Guided tour

Skaftafell: Vatnajökull Glacier Explorer Tour

4.7 / 5

15 reviews

Activity provider: Arctic Adventures

Skaftafell: Vatnajökull Glacier Explorer Tour

Activity provider: Arctic Adventures
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From US$ 120.32 per person

Hike around the largest glacier in Europe with a knowledgeable guide who will provide you with fascinating facts along the way. Experience the cascading ice fall of Falljokul Glacier crashing down from Vatnajokull ice cap during a five-hour adventure.

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Duration 5.5 hours
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  • View Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest glacier in Europe
  • Learn fascinating facts from your certified guide
  • See the ice fall of Falljokul Glacier
  • Enjoy a small group setting
Full description

Take a tour with a certified guide of the Vatnajökull Glacier — the largest in Europe. Head with your group to the ice fall, a scenic and exhilarating walk that requires crampons and a safety briefing. Along the way enjoy artful ice sculptures formed by nature.

Your certified guide will take you on a scenic walk, during which you can appreciate the dramatic landscape carved by the glacier. Once at the tongue of the glacier, put crampons on, have a safety briefing, and then make your way to the real adventure. Head up towards the incredible ice fall (from which Falljokull derives its name), where you will soon be exploring a dramatic terrain, full of frozen ice formations and ice sculptures.

Get plenty of photo opportunities while witnessing the rugged and majestic ice fall. Your guide will explain how the glacier was formed and how it keeps changing its shape day after day.

  • Certified tour guide
  • Necessary gear
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 14 years
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

Arctic Adventures Booking Hut, Skaftafell National Park. It's the gray house with the turf roof.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Bring warm outdoor clothing, a waterproof jacket and pants, head wear, gloves, a water bottle, and snacks.
  • Good hiking shoes are also recommended.
  • Waterproof clothing and hiking boots can be rented (subject to availability).
  • Minimum age for this tour is 14 years.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 15 reviews

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Excellent outing to the upper parts of the glacier. Our guides Eric and Jan were knowledgeable, funny, patient, and engaging. They catered the tour to the skill and fitness level of the participants. Highly recommend this tour if you are wanting to explore a glacier for a once in a lifetime experience.

June 2, 2022

A great tour and a great guide (Erik). As promised, we didn't stop every 5 meters in the valley to take supposedly great pictures. Erik promised us from the start to take us to the best views of and into the glacier. So we quickly passed all the other groups up into the exciting rugged area of the glacier and were able to see a lot there, explore the glacier and enjoy the time there while the other groups were still taking photos at the foot of the glacier. Put on waterproof pants, sturdy hiking shoes (ice spikes for the shoes were available on site), a light sweater and a water-repellent jacket. Also thin gloves. When climbing the glacier, you will quickly get super warm, which is why it is not advisable to wear too thick clothing.

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May 28, 2022

This was just an absolutely epic experience, our guide Ollie was professional, funny, super informative, and really went out of his way to show us the glacier and some of its most interesting features. We spent a lot of time on the ice and kept climbing higher and higher. I would definitely recommend this!!

September 16, 2021

Product ID: 189459