Welcome to Skaftafell (Vatnajökull National Park – South)


Skaftafell deserves its reputation, and few visitors – even those who usually shun the great outdoors – can resist it. In the height of summer it may feel that every traveller in the country is here. However, if you’re prepared to get out on the more remote trails and take advantage of the fabulous hiking on the heath and beyond, you’ll leave the crowds behind. Shun the crowds by visiting Svartifoss under the midnight sun.


Top experiences in Skaftafell (Vatnajökull National Park – South)

Skaftafell (Vatnajökull National Park – South) activities

$71.93 Outdoor Activities

Small Group Glacier Wonders Adventure From Skaftafell

Your glacier adventure starts from the Arctic Adventures Booking Hut in Skaftafell. From the stunning national park of Skaftafell, accompanied by your certified glacier guide, you will head towards the moving glacier of one of Vatnajokull's outlet glaciers for a short glacier walk.  Surrounded by stunning scenery all around, you will be humbled by the beauty and power that mother nature has provided us with. Explore all that this magnificent glacier has to offer before returning back to Skaftafell where your tour ends. This 4 hour glacier adventure tour is suitable for the whole family and ideal for everyone who is looking for a short, but different kind of an adventure. After your certified glacier guide has provided you with crampons, helmets and ice axes at the booking hut in Skaftafell, he will be taking you on a short bus ride from the park, to the glacier which is located in a stunning valley surrounded by impressive mountains. An easy introductory walk through the glacier valley will take you to the glacier tongue, where we will finally set on to the ice. Your guide will then safely lead you around the big crevasses and glacier mills and explain all about the formation of the moving glacier, as well as different characteristics of Icelandic glaciers. Choose between different available departure times to best fit your schedule.

$126.73 Outdoor Activities

Skaftafell to Vatnajokull Glacier 5-Hour Small-Group Hike Tour

Your glacier adventure starts with a short scenic ride along the beautiful mountains of Skaftafell national park towards the outlet glacier you will be hiking on. Once you arrive as close as possible to the glacier your certified glacier guide will help you put your gear on. From there on you, your guide and the small group of fellow hikers will be making your way up towards the icefall of the glacier. On the way you can expect to see big crevasses, moulins and small ice-caves. Along the way your guide will be sharing interesting information about glaciers and their formations. Reaching the icefall will be one of the highlights of the tour. Along the way we will make few stops on ideal places for taking photographs. After we strengthened ourselves we´ll be making our way back to the bus. The total time spent on the glacier will be around 3 hours. This adventure does provide an extensive glacier experience with plenty of photo opportunities, and is ideal for for those making their way to the Skaftafell area.

$87.91 Outdoor Activities

Skaftafell Small-Group 3-Hour Glacier Hike

You will come on a hiking expedition to an outlet glacier on part of the biggest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull, and have your mind blown away by the breathtaking views to the ice covered highest peaks of Iceland rising more than 2,000 meters (6.500 ft) over your helmet! The glacier tongues and their spectacular landscape has been scenery for dozens of movies and TV shows like James Bond, Interstellar, Batman and Game of Thrones. Follow the footsteps of Pierce Brosnan, Matt Damon and Jon Snow.You will meet your guide at the Skaftafell Visitor Centre and he 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 lot 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 and make it possible for you to walk on the glacier.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.Never been on a glacier walk before? Never used crampons or ice axe? No worries!Our certified guides will teach you all you need to know and have you walking safely on the glacier. Safety equipment and briefings are provided before each tour. 

$529.76 Day Trips & Excursions

Ice Cave, Waterfalls on South Coast 2-Day Tour from Reykjavik

ItineraryDay 1: South Coast Pass By: Arctic Adventures, Reykjavik, Capital RegionYour tour starts with a Reykjavik pick up. Stop At: Seljalandsfoss, South RegionSeljalandsfoss waterfall Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Skogafoss, Skogar, South RegionSkógafoss waterfall Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Reynisfjara Beach, Vik, South RegionReynisfjara Black Sand Beach Duration: 40 minutesPass By: Wool Gallery Vik i Myrdal, Vik, South RegionWe will drive through the charming small town of Vík on our way to our accommodationPass By: Skaftafell National Park, Vatnajokull National Park, East RegionWe will drive through the charming small town of Vík on our way to our accommodationNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.Day 2: South Coast, Jokusarlon, ReykjavikStop At: Jokulsarlon Lagoon, Jokulsarlon, East RegionToday you will really get to know the glacier, venturing into the sparkling, blue/white world of an ice cave with a qualified guide, and visiting the extraordinary glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón. Getting up close and personal with a vast glacial tongue of the great Vatnajökull glacier does not get any better than this!Duration: 40 minutesStop At: Diamond Beach, Jokulsarlon, East RegionMany of these natural ice sculptures are washed onto the nearby Diamond Beach, you will see them glittering like diamonds, as they rest on the dramatic coal blackness of the beach.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Vatnajokull, IcelandIce Cave Adventure Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik, Capital RegionWe return to Reykjavík around 21:00 pm.Duration: 30 minutesNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

$130.37 Outdoor Activities

Skaftafell to Vatnajokull Glacier Hike and Lagoon Boat Ride

Your day starts at the stunning Fjallsarlon Glacier Lagoon where the wonders of floating ice bergs await you. Enjoy a magical boat ride on the lagoon and explore all that this phenomenal place has to offer before heading towards Skaftafell National Park where you will meet your certified glacier guide for a glacier hiking adventure on Falljokull Glacier. The drive from Fjallsarlon to Skaftafell will take you approximately 40 minutes. Falljokull is one of the glacier tongues of Europe´s biggest glacier, Vatnajokull. After a short hike through the glacier valley, you will enter the Falljökull's icy surface. Your guide will then lead you around the glacier's crevasses and glacier mills towards the ice fall. The shining blue color and tremendous size of the glacier must be experienced first hand. After a glacier filled adventure day you will return back to Skaftafell National Park. 

$163.27 Day Trips & Excursions

Crystal Ice Cave Tour from Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Discover the wonders of Vatnajokull Glacier, Europe‘s largest glacier on this 2-hour tour from Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon visiting one of it's spectacular ice caves. With it‘s stunning and photogenic crystal surroundings the ice cave offers a unique experience for all travelers as well as great photo opportunities.You will be picked up from the tour‘s starting point, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and from there, driven to the edge of the glacier where we will gear up and get ready for the ice caving. Once inside the crystal ice cave, accompanied by your guide you will explore everything that the cave has to offer before heading back to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Please note that ice caves are an ever-changing natural phenomenon and, therefore, very unpredictable. We will visit one ice cave during this tour and the choice of which cave will be visited is based on current conditions and safety.

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