and untouched wilderness of Vatnajökull glacier and the surrounding areas. Book now to secure your place on this unforgettable glacier hiking tour.

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Certified English-speaking glacier guide
Glacier Equipment: harness, helmet, crampons, and ice axe
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Glacier Hiking

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 and can be done by most people irrespective of physical condition. The experience is 3 hours in total, including gearing up and a bus ride to the glacier, where you will spend around 1.5 hours on the ice. Bring hiking boots that are tight around the ankle and have a hard sole (or you can rent shoes during the booking process). The tour starts at West of Hofgardur, 785 Hof. Driving east from Reykjavik, it takes approximately 4.5 hours (210 miles/340 km) to reach Hof. The nearest towns to Skaftafell are Kirkjubæjarklaustur, 42 miles (69 km) to the west, and Höfn, 80 miles (130 km) to the east.

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