Skaftafell Glacier Hike | Medium Difficulty

Ash lines the ridges of the glacier tongues that crawl into Skaftafell.
Glaciers come in all shapes, sizes and colours. You'll be sure to find some blue, white and black ice on Iceland's glaciers.
See the ancient, white ice, streaked with dark, volcanic ashes, on a glacier hiking tour in Skaftafell Nature Reserve.
Vatnajökull in East Iceland is Europe's largest glacier!
On a glacier hike you don't only admire the glacier itself but also its surrounding nature.
Glaciers are dangerous, full of hidden cracks and canyons, so it's important to stay in a line behind your knowledgeable guide.

Add some excitement to your holiday and come along on an exhilarating glacier hike on top of Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue, located in the beautiful Vatnajökull National Park. This exciting tour is perfect for those travelling the south coast of Iceland and want to combine incredible landscapes with a thrilling adventure. 

A stop at Skaftafell is a must for travellers on Iceland’s south shore. It is a stunning area of amazing contrasting scenery; where enormous white glaciers are surrounded by jet black sands. Scaling one of those glaciers is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that should not be missed, and this tour will allow you to hike up Svínafellsjökull, a glacier tongue of the largest glaciers in Europe. 

You will meet your expert tour guide in the Skaftafell information centre parking lot. They will then take you on a short 15-minute drive to the glacier tongue, where you will receive all the equipment and knowledge necessary to scale the massive icecap. You’ll learn the basics of glacier hiking before heading out on the ice. 

On this tour, you will be given the unique opportunity to hike up a glacier and see firsthand it's constantly changing environment. Your expert guide will lead you through this frosty wilderness, past incredible ice formations, deep cracks and blue crevasses. Standing on top of the glacier might give you a feeling of being alone in the world, surrounded by nothing other than the blinding whiteness of the glacier.

Once you reach the icecap, you’ll get plenty of time to marvel at the surrounding landscape and take in the views. Svínafellsjökull is part of the highest mountain range in Iceland, and on a clear day, you might see the magnificent Hvannadalshnúkur, the country’s highest peak. 

Discover the ancient and untouched wilderness of Svínafellsjökull glacier. Book now to secure your place on this unforgettable glacier hiking tour. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Hiking, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Vatnajökull, Hvannadalshnúkur, Skaftafell, Svínafellsjökull, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:00 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00,

You meet us at the departure location.
150 meters in front of Skaftafell Information Center
  • Certified Glacier Guide

  • Glacier Equipment (harness, helmet, crampons, ice axe)

  • Hiking Boots (can be rented)

What to bring:
  • Warm Clothing

  • Hiking Boots that reach over your ankles (can be rented)

  • Rain Gear

Good to know:

The glacier guides are all wearing green jackets market with the name of the provider, please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure.

Note that Icelandic roads and pavements can be slippery in the wintertime. We recommend you bring shoes with slip-resistant soles or ice-grip shoe covers if you are visiting in the winter. The covers can be purchased in most supermarkets and gas stations around the country.

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