Easy 5-Hour Private Ice Climbing Tour near Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Beautiful ice walls will greet you on your very first ice climb.
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Glacier Lagoon, Islandia
5 hours
Oct. - May.
Minimum age
16 years old


Start a thrilling new adventure by learning the basics of ice climbing on the glaciers of Iceland. This professionally-guided tour is perfect for beginners looking to acquire a new skill that broadens their possibilities for excitement in a country full of icy walls to conquer.

You’ll begin at the Freysnes gas station on Iceland’s ring road, where you’ll meet your professional instructor. The tour is private, so you and your group will have your guide’s full attention as they assist you with starting your ice-climbing journey.

You’ll travel to Breidamerkurjokull, an outlet of the Vatnajokull glacier, the largest ice cap in Iceland. Vatnajokull is colossal and covers around eight percent of Iceland’s landmass, and its many outlet glaciers are a popular place for ice-climbing enthusiasts.

Breidamerkurjokull is an outstanding choice as it directly feeds into the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. The meltwater and icebergs that break off from the glacier float into the lagoon, creating one of Iceland’s most iconic destinations.

Once you arrive, your instructor will brief you on the gear you’ll need and some safety protocols to protect you during the lesson. The guides on this tour have years of experience and have gone on thousands of glacier hikes and ice climbs, so their instructions are essential for your enjoyment and safety.

You’ll learn the basics of safely walking on slippery ice. Your instructor will also teach you the front-pointing technique, which involves kicking your crampon into the ice to plant the front spikes, letting you get a secure foothold on the wall while you ascend.

As soon as you’re comfortable with the basic movements, you’ll put these skills to the test on a relatively easy ice-climbing wall. Once you’re confident with your technique, you’ll be able to move on to more difficult walls to give you a proper challenge.

During the tour, you’ll also have photos taken of your exciting adventure. You’ll get to capture the magic of your first ice climb with action shots, portraits, landscape photos, and a lot more, which you’ll receive a few days after the trip.

Once satisfied with your progress, you can come back to take more challenging workshops to help you develop your skills. Before long, you’ll be ready to conquer even the mightiest glaciers.

Don’t miss out on beginning the exciting new experience of scaling the glacial wonders of Iceland, done with a private instructor that will expertly guide you along the way. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Fully certified AIMG glacier and alpine trekking guide
Semi-private / Very small group experience (4 persons max)
Glacier & climbing equipment: helmet, harness, crampons, ice axe, and specialized climbing boots.


Glacier Hiking
Ice Climbing

What to bring

Water bottle
Packed lunch
Winter clothing - gloves, hat, wind/rainproof jacket
Warm layers for freezing conditions

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