Glacier Hiking in Skaftafell ​| Moderate difficulty

Join this otherworldly tour of glacier hiking on top of Svínafellsjökull in the Skaftafell nature reserve, ideal for anyone looking to escape to the wide open spaces of authentic Icelandic nature.

The beautiful area of Skaftafell has been under preservation since 1967. Belonging to the larger Vatnajökull National Park since its establishment in 2008, the Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue is what is known as an outlet glacier, creeping inland from the vast Vatnajökull glacier itself.

Vatnajökull is the largest and most voluminous ice cap in the whole of Iceland, as well as being the second largest glacier in the entirety of Europe. It covers more than 8 percent of the country and Svínafellsjökull is but one of over 30 outlet glaciers descending from it.

Departing from the nearby Freysnes, a designated vehicle will take you up to your destination. An expert glacier guide will then teach you the ropes of ice hiking, provide you with the proper equipment and safely guide you through the crevasses and glacial sculptures of Svínafellsjökull.

You will also be following in the footsteps of the cast and crew of various big film and television productions. Be it John Snow of the Night’s Watch in HBO’s Game of Thrones, Bruce Wayne in Christopher Nolan’s Batman or the daring explorers of the science fiction epic Interstellar; you too shall witness this beautiful scenery and grasp just why it is such a popular shooting location.

Get ready to be surrounded by the most majestic of landscapes and participate in the challenging activity of hiking on ice. You will have to bring your own hiking boots to wear, while your guide will provide you with ice crampons for attachment and support.

A living glacier is a powerful phenomenon and the surest way of experiencing that power is by walking on top of its ice. Remember to dress accordingly, for even though the area is known for its sunny summers, it is always quite cold on the glacier itself.

Don’t hesitate to join this excursion for a chance to witness all of the above and more. Check availability by choosing a date


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Hiking, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 10 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Vatnajokull, Skaftafell, Svínafellsjökull
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 10:00, 10:45, 13:00, 13:45, 16:00, 16:45

You meet us at the departure location.
The meeting point for this tour is at the Glacier Guides booking office in Skaftafell. You should arrive at least 30 minutes before the departure time.
Included:
  • Guided Hiking

  • Hiking Gear

  • Safety Equipment

  • Transfer to & from Freysnes

  • Transport from Reykjavík

  • Meals


What to bring:
  • Waterproof & warm clothing

  • Hiking boots (available for rental upon request)


Good to know:

You can expect to find our tour guides wearing a yellow jacket with the company’s logo. You will also see a large bus with the Extreme Iceland logo. Please be ready 15 minutes prior to tour start, at the gas station across from Hotel Skaftafell (Freysnes Gas Station).

GPS location: 63.990648, -16.896961



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