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Adventure activity on the glaciers in Skaftafell
This glacier hike & ice climbing is the ultimate Icelandic experience for those seeking that extra bit of thrill.
✅ 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 Terminal Tour Center by the main road. You can look up “Skaftafell Terminal” on Google Maps to find the exact location and driving directions.
Meeting time: Please show up 30 minutes before you scheduled tour. Please note that if you arrive after departure time, your place on the tour can’t be guaranteed or refunded.
Driving time from Reykjavík: around 4 hours and 30 minutes. If you arrive early, you can visit Skaftafell Terminal Tour Center which offers free parking and has restrooms.
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.
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.
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