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Small Group 3.5 Hour Ice Caving & Glacier Hiking Tour on Vatnajokull with Transfer from Skaftafell

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Skaftafell Terminal - Tour Center, Flugvallarvegur, Öræfi, Íslan
Duration
3,5 hours
Difficulty
Easy
Languages
English, Icelandic, Czech
Available
Oct. - Mar.
Minimum age
8 years old

Combine ice caving and glacier hiking with this fantastic winter adventure from Skaftafell. Those traveling to southeast Iceland looking to experience this country’s magnificent ice caps in depth should arrange this tour while availability lasts.

You’ll begin the excursion when you meet your guides and group at the meeting point by the Skaftafell Nature Reserve, one of the most spectacular parts of the country. You’ll be dressed in all necessary gear, which includes an ice ax, crampons, and helmets, and briefed on the safety of this tour before boarding a modified four-wheel-drive specially designed for navigating the trails to the glacier.

The ice caves of Iceland change every year, so what component of this combination tour you start with depends on where they have opened. Should you head there first, you’ll be driven into the breathtaking Vatnajokull National Park, under the shadow of its central glacier of the same name, to their entrances. 

Your guide will lead you within one, and you’ll be immediately blown away by its vivid blues, stunning light conditions, and unusual textures; the caves appear more fantastical than worldly. You’ll spend up to half an hour exploring and photographing the beauty here before continuing onto the hiking component of this adventure. 

Gleaming white slopes, towering walls of snow, enormous crevasses, dramatic ridges, and sculptures in the ice are all featured on your exciting trek. The higher you ascend, the more magnificent the surrounding views will be, and the more immersed you will feel in this otherworldly terrain. As you travel, your guide will tell you about how such unusual features form, how they shape the lands around them, and how to protect them.

Vatnajokull glacier, the ice cap you’ll head within and upon, is particularly notable for being the largest glacier in all of Europe and the third-largest globally.

After a thrilling journey, you’ll be driven on the beautiful trail back to the meeting point by Skaftafell Nature Reserve. Set off on a fantastic winter adventure to explore all that Iceland’s glaciers have to offer. Check availability by choosing a date.

Included

Extra small group experience (max 6 persons)
Certified glacier guide
4x4 Drive to and from the glacier
All required glacier gear

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Caving
Hiking
Super Jeep
Ice Caving

What to bring

Weather dependent clothing (waterproof layers can be rented on location)
Hiking boots (preferably with ankle support, can be rented on location)
Backpack with extra layers and lunch.

Good to know

Meeting point is at Skaftafell Terminal Tour Center (Skaftafell airport). Please arrive 10 minutes prior to starting time.

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