Explore a fascinating outlet glacier in Vatnajökull National Park

Strapping crampons on your feet and hiking onto the glacier is a truly unique opportunity to discover the hidden treasures of Vatnajokull National Park.
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Shorter tour: all year
Longer tour: May 1st to Sept 30th

Guided small groups

3-4 hours

Short tour: 8 years, longer tour: 14 years

Tour highlights

Glacier experience
Svinafellsjokull glacier
Vatnajokull glacier

What’s included


Expert and certified local guides
Small group experience
All the necessary equipment for the glacier hiking


Hotel transfer

You can choose between two glacier hiking options:

  1. A shorter and easier 1,5-2 hour glacier walk
  2. An extended 3,5-hour glacier walk which takes you further into the ice field

Make sure to select the correct tab on the booking engine, when you select your tour.

Your glacier walk kicks off with meeting your certified glacier guide at the Skaftafell Base next to the visitor center in Skaftafell.

After meeting your group, you will be provided with an ice axe, crampons and a harness. At the edge of the glacier, your guide will give you a short safety briefing.

Both Skaftafell glacier walk options take place on Svinafellsjokull glacier tongue, an outlet glacier from Iceland’s largest glacier; Vatnajokull. The scenery and views are stunning, as we walk through a wonderland of ice sculptures, ridges, water cauldrons, and deep crevasses. The glacier is framed in by some of the most spectacular peaks Iceland has to offer, as it is located in a deep valley between the highest summit of Iceland, Hvannadalshnukur, and the mountain ridge Hrutfjallstindar.

At the onset of the tour, the experienced glacier guide will teach you how to use basic glacier equipment needed for the tour, such as crampons and ice axes.
Meeting point:
Our Base in Skaftafell is located by the bus parking lot of Skaftafell National Park, across form the Visitor Center. When coming from the visitors parking lot take the path that leads to the Visitor Center, turn right at the end of the path, and then right again at the bus parking.The parking lot is at the end of road no. 998 that branches off main road no. 1.Please be there 20 min before the departure of your tour.

Are you staying in Reykjavik, but still want to experience glacier walking? Then this tour is much closer and the ideal option for you:


Please note

Age limit on the shorter tour is 8 years, and 14 years on the longer tour.

You can expect any kind of weather in Iceland, and your glacier walk might be canceled with short notice due to weather.
Your safety is our number one priority!

What should I bring on this tour?

Bring comfortable and waterproof outdoor clothes and sturdy hiking boots, a small backpack, and lunch or snacks. Jeans are not suitable clothing for this tour! Get ready for the action and don’t forget your camera!

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