5-hour Glacier Adventure From Skaftafell

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  • 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


The Svínafellsjökull glacier is part of Europe’s largest glacier and the icy landscapes offer a dramatic backdrop for a hiking adventure. This morning or afternoon guided glacier hike in the Skaftafell-Vatnajökull National Park ensures a personalized experience, with a small group of up to eight participants, and full instruction provided.
  • Glacier hike in the Skaftafell-Vatnajökull National Park
  • Enjoy a guided hike across the Svínafellsjökull Glacier
  • Marvel at snow-covered mountains, walls of ice, and natural ice sculptures
  • Choice of departure times available throughout the day
  • No experience necessary: full instruction and all equipment included
  • Small-group tour limited to eight people ensures a personalized experience

What's Included

  • Guided glacier hike
  • All necessary glacier gear
  • Certified glacier guide
  • Transport to glacier by minibus
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Extra clothing can be rented: hiking boots 1.500 ISK and rain gear 1.000 ISK per item

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Skaftafell Visitor Centre
    228M+J94, 785 Skaftafell, Iceland

    Our Skaftafell Base Camp, wooden sales lodge, is located by the bus parking and clearly visible from the National Park Service Center.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Your adventure begins at the Mountain Guides Sales Lodge in the Skaftafell-Vatnajökull National Park, where you meet your guide in time for your chosen departure time. After a safety briefing, get suited up with crampons, ice axes, and glacial hiking gear, and travel by bus to the starting point of your hike, a short drive from the lodge.

On arrival, take the time to practice walking along the ice, before following your guide on a thrilling glacier walk. Marvel at the wild glacial landscapes as you climb through deep crevasses and ice tunnels, duck beneath high ice arches, and admire glacier mills, ice walls, and ice sculptures. Listen as your guide explains more about the region’s unique geology and how the glaciers form and change over time, and catch sight of the snow-capped Hrútsfjall and Hvannadalshnukur mountains in the distance.

After a morning or afternoon on the ice, return to the bus for the journey back to the lodge.

Please note: This tour is best suited to participants with their own transport - travelers must provide their own transportation to and from the Mountain Guides Sales Lodge.

Skaftafell National Park

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


4 hours Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Age: Minimum 14
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please bring warm clothing, rain gear, gloves, and hiking boots
  • Extra clothing can be rented: hiking boots 1.500 ISK and rain gear 1.000 ISK per item
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 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.

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