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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

Many Hollywood films have scenes from this beautiful glacier.

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.

From 9 900 ISK per adult

Minimum age: 10 years old

Total duration: ~2.5 hours

On the ice: 1 - 1.5 hours

Difficulty: Easy

Map (click here)

Level: 2/5

Available: All year

Daily departures: See booking engine*

Meeting point: Skaftafell

*Departures: We have a few departures every day. See booking engine for details.
Please show up at least 30 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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Meeting Point

Meet us at the Glacier Guides booking office in Skaftafell. Please be ready at least 30 minutes before departure. Map of location.

GPS location: 64.015999, -16.966754

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.

Icelandic nature Glacier hiking in Iceland walk on ice

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

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.

Preparing the crampons

Preparing the crampons

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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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: 64.015999, -16.966754



Glacier hiking Iceland walk on ice

Many Hollywood films have scenes from this beautiful glacier.

Icelandic nature Glacier hiking in Iceland walk on ice

Up close and personal with the Icelandic nature

Preparing the crampons

Preparing the crampons

Icelandic nature Glacier hiking in Iceland walk on ice

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

easy glacier walk iceland

Easy glacier walk in beautiful surroundings.

Glacier Hiking in Skaftafell

You need proper hiking shoes, We provide the ice crampons

 

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Please make sure that you book your tour in the correct month :)

Please show up at least 30 minutes before departure.

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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.

Ultimate ICEscape - Rated 5/5 based on 10 customer reviews

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Fantastic

5 stars by Verified customer
Had a wonderful time hiking across the glacier and learning so much!!!

An Unique Experience Hiking on Glacier Svinafellsjokull

5 stars by Verified customer
The guide picked up us at the dock on time at 09:00am and dropped off at the dock around 20:00. We were in a small group tour, total 9 persons; the guide was professional and knowledgeable. We spent about one hour hiking on the glacier and half hour walked to the glacier; glacier gear, crampons, ice axes and hard hats were provided. The glacier was black with ash from the eruption. We also stopped at the magnificent waterfalls ~ Seljalandsfoss Waterfall & Skógafoss Waterfall and Black Sand Beach. Thank You All !

Great trip, thank you!

5 stars by Verified customer
We really enjoyed our hike, and despite slightly questionable weather we had an amazing time. The guide was so knowledgeable, fun and friendly, and we felt totally safe. Thank you :)

The highlight of our trip!

5 stars by Verified customer
Absolutely spectacular scenery and knowledgeable staff.

Very pleased

5 stars by Verified customer
Everything was great. Thank you! :-)

Glacier hike in Skaftafell

5 stars by Verified customer
We felt it was a bit short because we wanted to see more but we had a great guide and it was an amazing first glacier hiking experience!

Fun despite bad weather

5 stars by Verified customer
The tour guide was very knowledgeable, and we had a very fun and exciting trip even if the weather was a bit off.

Perfect tour

5 stars by Verified customer
I really enjoyed this. It was fun to walk on the ice and find out about the glacier and it's history. Thank you for a wonderful tour. It is much appreciated.

Want even more!

5 stars by Verified customer
Explore more area if possible, but generally it's great!

Just great

5 stars by Verified customer
Great tour :-) Could maybe be a little longer (more walking, less haning around). But I guess that may be too heavy for some...