Small Group Glacier Wonders Adventure From Skaftafell

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  • 4 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Discover one of the gems of southern Iceland on this glacier hike in Skaftafell National Park. Head from Skaftafell to the edge of the spectacular Vatnajokull glacier. Learn how to use your climbing equipment, then hike out through the glacier valley and up onto the ice. Follow your guide on a route past open crevasses and frozen ice-caves, and admire breathtaking views over the landscape beyond. During your family-friendly trip, learn how glaciers are formed and marvel at the scale of the mighty glacier.
  • Take a walk on the Vatnajokull Glacier on a half-day tour
  • Learn about glacial geology from your knowledgeable tour guide
  • All necessary equipment included and no previous experience required
  • A small group ensures a personalized experience

What's Included

  • Small group guarantee
  • Certified glacier guide
  • Guided glacier tour
  • Specialized glacier gear
  • Food & drinks
  • Hiking boots (Available for rent)

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Skaftafell
    Skaftafell, Skaftafell, Vatnajokull National Park, East Region

    Departure Point: Arctic Adventures Booking Hut in Skaftafell National Park (next to the Visitor Center). Directions: Skaftafell is located just off of the main ring road, on road #998. Skaftafell is approximately 4.5-5 hours east of Reykjavik and 1.5 hours west of Höfn.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Difficulty level: Easy
  • This tour departs from Arctic Adventures Booking Hut in Skaftafell (gray house with the turf roof). Skaftafell is located 327km (203 miles) from Reykjavík. The nearest towns to Skaftafell are Kirkjubæjarklaustur, 69km to the west and Höfn, 130km to the east.
  • Minimum age of 8, and minimum shoe size of EUR 35.
  • Iceland is known for colorful weather. It can sometimes show you all 4 seasons in one day. Dressing for this sort of weather can be a challenge so we always recommend to dress in layers.
  • You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hike. If you do not own a pair then we rent out good hiking boots as well as a waterproof clothing at our hut in Skaftafell for a small fee.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Bucket list worthy
Jaya_A, Nov 2022
Henrik was super informative, focused on our safety as well as our enjoyment. My husband and I had an amazing time climbing the glacier!
Great experience for the...
Edward_M, Oct 2022
Great experience for the whole family! Very knowledgeable and helpful guide! Good value. I would recommend this glacier hike.
Blue Wonder
Julie_P, Oct 2022
Learning about the volcano formation, how ice caves are made and how magical they are inside, was marvelous!
Too much for beginners
Agata_P, Sep 2022
The excursion was way to easy compared the expectation. We basically walk few steps on the very initial part of the glacier. We expected something more unfortunately. The group was approximately 15 people and therefore is not a small group. But the guide was a cool guy
Francesco is the best!
Matheus_F, Sep 2022
Amazing tour with the best guide ever. Make sure you request Francesco if you want to explore new paths. The glacier was absolutely amazing and Francesco always made sure we were safe and enjoying ourselves. He was punctually back and knowledgeable of the glacier. Highly recommend!
A special experience
Lissy_S, Jul 2022
We had a very special experience at the glacier. It was fantastic to see how it is formed bay water and erosion. We recommend it as a family tour
Amazing experience in the glaciar
BELEN_D, Jul 2022
Amazing experience in the glaciar! The company was very professional and our Guide, Barbara, was lovely!
Fantastic Informative experience
Jesse_C, Jul 2022
Fantastic experience with informative, professional guides. Felt safe the entire time and learnt a lot. Couldn’t recommend more!
Bucket list hike on a beautiful glacier!
Brian_G, Jun 2022
Our guide was super safety oriented and very friendly. He also knew a great deal about the glacier and educated us with many Interesting facts. I would HIGHLY recommend this. It was a nice hike, but not crazy and it was the most beautiful view ever being up there! We even ended up filling our water bottles from glacier water!
Very good tour !
Elise_T, Aug 2021
Well equiped by the team and with good explanations when we were on the glacier. Thanks to May for her last tour 😉. We really appreciated this tour in small coup (12 persons). It's an Amazing experience to walk on the glacier !
Great experience but expected longer on the ice.
James_F, Jul 2021
Walking in the ice was great and our guide May was really good. However, there was a lot of faffing up front so the time on the ice was less than an hour and we didn’t make it very far up. I think this was partly due to having one lady who couldn’t walk far in our group. We didn’t get up close to the crevasses which was a shame.
Discovery of alive glacier
Brengre_G, Jul 2021
Our guide , Barbara, show us a wonderfall face of à glacier . We walk on the ice during more than two hours and this expérience was fantastic. We discover also how a glacier can be dangerous and brittle in the same time.
Once in a lifetime experience
Leena_L, Jul 2021
Our guide Barbara was fantastic, she was patient knowledgeable and funny. I highly recommend this trip for every age group with good physical fitness. I am above 60 and was getting used to walking with crampons but once you got it, it is fine.
Enjoyed the tour very much. Best...
emmylou, Jun 2017
Enjoyed the tour very much. Best experience in Iceland. We had so much fun. Our tour guide Mark has been awesome. He's talented and very knowledgeable. Definitely a must do when in Iceland.
It was great and unique experience...
Kwan K, Oct 2016
It was great and unique experience, but wish it was little bit longer. Out of total 3-hour length, we only walked over the glacier little less than 1 hour.
A phenomenal experience, truly the...
Robert K, Oct 2016
A phenomenal experience, truly the highlight of my Icelandic adventure!
Fantastic experience. Safe...
Atheendar V, Oct 2016
Fantastic experience. Safe, relatively easy going hike with a very knowledgable guide. Perhaps our favorite experience in Iceland, which at baseline was incredible to begin with! Well worth the time and money.
The glacier hike was great. Not too...
Maoz_G, Sep 2016
The glacier hike was great. Not too short and not too long. We got explanation how glacier are created. Walked with crampons on the glacier. Saw moulins. Drank testy glacier water. And more... This great job was done by our guide. Danny from Sweden. Thanks for the great experience!
The tour is definitely the highlight...
minjie_g, Jun 2016
The tour is definitely the highlight of our Iceland trip. Was not too physical and the Glacier water tastes great! Our guide is informative and friendly.
Just great! Small group out on the...
Daniel S, Oct 2015
Just great! Small group out on the glacier. Guide was great and learned a lot about the glaciers and the local geography and even history. Wonderful experience and pretty easy for beginners to ice hiking.