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Hike on the largest glacier in Europe
Get ready for an adventure and tie your shoelaces because you’re going to walk on top of the breathtaking Svínafellsjökull glacier – an outlet glacier of Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe.
✅ Glacier Hiking.
✅ Magnificent glacier views.
✅ Skaftafell National Park
Available: All Year.
Duration: 3 hours.
Time on the glacier: 1,5 – 2 hours.
Departures: See booking engine.
Minimum Age: 8 years.
Until April 30, 2019: 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.
From May 1st, 2019: the meeting point will be at 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:
Grab your hiking boots and get ready for adventure. You are going on a glacier expedition onto Svínafellsjökull glacier in Skaftafell National Park.
Svínafellsjökull is part of the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull glacier. The glacier offers breathtaking views to the ice covered highest peaks of Iceland rising more than 2,000 meters (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 and join us on a Glacier Hike.
You will meet your guide at the Skaftafell Visitor Center and he will provide you with all the equipment you need. We will take a short 10 minutes drive to the tip of the glacier tongue. From there it’s only a 15 minutes walk to the edge of the ice.
You will stay 60 to 90 minutes on the ice itself and see lots of crevasses, deep cracks in the surface of the glacier, and so called moulins, often vertical shafts in the ice which are formed by melting water finding it’s way into fissures and cracks. In the wintertime it is often possible to peek into small ice tunnels and capture the beautiful blue heart of the ice. 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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