Skaftafell Ice Climbing & Glacier Hike

All year Daily About 4 hours Skaftafell Moderate Min 12 years old

This unique expedition that combines both glacier hiking and ice climbing, it’s an adventure of a lifetime in awe-inspiring Icelandic nature.

You’ll meet your experienced guide at Skaftafell Information Centre Parking lot and from there you will be driven to the root of Svínafellsjökull, which is an outlet glacier of the Vatnajökull Ice cap.

The glacier is a part of the tallest mountain range in Iceland, and the highest peak in the country. Hvannadalshnúkur can easily be spotted from the glacier on a clear sky.

Before stepping on the ice, your guide will gear you up and provide you with the necessary safety equipment needed for this glacier expedition and show you the ropes (literally), you’ll have comprehensive instruction the technical aspects of ice climbing through a step by step approach before you set off on your adventure.

During the glacier walk you’ll explore the breathtaking ice formations and moulins while learning how they are formed and how they constantly change. You’ll also be able to attempt to conquer gravity when you get the chance to climb up the ice walls with ice axes and crampons.

What are you waiting for? Your adventure awaits!

Tour highlights

  • Hike on Vatnajokull, Europe’s Largest Glacier
  • Climb an Ice Wall
  • Views of Ice Formations
  • Embark on an exciting adventure


  • Guided Glacier Tour
  • All Necessary Safety Equipment
  • Comprehensive instruction
  • Hiking boots
  • English Speaking Certified Glacier Guide

Good to know

Please arrive at the meeting point 20 minutes before the departure time stated on your ticket.

The meeting point is Skaftafell Terminal by the main road. You can look up “Skaftafell Terminal” on Google Maps to find the exact location and driving directions.

Driving time to Skaftafell from Reykjavík is around 4 hours and 30 minutes.

Please remember to wear water- and windproof clothing (including sturdy shoes) that will keep you warm and dry. Bring thermal layers, a winter hat, scarf, gloves, and warm socks as well.


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