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About Tour

Join us on this unforgettable journey to the heart of Iceland's icy kingdom, where every step, every climb, and every breathtaking view will make your pulse race with excitement. Get ready to push your limits, embrace the wild, and experience the adventure of a lifetime!

Highlights

  • Vatnajökull Glacier
  • Glacier Hike
  • Ice Climbing
  • Falljökull Glacier

Included

  • Guided Glacier Hike
  • All Necessary Safety Equipment
  • Specialized Glacier Gear
  • English Speaking Guide
  • Certified Glacier Guide

What to Bring

  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Small Backpack
  • Light synthetic or quick dry pants
  • Light sweater, wool or fleece
  • Good hiking boots with ankle support
  • Thin Gloves
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Food and drinks
  • Camera

Tour Snapshot

Availability Jun - Sept
Duration 6.5 hours
Departs From Skaftafell
Difficulty Challenging
Minimum age 14 years
Ratio 1:6 Guide to client ratio
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No

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Itinerary

Prepare to embark on an epic adventure through the untamed Icelandic landscape as we take you on a heart-pounding journey to the magnificent Falljökull glacier. Brace yourself for an experience that will leave you breathless and craving more.

Picture this: You slip on your crampons, those spiked shoes that turn you into an ice-walking superhero. With every step, you'll hear the crunching sound of your crampons sinking into the icecap, echoing through the pristine wilderness. It's a sound that will send shivers of excitement down your spine!

But before we unleash your inner ice climber, we start your journey at the Skaftafell Booking Center. Our team will warmly welcome you and brief you on the tour and essential safety rules—because we take adventure seriously while having a blast!

Once you're equipped, get ready for an adrenaline-fueled ride. We'll hop on a drive for approximately 20 minutes (12 km) to the car park of the Falljökull glacier, where the real action begins. It's like stepping into a postcard brought to life!

Now, lace up your hiking boots as we embark on a picturesque trek up the glacier, ascending 350 meters in elevation. And remember to bring your water bottle along because, trust us, the meltwater from the glacier is like sipping from the fountain of adventure!

As you step foot into the rugged terrain of Falljökull, prepare to be awestruck by Iceland's jaw-dropping landscapes. But hold on tight because this tour is about to kick things up a notch with an activity that's as exhilarating as it gets - ice climbing!

As we make our way through the icy wonderland, your glacier guide keeps a glacier rope very handy and ready to be put into action.

Get ready to channel your inner mountaineer and put your climbing skills to the ultimate test. And guess what? You'll be doing it all on Europe's largest glacier! Now that's what we call an adrenaline rush of epic proportions!

The expedition is expected to last from 4.5 to 5 hours on the glacier's surface, covering 8 kilometers (5 miles) and giving you plenty of time to conquer the frozen peaks to create memories that will last a lifetime.

So, if you're seeking thrilling challenges in a mind-blowing natural setting, this tour is for adventurers like you!

Falljokull (known as ' the Falling Glacier') is an outlet of the largest glacier in Europe - Vatnajokull. Falljokull gets its name because of the massive icefall that seems like it is crashing into the ocean.

When hiking on Falljokull, you will move through dramatic ice formations, and get a fantastic view of the surrounding mountains and crevasses. This is not a view to miss out on!

Meeting point

Departure from Skaftafell booking centre (wooden hut with Arctic Adventures logo). Skaftafell is located 327km (203 miles) from Reykjavík. The nearest towns to Skaftafell are Kirkjubæjarklaustur (69km to the west) and Höfn (130km to the east).

Practical information

Please bring warm outdoor clothing, waterproof pants, and a waterproof jacket. We recommend you wear good hiking boots. You can rent sturdy hiking boots and waterproof pants and jackets from us. Simply add these items when booking the tour.

FAQ

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

Dressing for that kind of weather can always be demanding, so we 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 them. 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 boots 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.

Yes, the parking fee depends on your car category.

Category A - Passenger car, 5 seats or less: ISK 750

Category B - Passenger car, 6-9 seats: ISK 1,000

Motorcycles: ISK 300

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