Glacier Walk on Vatnajökull | Away from the Crowds | Medium Difficulty

Come with us on this incredible visit to Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier. With local guides, without the crowds, and with that little something extra, this is not an experience to be missed by anyone drawn to Iceland's diverse natural beauty.

The meeting place is Hólabrekka farm, located 30 km to the west of Höfn, where you will be introduced to your guide and the rest of your group. Each participant will receive a backpack with all the equipment needed: a helmet, harness, ice axe, first aid kit and a pair of crampons. Other than that, it is recommended you bring sunglasses, as the reflections of rays off the ice can be quite dazzling and a camera for the many wonders you will see.

From Hólabrekka, you begin your tour towards the glacier. The first part of the trip is taken in a bus along the south coast. The surrounding landscape, of picturesque hills and dramatic cliffs, is absolutely stunning, so keep your cameras ready. Once parked, you take a short walk across the countryside to a RIB boat, for an exciting ride to ice. Here, the real adventure begins!

As you hike across Vatnajökull, your guide will inform you about the glacier's history, and the changes it has undergone over the past decades. You will pass plunging crevasses and beautiful ice sculptures, and admire the glacier’s incredible colouration. Much of it is the pristine white of untouched snow, but the deeper ice swirls with an electric blue and black veins of ash from centuries-old eruptions snake all around.

You should keep your camera on hand throughout the entire hike; the beautiful desolation of the untouched, ancient landscape is awe-inspiring, and you will want your memories of it enshrined for years to come.

Don’t miss your chance to see Vatnajökull from this unique and exciting perspective! Check booking availability now, by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Duration: 4 hours, 30 minutes
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Hiking
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 12 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Vatnajökull, Fláajökull
Pickup information:
You meet us at the departure location.
Hólabrekka 30 km west of Höfn and 50 km east of Jökulsárlón (Glacier lagoon). GPS location:Latitude: 64.299328 | Longitude: -15.418947
  • English-speaking, local guide

  • A back pack for you with all the gear inside Helmet, crampons, ice axe, harness and first aid kit.

  • Transportation to the Hólabrekka meeting point

What to bring:
  • Sturdy shoes for walking/hiking (with a thick sole, that cover the ankle), we rent shoes if needed

  • Clothing and outerwear for rainy or chilly weather (waterproof recommended)

  • Water bottle

  • Hat & gloves

  • Camera

Good to know:

The weather in Iceland changes quickly in Iceland, so don't be caught unawares. It is always better to bring a sweater or dress in layers that you can remove if you get too warm. Jeans are not recommended for this tour because denim absorbs moisture easily and takes a long time to dry, leaving the wearer very cold.

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