Skaftafell Ice Climbing & Glacier Hike Tour

The Skaftafell Ice Climbing & Glacier Hike Tour is fun packed and full of pleasant surprises.
Skaftafell Ice Climbing & Glacier Hike Tour
We make absolutely sure that you will find us at the designated meeting point.
Be sure to always follow the advice of your guides during glacier hiking tours.
When you ascend and ice wall, you intimately connect with the glacier.
During the Skafafell Ice Climbing & Glacier Hike Tour you will catch a glimpse of stunning views.
Based on 25 traveller reviews

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, Hvannadalshnjúkur, 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: Feb. - Dec.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Ice Climbing, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 12 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Vatnajökull, Skaftafell, Svínafellsjökull
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 12:00

You meet us at the departure location.
  • 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.



Average rating 4.9 / Number of reviews 25

We had a great tour with Mike! It was only 4 of us, which was great (6 max for ice climbing). I am really glad that we chose to do ice climbing instead of just walking on the glacier (boring). Mike was cool to talk to and he answered all of our tons of questions. The climbing was really cool, although a little scary! I highly recommend this tour and Mike!

We did the ice climb tour in October 2017. We had a GREAT time and and amazing experience. We loved our guides Sammi and Geiser and felt like we got a lot of personal attention. We were never bored and had a ton of fun. We did have 2 problems though, which were rather disappointing. 1. We were told the tour began at 12 and it didnt begin until 1. We based our whole day around this and it was really upsetting wasting an hour of our timing sitting around when we only had 4 days in Iceland. 2. We were told groups would be small- we had about 18 people in a group with 2 guides. It would have been nice if our group was a little smaller. All in all a great experience and totally recommend it.

We did the ice climb and glacier hike on Sept. 26, 2017. At first, I thought the staff were pretty unprofessional. They were late arriving to take us to the glacier because of a large group before us. They cursed in front of us, and seemed frustrated and annoyed and like they just wanted to be done for the day. However, this tour is so much less expensive than the others offered by other companies, that I do feel it was a great experience and good value for the money. The hike is something anyone can do, and if you have enough nerve you can do the ice climbing too. I do wish there was a little more climbing and even more exploring the glacier, but it was still one of our best experiences in Iceland. Definitely unique and something some people never get to do. And you'll get plenty of chances for photos.

We had a wonderful tour! I loved that it was a small group (4 people in total, including us). We did the ice climb/hike on 24.09.17. The tour was just perfect. We all asked questions & they were answered appropriately. We all had plenty of opportunities to take photos and learn about the environment. Our group got to know a little bit about eachother, which was nice. It was just us and nature; that's all we needed! I would highly recommend. (And for those of you wanting to save a few extra ISK/USD/EUR, etc;, this is the tour to select as they are cheaper than other hime/ice climb groups Iceland offers.

We had an amazing time learning to ice climb with Troll Expeditions and our guide Mike! The afternoon was definitely the highlight of our Iceland trip. Mike was a fantastic guide--although we had no experience ice climbing, he taught us everything we needed to know and showed us the ropes. He was also full of knowledge about the glacier and even taught us the Troll Expeditions yodel. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that we highly recommend if you are planning a visit!

The tour group was 11 people (10 of which were my party, including myself). We started out at the meet-up area changing into climbing boots, putting on harnesses, and sizing crampons. We arrived at the glacier after a short drive. We hiked onto the ice, where our guides Helgi and Mike gave us basic instructions on how to walk in the crampons and proper ice climbing techniques. We went to two climbing areas: an easy slope since we were all beginners, and then more difficult vertical edge. Mike and Helgi were absolutely wonderful guides. They were friendly and energetic, and made us feel safe yet excited on the ice. We had a medical issue with a member of my party, and the guides were professional, caring, and very quick to act. Because this issue took a lot of time, they extended our tour so that we would all still get a chance to climb, for which I am very grateful!! I thank Mike and Helgi for being the wonderful people they are! The glacier was pretty dirty (covered in ash) and there were only a few spots we could see blue ice; however, I still thought it was a beautiful sight, worth 5 stars. The climbing was exhilarating and a real workout. Would love to do this again!

Mike the American Troll was a fantastic guide for this tour. He taught us all the basic skills of Ice Climbing. We started with an easy climb just for everyone to know how to use the ice axes and crampons. Then we could start doing more climbing and more action. This was a perfect tour, and big thanks to Mike.

Great tour, me and my wife were in a group with experienced climbers since we've done Ice Climbing before it was a perfect fit. Our guide was very experienced and clearly knew what he was doing. Climbing up those Ice Walls and going down in crevasses to climb back up was amazing. Could not recommend this tour more for everyone.

It was the first time I've been Ice Climbing, and didn't have any special climbing experience. It was so much fun, getting to know how to use the ice axes and climb up the blue ice wall. Definitely some thing I will do again.

Ice Climbing in the blue ice is amazing. A tour that everyone that loves outdoor activity must do in Iceland. They have good guides that take care of your safety while you can explore the wonderful blue ice in the glacier.

This Ice Climbing tour is the one to do. We drove there from Reykjavík to visit Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón. On the way we saw this tour and decided to go for it. This was so much fun learning about the glacier the ropes and all the details of Ice Climbing was great. We had two guides the lovely couple Mike and Sigga. They were complete professionals and taught the group how to climb and use the axes. Great tour with great people.

Fantastic experience, this Ice Climbing tour is one of the best things I've done. Mike was our guide, first he went over the rules and regulations. Then we went on to the glacier where he had found the perfect place to start our journey. Since I've never been Ice Climbing before he taught me the basics of the sport. Then I got the opportunity to try it and it was much easier than I would have thought. With Mike taking care of all the safety procedures I felt 100% safe. After the first climb, I was able to go a bit further and do more climbing and at the end of the tour I was getting good at this. This is the tour I would recommend to everyone. Great experience in great environment.

I will never forget this experience, when our guide showed us how fast the glacier is melted, I was out of words. The hiking part is easy because there are special Ice shoes that fit the spikes that we use for climbing. When climbing the guide will teach you before trying the big wall climbing. Being from a country where there are glaciers I have to admit I have never seen an outlet glacier before and I have never climbed the ice before. I was a bit clumsy for the first round but after I got some training from Bjartur I was a lot more sure how to do it. Thank you to Guide To Iceland for the epic holidays.

When I decided to visit Iceland, I had no idea that this was possible. Standing down in a crevasse with Ice axe in my hand trusting my life on a thin line (and in the hands of Johann Guide) I did not even feel cold as the adrenaline was to high. I made it miraculously out by climbing slowly up this perfectly blue wall. Our guide told us this was the best day of the summer and we felt privileged to be a part of this fun group on this day.

This was one of the highlights of our trip! Troll Expeditions was wonderful and accommodating. One couple arrived about an hour late and so we had to jump on to the group doing the Glacier Hike only tour for a short period of time so that our guide could pick up the couple. It was great to see how flexible these Troll guides are and how well they work with each other. The Troll guides were personable and knew their stuff in terms of movie trivia, glacier facts, hiking and climbing. Once our guide came back, we continued our tours separately and our group began ice climbing. While climbing, our GoPro fell into the crevasse. Not a big deal since these things happen and the camera is replaceable. The other Troll guide showed up to try and save our GoPro (on his own) while our guide continued our glacier hike. The GoPro was not saved but I was thankful and surprised that they would go through the trouble of climbing down the crevasse on their own to try and save something that is replaceable. Apparently another group was trying to salvage another lost item (car keys!) at the same time. Stuff happens, just make sure you have good trip insurance! All in all, I was impressed by Troll Expeditions and would highly recommend this hike for everyone!

When you drive towards Skaftafell you will pass all these majestic Glaciers, you can not miss this opportunity to climb with Tröll Expeditions. After 3 hours I was still hungry for more adventure. Thank you Tröll Expeditions.

This nature is unbelievable! The ice is so blue and beautiful. Our guide was amazing and really kind. The glacier climb was incredible. I also learned some things about the glaciers in Iceland and how they are melting because of the global warming, that is so sad. You won't be disappointed with Trolls Expeditions so I highly recommend them! THANK YOU TROLLS!

I am a HUGE Game of Thrones fan! :) So, to be able to see the North of the Wall was a great experience for me. If you like awesome (I mean AWESOME) landscape, this is the tour for you. Highly recommended.

It took me a while do decide which tour Ice Climbing I wanted to go on and after check most of them I decided to go on a Ice Climbing with Troll Expedition. I am very happy with my choice. Skaftafell is just by Road 1 and it is easy to get by, if you have your own car (rent a car). I met the guide who taught us the basics of ice climbing. Both with ropes and all the safety gear. Even tough this is a more of an extreme tour I felt very safe the whole time and the guide clearly knew what he was doing, (feel bad about not remembering his name). I can easilly recommend this tour to all who are looking for a fantastic glacier experiance.

I wanted to try something crazy, something that I would never imagine doing and decided to book this tour. This tour is spectacular in every way possible! I was really scared at first but the glacier guides were so friendly and understanding. They convinced me that I had nothing to be scared about. So I did the impossible...or in my mind the impossible and went Ice Climbing! It was such an adrenalin rush and such a thrill. I totally recommend this tour and if you haven't booked it you should do it NOW.

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