Glacier Tours

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 go on a glacier hike by myself in Iceland, or do I need a tour?

No, you cannot hike up a glacier in Iceland by yourself. Glaciers can be very dangerous places and the proper equipment and experience are needed to safely navigate them. Your guide on your glacier tour in Iceland will make sure it's both a safe and memorable experience. Those who still want a glacier experience in Iceland without the trek can also consider a tour of Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.

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

Solheimajokull is one of the closest glaciers to Reykjavik and can easily be accessed on a day tour. Svinafellsjokull is an outlet of Vatnajokull, Europe's largest glacier, and because it is much farther away, a glacier hike on Svinafellsjokull cannot be done on a day tour from the capital. Glacier hiking excursions on Svinafellsjokull normally depart from Skaftafell nature reserve.

Where is Skaftafell Nature Reserve in Iceland?

Skaftafell Nature Reserve in Iceland is a sub-arctic oasis nestled beneath Vatnajokull, Europe's largest glacier. Situated between jet black sand expanses and creeping glacier tongues, Skaftafell Nature Reserve is famed for its rich flora and contrasting landscapes. The area features a network of hiking trails that take you to 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, Hvannadalshnukur.

What is there to see on top of a glacier in Iceland?

The summit of an Icelandic glacier will provide 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, Svinafellsjokull 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 Hvannadalshnukur, the country's highest peak.

What should I wear for glacier hiking tours in Iceland?

You should wear sturdy, waterproof hiking boots that cover your ankles. No high heels, open shoes, or sneakers. Additionally, you should also bring clothing appropriate to Iceland's environment, including an insulating layer, a wind- and rainproof jacket, warm socks, a cap, and perhaps sunglasses. See this complete guide to hiking in Iceland for more information.

Can the elderly join glacier hiking tours in Iceland?

Yes, but keep in mind that a glacier hike in Iceland can be physically demanding, so it depends on the physical condition of each individual. The easiest glacier hike on Solheimajokull takes around two hours, with only minor elevation, making it a great choice for families and travelers wanting a more relaxed experience.

Icelandic weather can be unpredictable. Will my glacier walk be cancelled if it rains?

Travelers should be prepared for most weather conditions by bringing with them the right clothing. Many glacier tours in Iceland will proceed in the event of light rain. However, in the event of worse weather, the glacier tour may be canceled. If the tour is canceled due to unfavorable weather conditions, your operator will contact you and you will receive a full refund or a rescheduled tour. Contact us at info@guidetoiceland.is if you have any questions.