Overview

Join us for an unforgettable glacier hike from Skaftafell Nature Reserve on the edge of Vatnajokull Glacier National Park. Walk around glacial sculptures and experience the mighty power of ice!

Tour Highlights

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

Head out on a hiking adventure on Falljökull Glacier, an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, the largest ice cap in Europe. Walk on top of this crawling glacier and explore extraordinary ice formations and crevasses. As you look up, you’ll see Hvannadalshnúkur, the highest mountain in Iceland, towering right above you!

Falljökull changes and surprises its visitors all year round. Our certified glacier guide will tell you all about the history and science behind this magnificent glacier. Falljökull is one of Iceland’s fastest melting ice caps, so time to visit is limited. Strap on your crampons and explore this gem while you still can!

  • Expert guides
  • Personal Experience
  • Small group
  • Trusted Tour Operator
Available All Year
Duration 3.5 hours
Departs From Skaftafell
Difficulty Level Easy
Minimum age 14
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No

From

9 490 ISK

Per Adult

  • Free Cancellation
  • No booking fees
  • Fast & secure booking payment
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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

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Itinerary

Introduction

We’ll meet at Skaftafell Booking Center near the Skaftafell Visitor Center parking lot. From here, the group will take a short drive towards Falljökull Glacier. Look around and enjoy the snowy peaks as we drive along Vatnajökull Glacier’s southern edge.

Once you arrive, the guide will show you how to use all the equipment. The adventure begins with a hike towards Falljökull. The hike takes around 30 minutes and gives you a chance to see the largest peak in Iceland, Hvannadalshnúkur. It reaches nearly 7,000 feet (2,110 meters) above sea level! 

You’ll also catch a glimpse of Virkisjökull, another glacier tongue that rolls towards the coast. Virkisjökull and Falljökull both have not been left untouched by global warming. Your guide will tell you more about this environmental dilemma.

When we reach Falljökull, you’ll strap on your crampons and take your first steps on the glacier! We will walk around crevasses that turn and twist throughout the glacier. The meltwater flows into deep moulins of all shapes and sizes. Breathe in the natural wonders all around you and appreciate the immense power of water.

Falljökull is never static. The glacier is slowly crawling towards the ocean. But because of global warming, it’s unlikely to ever make it there. As with most glaciers in Iceland, Falljökull is melting faster than it moves. 

A few years ago, researchers were surprised to find that Falljökull is melting in a very unique way. Normally, glaciers get thinner in summer and accumulate new ice in winter. If an ice cap doesn’t get enough new ice, it stops growing and becomes a “dead” field of ice. 

Falljökull doesn’t fall into this category. In 2014, scientists found that in order to save itself, the glacier had abandoned a section that had stopped growing. Instead, Falljökull refocused its efforts on the part that is still “alive.” The best way to imagine this process is to think of a lizard that detaches its tail to escape danger. In this case, the danger is climate change. 

Our expert guides always make sure that our tours do no harm to the glacier, so don’t miss the chance to explore this majestic natural creation while it’s still there!

This tour meets at the Skaftafell Booking Center. It’s a gray house with a turf roof.

  • 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.

We visit either Falljökull Glacier or Svínafellsjökull Glacier depending on the season and weather conditions.

Disclaimer

CANCELLATION POLICY & DETAILS

Day Tours:

  • More than 24 hours’ written notice, full refund
  • Less than 24 hours’ written notice, no refund