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Ultimate ICESCAPE - Glacier Hike in Skaftafell - EI39

A surreal labyrinth of millennial ice - Striking Scenery!

Glacier hiking Iceland walk on ice

Scenery on this glacier is truly breathtaking and humbling

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This activity tour takes you safely with an expert glacier guide among the crevasses and glacier sculptures of Svínafellsjökull 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.

Note! This tour departs from the gas station next to Hotel Skaftafell (Freysnes).

From 9 900 ISK per adult

Minimum age: 10 years old

FREE CANCELLATION - FULL FLEXIBILITY*
*See terms and conditions for details

Total duration: 2 - 3 hours

On the ice: 1 - 1.5 hours

Map (click here)

Level: 2/5

Available: All year

Daily departures: 08:30*, 10:00, 13:00 & 14:15*

*Departures: There are four departures every day during summer. There are two departures every day during winter. See booking engine for details.
Please show up at least 15 minutes before departure!

Included: Guiding services, glacier gear and safety equipment (ice crampons, ice axe, helmets).

Bring with you: waterproof warm clothing, and hiking boots (hiking boots may be rented from us). You need real hiking shoes 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.

Meeting Point

You can expect to find our tour guides wearing a yellow jacket with the company’s logo. You will also see a large bus with the Extreme Iceland logo. Please be ready 15 minutes prior to tour start, at the gas station across from Hotel Skaftafell (Freysnes Gas Station). Map of location.

Icelandic nature Glacier hiking in Iceland walk on ice

Led by a specialised glacier guide
, you'll be informed you about glacier life

GPS location: 63.990648, -16.896961

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.

Glacier Svinafellsjokull

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.

Glacier hiking Iceland Svinafellsjokull Skaftafell

Glacier Svínafellsjökull is part of the huge
Glacier Vatnajökull - with very interesting features

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.

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Disclaimer: glacier trips are undertaken at the responsibility of participants. Extreme Iceland does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions.

Important winter information

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Are you not coming by car? Consider our multi-day tours that include glacier hiking here in Skaftafell:
List of tours to Skaftafell..

Image Gallery: Hiking on Glacier Svínafellsjökull

GPS location: 63.990648, -16.896961


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Glacier hiking Iceland walk on ice

Scenery on this glacier is truly breathtaking and humbling

Icelandic nature Glacier hiking in Iceland walk on ice

Up close and personal with the Icelandic nature

Glacier hiking Iceland Svinafellsjokull Skaftafell

Glacier Svínafellsjökull is part of the huge
Glacier Vatnajökull - with very interesting features

Icelandic nature Glacier hiking in Iceland walk on ice

Led by a specialised glacier guide
, you'll be informed you about glacier life

Glacier Hiking in Skaftafell

You need proper hiking shoes, We provide the ice crampons

 

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Please show up at least 15 minutes before departure.

 

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