Vatnajokull Glacier: Ice Caving and Glacier Hiking

4.4 / 5

63 Reviews

Vatnajokull Glacier: Ice Caving and Glacier Hiking

From US$ 138.89 per person

Experience ice caving and glacier hiking at Vatnajokull glacier, departing from Skaftafell. This is a grand tour on Europe's largest glacier.

About this activity

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Small group
Limited to 12 participants
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Duration: 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit Vatnajokull - Europe's largest glacier
  • Explore the phenomenon of an ice cave
  • Hike over an adventurous landscape of rugged ice
Full description
Your tour starts in Skaftafell before heading to the Falljökull glacier tongue. Gear up and get safety instructions from your skilled guide before setting foot on the ice. Start by hiking to the ice cave while soaking up the magnificent scenery and spend approximately 30 minutes exploring. Afterwards, hike back over the glacier through an adventurous landscape of rugged ice. Ice caves are only accessible during winter when the temperature drops well below zero –  the water from the rivers that run underneath the glacier freezes and leaves this phenomena to explore. Each year new caves are formed in different locations.
Includes
  • Guided glacier hiking and ice caving tour
  • All necessary glacier gear needed
  • Food & drinks
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women

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Meeting point

Glacier Guides Booking Hut in Skaftafell National Park

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Important information

What to bring

  • Hiking shoes

Know before you go

  • Please note that ice caves are an ever changing natural phenomenon and, therefore, unpredictable. You will visit one ice cave during the tour and this cave is selected based on conditions and safety
  • The minimum age to take part in this tour is 10
  • Please bring a warm and waterproof jacket and pants, hiking boots, headwear and gloves (rental clothing and hiking boots are available)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 63 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.5 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    3.8 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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We had a great time! I did the tour with my 11 year old son (he was the only child in our tour, or any of the other tours we saw going up that day) and it was a little tiring for him at times, but no more than the rest of us, to be honest.. our tour guide was fantastic (wish I could remember her name!!) - she was very informative and positive and helped a lot with my son, including encouraging him with her fun and playful attitude. Would recommend this company, and her, specifically to anyone who wants to experience hiking up a glacier safely!

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December 2, 2019

Good experience. Ice cave was a disappointment

The excursion itself is great. The guides were great. walking on the glacier was fun and very interesting. I gave it 4 stars and not 5 b/c I am sure they could have picked a larger ice cave. It was very small and nothing like those ice caves you see in all the pics you find on the web.

February 28, 2018

Fantastic! Our guide was excellent! He was knowledgable, funny, and friendly. The best guide! He educated us on the science of the glacier and the areas surrounding. He instructed us carefully on how to use the equipment and safety measures. A pleasure to have him as our guide! Definielty recommend to others. Wonderful experience!

December 18, 2017

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