Glacier Explorer - Glacier Hiking Adventure


Glacier Explorer - Glacier Hiking Adventure - GG03

See Europe's largest glacier - Small groups - Personal service

With crampons on foot and ice axe in hand, get intimate with the ancient ice formations of Europe's largest glacier! Glacier hiking in South Iceland. Meet us at our booking office in Skaftafell. We will take a glacier hike on Falljokull glacier.

Duration: ~5 hours

Group maximum: 12 per guide

Available: All year

Age limit: 15 years

Difficulty: Moderate

Tour Highlights:
  • Vatnajökull Glacier
  • Falljökull Glacier Tongue
  • Licensed Glacier Guide
  • Glacier hike

Meeting point: Skaftafell booking center (see map below), 30 minutes before tour starts.
GPS: 64.015958, -16.966658

Included: Guided glacier hike, certified glacier guide, specialized glacier gear

Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended.

For further information:
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15 750 ISK per adult
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Tour Description

Our world famous “Glacier Explorer” tour will take you on an adventure to Falljökull (the falling glacier): a stunning outlet glacier, which expands out of the Vatnajökull ice cap. We will traverse the ever evolving glacial landscape of Falljökull, taking in the deep crevices and the majestic ice formations. Falljökull, is actually a giant frozen waterfall, meaning that it is slowly falling inch by inch in front of your very eyes! The dramatic landscape of Falljökull, has been carved over millions of years making it a truly sensational modern yet ancient experience. Climbing this ancient icefall will transport you into an alien world full of incredible colours and stunning natural ice sculptures. Falljökull, guarantees a unique day out and is a must see for anyone visiting Iceland.

vatnajokull glacier

Looking at the glacier ice formations...

Upon arrival to Falljökull, our friendly, certified guides will give you a safety talk and an introduction to all the equipment that we will be using. We will provide you with all the equipment that you need for Falljökull: ice axes, crampons, helmets and safety lines. Your safety is of course paramount and our friendly experts will ensure that you are always safe on the ice.

Falljökull offers sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding mountains: the perfect reward once you have reached the top! As long as our experts feel that the glacier is safe, we will enter the mesmerizing icefall and gaze down on the spot where it tumbles over the mountain towards the ocean below. At Falljökull, you will get up close and personal with some of the oldest ice on the planet: providing an unforgettable experience.

Our tour of Falljökull glacier will give you plenty of photo opportunities and our friendly experts will teach you about the outlet glacier and how it formed: giving you a deeper understanding of Falljökull, one of the most majestic natural features of our world.

guided glacier hike in skaftafell

Guiding you around the glacier...

Please note: We will meet at our Skaftafell booking center (grey house with the turf roof) and then travel to the glacier together from there. Skaftafell is located 327km (203 miles) from Reykjavík, so please leave yourself plenty of time: you won’t want to miss this once in a lifetime experience! The nearest towns to Skaftafell are Kirkjubæjarklaustur, 69km to the west and Höfn, 130km to the east.

Disclaimer: All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Extreme Iceland does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.