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

$72.56 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.

$141.66 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.

$149 Outdoor Activities

Vatnajokull Glacier, Natural Ice Cave Tour in Iceland

Begin the tour with a welcome in the cafeteria and then taken to your vehicle in the private parking area at the Glacier Lagoon Jökulsárlón.  You will be driven on road and off-road with Super Jeeps all the way to the snout/base of the glacier Breiðamerkurjökull. This is the only company that operates the tour with a driver and a guide rather than a diver/guide, so you will receive a more exclusive dedication on this tour. The Jeeps can accommodate up to 15 passengers (plus the guide and driver) so the maximum rate per groups is 1 guide to 7 passengers. At the glacier, you will receive adequate crampons (spikes to walk on ice) and helmets for safety. Once fully equipped, you will walk about 5-10 minutes on the glacier before entering the cave. The cave is easy to access, and at this point of the tour, you can decide whether you want to be guided through or explore on your own. Do not hesitate to ask the guides to take photos for you and ask as many questions as you want. Whereas our tours are mainly operated in English, our team of experienced guides is quite international, so ask us in advance if you would like the tour in Spanish, French, or German and we will try our best to make it happen. After spending sufficient time inside the cave (approximately 40 minutes), we will drive you back safely to the Glacier Lagoon Jökulsárlón.

$88.68 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. 

$583.92 Day Trips & Excursions

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

Day 1:Begin your 2-day tour in the early morning with a convenient Reykjavik pickup by minibus. Head east out of Reykjavík on the famed ring road towards the south coast. First stop is Seljalandsfoss waterfall where you have the chance to walk all the way around the waterfall and see it from every angle. Along the drive towards Skaftafell make further stops at Skógafoss waterfall and Vik, with its famous black-sand beach and basalt columns. From there head to your accommodation for the night. As well as a relaxed evening you also have the chance to hunt for the northern lights. During the winter months, out in the countryside with no light pollution, there's a good chance of spotting these colorful and fast-moving lights. Please note: Accommodation will be arranged at Hótel Skaftafell from January 15th to March 15th 2017. From December 1st - January 15 accommodation will be at Hof 1 Hotel. The hotels detailed above are as a reference only and are subject to change based on availability and other conditions beyond our control. An alternative hotel with similar standards, quality, and comfort may be offered as a substitute. Day 2: The first stop on your second day is the famed Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon with its floating ice bergs. From there head to highlight of the tour, the ice cave where your certified guide is already waiting for you with all necessary glacier equipment. A short walk brings you to the entrance of the ice cave. The cave's stunning formation offers great photo opportunities. On the way back, make a final stop at Skaftafell National Park. You will arrive back in Reykjavik between 9pm and 11pm.

$179.67 Outdoor Activities

Small Group Ice Caving Tour Inside Vatnajokull Glacier

Your ice caving adventure begins in Skaftafell National Park, where you‘ll meet your glacier guide and jump on one of the buses for a scenic 15 minute ride to Falljökull Glacier. During the ride you‘ll be able to see the impressive mountains that line up the southern edge of Europe‘s largest glacier, the Vatnajökull Glacier. Once there, your guide will assist you in gearing up and getting ready for your glacier hiking and ice caving adventure, providing you with crampons to walk on the ice as well as all necessary glacier gear. Your hike will start at the bottom of the glacier carved valley where your guide will explain the unique features of the fascinating glacier tongue and its surroundings. During your hike you will explore the lower part of the glacier visiting multiple, relatively small ice caves along the way with many great photo opportunities. After exploring all that the glacier has to offer, you will then head back to the bus which will take you back to Skaftafell National Park, concluding your adventure. 

Skaftafell (Vatnajökull National Park – South) in detail