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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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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13 Day Northern Lights Package | Guided Tours to the Ring Road & Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Explore the natural beauty of Iceland on this 13-day winter package that will take you around the island to the country's most famous destinations such as Reynisfjara black sand beach, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and Lake Mývatn, as well as a few hidden gems. This holiday is perfect for those who wish to discover a winter wonderland at a relaxed pace without having to worry about driving in icy conditions. After you arrive at Keflavík International Airport, your pre-organised airport transfer will deliver you to your hotel in Reykjavík. You will then have a full day to recharge after your flight and to visit one of the top spas in the world, the Blue Lagoon. Fully rested and ready for adventure, you will embark on an expertly guided 8-day minibus tour around the famous Ring Road which will also include the well-loved Golden Circle route as well as a day on the spectacular Snæfellsnes peninsula. Every evening your accommodation will be taken care of and you can choose to enrich your days with action-packed adventures that you can decide upon as you make your booking. These include horse riding, snowmobiling, glacier hiking and even the chance to enter an ice cave inside a glacier! As well as daily opportunities to search the skies for the alluring and elusive Northern Lights, there will be several opportunities to unwind in geothermal pools and hot springs. Once you have circled the island, familiarise yourself with the northernmost capital in the world, Reykjavík. You will have two whole days to fill with a choice of exciting activities such as a day trip up to the Highlands in a super jeep or a geothermal helicopter tour. Even if you would rather just relax in Reykjavík, this winter tour presents you with no lack of choice. Discover Iceland in all its winter glory and book this vacation package today! This is one of the most popular winter excursions available, so wrap up warm and hop on. Check availability by choosing a date.
5.0
2 reviews

Duration:
13 days
Available:
Sep. - Apr.
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8 Day Summer Self Drive Tour | Circle of Iceland with a focus on the South Coast

Take in the top spots of Iceland and more on this 8-day self-drive tour with a focus on the South Coast, where the most famous attractions of Iceland abound. Discover the natural beauty of the country as you travel around the Ring Road in a complete circle from Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík; taking advantage of the longer days under the midnight sun. This itinerary is perfect for those who would love to see the full variety of landscapes and attractions Iceland has to offer while having the ability to go at your own pace.  Your tour will begin as soon as you land in Iceland. You won’t have to worry about transfers because you will pick up your car straight from the airport. Then for the next 8 days, you will explore this nation to the fullest. You will visit the must-see attractions around the Ring Road with an in-depth focus on the South Coast. You will begin with the famous Golden Circle; then head south stopping at the incredible waterfalls, pristine coast, staggering cliffs and black sand beaches.  You will visit the otherworldly Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, with its floating icebergs, before heading to the untouched Eastfjords. You will then make your way through the geothermal northeast of Iceland, then after stopping in the capital of the north, Akureyri, you will complete your circle, arriving back in Reykjavík. To make this trip even more memorable, you will be able to add extra activities when you book. You could visit the adored Blue Lagoon Spa, take a whale watching tour from Húsavík, go horse riding, hike a glacier, visit an ice cave or delve deep into a volcano. A massive benefit of this vacation is that your itinerary and accommodation are taken care of, so while you’re travelling around the country, you can focus on the sites that spark joy for you and not worry about the finer details. This road trip is a great way to get the most out of your stay in Iceland while still having the freedom to take things at your own pace. Revel in the natural wonders of Iceland bathed in the hues of the midnight sun, making for a truly unforgettable vacation. Don’t miss the chance to make a dream summer vacation in Iceland a reality. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
8 days
Available:
All year
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Skaftafell Glacier Hike | 3-Hour Walk

Add some excitement to your holiday and come along on an exhilarating glacier hike on top of an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier. This exciting tour is perfect for those travelling the south coast of Iceland and want to combine incredible landscapes with a thrilling adventure.  A stop at Skaftafell is a must for travellers on Iceland’s south shore. It is a stunning area of amazing contrasting scenery; where enormous white glaciers are surrounded by jet black sands. Scaling one of those glaciers is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that should not be missed, and this tour will allow you to hike up a glacier tongue of the largest glaciers in Europe.  You will meet your certified glacier guide by the company's trailer 150 meters south of the Skaftafell Visitor Center. They will give you all the necessary equipment and then take you on a short 15-minute drive to the glacier tongue, where you will receive all the equipment and knowledge necessary to scale the massive ice cap. You’ll learn the basics of glacier hiking before heading out on the ice.  On this tour, you will be given the unique opportunity to hike up a glacier and see firsthand it's constantly changing environment. Your expert guide will lead you through this frosty wilderness, past incredible ice formations, deep cracks and blue crevasses. Standing on top of the glacier might give you a feeling of being alone in the world, surrounded by nothing other than the blinding whiteness of the glacier. Once you reach the ice cap, you’ll get plenty of time to marvel at the surrounding landscape and take in the views. During this tour, on a clear day, you might see the magnificent Hvannadalshnúkur, the country’s highest peak.  Discover the ancient and untouched wilderness of Vatnajökull glacier surrounding areas. Book now to secure your place on this unforgettable glacier hiking tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.7
280 reviews

Duration:
3 hours
Available:
All year
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4.8
250 reviews

Duration:
3,5 hours
Available:
All year
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Glacier Walk & Ice Climbing in Vatnajokull National Park

Join this adventurous combo tour of both glacier hiking and ice climbing on a majestic outlet glacier of Vatnajökull during a small-group experience within Vatnajökull National Park. If you’re looking for the ice in the land of ice and fire, this is the excursion for you.  Your adventure begins as you meet your certified glacier guides in Skaftafell, where you’ll check in and receive all the necessary gear for hiking up an ice cap, including crampons, helmet, harness and an ice axe.  Once you have gone through the safety briefings, you will board a minibus with the rest of your small group of travel companions and drive to the foot of the glacier.  Then, it’s time to snap on your crampons, sharpen your axes and begin your hike. Glaciers are powerful beasts in constant formation, and experiencing them from afar can never compare to walking across their surface.  Be prepared to witness a wonderland of ice sculptures, narrow ridges and deep crevasses. Your knowledgeable guide will happily share with you the history and geology of this frozen natural marvel, as they bring you to the best viewpoints to enjoy the magnificent mountainscapes around you, including Iceland’s highest summit of Hvannadalshnúkur.  What separates this tour from other glacier walks is that your guide will lead you to sturdy ice walls or sinkholes, where you can test your skills in ice climbing. No former experience is needed, and your guide will make sure to match the wall with your skill levels, allowing everyone to have a go at the climb.  After approximately three hours of hiking and climbing on the ice, you will make your way back to the minibus and be brought back to base camp.  Don’t hesitate in securing your spot on this fantastic combo tour, walking up an ice sheet and testing your luck at ice climbing. Check availability by choosing a date. 
4.9
10 reviews

Duration:
4,5 hours
Available:
Apr. - Aug.
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5.0
15 reviews

Duration:
4,5 hours
Available:
May. - Sep.
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Skaftafell Blue Ice Cave Adventure & Glacier Hike

Join this adventure tour where you will experience all fantastic features of a glacier; you will hike up a glacier tongue of Vatnajökull, where you'll have the once in a lifetime opportunity to enter the blue ice cave. This is the perfect opportunity for those travelling on the South Coast and want to spice up their Icelandic holiday. Meet your experienced glacier guide at the Skaftafell Terminal Tour Center. Skaftafell is a beautiful nature reserve in south-east Iceland, filled with spectacular natural wonder. You will explore one of these wonders today in an outlet glacier or the larger Vatnajökull.  Your friendly guide will give you the equipment needed to scale the glacier, such as crampons and a helmet. Don't worry if you've never been glacier hiking before; the guide will show you the ropes. You will then be taken to the roots of the ice cap so you can begin your excursion. Vatnajökull is not only Europe's largest glacier, but it is also home of the highest mountain range in Iceland and the tallest peak in the country, Hvannadalshnúkur. During the glacier walk, you will be exploring breathtaking ice formations and moulins while learning how glaciers are formed and how they constantly change.  The most breathtaking feature you will see today will undoubtedly be the naturally formed ice cave. You will be able to walk inside this dazzling structure to see the fantastic blue ice found within. Remember to bring your camera along on this tour; you will surely want to capture this moment on film. Lace up your hiking boots and get ready for an incredible journey up and inside a glacier with this fantastic Ice Caving and Glacier Hiking tour in Skaftafell Nature Reserve. Book now to secure your spot. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.1
37 reviews

Duration:
4 hours
Available:
Oct. - Apr.
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Ice Climbing Adventure Tour | Departure from Skaftafell

Come along on this thrilling tour where you'll climb the icy walls of a glacier. Get an in-depth knowledge of glaciers and ice on this excursion, perfect for both those who love ice climbing and those who have always wanted to give it a try. On this 5-hour tour, you will learn all the skills and techniques necessary to safely and comfortably climb the frozen glacier walls, under the direct supervision of a highly trained and qualified guide. With a maximum group size of 4 people, you are guaranteed plenty of time to test your climbing skills. This activity requires no prior experience, and the guides will make sure that you'll have a safe and memorable time on the ice. You start the day in Skaftafell National Reserve where you will check in, meet your guide and get equipped with ice climbing equipment. When you are ready, you can take a seat in the mini-bus that will drive you to the glacier, which is only in 25 minutes driving distance away.  Once you are there, your guide will teach you how to use the climbing equipment and find a climbing location suitable to your skill level. It might be a grand wall of ice or a sinkhole in the glacier that you are lowered in. In any case, your guide will find a perfect spot suitable for you.  Once at the glacier, you and the rest of the group will get plenty of time to test your ice climbing skills. During the whole tour, your guide will inform you about the glaciers in Iceland, their effect on the environment, how they were formed and the curious folklore surrounding them in Icelandic culture. They will be happy to answer all your questions about the geology, the culture, or just ice climbing in general. After everyone has had a go at climbing the ice wall, you and your group will head back to Skaftafell Nature Reserve, filled with exciting memories that will last you a lifetime. Scale an ice wall of a great glacier on this fantastic adventure. Check availability by choosing a date.
5.0
1 review

Duration:
5 hours
Available:
Jun. - Aug.
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Full Day Glacier Hike Adventure | Departure from Skaftafell

Come along on this small-group, full day glacier hike that takes you farther onto the ice, shows you more, and gives you the opportunity to explore the glacier tongue, as well as experience one of the most spectacular glacier environment available to the general public anywhere in the world. You begin your tour twenty minutes before departure at the Skaftafell Nature Reserve. There, you will check in, meet your guide and get equipped with the necessary glacier and safety equipment. When you are ready, you may hop on to the mini-bus that will take you to the glacier. As it is only a 25-minute drive to the roots of the glacier, you'll get to spend up to 6-hours on the ice on this tour. At the glacier, your guide will run through the basic principles of glacier hiking and how to use the glacier gear you've been equipped with. You will be provided with glacier crampons, ice axes, harnesses, and helmets.  Then it's time to explore the ice. You will hike far up the glacier tongue, higher than any other group on the ice. Your guide will safely lead you through deep crevasses and on top of high walls of ice where you have magnificent panoramic views of the glacier, the towering summits that surround it, and down to the Atlantic Ocean. During your hike, your experienced and qualified guide will provide you with numerous interesting facts about the Icelandic glaciers, about the great role they have had in shaping the Icelandic environment and the curious folklore surrounding them.  After spending roughly six hours on the ice, you will head back to your mini-bus which takes you back to Skaftafell National Reserve.  Experience the glacier to the fullest and create memories that will last you a lifetime with this small group glacier hiking tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
5.0
3 reviews

Duration:
7 hours
Available:
Jun. - Aug.
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Glacier Discovery | Glacier Hike in Skaftafell Area

Witness a beautiful outlet of the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull, and scale its icy surface, on this thrilling half-day tour. This excursion should not be missed by those who want to try the essential Icelandic experience of glacier hiking in a remote and spectacular location. This tour begins when you meet your guide and small group at the Freysnes gas station, an easy to find location on the Icelandic Ring Road, just outside the Skaftafell Nature Reserve in south-east Iceland. You’ll board you modified super jeep, and be driven fifteen minutes to Falljökull Glacier. At its base, your guide will provide you with crampons, a helmet and an ice axe to aid and protect you on your journey, give you a safety briefing, then lead you up onto the majestic feature. Falljökull is a bit of a challenging climb, and it requires a moderate level of fitness. When you start to ascend, you’ll be left in little doubt as to why glacier hiking is one of Iceland’s most popular activities. The experience is otherworldly, with endless expanses of white and blue ice stretching in all directions, unbelievable formations such as crevasses and caverns, and spectacular views over the National Park and South Coast. This glacier hiking tour lasts over three hours, giving you plenty of time to take in the views, shoot the sites with your camera, and learn a wealth about the glaciers from your guide. Before you descend, you’ll know all about how they formed, how they changed since Iceland’s settlement, and the threats that face them in the modern era. After a thrilling excursion, you’ll be driven back to your vehicle at the gas station. Don’t miss an excellent opportunity to explore a glacier in Southeast Iceland in summer. Check availability by choosing a date.
4.0
2 reviews

Duration:
4 hours
Available:
Apr. - Oct.
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Glacier Encounter | Easy Vatnajökull Glacier Hike

Walk across the glistening surface of Iceland's largest ice cap on this glacier hiking excursion of Vatnajökull. This short but exciting tour is ideal for those looking for an initial taste of hiking up a glacier, without dedicating their whole day to just one adventure. After having reached the meeting location at Freysnes gas station, close to the breathtaking Skaftafell Nature Reserve, you will greet your local glacier guide and get acquainted with the rest of the hikers. Before hitting the road you will get familiarized with our specialised glacial hiking equipment and learn of the journey ahead. Then, you will board a super jeep and begin the short, scenic drive up to the glacier. Vatnajökull is the most voluminous ice cap in Europe, as it covers more than 8% of Iceland's total landmass, boasting over 30 different outlet glaciers—including your destination, Svínafellsjökull. If you are only walking up one glacier during your Iceland travels, this should be your prime candidate. This tour caters especially to those who have never hiked a glacier before and aren't yet sure of their abilities, as the hiking route is not only brief but chosen for its smooth and accessible surface. But even though the tour is easy, you will still get fully acquainted with the power and beauty of this magnificent glacier outlet. On your hike, expect to behold cracking blue crevasses amidst ash-streaked icy surfaces, which are in constant development as the glacier breathes and crawls leisurely across the land. During your adventure, your experienced guide will tell you about the geology and history of the glacier and local area and answer all of your enquiries. You will also experience an array of exciting photo opportunities, so don't forget to pack your camera to create memories to last you a lifetime. Once you have explored the glacier and taken in the magnificent view of your surroundings, we will head back to the super jeep for the short drive back to our base. Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to get to know the power of a glacier in an easy and fun way. Check availability by choosing a date.
5.0
4 reviews

Duration:
2 hours
Available:
Apr. - Oct.
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Grimsvotn Eruption Site | Flightseeing Tour

Take this incredible flight to Grímsvötn, Iceland's most frequently erupting volcano. With incredible views of Vatnajökull National Park, including its glaciers, hot springs and craters, this tour is not to be missed.  Your flight leaves from the scenic Skaftafell Nature Reserve and takes approximately 45 minutes, providing you with ample time to drink in the magnificence of Vatnajökull glacier and the surrounding area. As you fly, you will see endless expanses of ancient ice, the peaks of volcanoes and the shadows of plunging valleys. When you reach Grímsvötn, you can marvel over its impressive crater. Due to the heat of the earth beneath, it is often filled with a pool of shockingly blue water amongst the powder white snow, with steam rising from its hot springs that are stunningly visible from above. Grímsvötn is a combination of subglacial lakes beneath the surface of the ice. As fascinating as these are, especially to microbiologists and geologists, it is the shimmering surface of the glacier, and the crater of the volcano, which make this tour so spectacular. Rest assured that your experienced pilot will provide an informative commentary about these unusual features, and tell you about the most recent eruptions.  When Grímsvötn goes off, it usually does so with quite a bang. The greater 1783 Laki eruption is historically known to have changed the climate of Europe, being responsible for the deaths of 25% of Icelanders at the time. The ash cloud from the most recent eruption in 2011 rose to be nearly 20 kilometres tall, and the force of it was stronger than the notorious, plane-grounding 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull. Flying above a volcano with such history and immense potential power is an exhilarating experience not to be missed.  So do not hesitate, book this flight of a lifetime now. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
45 minutes
Available:
All year
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Flight Sightseeing | Landmannalaugar & Skaftafell Nature Reserve

Take flight from Skaftafell by Vatnajökull glacier, right under Iceland's tallest mountain, Hvannadalshnjúkur. You'll visit amazing Highland sights such as Landmannalaugar, Lakagígar and Laki craters, Eldgjá, and Langisjór Lake on this amazing aerial journey. Your flight will depart from the airport at Skaftafell, a short way from the visitor centre, at the edge of the nature reserve.  As you take off, you'll be able to see Skaftafell from above, and admire a lush green area so beautiful it was once considered its own National Park, before the creation of the much greater Vatnajökull Park. You'll continue over Skeiðarárjökull glacier tongue with a marvellous view over the ink black sands and white ice. After that, you'll fly towards the mountain Laki and over the dramatic but beautiful area of the Lakagígar craters, a 25 km long volcanic fissure known for causing the largest volcanic discharge ever witnessed.  From Lakagígar you'll fly over the colourful area of Landmannalaugar, a beautiful valley in the Icelandic highlands, and a beloved oasis of the natives. In the old days, people travelling across the highlands would stop here to rest and bathe in the hot springs that the valley takes its name from. After a spin over Landmannalaugar and the nearby Mýrdalsjökull glacier, it is time to return to Skaftafell. If the weather is good you might even see all the way to Hekla volcano. On the way back you'll fly over Eldgjá canyon. At 40 km long and nearly 300 meters in depth, this is the world's largest volcanic canyon, and home to the waterfall Ófærufoss. You'll then head to Skaftafell again, embraced by the glacial mountains of Vatnajökull. All of these places are some of the most delightful in Iceland to visit on foot. To be able to see them in all their glory from the sky is an opportunity so incredible it must be experienced to be believed. Book now for this amazing experience of the great highlands. Check availability by choosing a date.
5.0
1 review

Duration:
1 hour
Available:
All year
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Airplane Tour of Skeidararsandur Black Sands & Glacier

See Iceland’s natural wonders from above during this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, as you soar over the black sands and glaciers of the East in an aeroplane. If you want the chance to see the stark beauty of this volcanic island from the air, this is the tour for you. Your adventure begins in Skaftafell National Park, where you will meet up with your pilot at Skaftafell Airport and board your aircraft. Then, get ready to take flight and begin your excursion to the sky. You'll be flying over Skeiðarárjökull, a glacier tongue of Vatnajökull which is the most massive glacier in Iceland. Its meltwater gives birth to several streams that cut across the black sand plains of Skeiðarársandur. On the western edge of the glacier, meltwaters blocked by the ice of Vatnajökull have pooled into a small lake, cradled by this natural dam and stunning to look at from a bird's point of view. Skeiðarársandur is the most extensive sand plain in the world, caused by glacial meltwater pouring over the landscape and washing away any vegetation. It is haunting in its desolation, but also undeniably beautiful. Nature tries to find a way, and as the sands turn to mud and clay closest to the coast, large flocks of skua birds nest there each year during the warm summer months. It is hard to believe that all those colourful glacial rivers meandering across the dark volcanic sandy plains are not just part of an enormous abstract painting. The textures of the bluish and sometimes green, yellow or milky glacial waters twisting and swirling over deep black ash, are nothing but incredible. You'll also enjoy the tree-lined hills of Skaftafell Nature Reserve in the area near the takeoff point. It is a great favourite of hikers and campers who visit to contemplate the peaceful quiet of the glacier or meditate in the shadow of Hvannadalshnjúkur, Iceland's highest peak. You can also expect to see some of the scenic South Coast during takeoff and return to Skaftafell, gleaming with black cliffs and sandy beaches, seabirds circling overhead. Get going on a flight across the sweeping sands and glistening glaciers of Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
45 minutes
Available:
All year
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Sightseeing Flight | ​Hvannadalshnjukur & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Join this exciting flight-seeing tour to Iceland's highest peak, Hvannadalshnjúkur, as well as the country's "Crown Jewel", Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon! This tour is for anyone looking for a unique way to witness some of Iceland's finest attractions, as well as add a dose of VIP adventure to the trip. To begin your adventure, you'll be flying east in a small plane from a private airfield at Skaftafell, located in the sublime Vatnajökull National Park. On the way, you'll cross glacier tongues originating from the majestic glacier, Öræfajökull.  From there, you'll fly over the colourful area of Kjós, located at the end of Morsárdalur. Here, you will have a better vantage point of  Iceland's highest peak, Hvannadalshnjúkur (2109 m [6921 ft]), which makes up part of the crater rim of Öræfajökull glacier.  Öræfajökull glacier is also a volcano and has erupted twice in history, in the years 1362 and 1727. In fact, it is the largest active volcano in the country, and both times it erupted, it poured huge amounts of tephra over Iceland, destroying the district it calls home with flooding and other devastation.  This tour offers a great view over the glacier tongues that originate from Europe's largest ice cap, Vatnajökull, and is a must-see for enthusiastic nature lovers! From here, you'll also view Vatnajökull National Park and the beautiful glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón, often considered "The Crown Jewel of Iceland".  The lagoon itself is full of floating icebergs, and you may even be able to witness them breaking away from the glacier that looms large above the water. You will also enjoy great views of can also enjoy the view of the glacier Breiðamerkurjökull and Esjufjöll before heading back to the airstrip. So don't hesitate any longer! See some of the most thrilling sights in Iceland by air, as well as the country's tallest and most dramatic peak! Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
45 minutes
Available:
All year
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Sightseeing Flight from Skaftafell | Pilot Special

Hop on this flight for a scenic 15 minute excursion over the Icelandic countryside: If you can't decide where to go, let the pilot decide! This is perfect for anyone who has simply too many locations on your wishlist: These experts can help.  You'll start by arriving at Skaftafell Airport near the nature reserve, within Vatnajökull National Park. There are plenty of beautiful sights to enjoy, and your pilot will tell you all about the landscape below and help you get the best possible photos.  Skaftafell is one of the most beloved areas of Iceland, having come back from the brink of extinction. Looking down at the lush trees, full of hiking trails that snake their way toward the glacier crawling over the landscape just above, you'd never guess that it was once an abandoned wasteland.  You might see Hvannadalshnjukur, the highest peak of Oraefajokull volcanic glacier and the tallest peak in Iceland. Or the pilot might take you inland and soar across the rocky highlands, with glacial tongues, the moody heaths ringed with moss and blooming with purple lupine during the warmer months.  On this tour, you call the shots. You get to experience Iceland from above and enjoy the tremendous scenery and contrasts between ice and fire, and during the summer between green mountains and thirsty valleys. Take this perfect opportunity if you can't make up your mind on where to go: Just sit back, relax and enjoy the view as the pilot chooses the route. Check availability by choosing a date.
5.0
4 reviews

Duration:
15 minutes
Available:
All year
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Sightseeing Flight over Laki Craters, Glaciers and Highlands

Join this exciting scenic flight for panoramic vistas over glaciers, lakes and volcanic craters in the Icelandic highlands! You will fly to the west of Vatnajökull National Park, over the large and ashy Skeiðarárjökull glacier, to Grænalón glacial lake. Then you'll continue west over Síðujökull glacier and finally fly over the beautiful area of Lakagígar craters. Vatnajökull National Park was established in 2008 and includes some of the most recognizable attractions, such as Skaftafell Nature Reserve. Beside Skaftafell is the Skaftafellsjökul glacier, which looks like a carpet of ice tumbling down between the mountains on its way to the sea. Lakagígar, or Laki Craters, is a 27 km long eruptive fissure consisting of 130 giant craters. The Lakagígar craters were formed by a volcanic eruption in 1783 and are the largest discharge caused by volcanic activity ever to have been witnessed. It changed the landscape forever, like a battleground between the shifting, roiling pressures of the earth.  On your return, you'll fly over Súlutindar, a formation shaped by the glacier on the west side of Skeiðarárjökull glacier and then continue southeast along the edge of the glacier where you will get a panoramic view of its massive size. Súlutindar is a desolate landscape of grasslands, mostly uninhabited, and it's so easy to imagine a Viking in the Saga Age crossing the land with only an Icelandic horse as a companion.  Langisjór is a lake in the highlands, on the southwestern border of Vatnajökull glacier. It is one of the most remote in Iceland; in fact, no roads lead there, so this is one of the best ways to see it!  Come aboard and see some of the most isolated, faraway spots in Iceland from a birds-eye view. It is unforgettable! Check availability by choosing a date.
4.5
2 reviews

Duration:
40 minutes
Available:
All year
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Combination Flying Tour | Lakagigar Craters, ​Grimsvotn & Glaciers

Join this scenic flight over the Lakagígar crater chain to witness their spectacular beauty from above. If you want a unique and singular view of stretches of volcanic terrain, dotted with glaciers and rivers, this is the flightseeing adventure for you.   Your tour sets out from Skaftafell Airport, where you will meet your pilot guide for the day and board your aircraft. Skaftafell is part of Vatnajökull National Park, with many glacial tongues and the glacier-topped peak of Hvannadalshnjúkur looming over the land.  As you take flight, you will witness the trees of the park that are fed by glacier streams, which have restored the land to green lushness. Its farmlands were abandoned when it became barren due to erosion, and now it is one of the most favourite spots in Iceland to enjoy the scenery.  The highlight of your flight is the Lakagígar system, centred on the volcano Grímsvötn and including the volcano Þórðarhyrna. It is one of only seven subglacial volcanoes under Vatnajokull glacier.  Mýrdalsjökull and Vatnajökull glaciers are nearby, along with the beautiful river Tungnaá, flowing from the western edge of Vatnajökull and completing the stunning landscape.  Lakagígar's eruption in 1783 had the largest discharge caused by volcanic activity ever to have been witnessed, taking place over a period of months and changing the scenery of Iceland forever. The craters are especially beautiful when viewed from above, with moss creeping over the black volcanic rock. From Lakagígar, you'll fly over the colourful valleys of Landmannalaugar in the Icelandic highlands, formed in an eruption around the year 1477. Then, you'll return to Skaftafell Nature Reserve, one of the most beautiful forested areas of Iceland, tucked beside a glacier.  This tour will also take you over to the large glacier lake/volcano Grímsvötn, where you can see the contrasts between the glacier and the hot springs. Grímsvötn is a basaltic volcano which has the highest eruption frequency of all the volcanoes in Iceland. This tour is a real combination of ice and fire.  Don't miss your chance to take flight over stunning geothermal landscapes, witnessing mountains, sand plains, rivers and glaciers from above. Check availability by choosing a date.

Duration:
1,3 hours
Available:
All year
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Duration:
11 days
Available:
Sep. - Apr.
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8 Day Self Drive Tour | Circle Of Iceland Camping Trip

Book this tour for an incredible camping trip all around Iceland. If you have always dreamed of completing the ring road, love to immerse yourself in nature, and are on a bit of a budget, then this is the perfect tour for you. You'll circle Iceland and explore the whole country. As the driver, you can go where you like and ignore a set schedule, without worrying about tour guides or other group members. Quality camping facilities with plenty of amenities are all around, and you'll be surrounded by spectacular nature no matter where you pitch up your tent. Along the way, you can explore popular spots like the Blue Lagoon, the Golden Circle, Skaftafell Nature Reserve, the Lake Mývatn Area and the waterfalls of the West.  To guarantee that you have a selection of the most popular locations with some more private areas to enjoy, Guide to Iceland has chosen a few unique attractions to guide you to. These sites are listed in a personal itinerary you will receive after you book, allowing you to revel in the natural landscapes Iceland is famous for without the crowds. The itinerary also sends you to as many geothermal hot springs as possible, to ease the tension built from full days of adventuring. This tour can be added to with various activities along the way. Snorkelling, snowmobiling, glacier hiking, ice caving, whale-watching and a boat tour on the glacier lagoon are all options you can choose to make this holiday everything you could want it to be. Reserve this camping trip now for an affordable self-drive tour to see the best attractions in Iceland! Check booking availability now, by choosing a date.
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Tour to Skaftafell from Reykjavik

Join a tour to the wild, untamed forests of Iceland, in Skaftafell National Park. You‘ll be picked up at your hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavik and whisked away through the South coast to Skaftafell national park. Skaftafell is a true testament to the hardiness and determination of Iceland's ecology, Skaftafell was destroyed in volcanic eruptions of 1362; the manor located there was abandoned, and the area was renamed Öræfi ("Wasteland"). Over the years, the foliage slowly returned and became the stunning collection of mountains, glacial formations, waterfalls and lush, green life that you see today. Skaftafell was made part of the Vatnajökull National Park in 2008. Within the borders of the nature preserve is the largest ice cap in Europe, on Vatnajökull, which is surrounded by glaciers on three sides. From there, you can see the volcano Laki and the tallest mountain in Iceland, Hvannadalshnjúkur, standing at 2,110 m high (6,922 ft). You will have about four hours to explore Skaftafell as you like! The imposing waterfall Svartifoss is a sight to behold, flanked by distinctive black basalt cliffs. Easy-to-follow trails show the way to Hundafoss waterfall. You can also walk right up to Skaftafell glacier, and guided tours are available for those want to go even further, for a fee. Please note that such tours might need to be booked independently in advance.  From the top of the trails here, you can also see beauty in the distance as you look out over the Kristinartindar mountain and Morsardalur valley. The trails at Skaftafell offer options for all levels of difficulty and mobility, including a disabled path to have a closer look at a nearby glacial tongue. Also on the grounds is a Visitors Centre for those who wish to learn more about the history of Skaftafell, a restaurant and a small shop whose wares include handicrafts. Don't miss out on one of the most beautiful and verdant spots in Iceland! Check the booking availability by choosing a date.

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About Skaftafell Tours

Skaftafell is a nature reserve in South East Iceland and a part of the greater Vatnajökull National Park. Here, where the largest glacier in Iceland can be found. At Skaftafell, you can explore numerous hiking trails that lead to spectacular waterfalls, glacial outlets and glacier lagoons. Glacier hiking is the most popular excursion in the area and is conducted on Svinafellsjokull glacier.

1. 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.

2. How far is Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon from Skaftafell?

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

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. Can I rent hiking shoes for the glacier hike?

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

6. Can I rent warm and waterproof clothes?

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

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

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