This activity tour takes you safely with an expert glacier guide among the crevasses and glacier sculptures of Falljökull glacial tongue in Skaftafell nature reserve. You'll be totally surrounded by the majestic scenery and experience the power of the living glacier. It's a fairly easy to moderate walk with real ice crampons attached to your hiking boots.
- Vatnajökull National Park
- Easy glacier hike
- Falljökull or Svinafellsjokull Glacier
- Licensed glacier guide
*Departures: We have a few departures every day. See booking engine for details.
Meeting point: Skaftafell booking office (South East Iceland). Click here for a map.
Included: Guiding services, glacier gear and safety equipment (ice crampons, ice axe, helmets). The glacier walk takes place either on Falljokull or Svinafellsjokull, depending on conditions and season.
Bring with you: waterproof warm clothing, and hiking boots (hiking boots may be rented from us). You need real hiking boots for the glacier hike, that have a thick sole and cover your ankle. We provide the ice crampons, and they cannot be attached to normal shoes.
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Iceland is the type of place that makes you feel small and fragile – even powerless, when immersed in all this surreal nature and truly spectacular scenery. So let's take it up close and personal, feeling and understanding the strongest shaping force on earth - glaciers.
Before we start on the hike we need to gear you up. It's vital to have the correct footwear for glacier hiking. We’ll have the hiking boots ready for those who have rented such, and we provide ice crampons and teach you how to attach them to the boots. Crampons make it easy to walk on the ice so that there's no worry of slipping. Other security items include helmets and ice axes.
This glacier tongue is an outlet of the immense Glacier Vatnajökull, and the ice is 1,000 years old.
Glaciers are made up of fallen snow. They are not frozen water, as some might think. But how does it turn into ice then? Simply by compression due to the weight of the snow as it keeps accumulating. It's just like taking a handful of fluffy snow and squeezing into a hard snowball, and keep doing so for hundreds of years.
The ice eventually gets so compressed that most of the air is forced out of it. This is what causes glacial ice to appear blue.
A glacier is a river of ice. It flows. That's because the highly compressed layers of ice are very flexible. At locations where a glacier flows rapidly, giant cracks called crevasses are formed. This is why it's so dangerous to walk on a glacier - the crevasses get sometimes covered over by snow. Your guide may show you with the ice axe spots that may look like solid ice and snow but are in fact a steep drop just covered in a light dusting of snow.
Important winter information
Are you not coming by car? Consider our multi-day tours that include glacier hiking here in Skaftafell:
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Image Gallery: Hiking on Glacier Svínafellsjökull
GPS location: 64.015999, -16.966754
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