icon_prices
Lowest Prices in Iceland
Best prices guaranteed
You will always find the best deals and prices on Guide to Iceland. We are certain that our marketplace will always provide you with the best possible prices at any given time. If you find a better price elsewhere, we will refund you the difference.
icon-tours
Largest Selection of Travel Services
Over 5,000 things to see and do
Guide to Iceland is the world's largest marketplace for Icelandic travel services.
We offer more than 5,000 tours and packages that have been tried and tested for quality. Book with us to secure an authentic local experience and find the popular and unique attractions in Iceland.
icon_booking
Easy Booking & Cancellation
Personalised & flexible customer care
We follow the easiest booking and cancellation policies in Iceland. Add multiple services to your cart or book a package in a single checkout. You can book and cancel day tours and rental cars up to 24 hours before departure, or change your booking as often as you require.
icon_info
Most Popular Website about Iceland
An unrivalled source of information
Guide to Iceland is the world's most popular source of Iceland travel information. We provide you with more material about Iceland than any other website. Discover a wealth of unique articles and travel blogs; study up on local hints, tips and find insider knowledge. You can even read blogs by other travelers.

Guide to Iceland

Gets you there

Frequently Asked Questions

About Glacier Tours in Iceland

Glacier tours take you exploring the many ice-caps and glacier volcanoes that define Iceland as the land of ice and fire. Almost all of the country’s glaciers can be explored during the summer, but the most popular glacier tours take you to the glaciers Sólheimajökull and Svínafellsjökull which can be explored year-round. Both are located on the South Coast, the latter in the stunningly beautiful Skaftafell nature reserve.

1. Can I hike a glacier by myself or do I need to go on a tour?

You can not hike up a glacier by yourself; proper equipment is needed as well as a guide that knows the routes that are safe to walk.

2. Can I see glaciers year round in Iceland?

Yes, the term glacier is used to describe a mountain where the ice and snow never melts—if the ice melted away during a specific season, it wouldn’t be considered a glacier.

3. What is the difference between glacier tours onto Svinafellsjokull glacier and onto Solheimajokull glacier?

Sólheimajökull is closer to Reykjavík and a glacier hike can be done there on a day tour. Svínafellsjökull is an outlet of Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier, and because it is much farther away, a glacier hike there cannot be done on a day tour from the capital. Glacier hiking excursions on Svínafellsjökull normally depart from Skaftafell nature reserve.

4. What is Skaftafell nature reserve?

Nestled between jet black sand expanses and creeping glacier tongues, Skaftafell is a sub-Arctic oasis famed for its rich flora and contrasting landscapes. The area is lined with hiking trails that take you to numerous beautiful natural features such as the waterfalls Svartifoss and Hundafoss. Multiple glacier hiking tours depart from Skaftafell year round, but the area is also the perfect base camp for mountaineers seeking to climb Iceland’s highest peak, Hvannadalshnúkur.

5. What is there to see on top of a glacier?

A glacier provides for ever-changing sceneries of ice formations, cracks and crevasses. The white snow is often streaked with black volcanic ash, but the views of the surrounding landscapes depend on the glacier. For example, Svínafellsjökull glacier is part of the highest mountain range in Iceland, and if you ascend the ice-cap on a clear day, you might see the magnificent Hvannadalshnúkur, the country's highest peak.

6. Is glacier hiking in Iceland a safe activity?

If you are planning on trying to conquer the glacier yourself, then absolutely not. Glaciers are thick but fragile ice caps with many hidden crevasses. Always go glacier hiking with a qualified guide.

7. What kind of shoes should I wear for glacier hiking tours?

You should wear sturdy, waterproof hiking boots that cover your ankles. No high heels, open shoes or sneakers.

8. Can the elderly join glacier hiking tours?

Yes they can, but keep in mind that a glacier hike is physically demanding, so it depends on the physical condition of each individual. The easiest glacier hike takes around two hours, with only minor elevation.

9. If my child is almost reaching the minimum age limit, can he/she join the tour?

No, operators must adhere to Icelandic law.

10. If it rains, will the hike be cancelled?

If the tour is cancelled due to unfavorable weather conditions, your operator will contact you and you will receive a full refund or a rescheduled tour.

11. Which tour should I join if I want to visit the filming location of Game of Thrones, where they filmed the scenes beyond the wall?

Scenes beyond the wall in Game of Thrones have been filmed all over Iceland, including on Svínafellsjökull glacier, on Snæfellsjökull glacier, by Mt. Kirkjufell on Snæfellsnes peninsula, in Grjótagjá canyon by Lake Mývatn, and on Höfðabrekkuheiði by the town of Vík. Plenty of shots are also from south of the wall, such as at Þingvellir National Park which is on the Golden Circle sightseeing route.

Customer reviews

Read reviews by travellers from across the world

of

This tour was kind of demanding but it was amazing!! It was my first time trying on fat bikes and they are soooo cool!!! I got so many cool pictures on this tour and I will never ever forget this day! This is a once in a lifetime experience.

See more now

Skaftafell Glacier Hike | Medium Difficulty

4.8 average rating | 135 reviews

Skaftafell Glacier Hike | Medium Difficulty

An amazing experience!

See more now

Solheimajokull Glacier Hike | 3-Hour Expedition

4.9 average rating | 82 reviews

Solheimajokull Glacier Hike | 3-Hour Expedition

An amazing experience! We accidentally arrived a few minutes late for the morning tour, but Harold from the customer service kindly shifted our tour to the afternoon after we told him what happened. And we had an wonderful time on the glacier with our guide Agnes. Thank you Troll team!

See more now

2 Day Tour to Jokulsarlon | Glacier Hike, Waterfalls & Black Beach

4.8 average rating | 25 reviews

2 Day Tour to Jokulsarlon | Glacier Hike, Waterfalls & Black Beach

We were so lucky to have Lu and Davide as our guides!! The best trip we have had in Iceland!! The guides are responsible, humorous, considerate, and willing to share so much interesting knowledge with us. The schedule is very good, not too tight and so we have enough time for every spots. Amazing lanscape and amazing tour <3

See more now

Ice caving tour from Vík in South Iceland

5 average rating | 9 reviews

Ice caving tour from Vík in South Iceland

This one really surprised me! I had no clue you could visit such a cool ice cave all year round. The drive was entertaining and informative. The tour guide was very helpful and fun to talk to. We took some amazing pictures in the ice caves that I will never forget! By far one of the best ice cave tours that i have been on!

See more now

Ice caving tour from Vík in South Iceland

5 average rating | 9 reviews

Ice caving tour from Vík in South Iceland

This was an experience I will never forget. We met our friendly guide at Vík village where we boarded this massive super jeep that took us across the black sands of Mýrdalssandur, on the "old highway". The ride was bumpy, but that was a part of the adventure. As we neared the caves, the landscape around started to look like something out of a fantasy novel or a fairytale, which is probably why this location has been used in several Hollywood productions, from Game of Thrones to Star Wars. The caves were also out of this world; shimmering, blue ice with dark strips of volcanic ashes. At some places, meltwater from the glacier dripped down to the ground and created a beautiful rainbow in the sunlight. We explored two caves, and after some adventurous climb up the ice, were rewarded with breathtaking scenery. Although this was the fast-track tour of the caves, we had plenty of time to capture some amazing, once-in-a-lifetime photos.

See more now

Skaftafell Ice Climbing & Glacier Hike Tour

4.9 average rating | 53 reviews

Skaftafell Ice Climbing & Glacier Hike Tour

My sister and I had a blast with Gisli via Troll Expeditions at Skaftafell glacier. We only had 6 people in our group excluding our tour guide. Gisli was very personable, and allowed us to slow down and really enjoy each moment. He had no problem with us stopping to take photos, and even went out of his way to make sure we got really great pictures. He even made sure everyone had a time-lapse video of our ice climb. We were able to have 4 turns at ice climbing, one with one pick to make sure we were using our crampons properly, two with 2 ice picks including getting a sweet photo-op and time-lapse video, and one timed. He made it a fun contest to see who could climb the fastest, representing their country. We hiked for a short bit, taking in the views, and our tour guide had no problem with us asking questions, and he really took the time to turn them into conversations. Our tour guide gave us photos and videos of us via airdrop, and even added destinations into our googlemaps after learning that we planned on making stops along our way back to Reykjavic. Many of these stops we would not have known to look for.He gave us a great restaurant recommendation for dinner in Vik as well. Not just Gisli, but all staff we came into contact with went out of their way to be helpful and ensure we enjoyed our time. We had a great experience and would recommend others do this tour.

See more now

Overall, it was a fantastic 3 day tour . Although the weather is changeable, our tour guide Heimir rearrange the order of the stops flexibly to make sure we could join both glacier hiking , ice cave and other spots. To be honest, I felt a little disappointed about the glacier hiking due to the time we staying on the glacier. The time was quite short but I thought is was disrpted by the bad weather. The storm came right away when we arrived the parking lot. As for ice cave, we were really lucky to see a quite big and beautiful one . And we had enough time to take pictures in the cave and there were only our group. We finished these two activities on the second day because the weather was awful on the third day. Besides, we were unlucky that it wasn’t the right time to see the dimonds on the beach ,which I eager to see, however; our gide Heimir took us to another place th see the dimonds near the glacier . Dimonds there were really spectacular and was one of my favorite spots in Iceland . To conclude, I felt thankful for the all arrangement of our guide , or we might miss those activities and amazing sceneries if I we went by ourselves . I definitely satisfy this 3 day tour!

See more now

Katla Ice Cave Tour | Departure From Vík

5 average rating | 23 reviews

Katla Ice Cave Tour | Departure From Vík

Both of us enjoyed this unique ice cave experience, and our guide was great! We enjoyed the whole tour, ice caves, glaciers and nice weather!

See more now

Our tour was in early March 2018. We were lucky with the weather and it was beautiful every day. The tour was easy to setup up just note the communications might not be immediate depending on time zone (I am in US). It did not affect any of the travel. I recommend at your hotel to ask where the tour buses pick up passengers. Ours was not clear and our guide Sveinbjorn had to search us out. Sveinbjorn was a fantastic guide. Was a safe driver and could definitely relax and watch the scenery without worry. He takes pride in his country and enjoys talking about it with a passion. He made sure were on time and had it set where we arrived earlier at places then other tour groups which made it easy for us to get around. If the place was dangerous he made sure the group knew (multiple times). What I liked is I learned more about Iceland from him then any other resource. Now more about the trip. Each day we were on the road by 8 local time so the day starts early. All the hotels were nice and there were some brand new ones. A travel note is once you are at a hotel expect to be there and no other exploring since they are isolated. I personally was nervous about hiking the glacier but our guide (did not remember his name) kept me at ease and it was a great experience. The ice caves were fantastic and a lot of it was due to our guide Faye. She kept us entertained and played Icelandic rock music for us. All the places we stopped were interesting and we were glad we did the extended tours to the east side of the island (away from most of the tourists). I think my only frustrating thing was the end of the tour from Akureyri back to Reykjavík. We did not spend any time in Akureyri because our plane left about 11:00am local time. Might have been nice to seen more of Akureyri. And once we arrived back in Reykjavík we assumed there would be transportation since the tour asked where we were staying once we got back in Reykjavík but we had to find it ourselves. Plenty of taxis just be aware. I recommend a new visitor to the island to use a tour company and I think you will enjoy your stay

See more now

Solheimajokull Ice Climbing & Glacier Hike

4.8 average rating | 46 reviews

Solheimajokull Ice Climbing & Glacier Hike

Highly recommend

See more now

The best day I spent in Iceland. This trip was amazing and the schedule was managed very well. Our guide Michael was very patient, knowledgeable and handsome. He made the trip very flexible to ensure we have the best experience. Highly recommend!

See more now

8 Day Winter Excursion | Guided Circle of Iceland Minibus Tour

4.9 average rating | 17 reviews

8 Day Winter Excursion | Guided Circle of Iceland Minibus Tour

We joined the 8-day tour with our guide Svein in March, hunting for amazing Aurora and beautiful landscapes. In the end, I left my camera on the minibus. Svein was so kind to send it back to me. I was really appreciate it.

See more now

Solheimajokull Glacier Hike | 3-Hour Expedition

4.9 average rating | 82 reviews

Solheimajokull Glacier Hike | 3-Hour Expedition

What can i say. Amazing experience. Thank you so much Lydia for a wonderful tour on the glacier.

See more now

I really want to take the time to write a proper review for this awesome tour. I just got back home to the USA last night, and am off again tomorrow on a business trip to TX, so this has to be brief right now! It's not difficult to give this tour 5 stars ! Our guide, Olafur Valtyr Rognvaldsson (better and more easily known as OLI) was awesome! He kept us entertained throughout the tour, and was a font of all knowledge relating to Iceland and its heritage. He was also our driver (we did not have both a driver and a guide, Oli did double duty) and we felt very safe with him driving through the snow and rain. I was glad I was not driving in that! Our minibus seated 20, and there were 18 of us on the tour, so it was a little snug in the bus, but not too bad. (The worst part was the couple who kept eating dried fish - the smell of very fishy dried fish in a warm bus was a little nauseating to say the least!) Oli was pretty good at keeping us on schedule, and was very flexible in moving things around so that we were able to see all the major sites in reasonably good weather. We did the Ice Cave Walk on the second day rather than the third day to take advantage of the fact that it was the end of the season and it would be closing on our last day. We also went to a different glacier from the original one on our schedule because the snow was coming down thick and fast on the one we were supposed to climb and it would not have been a pleasant trek. We had an awesome guide for the glacier walk - he made sure we were all safe, and gave us lots of information about the glacier. We also had the opportunity to sample nature's 'champagne' - 700yr old crystal clear ice! Big G (our guide) climbed up a ways to hack out some clean and clear ice for us to try. We were glad of it at that point, as the climb up the glacier left us all hot and sweaty, despite the cool weather! All of the areas we visited were outstanding. The waterfalls, the beaches, the national parks were spectacular and we had plenty of time at each to enjoy the sites. The Geyser was interesting ... I expected something like Old Faithful, but it was a much tamer version! Still fun, though! One of the most fun parts of the trip was when Oli took us to a 'secret' waterfall - we waded through a stream and climbed over rocks to get through an opening and when we entered through the gap in the rocks, there was a fantastic waterfall hidden from the road. Really cool way to end our tour! Oli also took us to see the Icelandic horses, which wasn't technically a part of the tour, but was a testament to his flexibility and him wanting us to have a great experience. He also pointed out a great place to see the Aurora, but unfortunately, we had cloud both nights and so we were not able to view that natural phenomenon. Although we were there at the beginning of April, it was still pretty chilly in the mornings and evenings, and when the wind blew it was bitingly cold! I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the two hotels we stayed in. Both were very clean, and while the rooms were small, modern and minimalist, they were very comfortable. Be warned, though, that the food in the hotels is VERY expensive! We were a captive audience at the first hotel and dinner was $US44 a person - a small bbq chicken breast, three boiled potatoes and a scoop of boiled vegetables!! Tasty, but extortionately priced for what really could only be described as Diner food. The second hotel, in Hofn, was expensive too, but the food was stellar and much better value than the first hotel. Regardless, both hotels were very nice and food in Iceland is very expensive everywhere. The breakfasts in both hotels were very nice and you could certainly eat a substantial amount to keep you going throughout the day. I would, without a shadow of doubt, recommend this tour if you want to experience Iceland at its best. Our guide, Oli, was excellent and from what I am reading from other reviews, so are all the other guides used by Aurora Hunters. But, of course, we think we got the best one!!! Thanks to Oli (Olafur Valtyr Rognvaldsson - I sure hope I spelled that correctly!) we had a fantastic trip.

See more now
section_logo

Drop us a line

Contact us by using the form below

Real Time Analytics