Ultimate ICESCAPE - Glacier Hike in Skaftafell - EI39

A Surreal Labyrinth of Millennial Ice - Striking Scenery!

This activity tour takes you safely on Vatnajokull, Europe's largest glacier, 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.

Duration: ~3.5 hours

Group maximum: 15 per guide

Available: All year

Age limit: 8 years

Difficulty: Easy

Tour Highlights:
  • Vatnajökull National Park
  • Skaftafell
  • 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.

Contact us: If you have a question about this tour you can use the contact form here below.
If you have a general inquiry (cancellations, feedback, reschedule etc) please click here

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Easy glacier hike, suitable for most people
One of our best selling tours

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Reviews on TripAdvisor


"Amazing experience. My fiance and I were the only ones that booked the 10am hike so it was essentially a private tour. Our guide "Siggy" filled us with amazing information about the glacier and Iceland. He has his PHD in mountain rescue so we felt very safe. This tour is for someone who wants to experience the beauty of walking on a glacier without ever feeling unsafe and I highly recommend it if you are on a budget."

Tour Description

Vatnajokull glacier hiking tour in South Iceland

Prepare to be amazed by the beautiful surroundings!

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.

skaftafell glacier hike

Hiking on the ice...

Glacier Falljokull

This glacier tongue is an outlet of the immense Glacier Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier, 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.

easy glacier walk on vatnajökull

Easy glacier walk in beautiful surroundings.


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 hike on Falljokull from Skaftafell nature reserve

Time to have some fun!

Read customer reviews

Ultimate Icescape - Rated 4.8/5 based on 17 customer reviews


5 by Raul Martin 2018-04-11
Stephanie did a great job , very knowledgeable and make sure everyone was safe .

Amazing trip!

5 by Zac Spowart 2018-05-06
Had an amazing time on the glacier and on the entire trip. Iceland is a gorgeous country and the people were great. Was nice to know that a little weather and rain didn’t stop them. Just another day! Highly recommend.

Very safe and Tons of fun!

5 by 5 2018-05-18
I went with my son on this tour and had a blast. We hiked a bit to get up on to the Glaciers and it was simply beautiful! This is basically and introduction and not crazy demanding. Tour guide was awesome and always felt safe. Highly recommend this tour company :)

Great Experience - Spectacular Views

5 by Dennis 2018-05-20
My sons and I had a great day with our guides on both the Zodiac tour of Glacier Lagoon and the afternoon Glacier hike. Everyone was very informative and we learned a great deal about the area, the geology, the myths and legends, and just had an overall great time. The scenery is spectacular. I highly recommend!

Glacier hiking tour

5 by Josco de Vor 2018-05-25
The glacier hiking tour was amazing. We were so lucky with the weather, and the ice was very beautiful. We even drunk out of a melted icewater stream, by doing some push-up. Together with the Glacier Lagoon boottrip this was an amazing experience.

Fabulous tour guide, very fun!

5 by Elizabeth Zurn 2018-05-25
We had the amazing tour guide, Prokop, who was delightful and kept us very safe the whole time. The tour we went on includes walking/hiking up the glacier slope. We had anticipated we'd be walking on the top of a flat surface, but it was actually much more interesting to climb the glacier. Prokop helped us get great photos and kept us entertained the entire time. Highly recommend.

Once in a lifetime trip

5 by Dave C 2018-06-03
This was a once in a lifetime trip. Can't recommend enough.

May 2018

5 by Amy 2018-06-05
Had a great time on the tours and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. The glacier lagoon was amazing!!

5 by Philipp 2018-06-07
Great tour, great guide, interesting, fascinating!

Great guide, amazing tour

5 by Danny Chang 2018-06-09
Dan was our guide and he was very knowledgeable in his explanation about glaciers! We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and would recommend anyone checking out the South side of Iceland to do any of the day tours!

My experience with Extreme Iceland

4 by Ewa 2018-06-13
Hi, I'm very pleased with my tour. Our guide - young man from Moldavia was very nice and told us a lot about glacier and ice climbing. He is very keen on climbing. It his passion and it was nice to listen to him what he wanted to share with us. Best regards, Ewa

Great tour. !!

5 by Dave Shiffer 2018-06-17
Thank you for a wonderful time. We enjoyed the tour. Just the right amount of glacier time and walking for our family.

Great experience

5 by Jane 2018-06-26
Great experience! I came on the glazier wonders tour with my 18-year-old daughter. And we both had a very special time. The tour was well organised and all directions etc were clear. Our guide, Morika, was superb, friendly knowledgeable and positive. We particularly enjoyed the glacier walk. Big Thankyou.

Super cool experience

4 by CARLOTA 2018-06-26
Not every day you can walk on a glacier and so we want to do in Iceland. It is an easy tour if you want to have a closer look of the ice and walk a few hours equiped with crampons! Shame we didn't choose a longer tour! We recommend it for sure!

An exciting tour

5 by SDUAN 2018-06-29
We have a great time during the iceland tour. It is a 3.5h ice sheet climbing tour with two experienced handsome guides and 6 tourists. The two handsome and hot guides are very considerable to help and check the climbing tools wearing and using, i.e safety boots, and patient to make stairs during the climbing and pay attention to all the tourist, for the sake of safety. It is exciting to have a such close look at the ice sheet and make some nice photos.

My Glacier Hiking tour

5 by Yan 2018-07-02
My husband and I enjoyed the glacier hiking tour very much. It was an excellent experience to walk on the ice and the glacier scenery was wonderful.

Serious and efficient

4 by Simon 2018-07-03
Very easy to book activities with the web site of extreme Iceland. Activities proposed are diverse and in line with website description.
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