Skaftafell: 5 Hour Glacier Hike Adventure

Skaftafell: 5 Hour Glacier Hike Adventure

From $126.69 per person

Reconnect with the natural world in the amazing wilderness area of Skaftafell. Discover what it feels like to walk on a glacier as you explore the ice formations and deep crevasses of Vatnajökull.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 15 participants


  • Hike across the Vatnajökull glacier
  • Get breathtaking views of Skaftafell National Park
  • Learn how glaciers are formed and hear about the impact of global warming
Full description
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.
  • Certified glacier guide
  • All necessary glacier equipment: helmet, harness, crampons and ice axes
  • Free Parking
  • A taste of pure glacial water
  • Small group experience
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
Not suitable for
  • Children under 12 years
Covid-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Skaftafell Terminal Tour Center by the main road. You can look up “Skaftafell Terminal” on Google Maps to find the exact location and driving direction.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing

Know before you go

  • Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly with warm and waterproof clothes in layers
  •  Hiking boots are available to rent if you don't have your own
  • Waterproof pants and jackets are available for rent
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 106 reviews

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It's already been three months. It was a very interesting experience. I felt like I was on Mars. There was also a three-hour one, but it was excellent to choose five hours. Three hours is too short. You get off the bus, you have to walk for a long time, and you have to go up for a long time to see a good place. The average person can experience five hours of walking and resting. Don't be afraid. It seems to be necessary to experience glacial activity in Iceland. Thanks to the kind guide, it was a lively tour. It also explains how glaciers were created at every spot. (Thank you, Natalia) It's already become a place to miss. I wish the ice would stop melting, too. ^^

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March 6, 2020

My wife and I booked the 5-hour glacier hike at TRÖLL at the beginning of February. At the beginning I was skeptical whether the tour was not too long and we should have booked the 3-hour tour instead. But these doubts quickly evaporated and we can recommend the 5-hour tour to anyone who wants a real glacier experience! Our guide Vincenzo went to a lot of trouble and seemed to enjoy the tour himself. At first he led us into an ice cave at the foot of the glacier. On the way up, he explained a lot, kept showing interesting details of the constantly changing glacier and also gave breaks to take photos. He drilled extra safeguards high into the ice so that we could lean over the edge of a rift created by the water and thus get a unique insight. After a short meal break and fresh glacier water, we went down again. The time flew by.

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February 21, 2020

Tour was very good in itself and definitely worth an experience. You got equipment directly on site (spikes for the shoes, pimples, helmet and belt). The bus (Sprinter size) went to the glacier. We are about 10 minutes on foot (28 + 3 guides). After crossing a small bridge, the groups were then divided (you could almost go to the guide wherever you wanted). The maximum group size for us was 10, which was already too big for me personally. Then it went a short way up over scree until we got the basics explained in the group and tightened the spikes. How far it goes on the glacier and which paths you go (flat or steep) depends on the weather and above all on the fitness of the participants. Unfortunately we had someone with us who was not very athletic and therefore had to walk with the guide. As a result, we were unable to run demanding routes, which of course was completely correct from the guide!

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October 5, 2019

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