Skaftafell Glacier Hike in Vatnajokull National Park
Duration: Part day (3 hours) Difficulty: Medium
Why we love this tour
Step your way through the icy world of the Vatnajokull Glacier for phenomenal views of Europe's largest glacier. Explore breathtaking ice formations, tall snowy peaks of the surrounding national park, and the best of Iceland's frozen nature.
- Trek along Europe's largest glacier
- Explore among peaks rising over 2,000 m (6,500 ft)
- Reach high into the sky for excellent views of Vatnajokull National Park
- Hike past frozen waterfalls, crevasses, and cracks in the surface
Have you ever wanted to walk James Bond's footsteps? How about Jon Snow's or Batman's? Join a hiking expedition on the Vatnajokull glacier, the biggest glacier in Europe, and you can. The glacier's spectacular landscape has provided scenery for movies and shows, including James Bond, Game of Thrones, and Batman. Hike among stunning ice formations on a trip full of glacier discovery.
You meet your guide at the Skaftafell Visitor Center. Skaftafell is a Nature Reserve set in the Vatnajokull National Park, a protected wilderness hosting snowy mountain peaks, ice caves, and active geothermal areas. The guide provides you with all the equipment you need.
After a short bus ride and a 15-minute walk, you come to the edge of the ice. Following instructions from your guide, you put on your crampons and prepare for the journey.
Stamp your steel spikes into the bright ice as you trek along the glacier. As you hike, your guide tells you about the history and formation of the glacier so you can fully appreciate the beauty. As you ascend higher, you find incredible views of Iceland's high mountain peaks reaching higher than 2,000 m (6,500 ft).
During the 60-90 minutes of adventuring, you'll pass my stunning ice formations. Come face to face with fascinating features such as crevasses, deep cracks in the glacier, and even moulins, openings in the ice formed by melting water finding its way into fissures and cracks. In the winter time, you may be able to peek inside small ice tunnels to witness the pure blue color of the ice.
Experience the frozen beauty unique to glaciers. Vatnajokull National Park will make your eyes wide with surprise when you discover it's natural beauty Jon Snow style.
Need to know before you go
Tours run every day at 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 10:30 am, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, and 3:00 pm, all year round.
Each guide takes a group of a maximum of 12 people. Larger groups will be split among guides.
Must be at least 8 years to participate.
Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.
No previous snorkel experience is necessary. You must only be physically fit
Please bring thick warm socks, warm clothes (first layer), a waterproof outer layer, gloves, a hat, and hiking boots (available for rent at meeting point).
Your booking will become valid after we receive your payment and send you a confirmation email.
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance with 100% reimbursement.
There is no reimbursement for later cancellations. In case of cancellation from our side due to bad weather, we will return your payment in full.
Latitude: 64.156041 | Longitude: -21.947908
Skaftafellsvegur, 785 Skaftafell
The meeting point is by the company's trailer 150 meters south from Skaftafell Visitor Center. You'll receive a map once you book.