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.
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