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Vatnajökull Glacier Hike and Ice Caving, Reykjavik

  • When does it run?
    Daily (23 Jan - 31 Mar)
  • Start time
    9:30am, 10:30am and 1:30pm 
  • Duration
    About 3.5 hours 
Inclusions
  • English speaking licensed adventure guide
  • Crampons and other necessary glacier gear
  • All required safety equipment
COVID-19 Safety guidelines
Guests
  • Adult (16+)
  • Child (8-15)

Key Highlights

  • Experience the resplendent Vatnajökull glacier first-hand
  • Hike the glacier and enter an ice cave, accessible only during winters
  • Your professional guide will reveal the region’s unique characteristics

Overview

Embark on an adventurous hike over Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe, and witness the magnificence of the ice caves first-hand.

After leaving Reykjavik, head to the Falljökull glacier tongue from where your ice caving and glacier hiking will start. Accessible only during winters, ice caves are formed when the temperature drops below zero and the waters from the rivers that run beneath the glacier freezes. Each year new caves are formed at different locations. Before stepping across the ice, you will receive a safety briefing from your certified glacier guide, ensuring all your equipment is correctly fastened.

Spend an hour observing the shapes and sizes of the icicles before hiking back over the glacier, through a tricky landscape of rugged ice.

About the Supplier: Arctic Adventures is one of the premier tour operators in Iceland. They offer one of the best outdoor adventures as well as day tours and multi-day tours in Iceland conducted by expert, local guides. 

Activity Schedule

  • When does it run?

    Daily (23 Jan - 31 Mar)

  • Duration

    About 3.5 hours 

  • Start time

    9:30am, 10:30am and 1:30pm 

  • Meeting Point

    Glacier Guides Booking House in Skaftafell
    To reach Skaftafell from Reykjavik, rent a car and drive the main road #1 towards the east from Reykjavík. The drive takes approximately 4 hours. You will see a sign for Skaftafell. Turn into the Skaftafell visitor center and you can find the office at the edge of the parking lot in the strawbale house with the turf roof.

  • Ending Point

    Same as the start point

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • English speaking licensed adventure guide
  • Crampons and other necessary glacier gear
  • All required safety equipment
  • Meals
  • Hotel transfers

Please note

Voucher information: Sorry, but we will need you to print a paper version of your booking voucher (we're working on changing this). At this time no refund can be given for customers without a printed copy of their voucher. 

Ice caves are an ever-changing natural phenomenon and, therefore, unpredictable. We will visit one ice cave during the tour and the choice of a cave is based on conditions and safety.

Wear warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves.

Good hiking shoes are recommended and can be rented if you do not have them.

Group Size: 12 

Child rates are based on a maximum of 2 children per 2 adults.

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