Incredible 4 Hour Ice Climbing & Glacier Hiking Tour on Vatnajokull with Transfer from Skaftafell

Ice climbing is a classic Icelandic adventure.
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Skaftafell, Iceland
4 hours
All year
Minimum age
12 years old


Experience the wild with this exhilarating expeditionary hike and ice climbing tour on an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull glacier, one of Skaftafell Nature Reserve's most intriguing wonders.

At the car park by the Skaftafell Visitor Center, 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, helmets, harnesses, 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 go to a glacier tongue, 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 glaciers. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Certified English Speaking Glacier Guide
Ice climbing Boots
Glacier Equipment: harness, helmet, crampons, and ice axe
Free parking (From May 1st)


Glacier Hiking
Ice Climbing

What to bring

Warm clothing (first layer)
Waterproof clothing (second layer)
Gloves to protect your hands from the hard ice during the climb

Good to know

- This tour does not require any prior experience glacier hiking or ice climbing.

- 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.

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