Glacier Hike & Kayak tour

Ice Guide


Hiking on one of Icelands most unique glacier tongues and paddle through icebergs on Heinabergslón.






On this full day tour we hike deep into glacier valley carved out by one of Vatnajökull outlet glaciers Heinabergsjökull. An experienced glacier and kayak guide will safely lead you hiking on one of Icelands most unique glacier tongues. Heinabergsjökull has an exceptional approach and the only way to set foot on the glacier is by boat. Equipped with all the necessary kayak and glacier gear we head out, paddling through icebergs on Heinabergslón, the glacier lagoon in front of the glacier tongue. We safely leave the boats on the glacier edge and prepare for the glacier hike. Experience Vatnajökull, Europes largest glacier in the most unique way there is. Out of the beaten path, surrounded by mountains and wilderness of Iceland at its best. This is the tour for those who want to be enjoy the pure nature of Iceland without leaving any footprints in the environment.

Our boats:
In all of our kayak tours we use SIT ON TOP kayaks. The boats are much wider than SIT IN kayaks and therefore much more stable. Beginners and those who have never gone kayaking before should not have a problem joining our tours.

We have single person kayaks and tandem kayaks for 2 persons.

Good outdoor clothing for that given day, waterproof in case of rain. Jeans and/or similar clothing is not suitable for outdoor activities.
Hiking boots .The boots should be high enough to provide good ankle support.
Tennis shoes or sneakers are not appropriate shoewear for this trip!
Sunglasses and sun protection.
Headwear and gloves.
Food and drinks.

Kayak, drysuit, safety vest, shoes, gloves, kayak paddle, transportation and a 15 min drive from our base camp to Heinabergslón glacier lagoon.

Total duration of the tour: 5 hours

Age limit is 16 years old.

Our base camp is located at a place called Flatey, located 38 km west of Höfn. At Flatey our guides will outfit all participants with the appropriate kayak equipment and provide additional gear. Flatey is one of Iceland´s largest dairy farm and visitors have the opportunity to take a peek inside the farm. At Flatey you can buy basic refreshments and get access to free Wifi.
GPS: 64.259151, -15.587038

IceGuides goal is to provide informative, personal and a memorable experience in the stunning surroundings of Vatnajökull glacier.

IceGuide is a family run company owned by Óskar Arason, who is the company’s tour guide, and his wife Íris Heiður Jóhannsdóttir. Óskar is born and raised in the realm of Vatnajökull glacier, and being passionate for the outdoors he enjoys mountaineering, climbing and glacier hikes.

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We joined a glacier hike with iceguide while we were spending some nigths in Hofn. The guide, is very knowledgeable and extremely friendly. He picked us up at our camp site and took us to a glacier where no other groups are hiking on. Beautiful surroundings and extremely quiet which is a real plus compared to busy glaciers in the area in summertime. Safe trip with lots of fun!

Iris vThe perfect guide and trip

We found out about this tour at the cafe at Jokulsarlon Lagoon. We called and got the last two spots for the 1:30 tour. We drove around half an hour in the direction to Hofn to a new large farm. Make sure to go up stairs and view the state of the art facility for the cows, very posh. We were fitted with dry suits, gloves and boots and driven to Heinaberg Lagoon. We were the only group at the lagoon. there are single and double kayaks available so specify when you book. We spent about 3 hours paddling and had a short walk on one of the ice burgs.This was truly a fun and unique experience.

paulandglennA must!!!
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