Skaftafell Tours

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 180 miles (290 kilometers) from Reykjavik. 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 glacier lagoon is around 34 miles (55 kilometers) away from Skaftafell.

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

You should wear warm and waterproof clothes, gloves, wool socks, and good hiking boots with ankle support. Your tour provider should supply you with the necessary equipment for your hike, such as crampons fitted directly to the bottom of your boots. It is also a good idea to bring sunglasses since the sun reflects off the white surface of the ice, making it very bright for the eyes.

Can I rent hiking shoes for my glacier hike in Skaftafell, Iceland?

Yes, you can rent these directly from your tour provider at Skaftafell.

Can I rent warm and waterproof clothes from my tour provider at Skaftafell, Iceland?

No, some operators might have rain ponchos, but you should have warm and waterproof clothes on arrival. If you didn't pack any for your trip, we recommend shopping for them at Laugavegur shopping street in downtown Reykavik.

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

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

Can I take my DSLR camera on my glacier hike from Skaftafell?

Of course, you can. However, since you’ll be hiking up a glacier, you should 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.