Skaftafell Small-Group 2.5-Hour Glacier Hike

Tours & Sightseeing in Iceland

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Explore a spectacular outlet glacier of Vatnajökull on this family-friendly 2.5-hour glacier group tour, limited to 15 people. Your certified glacier guide will provide you with crampons and ice axes and ensure you are informed on their use before stepping onto the ice. During your tour, learn about the behavior and history of the glacier while your guide safely leads you through an icy wonderland with deep crevasses, narrow ridges, and ice sculptures. Due to its nearby location, expect to spend up to 2 full hours on the ice. This glacier walk is an easy excursion and requires no prior experience to enjoy.
Your tour will start at Icelandic Mountain Guides Sales Lodge in Skaftafell - Vatnajökull National Park, located next to the National Park Visitor Center). There you will check in, meet your guide and get geared up with proper equipment for your 2.5-3.5 hour glacier walk on an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull.After a brief bus ride to the outskirts of the glacier, follow your guide on a short walk to the glacier. Use the ride and hike to take in the magnificent mountain scenery - if there's a clear sky you can see the highest summit of Iceland, Hvannadalshnukur. Before you step onto the ice, your guide will give you a safety orientation and teach you how to use the glacier gear you were provided with.  The glacier walk will take you to a wonderland of brilliantly blue and white ice, surrounded by high mountains. You will explore deep crevasses, high ice arches, glacier mills and ice sculptures, all the while learning about the dynamic behavior of glaciers and their impact on nature.  After spending 1.5-2 hours on the ice, you will head back to the mini-bus and transport to the base where your tour will be concluded.

What’s included

  • Guided glacier hike on an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull
  • All necessary glacier gear
  • Certified glacier guide

What’s not included

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


  • All necessary equipment included
  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city