Guided tour

Skaftafell: Vatnajökull Glacier Explorer Tour

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30 reviews

Activity provider: Arctic Adventures

Skaftafell: Vatnajökull Glacier Explorer Tour

Activity provider: Arctic Adventures
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From US$ 116.43 per person

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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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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • 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 tour with a certified guide of the Vatnajökull Glacier — the largest in Europe. Head with your group to the ice fall, a scenic and exhilarating walk that requires crampons and a safety briefing. Along the way enjoy artful ice sculptures formed by nature.

Your certified guide will take you 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, have 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 soon be exploring a dramatic terrain, full of frozen ice formations and ice sculptures.

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

Includes
  • Certified tour guide
  • Necessary gear
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 14 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Arctic Adventures Booking Hut, Skaftafell National Park. It's 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 30 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.9/5

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The hike was absolutely awesome. Our guide was experienced and professional. He led us well up the icefall in a manner that was efficient and fun. The hike was challenging but we stopped at appropriate times and the guide made sure we were all comfortable before moving forward. I would highly recommend this hike. The glacier is getting smaller by the year and this hike may eventually not be possible.

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July 26, 2022

Spectacular experience and well worth every penny. We did the 5.5 hr hike which allows you to go higher up on the glacier. When you arrive, follow signs for visit parking. Follow the path to the tee- meeting point is to left and visitor center to right. Our tour guide was amazing and worked very hard to make our experience what it was. The tour company provides crampons, a harness, an ice pick, and a helmet. More than likely you’ll need to rent their boots. It was about 700isk per pair. The sole of your boots have to be stiff enough to keep the crampons from falling off, so they inspect your boots in the beginning and let you know if you need to rent or not. The views were incredible. You’re hiking for probably every bit of almost five hours. You stop along the way for photos. Bring snacks and water. If the weather is nice, you’ll likely get warm once you start hiking and want to ditch layers, so having a bookbag for that is good. Can not recommend enough. This is a must do for sure!

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July 25, 2022

It was an amazing experience! The guides took us very high in the glacier so we could see all sorts of glacier features like crevasses and little streams running through the ice. They tough us how to walk on the ice with the crampons, go up and down hills and were very friendly and concerned with our safety. Its really beautiful up there and worth it every second!

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July 14, 2022

Product ID: 189459