Skaftafell Glacier Hike 3-Hour Small Group Tour

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From $107.96

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


The Vatnajökull glacier ranks among Iceland’s top natural attractions, but exploring the icy terrain without a guide is dangerous. On this half-day tour, delve into the Skaftafell National Park with a certified guide and discover a world of ice formations and deep crevasses. With all the necessary safety equipment included, enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.
  • Hike the Vatnajökull glacier with your guide: The glacier’s crevasses make the landscape potentially dangerous
  • Sweeping views over the icy formations and rugged terrain
  • All safety equipment included
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures personalised attention from your guide

What's Included

  • Certified Glacier Guide
  • Short Drive to the Glacier Outlet
  • All the Necessary Glacier Equipment: Helmets, Harness, and Ice Axe
  • Small Group (12 Participants Max)
  • Hiking boots (available for rent)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from Reykjavík or other areas
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Tröll Expeditions Skaftafell
    West of Hofgardur, 785 Hof, Iceland

    We will see you at our meeting point 30 minutes before departure time. Please note that if you arrive after departure time your place on the tour can't be guaranteed or refunded. Driving time to Skaftafell from Reykjavík is around 4 hours and 30 minutes.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Operated by Troll Expeditions

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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We had fun and great time at Glacier & our tour guide was so helpful. Lucky we’re the first group arrived, so it was not so crowded. Thank you so much.
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So fun and unique!
Katie_K, Jul 2022
This was one of my favorite parts of my entire trip to Iceland. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. We left with many beautiful pictures.
Glacier Glad We Went
Claire_C, Jun 2022
We had so much fun seeing the glacier up close (and under our feet). It was cool to use the gear and have a guide (Ari, who was phenomenal) to explain what we were seeing. We got our moneys worth in terms of time spent on the glacier, although be prepared for some prep time as fitting the gear and getting it on requires some time. While you couldn’t go very high, the crevasses were pretty tall and we got to drink glacier water! We loved it!
Nate was a great guide...
Anonymous, Jun 2022
Nate was a great guide had an awesome time!! Would recommend this tour! Better go before glaciers are gone forever.
Good tour in awesome environment 👌
Thijs_E, May 2022
Professional guides Glacier walk itself Tip: Dress appropriately with real hiking shoes (are mandatory) Read the description of the tour carefully so you can decide to go or not. Hiking in mountainous areas should be familiar.
Glacier tour. Good and bad points.
Peter_M, May 2022
Waiting for all groups to arrive, receive gear and cater for the (too many) people who had inappropriate footwear and had to hire boots was a protracted and painful delay. Once we arrived at the glacier, after a 30 minute walk, it was an incredible and somewhat humbling experience.
Road closures in the morning and refused to provide refund
Elisha_R, Mar 2022
There was a road closure when leaving Reykjavik and were unable to attend. The tour company have refused to refund us despite me sending a picture of the map showing closure. Very disappointed with the response and will not be reccomending and will be further contacting Viator about this.
Great tour, great guide!
Randy_P, May 2021
The guides were very helpful with getting the equipment on us and going over safety guidelines. The guide Sam was an amazing and knowledgeable person and did a magnificent job explaining things to us about the glacier and was also very helpful and patient with the group! Doing a glacier walk almost seems mandatory if you're visiting Iceland!
Elizabeth_C, May 2021
Our guide was amazing and very informative! She gave us more advice of places later to try definitely recommend!
Nice experience
Yvonne_L, Oct 2019
Lovely experience. Happy we did the first session as when we were wrapping up there were so many people it would've been too crowded. Was probably only walking on the glacier for less than an hour after driving there, walking towards the glacier and putting on the shoe clamps. Guide was lovely and friendly.
Good experience walking at glacier
Kristy_H, Oct 2019
We had fun and great time at Glacier & our tour guide was so helpful. Lucky we’re the first group arrived, so it was not so crowded. Thank you so much.
ice hike- worthwhile the efforts
Siying_d, Sep 2019
we booked this tour in advance of our 10day road trip in Iceland. due to some route change, we changed the time once before the departure which the vender helps to accommodate the reschedule smoothly. The tour was well organized with sufficient equipment, but I would suggest including the hiking shoes into the cost instead of surcharge EUR10 as normal hiking shoes was not fit for the tour. Our guide- Boris is from Czech, who did a great job to facilitate and lead the tour. He did not only provide clear instructions and briefing during the hike but also add lots of fun photo points. Overall, recommend this tour. (I wouldn't suggest this hike to elderly ppl or too young kids as it is still a bit physical requirement esp. on tough weather).
Sweet Experience
izzi_davis, Aug 2019
Amazing experience. One of the best times in Iceland. I did the 11am slot and good too bc the mountain gets a bit busy afterwards. Our guide Marzipan was sweet, friendly, and truly knew the glacier. She def was the best! The Troll team provided you with everything you will need to get up the Glacier. And at the end there are cookies!
Incredible experience
Nomad58669078239, Apr 2019
Amazing experience to do with a great tour guide! Definitely would recommend if you’re down for a true Icelandic adventure!
Amazing tour!!
aliza_n, Sep 2018
Organized marvelously!!!!A great guide (katerin)!.!.! Great value attraction.Recomeded for family!
Great up close interaction with the Glacier
Aubrey_M, Aug 2018
We really loved our tour. Our guide was funny and knowledgeable. I felt like I learned a lot and was super safe with Agnes. Each part was new and exciting and it was definitely a highlight of our trip.
Our tour was almost cancelled due to...
Michael_s, Jan 2018
Our tour was almost cancelled due to weather, but we showed up anyway, the forecast turned out to be wrong, and we ended up being the only two people on the tour haha. Our tour guide was the Norwegian Tyrm, spelling may be wrong and he was great! He was entertaining, answered all of our questions, and really fun in general. The tour includes a van ride to the foot of the glacier, gear crampons, helmet, ice axe, and a guided hike around the glacier, including a crevasse, which is really interesting because the ice is unlike anything I've ever seen before. I'd highly recommend
Esperienza indimenticabile
Sergio_B, Jun 2022
Ottimo assaggio ghiacciaio Islanda Guida simpatica e preparatissima (ragazza Argentina di nome Nataly e/o Maria) Ottimo inglese europeo (se l’ho capito io lo possono capire tutti) Organizzazione ottima Sicurezza pure Difficoltà minima Esperienza da fare assolutamente
Rmy_J, May 2022
Moment très ludique et detendu avec notre guide Kevin. On recommande grandement cette activité. Remy
Gebuchte Wanderung wurde vom Veranstalter abgesagt - Geld weg - Viator reagiert nicht.
Franziska_H, Apr 2022
Aufgrund des Wetters hat der Veranstalter die gebuchte und bezahlte Wanderung abgesagt. Dort wurde mir mitgeteilt, dass ich einen Alternativtermin wählen oder eine Erstattung wählen kann, dies solle ich mit Viator abklären. Ich habe seitdem 2 Emails an unterschiedliche Adressen von Viator gesendet mit der Bitte um Erstattung des bezahlten Preises und keine Reaktion erhalten.
Doreen_M, Aug 2020
Reibungsloser Ablauf, alles wie geplant. Die Tour ist gut machbar für alle körperlichen Konditionen. Die guides sind sehr bemüht