Ice Climbing Tours

Ice Climbing Tours

An ice climbing tour is a perfect option for those seeking to add even more thrill to their glacier experience in Iceland. Under the guidance of highly trained professionals, you'll scale towering walls of blue ice and expose yourself to magnificent views you'll never forget.

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Frequently asked questions

How old do you need to be to go ice climbing in Iceland?

Some operators in Iceland allow children as young as ten to join ice climbing tours, others set the minimum age limit at sixteen years old. This depends on the difficulty of the ice climbing itself. You can see information about the minimum age in the details section of each tour page.

What equipment will I need for my ice climbing tour in Iceland?

Ice climbing requires a helmet, crampons, a harness and ice axes, which your tour operator will provide. The only thing you need to bring for your ice climbing tour is warm clothes suitable for Icelandic weather and sturdy hiking shoes with ankle support.

How physically fit do you need to be to go ice climbing in Iceland?

It would be best if you had a reasonable fitness level for your ice climbing tour in Iceland without pressing back, knee, or neck problems.

What do I need to wear to go ice climbing in Iceland?

Warm, waterproof clothes, gloves, and well-fitting hiking boots with decent ankle support—the more rigid, the better. All equipment needed for ice climbing will be provided to you by the tour operator.

How long will I be climbing up ice during my tour?

Climbing up an ice wall and back down again takes about five to ten minutes, but you will spend at least an hour on the glacier during your ice climbing tour in Iceland.

How high will I climb during my ice climbing tour in Iceland?

You will ascend five meters or so, depending on the conditions of the glacier you're climbing.

What if I fall while ice climbing in Iceland?

You will simply hang motionless in the air until you are ready to continue because your guide will have fastened your security line to the ice wall.

Is ice climbing possible on all glaciers in Iceland?

Yes, it is possible. For safety reasons, however, most ice climbing tours are conducted on Sólheimajökull and Svínafellsjökull in the south of Iceland.

Can I go ice climbing in Iceland throughout the year?

Yes, some operators run ice climbing tours year-round in Iceland.

Is it possible to partake in a glacier hiking tour in Iceland without doing an ice climb?

Yes, such tours can be found on our website under the glacier tours section.