Skaftafell Glacier hiking excursion

Skaftafell Glacier hiking excursion
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115 people chose this activity this year

Activity Snapshot

  • Sensation Level: Adventurous
  • Spoken languages: English, Icelandic
  • Fitness level: Everybody welcome
  • Minimum age: minimum 12 y/o
  • Duration: 3 hrs
  • Cancellation policy: 
    flexible 1) Cancellation 4 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are automatically refunded for the full activity price

    2) Cancellation between 48 and 96 hours prior to the agreed activity starting date
    → You are entitled to a 50% refund

    3) 48 hours or later are what we call last-minute cancellations
    → No refund will be made

Activity description

Hike surrounded by high peaks covered in snow at the biggest glacier in Europe Svínafellsjökull glacier. Explore the beautiful wild side of Iceland!

Falljökull is located in Vatnajökull glacier, Europe's biggest glacier. Its snow-covered fields offer breathtaking views of the highest snowy peak of Iceland, Hvannadalshnjúkur, which rises more than 2,000 meters! Thanks to its incomparable beauty, the glacier has served as the scenery for dozens of movies like James Bond, Interstellar, and series like Game of Thrones.

The adventure will start from the Skaftafell Terminal, where your guide will provide you with all the equipment you need: crampons, ice axes, harnesses, and helmets. Then you will hop on the "Troll bus" and experience a scenic drive of about 10 minutes to the parking of the glacier. Stepping off the bus, a 15-minute walk will take you to the edge of the ice where your guide will show you how to put on the crampons so you can walk safely over ice.

You will spend between 1 hour and 1 hour and a half on the ice itself. You'll come across many crevasses, deep cracks in the surface of the glacier, and vertical shafts in the ice which are formed by melting water finding it’s way into fissures and cracks. If you come during wintertime, it's possible to take a look at small ice tunnels and witness the stunningly beautiful blue heart of the ice.

What makes this hiking trip so great is that your guide will introduce you in detail to the history of the glacier and tell you how the ice is formed on top of the mountains. Also, it doesn't matter if you don't have experience with crampons or ice axes; Troll Expeditions' certified guides will teach you all you need to know so you can have a safe walk on the glacier.

Course of events

You will meet your guide and after a 15-minute drive, you will be at the tip of the Falljökull glacier.

You will then get all the necessary safety equipment, as the guide provides both crampons, ice axes and other safety gear needed to make the tour both safe and enjoyable.

Activity requirements

All participants must be in good health. Minors must have authorization from their parents.

Special terms

- Age limit for this activity, from 12 years old to 69 years old.

 

Included
  • Safety equipment (Harness, ice axe, carabiners, crampons)
  • Guide
Excluded
  • Hiking boots ( +1500 ISK)
Do not forget to bring
  • Warm clothes
  • Hiking boots
Meeting point
Troll Expeditions: West of Hofgardur, 785 Hof, Iceland Get directions

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Best guide ever, Martin!
  • 5 / 5
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Beautiful hike, with great explanation

Geweldig!
  • 4 / 5
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Het was geweldig om de wandeling te maken, maakt het makkelijk voor sportieve mensen, maar ook goed te doen voor minder sportieve mensen. We hebben genoten van het uitzicht.

Beautiful glacier hike
  • 5 / 5
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Everything was well organised. Equipment (helmet, ice axe & crampons) was in good shape, instructions were clear.

Great gletsjer experience
  • 5 / 5
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Great tour with our great guide Tina.

Beautiful and interesting!
  • 5 / 5
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The activity was well organised with all equipment ready and set up easily with the help of the instructor. The hike was easygoing and the guide explained a lot about the glacier. Walking on the glacier was a beautiful experience and we even drank glacier water, which was very refreshing.

Great Tour!! And our guide Adriana she was funny and great!
  • 4 / 5
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Hiking was amazing!

A great experience!
  • 5 / 5
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It was really special to walk on the ice of the gletsjer. We were walking in a small group and our guide. We parked our car and had a short but steep walk upwards. We then put on our gletsjer spike shoes and started walking on the gletsjer

Must do
  • 5 / 5
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Realy enjoyed this tour, the glacier was even more impressive up close. Thanks to our tourguide Ari for teaching us all about this impressive place and guiding trough this unique part of nature.

Nate is tha bomb
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Glacier hike

Great experience
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Great tour, the view was amazing.

Great trip, wonderful guides, beautiful glaceer!
  • 5 / 5
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Super

THIS WAS AWESOME!!
  • 5 / 5
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Did the tour with Riccardo, he was great! The group was not so big. The view was just great.

Must do!
  • 4 / 5
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This is an activity you MUST experience. Wowww this is so nice as if you are on top of the world. Our hike ended with the sun going down on the gletsjerlake. Awesome experience.

Awesome
  • 5 / 5
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Great tour! With awesome view

Awesome guide, nice ice walk, but nothing really special to see
  • 5 / 5
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We enjoyed the activity even if it takes a lot from the parking to the glacier and we lost lot of time just walking

Great Glacier Hike
  • 4.8 / 5
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Great experience climbing a glacier and seeing a cave

Geweldige ervaring!
  • 5 / 5
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Echt prachtig! Een super mooie ijshike gedaan met mooie uitzichten. Tussendoor ook genoeg tijd om de mooie uitzichten vast te leggen. Top!

Awesome tour and guide
  • 5 / 5
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Very fun tour with stunning views and a very nice experience in general.

Great experience
  • 5 / 5
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With a group of 9 people we started off with a ride and a hike to the glacier. The introduction of the spikes and safety took pretty long but this was because some people in the group were not following instructions close enough. After that we had a great time up at the glacier. We were lucky and had great weather and views. Its a lot easier than expected but can still be dangerous.

Fun and educational
  • 5 / 5
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Gletsjer walk

Glacier walk
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Glacier walk

Awesome hike
  • 5 / 5
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A very good hike. An adventure.

Great experience
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Easy

Great tour
  • 5 / 5
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Glacier walk

Really worth it
  • 5 / 5
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It's a great feeling walking on the ice with the proper equipment

Number 1 thing to do in iceland
  • 5 / 5
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Seriously, this was privacy the compleet thing I have ever done. Didn't really know wat to expect but wow. I enjoyed every minute of it. The ice was so blue, it was amazing

What a day
  • 5 / 5
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Glacier hiking tour

Glacier hiking
  • 5 / 5
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Wonderful landscape, exciting activity, great guide

Recommended
  • 5 / 5
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Nice and unusual experience.