Glacier Tours | Guide to Iceland

Glacier Tours
Glacier tours take you hiking, sightseeing and exploring Iceland's staggering ice caps, providing an adventure of discovery unlike no other. Stand atop Iceland’s most stunning natural features, such as Vatnajokull glacier, Europe's largest glacier, and South Iceland's Sólheimajökull glacier.

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Frequently asked questions

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.