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Skaftafell National Park & Glacier Hike

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Key Highlights

  • Soak in your spectacular surrounds on a short, easy and fun glacier hike
  • Awaken the adventurer in you with a hike across the stunning Virkisjökull glacier with an expert guide
  • Enjoy a fantastic introduction to the world of glaciers and take in incredible ice formations and crevasses
  • A must-do experience for every Iceland tourist and nature lover
  • Limited members per tour guarantees a more personal experience
  • Overview

    Enjoy a delightful introduction to the world of glaciers on this stunning guided walk across the picturesque Virkisjökull glacier! An adventure activity suitable for the entire family, this glacier hike packs a punch with the most spectacular landscape you will ever see. Soak in the pristine Icelandic landscape around you, rejuvenate your senses and discover the majestic beauty of Iceland in the most exciting manner!

  • Activity Schedule & Itinerary

    Activity Schedule

    When does it run?

    Daily

    Duration

    3.5 hours

    Start time

    8:40am, 10:00am, 1:00pm, 2:20pm ( as per season)

    Meeting Point

    Skaftafell booking center
    Skaftafell is located 327km (203 miles) from Reykjavík. It can be reached by car in approximately 4 hours.

    Ending Point

    Same as the start point

    Itinerary

    Meet your guide at the designated point at the scheduled time. Enjoy a 15-minute drive from Skaftafell national park to the Virkisjökull glacier. Take in the spectacular scenery during the drive and admire the impressive mountains that line the southern edge of the Vatnajökull glacier glide past your window.

    Negotiate the spectacular but easy tracks of the Virkisjökull glacier, the largest icecap in Europe. Enjoy a short hike along the glacier valley as your guide explains to you the unique features of the retreating paths of Falljökull and Virkisjökull glaciers and their surroundings. Glacier Wonders is a superb glacier hiking tour taking you into the magnificent ice-world of Falljökull glacier, a tongue of the mighty Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe.

    Strap on your crampons (spiked shoes) once you reach the edge of the Virkisjökull glacier and make your way up the icy but easily accessible slopes. As you climb, you will be mesmerized by the surreal surroundings. Take in the incredible ice formations and crevasses; learn about how they form and how the glacier continually reshapes itself.

    As you approach the awe-inspiring peak, observe how the ancient ice falls hundreds of meters off the mountain top below.

    After the hike, you will be taken back to the meeting point, from where you can make your own way back to the hotel.

  • Inclusions & Exclusions

    Inclusions

    • Certified glacier guide
    • Specialized glacier gear
    • All Required Safety Equipment

    Exclusions

    • Meals
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Please note

    Please call the activity operator at least 24 hours prior to start of the tour to confirm all departure details.

    Please reach 15 minutes prior to the start time at the departure location.

    This will a small group tour with around 15 people.

    Minimum age for this tour is 10 years.

    Skaftafell is located 327km from Reykjavík. The nearest towns to Skaftafell are Kirkjubæjarklaustur, 69km to the west and Höfn, 130km to the east.

    You are advised to bring warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants can be rented.

    This tour is approximately 3 hours, with about 1 hour on the ice.

    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.

    Children rates are based on maximum 2 children per 2 adults

    Additional info

    The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details and local telephone numbers at the destination. They will happily answer any logistical questions you may have.