Ice climbing on Vatnajokull

Person climbing up an ice wall on Vatnajokull glacier
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Highlights:

  • Ice climbing on Vatnajokull
  • Glacier hiking on Vatnajokull
  • Europe's biggest glacier

Description:

Join us on guided Iceland tour with a local guide from Hali you experience the wonders of Vatnajokull glacier. Our guide takes you on an unforgettable journey on Breiðamerkurjokull, one of Vatnajokull’s biggest outlet glacier. The trip starts at Hali Country Hotel reception, where your guide drives you to the glacier area, away from the crowds and off the beaten path where you can breathe in the fresh Icelandic air. Before we start the drive we need to gear you up. It’s necessary to have the correct footwear for ice climbing. We’ll have the hiking boots ready for those who have rented such. After the Super Jeep ride to the glacier area we take a short zodiac boat trip and sail a short distance to where the glacier walk starts. The glacier walk starts with an introduction to the equipment and safety rules needed to explore the glacier. We provide ice crampons helmets and ice axes. We walk to the climbing area through a wonderland of glacial ice sculptures, ridges and the deep crevasses of the glacier. We see big sinkholes, called “Moulin”, that sometimes have drilled their way through the glacier, draining the melt water of the ice through little waterfalls and streams. The glacier also carries with it ashes of volcanic eruptions, the ash sometimes forms into a pyramid, called “dirt cone”. This tour has a maximum 4 participants to make sure that everyone can enjoy the climbing part of the trip.

What to expect? This Iceland adventure tour takes approximately 4 to 5 hours (2–3 hour on the glacier), including drive back and forth from our pick up location at Hali reception. This tour is moderated and can be done by most travelers. You don’t have to have an ice climbing experience for this tour and we can adjust the climbing part to the group ability, from extreme to easy conditions.

Travel tip: This tour is operated from Skaftafell, approximately 4+ hour drive from Reykjavik. If you decide to drive from Reykjavik, you should not depart later than 04:00 AM. Accommodations can be found nearby if you decide to reach destination the day before tour is operated. 

Destination to Hali Country Hotel from Reykjavik

Availability:

  • All year
Duration: 4-5 hours

Difficulty:

  • Rated 3 out of 5 or Moderate

Pickup:

  • No

Meet on Location:

  • Yes

Minimum Age:

  • 14 years old

Ratio:

  • 4:1 per guide
Price: ISK 24,900

Included:

  • Climbing crampons
  • Harness & Helmet
  • Ice climbing axes
  • Life vest for the boat tour
  • Guided tour with a local

Not included:

  • Meals & drinks

What to bring:

  • Hiking boots
  • Good clothing based on weather
  • 3 layers on top: base layer, light sweater like fleece and water or windproof top.
  • Light warm pants and waterproof if needed
  • Thin had and gloves
  • Camera (optional)

Departures:

  • 09:30, Meeting time at 09:00 - Hali Country Hotel reception

Operates:

  • Every day

Extra's:

  • Rain gear for 1000 ISK
  • Hiking boots for 1000 ISK

Good to know:

  • ✓ Approximately 4+ hour drive from Reykjavik city to Skaftafell
  • ✓ Accommodation can be found nearby if you decide to come the day before

Special Requirements:

  • ✓ 2 minimum participants requirement when booking
  • ✓ Tour is booked upon request - tour operator will confirm or reject your booking request directly.

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