Skaftafell 5-Hour Glacier Hike
Prepare yourself for an unforgettable and frozen adventure from Skaftafell National Park. This is the perfect opportunity for those who want to experience a longer and more extensive glacier hike.
✓ Views of Ice Formations ✓ Small group experience ✓ Hike on Vatnajökull glacier ✓ A taste of pure glacier water
✓ All necessary glacier equipment ✓ Certified Glacier Guide ✓ Small Group Guarantee ✓ Free Parking
Are you ready for the adventure?
Let majestic features of the natural world amaze you. The scenery is fantastical as you will see all the ice formations in the area: deep crevasses, pale moulins, and even ice sculptures. The further we continue exploring, the more the beautiful will get the view. Since we are going to be so high up, we will be able to observe panoramas over Skaftafell National Park, that has gained fame in the last years for being the location for many films and shows. So do not wait anymore. Experience the wonders of glacier hiking in Skaftafell. Check availability by choosing a date.
About 5 hours
Moderate to demanding
8 years old
✓ All necessary glacier equipment
✓ Certified Glacier Guide
✓ A taste of pure glacier water
✓ Small Group Guarantee
✓ Free Parking
✓ Pick up from Reykjavík
• Warm clothing (first layer)
• Waterproof clothing (second layer)
• Good hiking shoes (hard on the sole and tight around the ankle) (available to rent when booking)
• Gloves and a hat
• Packed lunch
• Minimum age is 8 years old
• Please note that since May 1st, 2019, the meeting point is be at Skaftafell Terminal Tour Center by the main road. You can look up “Skaftafell Terminal” on Google Maps to find the exact location and driving directions or click here: https://goo.gl/maps/rogvdrahzKx
• Jeans are not recommended for glacier activities. Once it gets wet, it takes a long time to dry, leaving you cold.
- We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 48 hours or less before the event.
We highly recommend that you arrive at our meeting point 20 minutes before the departure time stated on your ticket. Please note that if you arrive after departure time, your place on the tour cannot be guaranteed or refunded.
The meeting point is Skaftafell Terminal by the main road. You can look up “Skaftafell Terminal” on Google Maps to find the exact location and driving directions.
Driving time to Skaftafell from Reykjavík is around 5 hours in good road conditions. If you arrive early, you can visit Skaftafell Terminal which offers free parking and has restrooms.
Click on the map for the exact location and directions.
What should I wear for glacier tours?
Weather in Iceland is very unpredictable. For tours during winter: warm clothing as first layer, waterproof outdoor jacket and pants, hiking boots with high ankle protection, a hat and gloves are ideal. For tours during summer, bringing a light rain jacket and pants is in most cases enough protection. Icelanders often say, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes”. Jeans are not recommended for outdoor trips as they become very heavy and cold when they get wet.
Do I need hiking boots?
We encourage bringing hiking boots for glacier tours. They have to have hard on the sole and be tight around the ankle. If you don’t have them, we have them available for rent in all sizes while booking or at the glacier hike location for ISK 1,500 per pair with cash or card.
How difficult are glacier hikes?
Our tours are considered to be safe for anyone in good physical condition. You have to be able to walk for about an hour up and down on slopes and uneven surface. Longer tours will be more challenging in endurance for some areas of the glacier. We also recommend you remember that we offer all the safety equipment necessary and you will be hiking with a professional and certified glacier guide. If you have specific questions regarding one of our glacier tours, feel free to email us.
If I am pregnant, can I join a glacier hike?
This is a personal choice. We have had pregnant women on our glacier hikes and we always recommend you read the description of the activity to get a better idea. In any case, feel free to contact our Service Team for further questions and concerns.
How does weather affect my tour?
Wind and rain are common in Iceland, in addition to snow in the winter, but we do not let challenging weather stop us from going out and enjoy nature. All we need to do is choose our clothing wisely, which is why we recommend wearing waterproof jacket and pants as the second layer. Of course, safety is our #1 priority, in case of extreme weather or road conditions, we will cancel our tours and do our best to reschedule your booking at a further date or provide a full refund.