A zodiac boat ride on Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon followed by a glacier hike on Svínafellsjökull glacier.
In the beginning of the tour, you will take an amazing 45 minute Zodiac boat ride, gliding among numerous large icebergs with Europe’s largest glacial mass. The Fjallsárlón guide will take you back in time to the historical side of things. Come and learn about the history and formation of the lagoon and all who inhabited this beautiful landmark.
After our lagoon excursion, you must travel on your own to Skaftafell. Here you will get an introduction to the unique, fascinating world of ice, traversing the spectacular but easy tracks of the Svínafellsjökull glacier. We start with a short walk along the glacier valley where your guide will explain the unique features of the retreating paths of Falljökull and Svínafellsjökull glaciers and their surroundings.
As we arrive at the edge of the Svínafellsjökul glacier we will strap on crampons and make our way up the icy but easily accessible slopes. On the way, we will witness incredible ice formations and crevasses, learning about how they are formed and how the glacier continuously reshapes itself. We will approach the awe-inspiring ice fall, seeing up close how the ancient ice stoically falls hundreds of meters off the mountain top below as it flows in slow motion towards the ocean, a journey it will never complete as global warming continues to fuel its melting and slow retreat.
You will meet us at the secluded (and locals favorite) Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon, 30 min before the tour starts. This tour is meet on location only.
– Glacier hike
– All necessary glacier equipment
– A Zodiac boat tour on Fjallsárlón lagoon
What do I need to bring?
– Waterproof jacket and pants (We do have rental clothing available)
– Hiking boots (Available for rent, 1000 isk. We advise against runners or any type of shoe that comes up below the ankle bone as the straps on the crampons can get a bit painful during the walk)(Climbing boots are included on the ice climbing tour)
– Light sweater, wool or fleece
– Light synthetic or quick dry pants (Try and stay clear of jeans on the longer trips as they get wet & cold quick and dry slow)
– Thin Gloves
– Small Backpack (Can be handy to carry camera, rain gear and all extras)
– Sunglasses and sun protection (It can get quite bright on the ice with the reflection)
– Food and drinks (Lunch is not provided on any of our trips. June – September there is plenty of fresh water on the glacier so bring a bottle)
– Camera (If you forget everything else don´t forget that)
Minimum age of passengers is: 10
9:30 am – 6:15 pm
Meeting points: Boat ride: 09:00 am at Fjallsárlón Lagoon (tour starts at 09:30 am). 47km east of Skaftafell. Look for a sign that says “Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon Boat Tours”. Glacier hike: 12:30 pm at the Glacier Guides Booking Hut in Skaftafell (tour starts at 13:00 pm).
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Skyla99A must do but be prepared!
My husband and I did the Glacial Grand Slam. This is made up of a 5 hour hike followed by a tour of Iceberg Lagoon. The hike was wonderful and the views are unforgettable but I strongly suggest that you read the descriptions carefully before making your choice. These hikes are extremely challenging and the longer excursions are not for the part-time hiker. Unless you are in very good physical condition, consider taking one of the shorter hikes. I had never hiked on ice before or with crampons and I found it very treacherous and slippery. Our guide Sara was very good and took care to make sure everyone was together and doing fine. She took breaks very often to give us a chance to recover. We had many opportunities to take pictures and enjoy our surroundings. This is a great adventure to undertake and I recommend it completely but I strongly suggest you prepare yourself beforehand.