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Skaftafell: Ice Cave Tour and Glacier Hike

1. Skaftafell: Ice Cave Tour and Glacier Hike

Explore breathtaking ice formations and glacier mills on this guided tour in Skaftafell. Marvel at a naturally-formed, blue ice cave and learn how glaciers are formed. A professional hiking guide will take you to the base of Falljökull, an outlet glacier of the Vatnajökull ice cap, and lead you up to the cave. On a clear day, be sure to look out for Hvannadalshnúkur in the distance.

Skaftafell National Park: Glacier Hike

2. Skaftafell National Park: Glacier Hike

Discover what it feels like to walk on impacted ice on an amazing hike across the outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier. Get breathtaking views of the ice-covered peaks of Skaftafell National Park in the epic wilderness of Iceland. Meet your guide at the meeting point to pick up your crampons, ice axes, harnesses, and helmets. Then, drive by bus to the start of your hike and put on your crampons and steel frames tied to your hiking boots for the amazing adventure ahead. Spend around 60 to 90 minutes on the ice to see crevasses and deep cracks on the surface. Learn about the vertical shafts known as moulins, formed when melting water finds its way into the fissures and cracks. Look into small ice tunnels and capture the beautiful blue heart of the ice in the winter. Learn the history of the glacier from your English-speaking guide.

Skaftafell: Guided Glacier Hike Day Trip

3. Skaftafell: Guided Glacier Hike Day Trip

Enjoy a frozen adventure in the wilderness of Skaftafell 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 meeting point. Then, marvel at the majesty of the landscape on the short hike to the ice cap. Put on your crampons for security out on the 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 the meeting point.

Vatnajokull Glacier: Ice Caving and Glacier Hiking

4. Vatnajokull Glacier: Ice Caving and Glacier Hiking

Begin in Skaftafell before heading to the Falljökull glacier tongue. Gear up and get safety instructions from your skilled guide before setting foot on the ice. Start by hiking to the ice cave while soaking up the magnificent scenery and spend approximately 30 minutes exploring. Afterwards, hike back over the glacier through an adventurous landscape of rugged ice. Ice caves are only accessible during winter when the temperature drops well below zero –  the water from the rivers that run underneath the glacier freezes and leaves this phenomena to explore. Each year new caves are formed in different locations.

Skaftafell: Extra-Small Group Glacier Hike

5. Skaftafell: Extra-Small Group Glacier Hike

Embark on a small-group tour of Vatnajökull glacier and benefit from an intimate experience with a maximum of 8 participants. After meeting your guide at the meeting point in Skaftatell Airport, get geared up and prepare for your 20-minute 4x4 drive to the base of the Falljökull outlet glacier. At the base, step onto the glacier and listen to a quick briefing on how to wear your ice crampons. Then, it's time to begin your glacier hike. Follow your experienced guide through stunning ice formations, moulins, crevasses, and crystal-clear blue pools. Spend up to 120 minutes exploring the unique landscape of the glacier. Witness breathtaking views, listen to interest local anecdotes, and have your photo taken against this stunning natural landscape before heading back to the 4x4. Get dropped off back at the meeting point at the end of your hike.

Skaftafell Ice Climb and Glacier Hike

6. Skaftafell Ice Climb and Glacier Hike

Experience what it feels like to walk on ice on a hike across the outlet glacier of Vatnajökull. Brave Europe's largest glacier to get breathtaking views of the Skaftafell area. Learn how to put on and walk in your crampons and learn the basic techniques of ice climbing. Meet your guide at the Skaftafell Terminal to collect all the necessary safety equipment. Gear up with your harness, crampons, ice axe, and helmet, then jump aboard the shuttle bus for the 10-minute ride to the glacier. Challenge gravity as you climb up walls of ice, and hike around the glacier. Learn how it was formed, and its fascinating history, including its recent use as a film location for movies such as Interstellar, Batman Begins, and the epic TV series Game of Thrones.

Vatnajökull Glacier Natural Ice Cave 2.5 to 3-Hour Tour

7. Vatnajökull Glacier Natural Ice Cave 2.5 to 3-Hour Tour

Make your own way to the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon to experience a natural ice cave from the luxury of a huge custom-made super jeep. Drive for approximately 30-40 minutes to the base of the glacier outlet at Breiðamerkurjökull, where the glacier retreats every year to make every season a unique experience. Pick-up all the necessary security gear to explore the cave in safety using helmets and crampons. Then, enter the cave with a guide who will explain the most important features of the extraordinary phenomenon. Visit a crevasse after the ice cave, weather permitting.

Vatnajökull Glacier: Ice Cave Tour

8. Vatnajökull Glacier: Ice Cave Tour

Seize the opportunity to experience one of the stunning blue ice caves within Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest glacier in Europe. This tour is rated as easy, as the Superjeeps allow participants to get very close to the entrance of the cave without exerting much effort. Head into the more easily accessed ice caves for an encounter with the stunning blue ice and the beautiful views for which Vatnajökull is famous. In the warmer summer months, the glacier melts and forms holes and crevasses. After they freeze, get an up-close look at what nature has created. The winter months are all different and the glacier and caves are constantly evolving, making the sites extra interesting. Each season, the best available cave is chosen for this tour. The tour begins from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in Southeast Iceland. Meet your professional glacier guide and climb on board a 4x4 Superjeep to begin the rugged journey towards the glacier. The drive is an experience in and of itself. Once there, you will have plenty of time to enjoy the beauty and splendor of the icy blue caves of Vatnajökull.

Vatnajökull: Half-Day Falljökull Glacier Discovery Hike

9. Vatnajökull: Half-Day Falljökull Glacier Discovery Hike

Discover the natural beauty of Iceland on a thrilling hike that takes you through crevices and icefalls of the Falljökull glaciers located inside the Vatnajökull National Park. Meet your guides, hop on the 4X4 Super Jeep, and start your journey through picturesque landscapes and up to the base of Falljökull, one of the outlet glaciers of the vast Vatnajökull ice cap.  Get a unique perspective of the glacier as you drive into the glacier valley. Once inside, you will learn how to use crampons and have a short safety briefing before embarking up onto the ice. Spend the next 3 hours hiking through the stunning icefall, which Falljökull is famous for. Look closely and be amazed by the fascinating features of the ice. Learn about the geology, geography, and history of the local area as you are led to the highest point to marvel at the unforgettable views of the glacier valley. This tour is perfect for those who have been on a glacier before or those who enjoy long hikes, but novices looking for a bit of adventure are also welcomed on the tour.

From Reykjavík: South Coast 4-Day Getaway with Accomodation

10. From Reykjavík: South Coast 4-Day Getaway with Accomodation

See the best of Iceland's south coast on a 4-day adventure with farmhouse accommodation included. Learn more about the unique landscapes of this region, head out on a quad bike tour, discover some of the most picturesque locations, and, if conditions allow, admire the northern lights. Day 1 - The Golden Circle Your tour begins with the famous Golden Circle. First, head to the UNESCO-listed Þingvellir National Park. Explore the landscape and see the faultlines where the Eurasian and North-American tectonic plates drift apart, splitting Iceland in half. The next stop is Geysir where you can experience the erupting hot water geyser, a natural phenomenon that can only be seen in a few places on Earth. Finally, the last stop on the Golden Circle is Gullfoss and the impressive Golden Waterfall. The day's sightseeing comes to an end as you head to your cozy farmhouse accommodation, a sheep farm offering an authentic countryside experience, food, drink, and a place to relax. After dinner, there will be a northern lights hunt if conditions allow for it. Day 2 - The Adventure Ground The second day is filled with adventure, starting with a quad bike tour on the black sands of Mýrdalssandur. See the black sand beaches and stop by the famous plane wreck on the sands. Then, drive across a river to access a beautiful mountain ravine. In the afternoon, embark on a scenic hike on one of the trails in the area before returning to the farmhouse where you will get a chance to visit the sheepfold and assist with feeding the animals. After dinner, there will once again be a northern lights hunt if conditions allow for it. Day 3 - The Glacier Lagoon Travel further east and cross the vast open black sand plains of the south-east and look for Europe's largest icecap in the distance. The Vatnajökull Glacier has formed the landscape for centuries and, by visiting the Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, get a sense of the powerful forces at play. Visit the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. A short distance from the lagoon is Diamond Beach, named after the countless icebergs stranded on their way to the sea. In the evening, there will be a northern lights hunt if conditions allow for it. Day 4 - Glacier Walks, Black Sand Beaches, and Waterfalls Begin the final day with a Glacier Walk on the Sólheimajökull Glacier. A specialist glacier guide will lead you through this frozen wonderland of the Icelandic outlet glaciers. If you are lucky, you may come across an ice cave on the route. Enjoy the scenic landscapes of the south coast on your way back to Reykjavík with stops at the famous Reynisfjara black sand beach and Skógafoss Waterfall.

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What people are saying about Skaftafell

Highly recommend this experience! Totally worth the money to be able to hike into a beautiful glacier in Iceland. Our guide Kate was so friendly and knowledgeable. Safety was always a top priority throughout the hike. The pace was not too challenging but the views were so rewarding.

Very good no words to explain!! The guide is also the best. he saw that my parents couldn't handle the ride so he left then stand on the ice and then he arranged for my parents to go with another group

It was super fun and enjoyable! Pascal- pour guide- was very friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend you don’t leave Iceland without doing this!!

We had a great time exploring the Glacier. Our guide, Tina, was fantastic! Lots of fun and she was informative.

Increible experiencia, gran guia ari. Muy recomendable