Skaftafell Glacier Hike

People getting ready for a glacier hike
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  • Glacier hiking
  • Extraordinary sights of Svinafellsjokull glacier
  • Ice sculptures and crevassses


This Iceland adventure tour takes you on top of the breathtaking Svinafellsjokull glacier tongue. It's an outlet glacier of the largest ice cap in Iceland - Vatnajokull glacier. You meet up with your guide at the parking lot at Skaftafell Information Centre. From there we drive for approximately 15 minutes up to the tip of Svinafellsjokull glacier tongue. We will provide you with all necessary safety equipment; crampons, ice axes and other safety gear - to make the tour both safe and enjoyable. Our experienced guides will then brief you all you need to know about walking safely on the glacier. Nature is best explored free of worries!  You will experience hiking on the glacier and learn the basic rope work. Your guide will tell you all you want to know about this natural phenomena, while exploring the wonderland of ice formations and ridges.

The glacier outlets of Vatnajokull and their breathtaking landscapes have been scenery for many movies and TV shows, such as; James Bond, Interstellar, Batman and Game of Thrones. Follow in the footsteps of Pierce Brosnan, Matt Damon and Jon Snow and witness the most incredible ice formations. On a clear day you will also be able to see the highest peak in Iceland, the picturesque Hvannadalshnjukur mountain. 

What to expect? During this glacier hike you will have plenty of time to explore the ice sculptures and gaze into deep crevasses and moulins that sometimes reach all the way down to the bottom of the glacier. Don't miss the chance of experiencing the ever changing ice formations on Svinafellsjokull Glacier on this day trip in Iceland.

Travel tip: Stop by the some of the most beautiful attractions of the South Coast; Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss waterfalls and Reynisfjara black sandy beach, on your way back to Reykjavik. 

Directions from Reykjavik to Skaftafell


  • All year
Duration: 1.5-2 hours


  • Rated 2 out of 5 or Easy


  • No

Meet on Location:

  • Yes (Skaftafell)

Minimum Age:

  • 8 years old
Price: ISK 11,500


  • Experienced glacier guide
  • Safety gear (Harness, Ice Axe, Carabiners, Crampons)

Not included:

  • Hiking boots

What to bring:

  • Warm clothing (waterproof recommended)
  • Hiking boots if you have them


  • 09:00 , 10:00, 11:00 , 13:00, 15:00 & 17:00 (lowest price)


  • You can rent hiking boots for extra price of ISK 1.500

Good to know:

  • ✓ Meet up by Skaftafell Information center 20 minutes prior to departure
  • ✓ Prices are a little bit cheaper if you book in the afternoon (see booking machine prizes)

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