Guided tour

Skaftafell: Guided Glacier Hike Day Trip

Activity provider: TrollExpeditions

Skaftafell: Guided Glacier Hike Day Trip

Activity provider: TrollExpeditions
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Likely to sell out

From US$ 128.21 per person

Reconnect with nature on a guided day trip from Skaftafell. Gear up with safety equipment and hike across the Vatnajökull, Iceland's largest ice cap, exploring its unique ice formations.

About this activity

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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Hike across the Vatnajökull ice cap with a certified glacier guide
  • Get breathtaking views of Skaftafell National Park
  • Learn how glaciers are formed and hear about the impact of global warming
Full description

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.

  • Live tour guide
  • Helmet
  • Harness
  • Crampons
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 12 years
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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    Meeting point

    Meet at Troll Expeditions Skaftafell, Hof.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Warm clothing

    Know before you go

    • Check the weather forecast and dress accordingly with warm and waterproof clothes in layers
    •  Waterproof pants, jackets, and hiking boots are available for rent if you don't have your own
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.9 /5

    based on 316 reviews

    Review summary

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    Really loved this tour! Glad we opted for the 5 hour option, as 3 wouldn’t have been enough. Definitely bring a backpack with food and water, and wear layers- in our July tour, for a lot of it, it was the hottest I’ve been in Iceland (up on the glacier I was slightly cold but still not bad). Also was glad to have brought sunblock, sunglasses, and gloves. Riccardo was a great guide :) this was very hard on the knees for the way down though, for anyone with knee problems this might not be great

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    July 4, 2022

    Amazing guide. Sam is funny and very considerate of everyone. She’s also full of knowledge about the glacier and the area. I really enjoyed doing this tour with her as our guide. But of course the glacier itself is the main star of the show. What a phenomenal view and experience! On the downside, I wished they included in the activity details that there is still a long walk/hike from the car park to the base of the glacier and advise the participants to bring snacks and food for lunch if so desired. We didn’t bring one because I thought we won’t be allowed to carry too much. Somehow, someone also gave me the wrong size of crampons but Sam was able to adjust it. Overall it was still a great experience

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    June 8, 2022

    Hi guys, I’m so sorry my review was so late…but I have to say the hike experience with Kish and Ricardo was amazing. Fortunately we were the only one on the tour, and they treated us like VIPs. They explained the tour in detail and we learn a lot about the hike, and the places we saw. I would recommend this to anyone. Thank you guys, it was one of the best experiences we had been on, and both of you guys made that happen. Extremely happy…

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    May 15, 2022

    Product ID: 154143