Skaftafell Ice Climbing & Glacier Hike Tour

Skaftafell Ice Climbing & Glacier Hike Tour
During the Skafafell Ice Climbing & Glacier Hike Tour you will catch a glimpse of stunning views.
The white glacier ice is streaked with black volcanic ashes.
Svínafellsjökull seen from a distance, with its blue and white ice cracks, covered with black, volcanic ash.
Strapped in crampons, you'll walk across the ancient ice on a glacier hiking tour.
Skaftafell is right next to Vatnajökull glacier, the largest glacier in Europe, that is a awe-inspiring sight to see.
The Skaftafell Ice Climbing & Glacier Hike Tour is sure to leave memories to last a life time.
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Experience the wild with this exhilarating expeditionary hike and ice climbing tour of the Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue, one of Skaftafell National Park's most intriguing wonders.

At the car park by the Skaftafell Information Centre, you will meet your certified glacier guide, who will quickly proceed to teach you the basics of glacier safety, the usage of crampons and ice climbing techniques.

Your guide will be quick to distribute all of the necessary equipment for the journey, including crampons and ice axes. They will also be eager to teach you more details about both the National Park and the glacier itself, its geological makeup and centuries' old formation. 

When you're ready to begin the adventure, you will be driven to Svínafellsjökull, just one of the many glacier tongues that make up Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier. As soon as you step onto the ice cap, you will have an incredible perspective of the surrounding mountains, including the country's tallest peak, Hvannadalshnúkur, instantly recognisable to fans of HBO's Game of Thrones. 

The journey continues on foot, and you will soon be trekking through the majesty of a white blanketed wilderness; the silence is only broken by the sounds of your boots treading the snow and ice. 

You will be surrounded by fascinating natural phenomena, such as a glacier moulin—best described as a vertical canyon that cuts deep into the ice cap—and age-old ice sculptures, turned electric blue due to the ancient oxygen trapped inside.

Throughout your hike, you will have the opportunity to try climbing with ice axes, adding an extreme edge to this largely picturesque tour.

Hurry now and you too can experience the incredible thrill of scaling one of nature's most magnificent giants, the mighty Svínafellsjökull glacier. Check availability now by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Ice Climbing, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 12 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Vatnajökull, Hvannadalshnúkur, Skaftafell, Svínafellsjökull, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 12:00

You meet us at the departure location.
Skaftafell
Included:
  • Certified Glacier Guide

  • Ice Climbing Boots

  • Glacier Equipment (harness, crampons, ice axes, helmet)


What to bring:
  • Warm clothing

  • Rain Gear

  • Gloves to protect your hands from the hard ice during the climb


Good to know:

The difficulty of the Ice Climb is tailored to each individual. Your personal abilities and physical condition will be taken into account when the ice wall, which you will climb, is selected.

Note that Icelandic roads and pavements can be slippery in the wintertime. We recommend you bring shoes with slip-resistant soles or ice-grip shoe covers if you are visiting in the winter. The covers can be purchased in most supermarkets and gas stations around the country.



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