Ice Climbing in Skaftafell

Icelandic Mountain Guides


An ice climbing adventure for everyone. Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced ice climber.






Skaftafellsjökull glacier, with its many ridges, deep crevasses and various shapes and heights of ice walls makes an ideal playground for ice climbing. The location is excellent for either an introduction to the sport or to improve your technique. The spectacular scenery of the surrounding mountains can be enjoyed from a different angle on this tour. A fun tour for everyone, known to leave a lasting impression and create memories for a life time.

So whether your are a complete beginner looking for an adventure or an experienced ice climber wanting to improve your technique, Skaftafellsjökull glacier has everything you are looking for. With only 4 passengers per guide we are able to adjust the difficulty level to each and every one for a fun, safe and adventurous experience. This is a great tour with spectacular sceneries viewed from a different angle.

Suitable for all levels as level of challenge is adaptable to each group and individual.

Duration: 5 hrs – 3-4 hrs on ice

What’s included?
Guiding services, stiff ice climbing boots, ice climbing gear and other safety equipment

What do I need to bring?
Bring warm clothing, gloves and rain gear.

Minimum age of passengers is: 14

Meeting point: Please arrive 30 minutes before your departure at our log cabin by the Skaftafell National Park Visitors Center

In 1994, a group of Icelanders with a passion for nature, adventure and environmental advocacy started an outdoor adventure company to take people from around the world on tours of a lifetime. As the originators of the Glacier Walk in Iceland, they revolutionized the outdoor adventure scene. Since the beginning, Icelandic Mountain Guides has been owned and operated by guides and we continue to set the standard in safety, mountaineering expertise, and environmental protection across the industry in Iceland.

We operate from our company headquarters in Reykjavík and our base camp in the beautiful Skaftafell National Park year round. Whether you want to go hiking, backpacking, trekking, ice climbing, on a glacier walk, mountain climbing, skiing, on an expedition or for a mountaineering course in Iceland, we’ve got you covered!


Íslenskir fjallaleiðsögumenn / Icelandic Mountain Guides

Tel: +354 587 9999

Email: [email protected]

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The absolute highlight of my trip to Iceland was walking and climbing on the Svínafellsjökull glacier in the Skaftafell National Park. If you are planning a trip I highly recommend booking this one, the guides are amazing and you will have the most amazing experience with them. I booked the Glacier Walk & Ice Climb tour which also happened to include exploring the Ice Caves as they just opened up for the season.

ClaireRyan_FCWClimbing the Svínafellsjökull glacier is a must!

We did an ice climbing adventure. It was just 3 people plus our guide. He was amazing! Knowledgeable, funny, and kept us safe. Probably the best adventure of our trip to Iceland.

caligirl10Great small group tour!

These trips are expensive so we were unsure about whether to go. We were emailed the day before to tell us that because of bad weather the trip would probably be cancelled and were offered a refund or tour the day after. We chose to delay. Our guide was August and there were only our family of 3 on the tour. He offered for us to use special boots rather than our walking boots at no extra cost so we could ice climb better . Once at the foot of the glacier, we left the main tour and set off across crevasses- exhilarating. August took us to an amazing ice cave , soon to disappear , and set up ropes on a sheer ice face at the entrance. He patiently explained ice climbing and we each took a turn . He is very experienced and knowledgeable about the glacier and climbing and it was great to have him as a guide. After the climb, we went though the cave, roped on. A truly memorable place. We were lucky enough that the weather cleared and we got great view of the ice cap- he told us a load of details about the nearby peaks, volcanoes etc. We had well over 3 and a half hours on the ice and returned exhausted but delighted.

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