Duration:
3 Hours


Meeting point:
Skaftafell Terminal


Difficulty:
Easy


Walking distance & elevation gain:
~5 km &  ~150 m


Adult price:
13.900 ISK


Children price (8-14 years):
10.500 ISK

Tour description

If you have never seen a glacier before and you would like to experience these stunning ice giants up close, then this is the perfect tour for you. On this 3-hour family friendly glacier tour, you will explore the beautiful ice formations on the Falljökull outlet glacier, which is a part of Europe’s largest ice cap, Vatnajökull.

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Like with all our tours, the meeting point is at Skaftafell Terminal Tour Center. There we will provide you with glacier-hiking gear, such as crampons, harness, and ice axe. Then, we will step into our modified 4×4 truck and drive through the majestic scenery towards the Falljökull outlet glacier. This surrounding area offers stunning views and has served as the filming location for many blockbusters, such as “Batman Begins,” “Interstellar,” and the TV series “Game of Thrones.” Then, as we get closer to the glacier, we will start driving through the rugged terrain that was previously shaped by the glacier. Upon arrival, your licensed guide will explain how to wear and use the provided gear before stepping onto the ice. Now you are ready to start exploring the beautiful crevasses, moulins, and other features and formations on the glacier! While hiking, your guide will explain how glaciers are formed and behave, as well as other interesting facts about the area. For this tour, we always aim to spend a minimum of 1.5 hours on the ice itself, giving you plenty of time to enjoy the magnificent views and take plenty of photos to bring this experience back home with you.

Included

  • Small group experience (max 8 persons).
  • 4×4 transport to and from the glacier.
  • An English speaking, certified glacier guide.
  • Glacier gear (crampons, helmet, harness and an ice axe)

you bring

  • Hiking boots, preferably with ankle support (can be rented on location for 1.000 ISK)
  • Warm, waterproof clothing (depending on weather).
  • Sun glasses

FAQ

What is the minimum age for this tour?

Minimum age for the Skaftafell 3 hour glacier hike is 8 years old. Children must fit shoes in size 34 eu.

What is the difference between this tour and the 4.5 hour glacier adventure tour?

On this 3 hour tour we don’t go as far into the glacier as we do on the glacier adventure, usually it’s around 5 km on this tour vs 7-10 on the adventure tour. On this tour we will not have to do any climbing or rope work which may be required in the glacier adventure tour.

I don't have any sunglasses, do I really need them?

When it is an extremely sunny and bright day the reflection of the ice can be a bit painful for the eyes. So we strongly reccommend bringing a pair if it is sunny.

Should we bring lunch for this tour?

We don’t stop for lunch on this tour as time does not allow it, but we reccommend bringing a bottle of water and a little snack, like an energy bar with you. 

Will we see ice caves?

Most likely not. We do have a seperate ice cave and glacier hike tour that we operate in the winter. If there are any caves/tunnels in the area that we do the hike, we always try to stop there as well in this tour.

 

Photos from our glacier hikes

Reviews from our guests

  • 5 star review  Just an incredible experience. Oddur, the guide, was very nice, friendly and prepared. He was aware to make us enjoy the whole experience. The small group is the best choice... read more

    thumb Angelica Facelli
    February 14, 2022

    5 star review  The experience itself of walking on the glacier is amazing. But doing it with a small company as the one Oddur has, it's just perfect! We were 6 friends and... read more

    thumb Valentina Facelli
    February 14, 2022

    5 star review  Love these guys! Katy was nice, prepared and funny. She knows much about the glacier, its “life” and Iceland. They have great time set up for hikes, we avoided other... read more

    thumb Anča Pávová
    October 28, 2021
  • 5 star review  Super good experience, small group, Oddur was a great guide, super kind and happy. It was the greatest experience in my holidays in Iceland.
    Much better than bigger companies which are... read more

    thumb Pablo Durán Puente
    October 28, 2021

    5 star review  The glacier tour was really great! Super informative and really safe, especially for kids. Our guide was fantastic. 10 out of 10 would recommend!

    thumb Daniel Fletcher
    October 28, 2021

    5 star review  Professional guide service from Kateřina. One of the best experience on our tour in Iceland. 5*/5* Recomend this tour with this company! CZ: Vřele doporučuji, bylo to super !!!!!!! 🙂

    thumb Vít Holešinský
    September 28, 2021
  • 5 star review  I highly recommend the glacier adventure tour. It was an amazing experience with super nice guide, that knows a lot about the glacier.😊🗻

    thumb Stavrula Perdikisová
    September 28, 2021

    5 star review  My wife and I booked the 3 hour glacier hike. It did not disappoint. Our guide was Katherina. She was very knowledgeable about the glaciers and as we had extra... read more

    thumb Amit Patel
    September 28, 2021

    5 star review  We had an amazing time during our long tour with Oddur. He was kind, patient, taking time explaining everything. The small groups are a real plus. I highly recommend the... read more

    thumb Thomas Bergerot
    August 28, 2021

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