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Glacier Adventure

Duration

5 hours

Availability

May – Sep

Difficulty

Moderate

Pickup

Meet on Location

Min. age

14 years

Region

South

On this half-day glacier walk, you will go farther onto the ice field than the typical glacier tour. You will discover a fascinating outlet glacier in Vatnajökull National Park.

Why you’ll love this tour

  • You’ll get the essential Icelandic experience of glacier hiking in a spectacular, less-visited location.
  • You’ll explore the wonderland of ice sculptures, water cauldrons, ridges and deep crevasses on a breathtaking outlet glacier tongue of Vatnajokull.
  • You’ll learn how the glaciers formed, how they changed since Iceland’s settlement and the threats that face them in these years.
  • This small-group tour offers a more personal and more challenging glacier experience.
  • The unique experience of a glacier walk on one of the many retreating glaciers of the world is sure to leave lasting memories.

What’s included?

Included

  • Experienced and qualified guide
  • Glacier gear
  • Safety equipment

Not included

  • Rain gear
  • Hiking boots
  • Warm clothing
  • Snacks

Highlights

  • Vatnajökull glacier
  • Skaftafell Nature Reserve
  • Falljökull glacier outlet
  • South Coast
  • Small group experience

Tour itinerary

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Your 4-hour adventure starts with meeting your certified and experienced glacier guide in Skaftafell Visitor Center.

After meeting your professional glacier guide in Skaftafell at our base, you will be provided with an ice axe, crampons, and a harness, and our expert guides will give you a short safety briefing. We’ll drive towards the glacier through stunningly spectacular scenery.  At the glacier, we’ll strap on our glacier gear ready for the magic moment – setting foot on the glacier!

During the tour, you will traverse a field of crevasses and ice sculptures. As you traverse zones of different glacial formations, you will notice the diverse colors of ice surrounding you. Strong hues of blue, white, ash-covered and even crystal clear ice become more prominent as you travel farther. The panoramic view of the glacier, the surrounding peaks, and the unique experience of glacier ice under your feet, are sure to leave lasting memories.

This glacier tour provides you with plenty of photo opportunities and the chance to gain a deep understanding of glaciers in Iceland, how they are formed and how they continue to change shape every day. You will also see the influence of global climate change upon these magnificent icy giants.

 

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 FAQ & Important notes

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The following is important information applicable to this tour. 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.

Meeting point:

Skaftafell Visitor Center
N 64.016217
W 16.966664

Our Base in Skaftafell is located by the bus parking lot of Skaftafell National Park, across from 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 the main road no. 1.

Please be there 20 min before the departure of your tour.

Booking:
Our day tours are very popular and we have many days when all the 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 to 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:
Since the weather is unpredictable, always bring comfortable outdoor clothes, warm layers, with waterproof and windproof outer-layers. Jeans are not suitable clothing; a warm sweater is highly recommended. Wearing sturdy, waterproof boots and waterproof clothes are essential. If you don’t have hiking boots, rain jacket and pants you can book as extra for 1000 ISK. Bring some snack or packed lunch. 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.

Payment and cancelation:
Full payment is required at time of booking to secure your place. We require 24 hrs notice of cancellation for a refund. Any cancellation made within less than 24 hours prior to departure will be fully charged.

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17.900 ISK

All prices are per person.

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