Half-Day Vatnajokull Glacier Small Group Tour from Skaftafell

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Enjoy a safe and stress-free visit to Vatnajökull Glacier with this guided half-day tour. No need to worry if you’ve never been hiking near glaciers before, as a harness, crampons, and an ice axe are provided, and a teacher shows you how to use the gear. During the trip, visit Vatnajokull Glacier, and spend time exploring the icefall of Falljökull.
  • See one of the largest glaciers in Europe—Vatnajökull
  • No navigation worries—a guide leads the way throughout
  • Specialist equipment is provided—such as an ice axe and crampons
  • Learn interesting information such as how glaciers are formed

What's Included

  • Harness, crampons and ice axe
  • Weather dependent clothing
  • Hiking boots
  • Small backpack with extra clothing layers, bottle of water and small snacks
  • Sunglasses

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Skaftafell Terminal - Tour Center
    Flugvallarvegur 5, 785 Öræfi, Iceland

    The meeting point is at Skaftafell Terminal Tour Center (Skaftafell Airport). Skaftafell Terminal Tour Center is OUTSIDE of the National Park. Please arrive 10 minute prior to starting time. Bring weather dependent clothing.

Start time

10:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Vatnajokull Glacier

4 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
Operated by Melrakki Adventures

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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Otto, guide and owner of the company was the Perfect guide on the glacier. As he was very informative, made us all feeling Safe and in good hands. We highly recommend this tour and intend to come back to try a Winter tour 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
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ERIN_H, Oct 2021
My favourite day in iceland! This your was fantastic. Minimal travel time meant most of the tour was actually spent on the glacier and We lucked out and had the glacier all to ourselves. No other groups even came close to how high up we went. Knowledgeable and personable guide! We felt like a small group of friends out for the most amazing hike of your life!
Super Nice Tour with knowledgeable guide
Pieter_V, Oct 2021
Very nice tour with small group and very knowledgeable guide. Small company owned by the guide and his wife providing a tour very different from the big groups who didn’t go up very far. Recommended!
Simply Amazing!
JOANNA_B, Aug 2021
We took the 1/2 day Vatnajokull Glacier Small Group Tour from Skaftafell. What an amazing experience. The owner-guide was organized, friendly, knowledgeable and entertaining. It really was one of the highlights of our 2 weeks in Iceland. DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS EXPERIENCE! Joanna and Michael-Philadelphia, PA-USA
Shelby_T, Jun 2021
This was the absolute BEST tour I’ve ever been on! We were able to ride up to the base of the glacier which gave us so much time to explore and climb higher than I thought we would! I would recommend this tour to anyone who is looking to have a life changing experience! Melrakki is a smaller company that operates on a smaller group experience and you definitely appreciate it!!!!
Great tour
Olau_R, Jul 2020
Otto, guide and owner of the company was the Perfect guide on the glacier. As he was very informative, made us all feeling Safe and in good hands. We highly recommend this tour and intend to come back to try a Winter tour 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
Einmaliges Erlebnis!!
Constanze_H, Sep 2021
Die halbtägige Tour war einfach atemberaubend. Ich empfehle jedem der etwas Zeit hat sich diese Möglichkeit nicht entgehen zu lassen. Wir hatten unheimlich Glück mit dem Wetter. Franzi ist ein toller Guide und gibt unheimlich viele Informationen zum Gletscher (und auch darüber hinaus noch viele Reisetips für Island und kleine Funfacts zu Island). Man fühlt sich zu keiner Zeit unsicher oder in Gefahr. Der Veranstalter ist noch relativ neu, daher gerne unterstützen! Man wird auch dank der Off-Road Fahrzeuge weiter ran gefahren als andere Gruppen, sodass man super viel Zeit am Gletscher hat!