Guided tour

Skaftafell: Vatnajökull Glacier Explorer Tour

4.8 / 5

67 reviews

Activity provider: Arctic Adventures
Guided tour

Skaftafell: Vatnajökull Glacier Explorer Tour

Activity provider: Arctic Adventures

From US$ 133.63 per person

Hike around the largest glacier in Europe with a knowledgeable guide who will provide you with fascinating facts along the way. Experience the cascading ice fall of Falljokul Glacier crashing down from Vatnajokull ice cap during a five-hour adventure.

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Duration 5.5 hours
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  • View Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest glacier in Europe
  • Learn fascinating facts from your certified guide
  • See the ice fall of Falljokul Glacier
  • Enjoy a small group setting
Full description

Take a walking tour of the Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest in Europe, with a certified guide. Head with your group to the ice fall on a scenic and exhilarating walk and enjoy artful ice sculptures formed by the frozen waters of Falljokul Glacier along the way.

Follow your guide on a scenic walk, during which you can appreciate the dramatic landscape carved by the glacier. Once at the tongue of the glacier, put crampons on, undergo a safety briefing, and then make your way to the real adventure.

Head up towards the incredible ice fall (from which Falljokull derives its name), where you will explore a dramatic terrain, full of frozen ice formations and ice sculptures.

Get plenty of photo opportunities while witnessing the rugged and majestic ice fall. Learn how the glacier was formed and how it keeps changing its shape day after day from your guide.

  • Certified tour guide
  • Necessary gear
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 14 years

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Meeting point

Meet at the Arctic Adventures booking hut in Skaftafell National Park. Look for the gray house with the turf roof.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Bring warm outdoor clothing, a waterproof jacket and pants, head wear, gloves, a water bottle, and snacks
  • Good hiking shoes are also recommended
  • Waterproof clothing and hiking boots can be rented (subject to availability)
  • Minimum age for this tour is 14 years
  • In order to attach crampons to the hiking shoes, the minimum shoe size of the participant to join the tour is 35 EU, and the largest shoe size is 50 EU
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 67 reviews

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Firstly, get your guide booked me at a time the actual company didn’t have (I was scheduled for 10:40 which went through as 9:20 to the company’s system, so it looked like I’d missed it when I showed up), so I had to come back the next day. Thankfully I was still around so I could go, if I was on a timeline I would have been frustrated (No fault of Arctic Adventures). The guides were very informative and passionate for what they do. Tour wasn’t challenging, we moved pretty slow but reached a decent point on the glacier. I wouldn’t say anything we did was “technical” or required any skill. Could have gone a notch more difficult for the description/price in my opinion. But overall was a great experience and the location is beautiful.

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March 26, 2023

Definitely go for the 5 hour hike. It's not that difficult and you get deep into some areas of the glacier where you feel surrounded by ice which is a very cool experience. We brought food but didn't eat anything. A quick snack should be enough for those who need it. Our guide, Jan, was great as well!

March 26, 2023

Eric was a great guide and we absolutely loved our experience on the glacier. Everything was explained very well, we felt safe all the time and it was the perfect mix of safety and adventure. The hike is not that hard but you just have to focus on where to walk and work well with your crampons. Groups are max 12 people and you spend around 3h on ice in total. Would definitely recommend!

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March 26, 2023

Product ID: 189459