Glacier Discovery on Vatnajokull

Duration:
4 hours

Availability:
Apr. – Oct.

Difficulty:
Moderate

Pickup:
No

Min. age:
13 years

Region:
South

This adventurous half-day tour will take you onto the surface of a glacier where you’ll be able to get up close and personal with an Icelandic ice cap in person. This visit is not to just any glacier, but to an outlet of Vatnajökull, the largest glacier on the European continent. Scale its frozen surface and cross glacier hiking off your Iceland must-do list all in one spectacular trip.

Why you’ll love this tour

  • Witness a beautiful outlet of the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajokull
  • Experience the breathtaking landscape of the South Coast
  • Experience glacier hiking in a remote and spectacular location
  • Enjoy the guide’s informative overview of the area’s history and geology
  •  Many of our guests have told us that this unique day tour is one of the most beautiful experiences of their entire Iceland vacation.

What’s included?

Activities and gear

  • Guided glacier hiking tour
  • All necessary safety equipment

Transportation

  • No pickup

Staff & experts

  • English speaking local expert guide

Meals

  • Meals not included

Highlights

  • South Iceland
  • Vatnajokull glacier
  • Skaftafell
  • Falljokull
  • Svínafejjsjokull

Tour itinerary

The tour will begin at the Freysnes gas station in Southeast Iceland. Here, just outside the Skaftafell Nature Reserve, you’ll meet your guide and the rest of your tour group. At this easy-to-find location, you’ll climb on board your modified Superjeep and drive into Vatnajökull National Park.

If all goes according to plan, after about a 15-minute drive, you’ll arrive up at Falljökull, whose name translates as the “falling glacier”. The location of the hike depends on the conditions on the day of the tour, of course. Falljökull is less explored than the other Vatnajökull glacier tongues in the region. This means that your experience can be more personalized with less interference from other tour groups.

At the base, you’ll be equipped with crampons, a helmet, and an ice axe. These tools will help you and keep you safe on this adventure. After a safety briefing, your guide will lead you out to meet this magnificent glacier.

To complete this tour, you’ll need to be at a moderate level of fitness, as Falljökull is a bit more challenging to climb than some of its neighbors. But, after beginning, it will shortly become clear why glacier hiking is one of the most popular activities in Iceland. The views from up above are nothing short of dazzling, offering full vistas over Vatnajökull National Park and the South Coast of Iceland. Add to that the seemingly endless sheet of white and blue ice as far as the eye can see and the remarkable crevasses and caverns within the glacier itself, and you’ll find yourself in a completely different world, like none other on Earth.

This half-day tour lasts just over three hours. That will afford you all of the time you need to take in the views along with as many pictures as you see fit. Your guide will be able to teach you all about glaciers while leading you along, including how they formed, how they have changed over the years, and how the modern area is threatening their existence.

Once the adventure has ended, you’ll head back to your Superjeep, which will drive you back to the gas station where you started. Here you can pick up your own vehicle and head off for your next Icelandic adventure.

Exploring a glacier is something that every visitor to Iceland should do. Don’t miss out on this chance to explore one with us this summer! Choose a date to check our tour availability.

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Important notes

The following is important information applicable to our glacier tours. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us by email or phone, we are here to make your tour exceptional!

 

Operation:
This tour is operated by our trusted partner.

Booking:
Our day tours are very popular and we have many days when all available seats are booked out. Please book your tour early to avoid disappointment. You can book this tour online using the booking form or just call our office. We typically respond to phone calls from 8:00 AM to 17:00 PM GMT – if you do not reach us, please send an email and we will reply your message as soon as possible.

Prices:
All prices are per person. We accept payment by major credit and debit cards with no additional fees. Gratuities are not included.

Tour itinerary changes:
At all times your safety is our first priority. You can expect any kind of weather in Iceland. For this reason, the tour itinerary may be subject to change the sights without notice or the tour might be canceled due to weather, or other unforeseen circumstances. If the timing changes, we will need your valid mobile phone number to contact you and inform you of the time change. Please don’t forget to fill out your phone number on the booking form. If the tour is canceled, you can choose to receive a full refund or to reschedule your tour for another day. We make every effort to avoid any such changes wherever possible.

What to bring:
We recommend you bring warm first and/or mid layer, e.g. a warm sweater. Proper and sturdy, waterproof hiking boots and waterproof outer layers are required. Bring your personal daily medications if required.

Medical conditions:
Please let us know of any allergies or medical conditions that you may require assistance with.

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from
15.900 ISK
All prices are per person.

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