Overview

This activity tour takes you safely on Vatnajokull, Europe's largest glacier, with an expert glacier guide among the crevasses and glacier sculptures of Falljökull glacial tongue in Skaftafell nature reserve. You'll be totally surrounded by the majestic scenery and experience the power of the living glacier. It's a fairly easy to moderate walk with real ice crampons attached to your hiking boots.

Highlights

  • Glacier Hike on Falljökull Glacier
  • View of Hvannadalshnúkur, the Highest Peak in Iceland
  • Vatnajökull National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Iceland is the type of place that makes you feel small and fragile – even powerless, when immersed in all this surreal nature and truly spectacular scenery. So let's take it up close and personal, feeling and understanding the strongest shaping force on earth - glaciers.

Before we start on the hike we need to gear you up. It's vital to have the correct footwear for glacier hiking. We’ll have the hiking boots ready for those who have rented such, and we provide ice crampons and teach you how to attach them to the boots. Crampons make it easy to walk on the ice so that there's no worry of slipping. Other security items include helmets and ice axes.

  • Expert guides
  • Personal Experience
  • Small group
  • Trusted Tour Operator
Availability All Year
Duration 4 hours
Departs From Skaftafell
Minimum age 8
Difficulty Easy
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No
Ratio 1:15

Customer reviews on TripAdvisor

August 10, 2021

An Incredible Glacier Hike in Skaftafell

We had an amazing time on our glacier walk. It was challenging and fun. Our guide, Barbara, took good care of us. She was friendly and patient - helped everyone in our group put on the gear correctly. She was knowledgeable and gave us interesting information during the walk. She checked on us often to see if we were all doing well. We enjoyed our hike with Barbara!

Reviewed by Lata R

From

10 790
Per Adult

What's included

Included

  • Guided Glacier Tour
  • Certified Glacier Guide
  • Safety Equipment
  • Special Glacier Hiking Equipment (Ice Axe, Harness, and Helmet)

What to Bring

  • Hiking Boots
  • Waterproof Clothes
  • Headwear and Gloves

Not Included

  • Lunch

Contact us for more Information about this tour

Itinerary

Glacier Falljokull

This glacier tongue is an outlet of the immense Glacier Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier, and the ice is 1,000 years old.

Glaciers are made up of fallen snow. They are not frozen water, as some might think. But how does it turn into ice then? Simply by compression due to the weight of the snow as it keeps accumulating. It's just like taking a handful of fluffy snow and squeezing into a hard snowball and keep doing so for hundreds of years.

The ice eventually gets so compressed that most of the air is forced out of it. This is what causes glacial ice to appear blue.

A glacier is a river of ice. It flows. That's because the highly compressed layers of ice are very flexible. At locations where a glacier flows rapidly, giant cracks called crevasses are formed. This is why it's so dangerous to walk on a glacier - the crevasses get sometimes covered over by snow. Your guide may show you with the ice axe spots that may look like solid ice and snow but are in fact a steep drop just covered in a light dusting of snow.

Departure from our Skaftafell booking center (Wooden house with Arctic Adventures Logo) located next to the Vatnajokull/Skaftafell Visitor Center

  • Please bring warm outdoor clothing, waterproof pants, and a jacket. We also recommend that you wear good hiking boots. You can rent sturdy hiking boots and waterproof pants and jackets from us. Simply add these items when booking your tour.
  • Please keep in mind that you must wear hiking boots in order to attach the crampons.

Reviews

5
Based on 2 reviews

Glacier Hike in Skaftafell (Glacier Wonders)

1- of 2 reviews

Use them!

Reviewed on September 20, 2021 by Potch24 Review from TripAdvisor

We did two trips with Adventures.com; Glacier Wonders and Ice Cave under a Volcano and both were amazing. Neither were physically challenging but both landscapes were beautiful. The guides knew so much and shared this well. Highly recommend this company.

An Amazing Glacier Hike in Skaftafell

Reviewed on November 30, 2020 by V.Kita Review from TripAdvisor

Even though our trip started with a few corona related hiccups, everything has been successfully sorted out thanks to a lovely Adventures.com customer care team.

Glacier hike in Skaftafell national park was by far one of the best things we did while in Iceland! The place has some views to fall in love with. Also, our guide was really friendly and knowledgeable, patient, and fun, which greatly enhanced the experience. Five words to describe the tour are: great, active, educational, safe, and unique. We cannot wait to go back to conquer other glaciers!

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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