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 3.5 hours
Departs From Skaftafell
Minimum age 8
Difficulty Easy
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No
Ratio 1:15

Customer reviews on TripAdvisor

November 30, 2020

An Amazing Glacier Hike in Skaftafell

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!

Reviewed by V.Kita

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9 490
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

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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.

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.

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