Glacier Techniques

Local Guide


A full day glacier adventure for the adventurous






Glacier techniques is our most adventurous private glacier tour for those looking for both a challenge and a unique experience in Iceland.

As this tour is for the more adventurous, we make sure to scout out some of the best routes to ensure a day of fun (and a little hard work) up on the ice. As this is a private tour both the guide, and how we spend the time are entirely at your disposal we tailor the tour completely to you. We can incorporate hiking, ice climbing and even rope work and safety techniques for glacier travel.

By the end of the trip you should have a better understanding of glaciers in Iceland, some of the geological and historical features, ice climbing techniques and rope safety and perhaps a spot of fatigue.

This small group tour is perfect for people that are looking for a great day out on the glacier leaving no ice unturned. This is an intimate and informative way to discover the secrets of Iceland’s incredible glaciers.

What to bring:
Outdoor clothes (including fleece and waterproof jacket), warm gloves, a small backpack with a drink and some lunch/snacks, sunglasses (recommended in springtime).

Duration: 7 hours

Minimum age of passengers is 18 years

The meeting point for your Vatnajökull Glacier tour:

Freysnes petrol station
785 Öræfi

Only a 5 minute drive east of Skaftafell nature reserve

You will see our base at the main parking lot at the Freysnes Orkan/Shell gas station.
Hotel Skaftafell is just across the street.

It is also worth to note that we are located 320km, or a 4 hours drive, east of Reykjavík.

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 set out on a private ice cave tour for a full day. Our guide, fully adjusted the plan for the day to our needs and expectations. We visited 2 different ice caves and could spend as much time as we wanted in both – ideal for a group of photographers like us. The gudie not only took us up to the caves, he also kept us informed and answered any question we had about the area, geology, … I can only say that this was guiding done right – not just some guy driving you up to a place. If you’re a photographer and want to explore ice caves, this is definitely the PERFECT company for your needs! I went on 2 ice cave tours before the one this review is about and I can only recommend this to everyone. All kinds of tours, for all kinds of people (photographers, people just wanting to see an ice cave, …)

JVNPhotographyAmazing experience!

I usually stay clear of guided tours but for obvious reasons its a must for ice caves. Snorri was our guide and it was one of the best experiences i have ever had. We did the photography tour so it was very intimate just 4 of us along with Snorri. We hiked a couple of hours on the glacier to get to a cave far enough away that we would have it to ourselves the entire day. Of course i get there and im fumbling around for my tripod head and cant find it, lucky Snorri had brought his and he let me use it along with giving us photography pointers along the way. Its such a valuable experience to have someone there that gets it and your not the weirdo with a camera holding everyone up. It was super relaxed and we saved ourselves some time at the end to see a second cave on the way out. To top it all off we were almost back at the car and i realized i left my tripod along with his tripod head back at the cave… I felt terrible but Snorri didn’t hesitate to go grab it for me practically pitch black out! Cant say enough good things i hope to make it back soon.

Grant GBest guided trip i have ever had - full ice cave tour
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