Glacier Discovery

Local Guide


Half a day glacier hike on one of the outlet glaciers of the mighty Vatnajökull.






Experience the best of the mighty Vatnajökull Glacier

On this tour we drive as close as we can to the tip of an outlet glacier from the Vatnajökull ice cap. We hike through glacier moraines and glacier landscape to the tip of the glacier where we will put on crampons. With an ice axe in hand we will take a couple of km guided excursion onto the glacier.

The glacier surface and color changes a lot depending on the time of year, and we will find different features to explore as the season changes. It is always a wonderful experience to hike on an Icelandic glacier.

What’s included?
Ice axe

What to bring:
Hiking boots with ankle support, outdoor clothes (including fleece and waterproof jacket), gloves, a small backpack with a drink and snacks, sunglasses (recommended in springtime).

Duration: Around 4 hours in total – 3 hours on ice

Minimum age of passengers is 13 years. 

This tour starts with a 4×4 transfer from our base as we drive as close as we can to the tip to one of the outlet glaciers of the vast Vatnajökull ice cap.

We will commence on a hike through glacier moraines and up on tip of the glacier. Here we will strap on crampons and have a short briefing before embarking up onto the ice. During this glacier hike your guide will teach you about the geology, geography and history of the local area as well as pointing out some of the fascinating features of the ice.

This tour is designed for those looking for an in depth glacier hike in Iceland. It is perfect for those who have been on a glacier before, or who enjoy long hikes or just looking for a bit of adventure!

The glacier surface and colour changes constantly depending on the time of year, features such as Moulins, caves and tunnels come and go. We will find different features to explore depending on the season, but one thing never changes; it is always an incredible experience glacier hiking in Iceland.

Local Guide HQ in Fagurhólsmýri (N1 fuel automat at the same location).
1/2 hour east of Skaftafell and 1/2 hour west Jökulsárlón in southeast Iceland.

GPS: N63° 52.865 W16° 38.780 (WGS84, Degree-Minutes.Minutes) or 63.881083 -16.646333 (WGS84, Hd .d°)

Local guide is a small family run glacier guiding company that has been operating in South East Iceland since 1991. The company was founded by my grandfather Sigðurður Bjarnason but since 2015 myself and my partner Helen Maria have taken over a part of the company.

We are proud to maintain the excellent reputation of Local Guide and we pride ourselves on hiring local guides with an excellent knowledge of the area and the island as a whole and offering small group tours to enhance your experience.

Whilst the company was established in 1991, we are three generations of glacier guides and up to five generations of explorers in the area, one of the first men to climb the highest summit in Iceland Hvannadalshnúkur, on the 17th of August 1891 was my great grandfather Páll Jónsson.

In the summer months we offer hiking on the glacier with half day hikes, family tours and full day advanced tours for those with experience who want an adventure on the ice.

During the winter months from October to March we offer ice caving tours.

Me and my father were the first people to offer regular ice cave tours in Iceland
and we are continuing to offer this service, we strive to find the best available caves to offer the best experience possible for our guests.

As a small company we love the flexibility this gives us to be able offer private tours and to
work on exciting projects for photography, film and print, we are always open to new
possibilities so would welcome your enquiry.

We hope that you will enjoy your tour with local guide and we look forward to meeting you.


Local Guide

Tel: +354 894 1317

Email: [email protected]

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We took the Glacier Discovery trip and had a great experience. We put on waders to ford a stream, put crampons on our boots and hiked over the glacier to visit two caves – Treasure Island and Light Room. Plenty of time to photograph the caves, and we even got to explore deep into the narrow slot of the upper part of the cave. We were so glad we chose to go with Local Guide and not a bigger tour company – there were only about a dozen people in either cave all day long, including our guides. Our guide was just great! What a fantastic way to spend a day in Iceland!

Kimberly HAmazing trip!
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