Tour to Skaftafell from Reykjavik

Tour to Skaftafell from Reykjavik
Much of the landscape in Iceland is covered with the non-native purple Lupin flower.
Vatnajökull National Park will provide fantastic views over the region's glacial lagoons.
Vatnajökull National Park is known for its epic glaciers, otherwise referred to as ice caps.
The 60 m high Skógafoss is one of the jewels of Iceland's South Coast.
Seljalandsfoss is a rare example of an Icelandic waterfall that can be walked behind, making it one of the most exciting features along the South Coast.
Skaftafell Nature Reserve is filled with strange rock formations, lush cliff faces and fascinating natural attractions.

Join a tour to the wild, untamed forests of Iceland, in Skaftafell National Park. You‘ll be picked up at your hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavik and whisked away through the South coast to Skaftafell national park.

Skaftafell is a true testament to the hardiness and determination of Iceland's ecology, Skaftafell was destroyed in volcanic eruptions of 1362; the manor located there was abandoned, and the area was renamed Öræfi ("Wasteland").

Over the years, the foliage slowly returned and became the stunning collection of mountains, glacial formations, waterfalls and lush, green life that you see today. Skaftafell was made part of the Vatnajökull National Park in 2008.

Within the borders of the nature preserve is the largest ice cap in Europe, on Vatnajökull, which is surrounded by glaciers on three sides. From there, you can see the volcano Laki and the tallest mountain in Iceland, Hvannadalshnjúkur, standing at 2,110 m high (6,922 ft).

You will have about four hours to explore Skaftafell as you like! The imposing waterfall Svartifoss is a sight to behold, flanked by distinctive black basalt cliffs. Easy-to-follow trails show the way to Hundafoss waterfall.

You can also walk right up to Skaftafell glacier, and guided tours are available for those want to go even further, for a fee. Please note that such tours might need to be booked independently in advance. 

From the top of the trails here, you can also see beauty in the distance as you look out over the Kristinartindar mountain and Morsardalur valley. The trails at Skaftafell offer options for all levels of difficulty and mobility, including a disabled path to have a closer look at a nearby glacial tongue.

Also on the grounds is a Visitors Centre for those who wish to learn more about the history of Skaftafell, a restaurant and a small shop whose wares include handicrafts.

Don't miss out on one of the most beautiful and verdant spots in Iceland! Check the booking availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 14 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Skaftafell
Pickup information:
    Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.
    • Bus fare

    • Guided tour

    • Pick-up (up to 30 minutes BEFORE departure)

    • Glacier Hiking

    Good to know:

    07:30 Daily (15 May - 30 Sept) & Wed, Fri & Sat ( 1 -31 October)

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    Free cancellation
    Free pickup
    No credit card fees
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