Skaftafell Glacier Hike | Medium Difficulty

Ice caves are not guaranteed but do form in Skaftafell.
A guide leads a group across rows of ridges of ice in Skaftafell.
Glacier hikers celebrating their ascent in Skaftafell Nature Reserve.
Skaftafell Glacier Hiking introduces you to beautiful ice formations.
Taste the fresh meltwater coming off the glaciers in Iceland.
The crevasses of Iceland's glaciers should be avoided with a wide berth.

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 Hvannadalshnjúkur, 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
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Vatnajökull, Skaftafell, Svínafellsjökull
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:00 10:00, 11:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 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 (which reach over your ancle)

  • Rain Gear

Good to know:

Our glacier guides are all wearing green jackets market Troll Expeditions, please be at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure.

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