Blue Ice Experience in Skaftafell | Easy Difficulty

Reach new peaks with this highly popular Blue Ice Experience, hiking and climbing the beautiful Svínafellsjökull outlet glacier, situated within Skaftafell Nature Reserve, in southeast Iceland.

You will begin your adventure at the Sales Lodge, next to the National Park Visitor's Centre, fifteen minutes prior to the tour departure. It is highly advised that you bring with you: rain gear, hiking boots, warm clothing and a packed lunch! Both boots and rain gear can be rented on site, for a small fee.

At the beginning of your 2-hour tour, your experienced mountaineering guide will run through the basic principles of glacier hiking, ensuring your safety on the ice, and will teach you about the formation of Svínafellsjökull, as well as life in the Skaftafell Nature Reserve.

They will also instruct you as to how to properly use crampons and ice axes, two required pieces of kit for this tour. Whilst this instruction occurs, the mountain peaks and the glistening blue glacier stretch out in a fantastic vista around you. When you're all kitted up for the hike, your guide will start the hike!

Svínafellsjökull is an outlet glacier, originating from the giant Vatnajökull glacier, in Skaftafell Nature Reserve. Your guides will lead you through a natural Eden of periwinkle blue ice ridges, deep crevasses and intricately formed ice sculptures. Throughout your tour, the surrounding scenery of Vatnajökull National Park is destined to take your breath away.

This tour is classified as 'moderate' regarding the difficulty level of the hike. Don't be deterred, however, as the glacier hike is easily accessible to all those in good health, are generally fit and able to walk on all terrain. There is very little carrying of equipment at Svínafellsjökull.

Grab your jacket and hike your way to the top of the always incredible Svínafellsjökull glacier! Check the booking availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Vatnajökull, Svínafellsjökull
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00

You meet us at the departure location.
Icelandic Mountain Guides Sales Lodge (next to the National Park Visitor Center) 15 min. prior to departure
Included:
  • Guiding services

  • Glacier gear

  • Safety equipment


What to bring:
  • Warm clothing

  • Rain gear

  • Hiking boots


Good to know:

Available all year: Every day at 10:00, 10:30, 14:00 and 14:30. July 1st to August 31st: Every day at 10:00, 10:30 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 14:30 and 15:00



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