Eastern Region, Iceland
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Our most recommended Eastern Region, Iceland Hiking

  • Skaftafell: Ice Cave Tour & Glacier Hike

    1. Skaftafell: Ice Cave Tour & Glacier Hike

    Explore breathtaking ice formations and glacier mills. Marvel at a naturally-formed, blue ice cave and learn how glaciers are formed. A professional hiking guide will take you to the base of Falljökull, an outlet glacier of the Vatnajökull ice cap and lead you up to the cave. This glacier is the highest peak of Iceland’s tallest mountain range. On a clear day, be sure to look out - you’ll see Hvannadalshnúkur in the distance.

    We were meant to take a morning tour but had unforeseen car troubles and were afraid we would miss our tour. Ryan was so understanding and allowed us to join the afternoon tour instead. Janet was our guide and absolutely AMAZING! She was so knowledgeable about the glacier and ice caves--taking us to three ice caves during our visit as well as all over the glacier. She was so kind and helpful to my in-laws,who were on the tour with us and needed to take a few breaks throughout. She made sure it was a wonderful experience for our entire group, and she took picture after picture of us! This was absolutely the highlight of our trip to Iceland-- the weather was incredible, the area was gorgeous, and it felt like a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Thank you, Janet and Ryan!

  • Skaftafell: 5 Hour Glacier Hike Adventure

    2. Skaftafell: 5 Hour Glacier Hike Adventure

    Enjoy a frozen adventure in the wilderness of Skaftafell Terminal, and hike across a stunning outlet glacier of Vatnajökull in the company of an expert guide. Get a short safety briefing and collect all the necessary equipment at the Skaftafell Terminal. Then, marvel at the majesty of the landscape on the short hike to the ice cap. Put on your crampons to experience what it feels like to walk on a sheet of ice! See different formations, including deep crevasses and ice sculptures, and get panoramic views over Skaftafell National Park. Learn how glaciers are formed and hear how their future is under threat as a result of global warming. Get an introduction to more advanced stages of glacier hiking before heading back to Skaftafell Terminal with memories that will last a lifetime.

    Great hike! I'm very afraid of heights (when coming down) but the guide was very helpful and I got down the ice with no issues

  • Vatnajökull Glacier: Ice Cave Tour

    3. Vatnajökull Glacier: Ice Cave Tour

    Seize the opportunity to experience one of the stunning blue ice caves within Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest glacier in Europe. This tour is rated as easy, as the Superjeeps allow participants to get very close to the entrance of the cave without exerting much effort. Head into the more easily accessed ice caves for an encounter with the stunning blue ice and the beautiful views for which Vatnajökull is famous. In the warmer summer months, the glacier melts and forms holes and crevasses. After they freeze, get an up-close look at what nature has created. The winter months are all different and the glacier and caves are constantly evolving, making the sites extra interesting. Each season, the best available cave is chosen for this tour. The tour begins from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in Southeast Iceland. Meet your professional glacier guide and climb onboard a 4x4 Superjeep to begin ...

    Spectacular! Not one usually for guided tours but this one was fantastic. “Disco” our tour guide was very informative and patient with all of our questions. I highly recommend! Heather Savannah, GA USA

  • Skaftafell National Park: 3-Hour Glacier Hike

    4. Skaftafell National Park: 3-Hour Glacier Hike

    Discover what it feels like to walk on impacted ice on an amazing hike across tan outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier. Get breathtaking views of the ice-covered peaks of Skaftafell National Park in the epic wilderness of Iceland. Meet your guide at the Skaftafell visitor center to pick-up your crampons, ice axes, harnesses and helmets. Then, drive by bus to the start of your hike and put on your crampons and steel frames tied to your hiking boots for the amazing adventure ahead. Spend around 60 to 90 minutes on the ice to see crevasses and deep cracks on the surface. Learn about the vertical shafts known as moulins, formed when melting water finds its way into the fissures and cracks. Look into small ice tunnels and capture the beautiful blue heart of the ice in the winter. Learn the history of the glacier from your English-speaking guide.

    Highly recommend this glacier hiking tour! Erica, our tour guide, was super knowledgeable and wonderful ! Even though it was rainy and cloudy when the hike started, the sun came out halfway through and we saw the most incredible up-close views of the glacier and surrounding valleys. Unforgettable!

  • Skaftafell: 3.5-Hour Glacier Walk

    5. Skaftafell: 3.5-Hour Glacier Walk

    You will meet your qualified glacier guide in Skaftafell National Park, where you will be outfitted with crampons and an ice ax. When everyone is ready, a short bus ride will take us to the foot of the glacier. During the tour, you will explore one of Vatnajökull National Park's many outlet glaciers, extending from the mighty Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. After a short lesson on how to use the crampons and ice ax, you will step onto the glacier and be transported to an icy, foreign planet. The unique landscape truly seems out of this world, with white, clear and deep blue ice, deep crevasses, ice ridges and stunning scenery as far as the eye can see. We will take our time and make sure there are plenty of photo opportunities while your guide explains the inner workings of these white giants. Glacier walks are one of the most popular outdoor activities in Iceland and this ...

    Amazing!!!! August was the best. He took us to secret pathways and we saw amazing glaciers.

  • Skaftafell: Extra-Small Group Glacier Hike

    6. Skaftafell: Extra-Small Group Glacier Hike

    Embark on a small-group tour of Vatnajökull glacier and benefit from an intimate experience with a maximum of 8 participants. After meeting your guide at the meeting point in Skaftatell Airport, get geared up and prepare for your 20-minute 4x4 drive to the base of the Falljökull outlet glacier.

    At the base, step onto the glacier and listen to a quick briefing on how to wear your ice crampons. Then, it's time to begin your glacier hike. Follow your experienced guide through stunning ice formations, moulins, crevasses, and crystal-clear blue pools.

    Spend up to 120 minutes exploring the unique landscape of the glacier. Witness breathtaking views, listen to interest local anecdotes, and have your photo taken against this stunning natural landscape before heading back to the 4x4. Get dropped off back at the meeting point at the end of your hike.

    This trip was awesome!! The guide Tamara was so interesting and told us so much about the ice lagoon. I feel lucky to visit it and recommend it to everyone. SAFE AND adventurous.

  • Skaftafell: Extra Small Group Glacier Adventure

    7. Skaftafell: Extra Small Group Glacier Adventure

    Explore the glacier of Falljökull, an outlet from Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajökull. Travel with your guide through the beautiful surrounding area in a modified Land Rover Defender. Climb to the base of Falljökull outlet glacier. At the edge, your guide will show you how to put on the crampons and explain the safety guidelines of hiking on a glacier. After receiving these instructions, your glacier adventure truly begins. Travel safely through the beginning part of the glacier, and then towards the less explored part of the glacier. Discover stunning ice formations in the higher part of the glacier as you are guided through parts fitting both the conditions of the glacier and the group. Be prepared to be secured in a rope and take on some light climbing or rappelling where there are no fixed routes higher up on the glacier. As you reach the highest point that is safely accessibl...

    Oddur was a wonderful guide with a lot of knowledge and experience. It was an awesome tour and I'd definitely do it again.

  • Vatnajokull Glacier: Ice Caving and Glacier Hiking

    8. Vatnajokull Glacier: Ice Caving and Glacier Hiking

    Your tour starts in Skaftafell before heading to the Falljökull glacier tongue. Gear up and get safety instructions from your skilled guide before setting foot on the ice. Start by hiking to the ice cave while soaking up the magnificent scenery and spend approximately 30 minutes exploring. Afterwards, hike back over the glacier through an adventurous landscape of rugged ice. Ice caves are only accessible during winter when the temperature drops well below zero –  the water from the rivers that run underneath the glacier freezes and leaves this phenomena to explore. Each year new caves are formed in different locations.

    As we are from Northern Australia we are not used to snow and ice so we were probably a little nervous. We should not have been concerned as the experience exceeded our expectations.

  • Skaftafell Ice Climb and Glacier Hike

    9. Skaftafell Ice Climb and Glacier Hike

    Experience what it feels like to walk on ice on a hike across the outlet glacier of Vatnajökull. Brave Europe's largest glacier to get breathtaking views of the Skaftafell area.    Meet your guide at the visitor center to collect all the necessary safety equipment. Put on your harness, crampons, ice axe, and helmet, and jump aboard the shuttle bus for the 10-minute ride to the glacier. Get tips on how to put on and walk in your crampons, and learn the basic techniques of ice climbing. Challenge gravity as you climb up walls of ice, and hike around the glacier. Learn how it was formed, and its fascinating history, including its recent use as a film location for movies such as Interstellar, Batman Begins, and the epic TV series Game of Thrones.

    AMAZING! Adam and Diego were great guides. Definitely the highlight of our trip. Would highly recommend and visit again!

  • 2 Day South Coast Tour with Glacier Hike & Boat Tour

    10. 2 Day South Coast Tour with Glacier Hike & Boat Tour

    Begin by visiting the two great waterfalls of the south coast, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, as well as visiting the lesser known, more secret waterfalls of Glufrabui, Kvernufoss, and Irafoss. You will stop so that you can buy lunch. Drive under the great Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano and the Mýrdalsjökull glacier cap, where you will take a glacier hike for about 1.5 hours and have a closer look at the Solheimajokull glacier. A bit further is the great Reynisfjara beach, where the sea crashes upon black sands and hexagonal basalt columns and rock stacks tower over the surroundings. You will be staying overnight in a very cosy accommodation, close to the famous Seljalandsfoss. On the second day you will take a closer look at majestic glaciers and lagoons. After a stop in the lovely village of Vik, you drive to visit the waterfall Foss á Sidu and the National Park in Skaftafell, where...

    The tour was well organized and gave us the chance to see so many beautiful sites on the South Coast, waterfalls, glaciers, black sand beaches and even more. The guide was knowledgeable and very professional, in driving and leading the glacier hike. The hostel where we stayed over night was very welcoming, clean and quiet. Food was good and affordable there.

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What people are saying about Eastern Region, Iceland

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 7 reviews

This trip was awesome!! The guide Tamara was so interesting and told us so much about the ice lagoon. I feel lucky to visit it and recommend it to everyone. SAFE AND adventurous.

Everything was very professionell. Equipment and experienced leader brings us save to the best places of glacier and back. Ist was a wonderful day trip. Tak fidish

Highly recommend! They were easy to work with, allowed us to reschedule when bad weather came up, and we had a knowledgable guide. Great experience

Everything was well organized and the guide told interesting things about the formation of the glaciers and was also in a good mood;)

Great hike! I'm very afraid of heights (when coming down) but the guide was very helpful and I got down the ice with no issues