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Skaftafell: 3.5-Hour Glacier Walk

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Skaftafell: 3.5-Hour Glacier Walk

From US$ 106 per person

This popular glacier walk takes you to an outlet glacier, flowing like a river out of Europes biggest icecap, Vatnajökull Glacier. Experience the frozen landscape, unlike anything you have seen before, with beautiful panoramic views.

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Duration 3.5 hours
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Limited to 12 participants


  • Experience the biggest glacier in Europe first hand
  • Panoramic views over the National Park
  • Navigate the majestic glacier safely with an experienced glacier guide
Full description
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 is where it all started. Operating since 1994, this easy and safe tour made the Icelandic glaciers accessible to everyone, and today, you can't really visit Iceland without going on a glacier walk.
  • Experienced and qualified guide
  • Glacier gear
  • Safety equipment
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All required protective equipment is provided
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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    Meeting point

    The meeting point is at our sales lodge, Skaftafell Base Camp, in Skaftafell National Park. You can see our lodge from the visitor center.

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    What to bring

    • Warm clothing
    • Hiking shoes
    • Rain gear
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 14 reviews

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    With Julian we had a great and unforgettable excursion into the glacier landscape. We got a lot of interesting information and useful tips on this tour in a nice and amusing way, got super beautiful and completely new insights into the fantastic world of glaciers and all that although the weather was foggy and cloudy that afternoon. I always thought you needed the perfect weather for nice impressions, but on this tour I took mega-beautiful memories and photos home with me even without sunshine, but in a good mood in the group. Many thanks to Julian!

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    August 26, 2021

    We had a very nice tour on the ice. Our guide explained everything well, answered questions competently and nicely at all times, and enjoyed his job. The trip goes to an old outlet glacier and we were on the ice for about 150 minutes. It is good to book the last tour of the day, because at the beginning it was very crowded on the glacier and around 4:00 pm everyone left and we were there alone for 1 hour. You can see crevasses and try glacier water, and you can climb over the steep arms of the glacier. We can unreservedly recommend the tour, also because we were driven to the glacier with our tour. But that is probably not always the case, it depends on the availability of the 4x4 buses, sometimes you have to walk for about 20 minutes to the glacier, as is the case with the tours organized by the Skaftafell National Park. Our group was divided into 2 groups of 8 people each + guide. There was enough time to take pictures.

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    August 15, 2021

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