Skaftafell National Park: Glacier Hike

Activity provider: TrollExpeditions

Skaftafell National Park: Glacier Hike

Activity provider: TrollExpeditions
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From US$ 79.53 per person

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Follow the footsteps of James Bond and hike across the Vatnajökull glacier. Get back to nature on a hike with an English-speaking guide in the dramatic wilderness of Skaftafell National Park.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Hike on the stunning outlet glacier of Vatnajökull
  • See the epic mountains of Skaftafell National Park
  • Get views of one of Europe's largest glaciers at Vatnajökull
Full description

Discover what it feels like to walk on impacted ice on an amazing hike across the outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier. Get breathtaking views of the ice-covered peaks of Skaftafell National Park in the epic wilderness of Iceland. Meet your guide at the meeting point to pick up your crampons, ice axes, harnesses, and helmets. Then, drive by bus to the start of your hike and put on your crampons and steel frames tied to your hiking boots for the amazing adventure ahead. Spend around 60 to 90 minutes on the ice to see crevasses and deep cracks on the surface. Learn about the vertical shafts known as moulins, formed when melting water finds its way into the fissures and cracks.

Look into small ice tunnels and capture the beautiful blue heart of the ice in the winter. Learn the history of the glacier from your English-speaking guide.

  • Access to Jökulsárlón
  • Live tour guide
  • Crampons
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 8 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

    Meet at Troll Expeditions Skaftafell, Hof.

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    • You must be at least 8 years old to participate
    • Hiking boots can be rented on site
    • Driving time from Reykjavík to Skaftafell is around 4.5 hours
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 425 reviews

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    A great experience - educational, fun, and definitely NOT something you do every day! Guides were knowledgeable and friendly, most spoke several languages well. A bit more strenuous than we expected but well within our 50+ yr old capabilities. In total we walked over 5 miles, including uphill and in loose terrain. Definitely bring your water bottle to refill right out of the streams that course down the glacier, incredible!

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    July 26, 2022

    Kevin, our guide, was great. Very friendly and made me feel comfortable although I underestimated this hike and panicked a little on the way up to the glacier and had an even harder time on the same stretch down. (You need to be okay with slipping on loose gravel.) At the bottom we looked back at what we accomplished and it was a huge feat for me.

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    July 12, 2022

    Enjoyable glacier walk and also suitable for beginners. You are guided to suggestive points of the glacier. All the necessary material is provided (including boots if not in possession). Actual time on the glacier about an hour, the remaining time for preparation and reaching the starting point. Our guide was thorough in explanations, although not particularly in a good mood.

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    July 9, 2022

    Product ID: 140838