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5-Hour Glacier Hike in Skaftafell National Park

Skaftafell, Iceland

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Trek deep into the Skaftafell National Park and marvel at Iceland’s beauty on this adventurous 5-hour glacier hike. Travel by bus into the Skaftafell National Park as a guide sheds light on the region’s geology. Pull on your hiking gear and head along rugged trails to the tongue of the Virkisjökull Glacier — widely considered the park’s most impressive feature. Along the way, discover the crevasses, ice caves and waterfalls for which the region is famous and enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 10 people.
  • 5-hour guided glacier trek in Skaftafell National Park
  • Gear and instruction provided
  • See the massive glacier up close
  • Small group of 10 people or fewer
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Guided glacier hike on Falljökull Glacier
All necessary glacier gear needed
Certified glacier guide.
Food & drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Skaftafell National Park

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Make your way to Glacier Guides booking hut in Skaftafell National Park (next to the Visitor Center). Skaftafell National Park is located just off of the main ring road, on road #998. Skaftafell is approximately 4 hours east of Reykjavik and 1.5 hours west of Höfn. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your reserved departure time; departures are available at 9:15am, 10am, 11:30am, and 1pm. 

From the departure point, take a short ride through the mountains to the tongue of the Falljökull glacier. Listen to a short orientation from your guide and learn how to use the provided glacier gear. With your small group of just 10 people, trek up to the ice fall, passing small ice caves, moulins, and crevasses. Once at the ice fall, take a short break to enjoy the lunch or snack you have packed and learn some more about the environment. Total time on the ice is about three hours.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • We recommend that you bring:
  • Waterproof jacket and pants (trousers) (Can be rented directly from the operator for a small fee)
  • Hiking boots (Available for rent, 1000 ISK. We advise against running shoes or any type of shoes that come up below the ankle bone as the straps on the crampons can get a bit painful during the walk)
  • Light sweater, wool or fleece.
  • Light synthetic or quick dry pants (Try to stay clear of jeans as they get wet & cold quick and dry slowly)
  • Thin Gloves
  • Hat
  • Small Backpack (Can be handy to carry camera, rain gear and all extras)
  • Sunglasses and sun protection (It can get quite bright on the ice with the reflection from the sun)
  • Food and drinks (Lunch is not provided so please bring packed lunch with you. From June - September there is plenty of fresh water on the glacier so feel free to bring a water-bottle with you)
  • Camera
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Glacier Guides

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during 5-Hour Glacier Hike in Skaftafell National Park?
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

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Expect heavy walking especially with...
, May 2017
Expect heavy walking especially with the crampons. It was an awesome experience walking through the mountains and thick snow covered grounds. Make sure you have your shades. The ice cave was nothing spectacular this time but i would book another tour to see a better one!
Outstanding tour and our guide Dan was...
David N
, Apr 2017
Outstanding tour and our guide Dan was fantastic. Great judge of what people wanted to see and do and how fast to go in terms of the hike versus taking photos and really looking at something he thought we would be interested in seeing. While I wouldnt say this is an easy tour I would say it wasn't very strenuous and could be completed by all levels. Dan was also great about making sure people were safe while not being overly cautious and diminishing the experience.

Product code: 42610P5

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