Skaftafell Tours | Guide to Iceland

Skaftafell Tours
Skaftafell tours intimately introduce you to Skaftafell nature reserve in southeast Iceland, an area of staggering beauty, composed of whispering waterfalls, creeping glacier tongues, black desert sands and green birch forests.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the best way of travelling to Skaftafell from Reykjavik?

The best and most comfortable way to travel to Skaftafell is to rent a car or to join a tour. A taxi to Skaftafell would be very expensive as the area is about 290 km (180 mi) from Reykjavík. A ride with a bus requires frequent stops, you would have to switch buses multiple times, and stay overnight as the buses only depart once a day. Therefore, renting a car or joining a tour is the best travel option.

How far is Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon from Skaftafell?

Jokulsarlon is around 55 km (34 mi) away from Skaftafell.

I want to do a glacier hike, but Skaftafell is far away from Reykjavik where I am staying. Can you help?

The best idea would be to do a glacier hike on Sólheimajökull glacier which is closer to Reykjavik.

I am going on a glacier hiking tour, what should I wear?

You should wear warm and waterproof clothes and good hiking boots or shoes. Both are essential, especially as the crampons will be fitted directly to the bottom of your boots.

Can I rent hiking shoes for the glacier hike?

Yes, you can rent these directly from the tour provider.

Can I rent warm and waterproof clothes?

No, some operators might have rain ponchos, but nobody should visit Iceland without warm and waterproof clothes.

Do I need to bring my own crampons on a glacier hike?

No, all safety equipment, such as crampons, an ice axe, and a helmet, will be provided by the tour operator.

Can I carry my ten-month-old baby in a hiking child carrier on a glacier hike.

No, for safety reasons, the minimum age limit for glacier hiking tours ranges between 8-12 years. But you could walk around the Skaftafell National Park area carrying your child.

I'm pregnant. Can I still do the glacier hike?

Pregnant women and those with serious health concerns should consult with a doctor before signing up for a glacier hike.

Can I take my DSLR camera on a glacier hike?

There are no rules against this. However, since you’ll be hiking up a glacier, it is best you take a camera you can easily carry.

Are there places to park at Skaftafell?

Yes, there is a parking lot where you can leave your car. There is also a Skaftafell visitor centre on-site.