Overview

With crampons on foot and ice axe in hand, get intimate with the ancient ice formations of Vatnajokull - Europe's largest glacier! Glacier hiking in South Iceland. Meet us at our booking office in Skaftafell. We will take a glacier hike on Falljokull glacier tongue.

Highlights

  • Vatnajökull Glacier
  • Falljökull Glacier
  • Glacier Hiking Experience

Our world famous “Glacier Explorer” tour will take you on an adventure to Falljökull (the falling glacier): a stunning outlet glacier, which expands out of the Vatnajökull ice cap. We will traverse the ever evolving glacial landscape of Falljökull, taking in the deep crevasses and the majestic ice formations. Falljökull, is actually a giant frozen waterfall, meaning that it is slowly falling inch by inch in front of your very eyes! The dramatic landscape of Falljökull, has been carved over millions of years making it a truly sensational modern yet ancient experience. Climbing this ancient icefall will transport you into an alien world full of incredible colours and stunning natural ice sculptures. Falljökull, guarantees a unique day out and is a must see for anyone visiting Iceland.

  • Expert guides
  • Personal Experience
  • Small group
  • Trusted Tour Operator
Availability All Year
Duration 5.5 hours
Departs From Skaftafell
Difficulty Moderate
Minimum age 14
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No
Group maximum 12

From

15 490
Per Adult

What's included

Included

  • Guided Glacier Hike
  • Glacier-walk gear
  • Safety Equipment
  • Expert guides

What to Bring

  • Warm outdoor clothing
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Headwear and gloves
  • Sturdy hiking boots

Not Included

  • Pick-up
  • Personal expenses

Contact us for more Information about this tour

Itinerary

Introduction

Upon arrival to Falljökull, our friendly, certified guides will give you a safety talk and an introduction to all the equipment that we will be using. We will provide you with all the equipment that you need for Falljökull: ice axes, crampons, helmets and safety lines. Your safety is of course paramount and our friendly experts will ensure that you are always safe on the ice.

Falljökull offers sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding mountains: the perfect reward once you have reached the top! As long as our experts feel that the glacier is safe, we will enter the mesmerizing icefall and gaze down on the spot where it tumbles over the mountain towards the ocean below. At Falljökull, you will get up close and personal with some of the oldest ice on the planet: providing an unforgettable experience.

Our tour of Falljökull glacier will give you plenty of photo opportunities and our friendly experts will teach you about the outlet glacier and how it formed: giving you a deeper understanding of Falljökull, one of the most majestic natural features of our world.

  • Meet us at the Skaftafell Booking Center, situated in Vatnajokull National Park. Skaftafell is located about 203 mi (327 km) from Reykjavik. The nearest towns to Skaftafell are Kirkjubæjarklaustur, 43 mi (69 km) to the west and Höfn, 81 mi (130 km) to the east.

Please note: We will meet at our Skaftafell booking center (coordinates: 64°00'58.0"N 16°58'05.2"W) and then travel to the glacier.

  • We provide you with all the necessary glacier hiking equipment but make sure to bring warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, and gloves. Sturdy shoes are a must!
  • If you don’t own all the necessary clothing, you can rent hiking boots and rain gear in the booking process or on location. Be sure to book these items in advance.

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 necessary glacier gear for our glacier hiking tours. Ice axe, harness, and helmets are provided. This will help you to complete the tour safely.

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

You can always check the newest fees here.

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