Skaftafell Ice Climbing & Glacier Hike Tour

Experience the wild with this exhilarating expeditionary hike and ice climbing tour of the Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue, one of Skaftafell National Park's most intriguing wonders.

At the car park by the Skaftafell Information Centre, you will meet your friendly and highly-trained guide, who will quickly proceed to teach you the basic principles of using ice axes and ropes, as well as the best method for navigating the often uneven terrain, thus ensuring your safety on the glacier. 

Your guide will be quick to distribute all of the necessary equipment for the journey, including crampons and ice axes. They will also be eager to teach you more details about both the National Park and the glacier itself, its geological makeup and centuries' old formation. 

When you're ready to begin the adventure, you will be driven to Svínafellsjökull, just one of the many glacier tongues that make up Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier. As soon as you step onto the ice cap, you will have an incredible perspective of the surrounding mountains, including the country's tallest peak, Hvannadalshnjúkur, instantly recognisable to fans of HBO's Game of Thrones. 

The journey continues on foot, and you will soon be trekking through the majesty of a white blanketed wilderness; the silence is only broken by the sounds of your boots treading the snow and ice. 

You will be surrounded by fascinating natural phenomena, such as a glacier moulin—best described as a vertical canyon that cuts deep into the ice cap—and age-old ice sculptures, turned electric blue due to the ancient oxygen trapped inside.

Throughout your hike, you will have the opportunity to try climbing with ice axes, adding an extreme edge to this largely picturesque tour.

Hurry now and you too can experience the incredible thrill of scaling one of nature's most magnificent giants, the mighty Svínafellsjökull glacier. Check availability now by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Ice Climbing, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 12 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Vatnajökull, Skaftafell, Svínafellsjökull
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 12:00

You meet us at the departure location.
  • Experienced guide

  • Ice Climbing Boots

  • Glacier Gear

  • Crampons / Spikes for your shoes

  • Ice Axe

What to bring:
  • Warm clothing

  • Waterproof / Windproof outerwear.

  • Fun and Energy

Good to know:

The difficulty of the Ice Climb is tailored to each individual. Your personal abilities and physical condition will be taken into account when the ice wall, which you will climb, is selected.

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