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Top 31 Skaftafell Tours

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Frequently Asked Questions

About Skaftafell Tours

Skaftafell is a Nature Reserve in south-east Iceland, part of the greater Vatnajokull National Park. Here, you will experience many 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.

1. I am going on a glacier hiking tour, what do I wear?

Warm and waterproof clothes and good hiking shoes.

2. I have hiking sneakers that do not go over the ankles, is that okay?

No. The crampons are strapped on your hiking boots, and one of the straps goes around the ankle—so if there is no material covering your ankle, the straps might hurt you.

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

Yes, you can.

4. Can I rent warm and waterproof clothes?

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

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

No, all safety equipment, such as crampons and a helmet, will be provided.

6. I want to visit Skaftafell but I am staying in Reykjavik, and I don’t drive. Can I take a taxi or a public bus to get there?

A taxi to Skaftafell would be very expensive as the area is about 290 km (180 mi) 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. The best and most comfortable way to visit Skaftafell is to rent a car or to join a tour.

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

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

8. Can I take my DSLR camera on a glacier hike?

Since you’ll be hiking up a glacier, it is best you take a camera you can easily carry.

9. How far is Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon from Skaftafell?

It is about 55 km (34 mi) away.

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

You could do a glacier hike on Solheimajokull glacier which is closer to Reykjavik.

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