Vatnajokull Small Group Glacier Hike From Skaftafell

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 5 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Trek deep into the Skaftafell National Park and marvel at Iceland’s beauty on this adventurous 5-hour glacier hike. Travel by bus into the Skaftafell National Park as a guide sheds light on the region’s geology. Pull on your hiking gear and head along rugged trails to the tongue of the Virkisjökull Glacier — widely considered the park’s most impressive feature. Along the way, discover the crevasses, ice caves and waterfalls for which the region is famous and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.
  • 5-hour Skaftafell National Park glacier hike
  • Take the bus into the Skaftafell National Park with a guide
  • Gain insight into Iceland’s spectacular geology
  • Explore rugged hiking trails to the tongue of the Virkisjökull Glacier
  • Pass deep crevasses and cascading waterfalls
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures personal attention from your guide

What's Included

  • Guided Glacier Hike
  • Glacier Gear (Crampons, Ice Pick & Helmet)
  • Small Group Guarantee
  • Certified Glacier Guide
  • No Food included

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Skaftafell
    785 Skaftafell, Iceland

    The tour departs from the Arctic Adventures Booking Hut, located on the parking lot of Skaftafell National Park. Skaftafell National Park 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
  • Age limit is 14 years old
  • Food is not included so we recommend that you bring packed lunch with you
  • Remember to bring
  • Waterproof gear
  • Hiking boots
  • Warm Clothes, head-wear and gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Note that waterproof pants, waterproof jacket and hiking boots can be rented at the meeting point for a small fee.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 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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Amazing experience!
Colleen_P, Jul 2022
Our guide was amazing and the views were fantastic. Everyone was friendly and knowledgeable and I've decided crampons are the best!
Highly highly recommended. It is/was...
Christine A, Apr 2017
Highly highly recommended. It is/was everything and more I expected. Ask for Aaron from the UK to be your tour guide!!!
Despite the unpredictable weather...
Winny W, Oct 2016
Despite the unpredictable weather, our tour still went ahead and we had a fabulous time! Our guide Mark from UK was funny and knowledgeable, he was very attentive to everyone and made sure everyone stayed together since we had some mature people on our group. The glacier hike experience was one of the best ones we had and will happily recommend this company to other people.
We were a bit worried when the...
Elise N, Aug 2016
We were a bit worried when the weather wasn't looking great cold and rainy, but it turns out it had been so warm that our trip was cancelled for safety reasons. They were great about the process, and it turns out they were able to reschedule us on a later tour! The guides were great - funny, knowledgeable, knew where to take us on the glacier for the cool photos! We aren't big hikers and were worried that the 5 hr hike would be too much, but I think it was fine for us. We stopped a decent amount and went pretty slow since almost everyone was new to using crampons on the ice. Such a cool experience and would definitely recommend the trip!
everything was fine, cool tour guide...
Aneta J, Jul 2016
everything was fine, cool tour guide, but I expected more climbing