When in Iceland
✅ Glacier Hiking.
✅ Ice Climbing.
✅ Magnificent glacier views.
✅ Skaftafell National Park
Available: All Year.
Duration: 4 hours.
Time on the ice: 150 to 180 minutes.
Minimum Age: 12 years.
Meeting Point: Skaftafell Visitor Center. We are located in the first parking lot off the road. (The third parking lot from the Visitor Center). You will find a white equipment van and a sign that says Glacier Hike – Ice Climbing.
Meeting time: Please show up 15 minutes before you scheduled tour.
What to bring:
This glacier hiking & ice climbing tour is perfect for everyone that is looking for an adventure in Iceland. Our experienced guides can adapt it to all needs and expectations so this tour is perfect for everyone, including beginners. The only thing you need to bring is patience and a small portion of endurance to climb all the way up the ice wall.
Your guide will provide you with all the equipment you need: crampons, ice axes, harnesses and helmets. Then you will enter the troll bus and drive for about 10 minutes to the parking of the glacier. From there it’s only a 15 minutes walk to the edge of the ice where your guide will show you how to put on the crampons, steel frames which are tied to your hiking boots.
You will stay 150 to 180 minutes on the ice itself and see lots of beautiful features. Since the glacier is impermanent and ever changing your guide often has to scout out a new crevasse for climbing each time. With this strategy we will be flexible and avoid the crowds on the glacier as well. Your guide will install massive ice screw and attach a rope to them before you are climbing up the ice walls or even rappelling into a crevasse and climb out again. This will be the adventure of your lifetime.
You will meet us on Svínafellsjökull glacier which is part of the biggest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull glacier, and offers breathtaking views to the ice covered highest peaks of Iceland rising more than 2,000 metres (6,500 ft) over your helmets! The glacier and its spectacular landscape has been scenery for dozens of movies like James Bond, Interstellar and Game of Thrones. Follow the footsteps of Pierce Brosnan, Matt Damon, and Jon Snow!
Your guide will introduce you in detail to the history of the glacier and tell you how the ice is formed on top of the mountains.
Don’t worry if this your first time ice climbing or if you have never used crampons or an ice axe before. Our experienced and certified guides will teach you all you need to know. We provide all the necessary glacier gear and information before the tour!
This tour is the perfect add on to your self drive in Iceland. If you need any help with planning your road trip in Iceland, you might want to take a look at our personalized road trip plans.