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Skaftafell: 5 Hour Glacier Hike Adventure

Skaftafell: 5 Hour Glacier Hike Adventure

From $125.06 per person

Reconnect with the natural world in the amazing wilderness area of Skaftafell. Discover what it feels like to walk on a glacier as you explore the ice formations and deep crevasses of Vatnajökull.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Hike across the Vatnajökull glacier
  • Get breathtaking views of Skaftafell National Park
  • Learn how glaciers are formed and hear about the impact of global warming
Full description
Enjoy a frozen adventure in the wilderness of Skaftafell Terminal, and hike across a stunning outlet glacier of Vatnajökull in the company of an expert guide. Get a short safety briefing and collect all the necessary equipment at the Skaftafell Terminal. Then, marvel at the majesty of the landscape on the short hike to the ice cap. Put on your crampons to experience what it feels like to walk on a sheet of ice! See different formations, including deep crevasses and ice sculptures, and get panoramic views over Skaftafell National Park. Learn how glaciers are formed and hear how their future is under threat as a result of global warming. Get an introduction to more advanced stages of glacier hiking before heading back to Skaftafell Terminal with memories that will last a lifetime.
  • Certified glacier guide
  • All necessary glacier equipment: helmet, harness, crampons and ice axes
  • Free Parking
  • A taste of pure glacial water
  • Small group experience
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
Not suitable for
  • Children under 12 years
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Skaftafell Terminal Tour Center by the main road. You can look up “Skaftafell Terminal” on Google Maps to find the exact location and driving direction.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing

Know before you go

  • Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly with warm and waterproof clothes in layers
  •  Hiking boots are available to rent if you don't have your own
  • Waterproof pants and jackets are available for rent
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 177 reviews

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We had a fantastic time getting to hike the glacier and learn more about the role that the ice has played in the geography/history of the country. The hike was challenging but manageable and the views were outstanding. Gustavo was our guide and he was wonderful - kept everyone safe, showed the group unique features, answered any questions, took pictures, and more. Make sure to get there on time and have your crampons adjusted correctly. Would highly recommend this experience if you have the time!

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August 30, 2021

unique experience. to do 5 hours because that of 3 is limited as between dressing and trekking to get to the glacier it goes away more than an hour to go and almost the same for the return. trekking nn challenging for those who have a minimum of familiarity with hiking. recommended

August 29, 2021

Excellent tour with Troll experience. I would recommend anyone who cannot hold their pee for 5-6 hours to wear an adult diaper with no shame or consider not going on this tour as there is no way to go and you have to hold it. Our guide was David and he was friendly and professional. Did this in July 21 and had a good weather day. Due to Covid, we were asked to drive our own cars to the glacier parking lot instead of being cramped into a van like other tours did to their customers. I really really appreciate this arrangement. We had 10 on our group. We were taught to wear crampons and use ice axe. David explained various glaciers goes activities and took pictures for us. My only suggestion is that perhaps the walking speed was a bit fast. We (two 33 year old reasonably fit adults) were able to keep up but others in the group and guide walked very fast still. I was the only other person in the group whose is shorter than 5"7 or 5"8 so I had to stride bigger to keep up!

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August 8, 2021

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