Ice Climbing & Glacier Hike on Vatnajokull Glacier, from Skaftafell
Duration: 4 hours Medium Ice Climb on a Glacier
Why we love this tour
Stride across the icy expanse of the Vatnajokull Glacier and climb up frozen formations. Hike and ice climb your way through Iceland's dazzling frosty landscape.
- Explore the Vatnajokull glacier, the largest in Europe
- Ice climb in natural crevasses
- Admire the surrounding peaks at over 2,000 ft (6,500 m)
- Test your endurance and climb high ice walls
- Travel with and learn from an expert on glaciers
If you're coming to Iceland looking for ice, look no further. The ultimate frozen adventure can be found in none other than the largest glacier in Europe. Glacier hike and ice climb your way across the Vatnajokull glacier for a thrilling journey.
After your meet your certified glacier guide, you receive all the equipment for the trip. A short bus ride through the Vatnajokull National Park carries you through vivid green hills and rock. After a 15-minute walk, you arrive at the edge of the ice where the glacier extends beyond you.
Set off across the glacier, where the huge sheets of ice make abstract patterns. Marvel at glacier below you and the ice-capped peaks of the mountains in the distance. After a bit of discovering, your guide searches for an ideal climbing spot.
Since glaciers are always changing, the guide searches carefully for a new crevasse or moulin, a vertical opening in the ice, to set up the climbing base. Take your ice axes in hand and climb along the walls of the glacier. Even if you don't have any previous experience, only physical fitness and an adventurous attitude are required to join the fun.
For 2.5-3 hours, you enjoy the beautiful tranquility and breathtaking views of the Vatnajokull National Park and glacier.
Learn about these magnificent landforms firsthand while you enjoy a thrilling excursion through Iceland's incredible frozen wonderland.
Need to know before you go
Tours are available at 12:00 p.m. every day all year round.
Guides take a maximum of 6 people. Larger groups are split among guides.Minimum age to participate is 12 years.
No previous experience is necessary, but a decent level of fitness is required.
What to bring? Warm clothes (first layer), waterproof clothes (second layer), gloves and a hat.
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.
Skaftafell Troll Expeditions
West of Hofgardur, 785 Hof, Island
Provided byTroll Expeditions
Reviews for this provider
29 Jun 2023
I attempted to contact your company twice via email before my tour due to inability to travel to Iceland to cancel and be reimbursed but never heard back. I am very disappointed in your customer service. I was frustrated to receive this email today.
18 Jun 2023
The booking was not in the systemen of Troll expedities and your email send us to the wrong location.
23 Feb 2023
We went in February and had the best weather we could have wished for. The tour was well organised and the preparation went very smoothly. Our guide was very friendly and always happy to answer any questions we had. The hike was amazing. Even though some of our group were worried that it might be too difficult, it worked quite well (all of us were used to walking the dog/ going on daily walks). The view from the glacier was absolutely stunning and we could stop to take pictures. Unfortunately, the „Blue Ice Cave“ was incredibly disappointing. It was maybe 5 metres long/„deep“ and only four people could enter at a time. Each group of four probably spent up to 10 min in the tiny „cave“ (to take pictures as there wasn‘t anything else to do/see there. The pictures on the website are completely misleading. Organisation of the tour: 5 stars Guide: 5 stars Glacier hike: 5 stars Ice „Cave“: 1 star
21 Jun 2022
11 Oct 2021
Wonderful and exciting. Guide Sven was very experienced and knowledgeable. Dark humor. Loved it.
14 Aug 2019
We didn’t know what to expect. This tour was worth it. We learned a good amount about the glaciers and, sadly, about how they are disappearing. The hiking was easy and the views were fabulous.
2 Jan 2019
It was the most fantastic time in Iceland. I would like to recommend this activites to others. Thank you very much.
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