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Overview

This extraordinary combination tour is ideal for anyone who wants to understand glaciers, experience them up close and personal, and admire the incredible landscapes they have helped shape.

Highlights

  • Vatnajokull Glacier, Europe's largest glacier
  • Guided glacier walk
  • Zodiac Boat Ride
  • Jökulsárlón / Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Certified Glacier Guide

This tour includes an exciting Zodiac boat ride across a spectacular glacier lagoon and a hike on the Falljökull glacier. There is no better way to see these vast bodies of ice that make Iceland so unique. So, buckle up and get ready for an exciting day exploring Iceland’s legendary glacial landscape!

 

tourists hiking with a guide on a glacier
father and son on a zodiac boat tour
zodiac boat tour in Fjallsarlon glacier lagoon
glacier hike view on Falljokull
A guide talking with a group on a glacier
taking pictures on zodiac boat tour
icebergs in Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon
two woman watching a boat in a glacier lagoon
Fjallsarlon Glacier Lagoon view
small group of people glacier hiking Falljokull

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    • Expert Guides
    • Small Group Experience
    • Free Wifi
    • Free Cancellation
    • No Booking Fees
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Please Select When Booking:

You have selected At Jökulsárlón
You have selected At Fjallsárlón

Availability May-Oct

Duration ~9 hours

Departs From Jökulsárlón/Fjallsárlón

Difficulty Easy

Ratio 1:15

Minimum age 8 years

Meet on Location Yes

Pick Up No

What's included

Included

  • Guided glacier hike
  • A certified glacier guide
  • All necessary safety equipment
  • Boat ride in Glacier Lagoon

What to bring

  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Hiking boots (Available for rent)
  • Light sweater, wool or fleece
  • Light synthetic or quick dry pants
  • Thin Gloves
  • Hat
  • Small Backpack
  • Sunglasses and sun protection
  • Food and drinks
  • Camera

Not Included

  • Meals

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Itinerary

About the Tour

zodiac boat tour in Fjallsarlon glacier lagoon

There are two tour versions, and you can select the option you like more in the booking widget. The boat ride can take place on either Jokulsarlon or Fjallsarlon glacier lagoon. Both are epic and filled with floating icebergs, and only the surrounding landscape looks slightly different. These glacier lagoons belong to outlet glaciers from the astounding Vatnajokull ice cap.

Once the lagoon excursion has ended, you will meet your glacier guide and strap on your crampons to hike up one of the most beautiful outlet glaciers on Vatnajokull. If you're looking for a full day of glacier fun in the Skaftafell region, look no further - this is the tour for you!

icebergs in Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon

Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is located at the tip of Breiðamerkurjökull, an outlet of the vast Vatnajokull glacier. As the glacier retreats, meltwater fills up the depression it leaves behind. In a process known as “calving,” huge chunks of ice break off the glacier, and the lake fills up with these floating icebergs.

Jökulsárlón is an extraordinary sight. What makes it unique is that Jökulsárlón is connected to the ocean, making it a perfect habitat for seals. The water is also salty and bluer than other glacier lagoons.

Your certified guide will meet you in the parking lot and drive you to the dock. As soon as you arrive, you’ll be given a floatation suit/life vest. We’ll then launch the Zodiac boats and start our exciting hour-long ride. As we set sail, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the glacier with Vatnajökull towering over us on the horizon. 

Within no time, the Zodiac boat will carry us into the heart of the lagoon. This dreamy, iceberg-dotted wonderland is filled with glistening chunks of ice that come in all shapes and sizes. Visitors to Jökulsárlón are always amazed by the colors of the icebergs, which light up when the sun hits them. Some icebergs are sapphire blue, while others are crystal-clear, making for some truly remarkable photos. 

Zodiac boats are the perfect way to explore Jökulsárlón as their maneuverability means that we can get amazingly close to the icebergs. If you examine the icebergs closely, you’ll see some gray streaks running through them as a memorial to the many volcanic eruptions Iceland has experienced.

Jökulsárlón is also renowned for its incredible wildlife, and our guides will happily point out the friendly family of seals residing in the glacier lagoon. Look up, and you’ll see Arctic terns doing spectacular acrobatics high above our heads, while you may also get the chance to see giant seagulls and Arctic skuas.

Fjallsarlon Glacier Lagoon view

Right next to Jökulsárlón, within an 8-kilometer (5-mile) drive, lies another glacial lake that belongs to the glacier tongue of Fjallsjökull.

Fjallsjökull, originating from Vatnajökull, extends to the lagoon’s surface, where large icebergs break away from the ice cap and fall into the water below. With the many hundreds of icebergs that float on top of the lagoon’s surface, Fjallsárlón is considered to be a solid second to the more famous Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon nearby.

While Fjallsárlón might be second to the nearby Jökulsárlón, it also has some aspects that make it preferable. First of all, it is smaller and, therefore, less famous and less visited than Jökulsárlón. This keeps the lagoon from being overcrowded or overbooked weeks in advance. Its water is a bit browner, but it is still equally beautiful.

Fjallsárlón also has a different surrounding landscape than the neighboring Jökulsárlón. The sight of Öræfajökull volcano, Iceland’s tallest mountain, towering overhead in the background is spectacular. The glacial backdrop is much closer to the shore and rises much more steeply. 

No matter what choice you make, the experience of exploring a glacier lagoon by boat will not let you down. There is no wrong choice here! As the length of the boat tours is the same, and the distance between the two is so small, it is up to you to choose which interests you more.

small group of people glacier hiking Falljokull

After your boat ride, you will drive to Skaftafell National Park. This protected site is a green oasis surrounded by spectacular glacier tongues. Here, your qualified glacier guide will meet you at the Booking Center. We’ll drive to the foothills of Falljökull glacier, which will be the starting point for your adventure.

From here, we’ll continue on foot. So, once we gear up with crampons and helmets, we’ll start to walk up to the ice! This hike is a thrilling journey across a wondrous glacial landscape that will provide memories that will last a lifetime. You can expect one of the best panoramas in the world, dotted with mountain peaks, other glaciers, and dramatic volcanoes.

Glaciers are constantly moving and generate a remarkable landscape of winding crevasses, deep moulins, dramatic ice sculptures, and ancient icefalls. Look up and see Hvannadalshnúkur, Iceland’s tallest peak, towering above the remarkable scene. We guarantee that you’ll take some great photos and leave a profound sense of awe at just how majestic nature can be!

Your expert guide will point out the fascinating patterns that have been cut into the landscape by the glacier. They’ll also tell you about how glaciers form and warn you about some of the bleak predictions for their future.

This highly-popular trip is called the Glacier Grand Slam for a good reason. It’s a brilliant combination of the most thrilling adventures a glacier can offer: a glacier hike and a scenic boat ride across a glacial lagoon. This epic tour will undoubtedly tick a few boxes on your bucket list! Join us!

The meeting point depends on which option is chosen during the booking process. If you have chosen Jökulsárlón, you will need to meet your guide at the Jökulsárlón parking lot no later than 09:45 AM. If you have chosen Fjallsárlón, you will need to meet your guide at the Fjallsárlón parking lot no later than 09:30 AM.

Duration: Boat ride: 90 minutes (45 min in the boat); Glacier hike: approximately 3.5 hours

Shoe size: Please note that children must have at least a size EUR 35 to partake in the glacier hike. This is because our crampons (necessary for the glacier hike) do not fit smaller shoe sizes.

You have the option of doing the zodiac boat ride on Jökulsárlón or Fjallsárlón. You can choose between the two variations in the booking widget. Upon booking, you will receive a confirmation voucher that includes important information such as your meeting points and meeting times. Please note that driving between the two meeting points will take about 40-50 minutes. Transportation between the two locations is not included.

Reviews

5
Based on 5 reviews

Glacier Grand Slam - Glacier hike & Boat ride

1- of 5 reviews

The Glacier Grand Slam Tour was indeed a hit!

Reviewed on September 18, 2021 by Miranda C Review from TripAdvisor

The Glacier Grand Slam combo was one of the top highlights of our trip!! We absolutely loved the boat tour in Jokulsarlon. The suits they provided kept us super warm, and our boat driver Julius was very friendly and provided lots of fun facts about the glacier and lake. He even got us close to some icebergs to take photos with the seals! The break in-between tours was also nice, giving us time to eat our lunch on Diamond Beach. Our glacier hike guide, Barbara, was also great! Very patient and helpful as it was our first experience with crampons. She provided lots of interesting and thoughtful info, and took lots of fun photos and videos for us on our phones. A truly amazing experience!

Glacier Grand Slam Tour

Reviewed on September 24, 2017 by vaugkimb Review from TripAdvisor

My husband and I did the Glacier Grand Slam tour which includes the Glacier Wonders trip in the morning and a zodiac boat tour at Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon in the afternoon. Unfortunately, the weather wasn't great for our trip as it was a steady drizzle the entire day, but that didn't detract from the amazement I had in hiking Europe's largest glacier.

It was my first time using crampons and an ice axe (you only need to use the end of the axe to stablize yourself like a walking stick, no cutting or chopping). The glacier shape and incline can change daily depending on the weather, and the day we hiked the front of the glacier was quite steep. At first I was skeptical that crampons were really going to hold me to the side of the glacier, but of course they worked. Trust the crampons!

We really liked our guide and he provided a lot of very interesting facts about the glacier and the surrounding area. Sadly, given current melting rates, it is expected that the part of the glacier we hiked will be gone in 5-10 years. They have had more ice melt there in the last 30 years than in the prior 150 years.

The views from the glacier were beautiful (even with the rain and fog).

The zodiac boat ride was interesting as you go out into the lagoon to see pieces of the glacier. Unfortunately, given the instability of the glacier at that time, we couldn't go too close as a large piece was expected to break off very soon and it would have been dangerous if we had been too close when that happened.

I would highly recommend the glacier hike, but I'm sort of indifferent as the zodiac boat ride. The boat guides were entirely pleasant and professional, I just didn't have the same "awe" in the lagoon that I had during the hike. The boat ride was pretty relaxing though so it would likely be very good for families with children or travelers with mobility issues that may not be able to hike the glacier.

Grand slam is definitely grand!

Reviewed on August 12, 2017 by 2BlessedTravellers Review from TripAdvisor

We couldn't have been more pleased with this experience. Flooding had closed the part of the glacier they usually used so they offered us a full refund - or the option of going to another part of the glacier. So glad we went - we were blessed with a spectacular day and our guide was very friendly and informative.

Neat experience

Reviewed on July 28, 2017 by 73beckya Review from TripAdvisor

We took the grand slam tour. The glacier walk was a neat experience. I wish we could have taken the tour where you got to climb up a vertical piece of the ice, but we didn't have time (saw others doing it). There was ample time given to walk around on the glacier. A nice thing about this glacier is it has an initial steeper slope so you don't have to hike super far to see a change in the view and ice formation.

The boat ride was cool too. It was in a smaller lagoon, Fjallsarlon. This lagoon appeared to have smaller and fewer icebergs than Jokulsarlon, but I'm not sure if it was less an experience as a result. It was nice that we got to go in smaller boats that only fit 10 people. I wish our guide would have slowed down while we were passing the bergs. We got to see a piece of ice fall off the glacier into the lagoon- that was cool.

Glacier Explorer - Highlight of trip

Reviewed on June 13, 2016 by Lilyaen Review from TripAdvisor

I booked the Glacier Grand Slam (Glacier Explorer + Lagoon Boat Tour) in June 2016. Our guide, Carl from England, was superb. The hike was not physically strenuous and we spent around 4 hours walking on the ice. We lucked out with blue sky and 75 degree (farenheit) temperatures. There was another group out on the glacier the same time as us but they did not detract at all from the majesty of the glacier. I only wish we could have gone higher up.

The boat tour was not as exciting mainly because the giant buoyant life saving coat they make you wear smelled bad

FAQ

Still got questions about the tour? Hopefully you will find the answer here.

Iceland is known for unforeseeable weather. It is likely that you can see all 4 seasons in one day.

Dressing for that kind sort of weather can always be demanding so we always suggest dressing in layers. 3 or 4 upper layers are highly recommended, for example, a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment topped off with a waterproof windbreaker.

Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they are not suitable for the weather conditions, they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet.

Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are convenient and wear wind/waterproof pants over. There is high UV and sunlight reflecting off on the glacier so we highly recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy.

You will need sturdy hiking shoes that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours. If you do not own a pair then we rent out suitable hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers.

It is good to bring your own backpack on our full day or half day tours. It’s the best carry-on for a small lunch, extra clothes and other necessary items.

The scenery on the tour is full of stunning, scenic views that are photographable so you should definitely bring your camera along.

This is surely a personal choice, we do not deny pregnant women on our glacier trips but we highly recommend you to take a closer look at our trip description and difficulty ratings, they will hopefully give you a better idea. We also recommend you to contact your physician, as pregnant women’s health can be quite different. If you have any further questions or concerns then feel free to contact us.

Lunch is not provided on any of our trips, therefore we recommend you to bring your own lunch especially for the longer trips, snacks and a bottle of water (you can refill it on the trip).

Crampons make you enable to walk on the glacier ice without slipping. They are metal spikes that we attach to the soles of your hiking shoes.

Yes, we have specially trained and certified glacier guide on every glacier tour that we offer. And for our 3rd party tours we only partner with operators that meet our quality and safety standards.

Yes, we provide you with all the necessary glacier gear for our glacier hiking tours. Ice axe, crampons, harness, and helmets are provided. This will help you to complete the tour safely. The minimum shoe size to attach crampons is EU 35.

Iceland is known to have a lot of snow and when the snow stays long enough in one place than it turns to ice. Over long periods of time, the ice layers up becoming huge blocks called glaciers. It forms to create ginormous glaciers that sweep across huge masses of land. Iceland is home of the largest glacier in Europe that is called Vatnajökull. The Glacier Guides can tell you more about and everything you need to know about the Glaciers.

Rain is common in Iceland but we never let the rain be in our way to go forward with our tours.
That’s why we highly recommend appropriate clothing so you can be warm and dry on the tours.
Nature is out of our control and therefore we need to adapt to the weather. Your safety is our first priority so if your safety is compromised by going on the tour then we will cancel it and you will get full reimbursement.

The guide on your Glacier Hiking tour will provide you with all the information you might need when preparing for a glacier hike.