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Glacier Explorer - Glacier Hike 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 Vatnajokull - 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 tongue.


Duration: ~5.5 hours

Group maximum: 12 per guide

Available: All year

Age limit: 14 years

Difficulty: Moderate

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

Meeting point:

Skaftafell booking center (see map below).
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 sturdy hiking boots are essential to fit the crampons (can be rented).

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from:
15 490 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 crevasses 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 hike on Falljokull

Prepare to be amazed!

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.

Falljokull glacier hike in South Iceland on Vatnajokull

Hike on the incredible Falljokull 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.

Snow caves on vatnajokull glacier

Sometimes we find snow caves on the glacier!

Read customer reviews

Glacier Explorer - Rated 4.9/5 based on 19 customer reviews


Great Glacier Tour

5 by Djanique April 8, 2019
Great trip and we experienced all kinds of weather during the climb up. Would definitely recommend a glacier tour to everyone! One tip, be a bit more strict with people in the group that let the whole group wait for them while they take pictures. It is seen as a bit rude and would be appreciated among the rest of the group if they stick to the same tempo.

First time in Iceland

5 by Eric White February 23, 2019
This was my first experience in Iceland and it was amazing. The tour was challenging, but we had a great guide (Richard) that made it awesome.

Book this tour!

5 by Evie November 6, 2018
This was hands down the best experience of my trip which is hard to say when you're in an amazing place like Iceland. I traveled solo and the small group size made it easy to meet people and I never felt like the odd one out. Simian our guide was knowledgeable, he really took our safety seriously but but was also funny and fun. I noticed that other tours didn't have safety gear like helmets on which really put Extreme Iceland ahead in my book.

Amazing glacier hike!

5 by Stacia October 29, 2018
The 5.5hr glacier hike was the highlight of our trip! Absolutely breathtaking views and our guide was fantastic! It was an adventure I will never forget!

It's a special experience of hiking on glacier!

5 by PH Kao October 26, 2018
"I'm glad to joint the ""glacier hiking advanture"" tour. They provided a well equipments and a friendly guide for me to go adventure in safety! The great scenery of glacier was stunning on me and thanks for ""Extreme Iceland"" lead me to the first experience of glacier hiking!"

Best day eva

5 by Jay cook October 22, 2018
"Was in iceland for 15 days and did the glacier tour on day 14. Best day Eva. Our tour guide was Alopa.... I think that's how ya spell it... Anyway he was awsome. I definitely recommend doing this though these guys :)"

Incredible tours with knowledgeable guides

5 by Brant McCarthy October 17, 2018
Signed up for the Glacier Hike tour, our guide Rich (NZ) was great. Very knowledgeable of the glacier and took us higher than some of the other groups. Was our favorite excursion of the trip, thanks for the experience! Will certainly be back.

Awesome experience!

4 by Alan September 18, 2018
5.5 hrs trip able to enjoy longer time on glacier. Very good experiences! Tour guide told us the history and myths of glaciers. Can’t felt my legs after the trip but worth it!

An amazing experience

5 by LECUELLE August 24, 2018
"We had a beautiful sun for hiking and a very nice guide (Merica). The landscape were amazing and the guide let us take photos whenever we want. The hike is not really difficult but fun using crampons and ice axe. We came in a beautiful ice cave too. It was one of our favourite moment in Iceland, highly recommended!"

Excellent tour - catered specifically to the group

5 by Jake August 22, 2018
Maka was an awesome tour guide - did an excellent job ensuring the group was safe and stayed together. He even allowed some of the more adventurous individuals to do some additional activity in an extremely safe and guided manner. This is exactly what I would hope for from a tour.

Great experience!

5 by Rachel August 17, 2018
So much fun! The guides were extra entertaining and really added to the experience. We even got to meet the two ravens that live up on the glacier! A fascinating experience all around! Thanks for everything!

What an incredible experience!

5 by Noah Rasheta August 10, 2018
We had a great time hiking the glacier. The views were stunning and the guide was great!

Best Part of the Trip

5 by Tim (Illinois, USA) August 3, 2018
"This glacier hike exceeded all expectations. Our guide, Reece, was great. He was knowledgeable, experienced and made the trip feel very safe. Reece quickly gained our confidence, which allowed everyone to relax and have an amazing experience. We hiked up and up and up the glacier - much higher than any of us anticipated and it was an amazingly unique perspective. We navigated through crevices, walked up freshly created ice stairs, drank water straight from the glacial streams and had a picnic sitting on the glacier and looking out over the valley. Reece's enthusiasm for the glacier was contagious and made this trip very fun. Our hike ran a little over time and I feel like it was because Reece didn't want to go back because he enjoys being on the glacier so much. His positive energy adds to the experience. Our 8 day trip to Iceland was filled with many incredible experiences - and this tour was the best thing we did. How many people can say they've hiked up a glacier? We can. This is highly, highly recommended."

Wonderful glacier hike

5 by Sarah August 1, 2018
Our guide, Eric, was excellent. He was very instructive and made sure every aspect of the journey was safe. This hike was one of the highlights of our trip!

Best tour ever

5 by Chuan June 5, 2018
I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who hasn't taken a glacier walk before. Our guide, Jennifer, did a wonderful job in taking us to explore as much as the glacier has offered while kept a good pace for each group member at different physical levels. If time allows, go for a 5.5 hr tour instead of a 3.5 hr one. The view on the glacier kept changing and every minute on it was worth it. We loved our tour and guide. It was definitely the highlight of our Iceland trip.

Best way to experience a glacier for the first time!

5 by Dane May 28, 2018
"We chose the 5 hour tour because we wanted the chance to really experience being on a glacier - Artic Adventures seem to be the only company that provide more than 1 hour trips on the ice and we were so glad we chose to go with them! The bus trip to the glacier was only 15mins, then there was a short walk to the base of the glacier meaning most of our time was spent ON the ice, not getting there. Our guide was knowledgeable and engaging and the small group meant we could move quickly and see heaps! The outfit was efficient and professional. I've been inspired to seek out more glacier hiking opportunities because of this great experience! Number one activity in Iceland!!"

Fantastic experience in glacier hiking

5 by Qiao April 10, 2018
Our glacier hiking with Oliver is excellent! The weather, the view, the extreme professional guide make our experience unique and unforgettable! A recommander!! However, we’ve also booked with extreme Iceland Katla ice cave tour and Snaefellsnes Peninsula one day tour. The last one make us disappointed compared with the other tours.

Wonderful Experience with Professional Guides!

5 by Edith Chan March 28, 2018
The guide is a professional and interesting person and safety is always his first priority. This was our first glacier walk, my husband’s crampons were loosen several times during the walk, the guide helped us patiently. Also, he stopped at different locations, talk or explain us some stories or theories, and offered adequate time for us to enjoy the views and take photos.

Glacier explorer

5 by Chen chih yen March 1, 2018
The tour guide “Tommy” is professional, he took us to various place to explore the glacier. He really cared us safety and explained the glacier’s structure.
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