Ice Climbing – Vatnajökull

Glacier Adventure

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In this Ice climbing tour with a local guide from Hali you experience the wonders of Vatnajökull glacier. Our guide takes you on an unforgettable journey on Breiðamerkurjökull, one of Vatnajökull’s biggest outlet glacier. The trip starts at Hali Country Hotel reception, where your guide drives you to the glacier area, away from the crowds and off the beaten path where you can breathe in the fresh Icelandic air.

DIFFICULTY

Moderate

CATEGORY

Ice Climbing
Summer

NEXT DEPARTURE

Fri 01.Jun'18 09:30

PRICE FORM

24.900 ISK

Includes Super Jeep ride and a glacier walk with a well-trained local guide

In this Ice climbing tour with a local guide from Hali you experience the wonders of Vatnajökull glacier. Our guide takes you on an unforgettable journey on Breiðamerkurjökull, one of Vatnajökull’s biggest outlet glacier. The trip starts at Hali Country Hotel reception, where your guide drives you to the glacier area, away from the crowds and off the beaten path where you can breathe in the fresh Icelandic air.

Before we start the drive we need to gear you up. It’s necessary to have the correct footwear for ice climbing. We’ll have the hiking boots ready for those who have rented such.

Read MoreAfter the Super Jeep ride to the glacier area we take a short zodiac boat trip and sail a short distance to where the glacier walk starts. (We recommend that people take a proper boat tour at Glacier Lagoon or Fjallsárlón, this one is only for 2 minutes).

The glacier walk starts with an introduction to the equipment and safety rules needed to explore the glacier. We provide ice crampons and teach you how to attach them to the boots. Crampons make it easy to walk on the ice so that there’s no worry of slipping. Other security items include helmets and ice axes.

We walk to the climbing area through a wonderland of glacial ice sculptures, ridges and the deep crevasses of the glacier. We see big sinkholes, called “Moulin”, that sometimes have drilled their way through the glacier, draining the meltwater of the ice through little waterfalls and streams. The glacier also carries with it ashes of volcanic eruptions, the ash sometimes forms into a pyramid, called “dirt cone”.

This tour has a maximum 4 participants to make sure that everyone can enjoy the climbing part of the trip.

The tour is intended for those who want to spend half a day outside walking, climbing the ice, talking and creating unforgettable moments with friends and family.

The tour takes approximately 4 to 5 hours (2 – 3 hour on the glacier), including drive back and forth from our pick up location at Hali reception.  This tour is moderated and can be done by most travelers.  You don’t have to have an ice climbing experience for this tour and we can adjust the climbing part to the group ability, from extreme to easy conditions.

Minimum age is 14 years old

 

TOUR DETAILS
Availability: 9:00
Minimum age: 14 years old
Meeting point: Hali Country Hotel reception
Area: South East Iceland
Duration: 4 – 5 hours
Type: Half day-tour
Group max: 4 persons
Group min: 2 persons
Difficulty: Moderate

RENTED EQUIPMENT
– Rain gear for 1000 ISK
– Hiking boots for 1000 ISK

PROVIDED EQUIPMENT
– Mountaineering boots and climbing crampons
– Harness
– Helmet
– Ice climbing axes
– Life vest for the boat tour
– Guided tour with a local

NEEDED EQUIPMENT
– Good clothing based on weather. 3 layers on top: base layer, light sweater like fleece and water or windproof top. Light warm pants and waterproof if needed.
– Thin had and gloves
– Camera (optional)

The base is located at at small farm called Hali. Hali is 13 km east of the famous Jökulsárlon (Glacier Lagoon) and 67 km west of the small fishing town Höfn. Hali is approximately 400 km east of Reykjavík. It should be easy to find Hali, it is only 150 m from Road 1 and the house we meet our travelers is a restaurant and a museum that looks like a book shelf.

Glacier Adventure is owned and run by two local families from Hali, 12 km east of Glacier Lagoon. Our goal is to share our love and knowledge of the region with our clients and to safely introduce them to some of Iceland´s most stunning sights.
What does local mean? We were born and raised and still live and work in the area. The mighty outlet glacier Breiðamerkurjökull is in our backyard.

We provide a local guide service in the Vatnajökull National Park area, located in Hali.

Our office staff, guides, and drivers are all personable, professional and fun to be around.

Experienced guides – Our guides are informative, friendly and professionals, they have the training to get you there safe, introduce you to the unique nature we have to offer, share their knowledge of the area with you and get you back to Hali safe and sound and of course extremely happy.
All of our glacier guides have finished the AIMG – Glacier Guide course 1

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My girlfriend, her parents and I did this tour yesterday and it was amazing! We were unlucky enough to get a flat tire 10 minutes before arriving at the meeting spot but when calling the lovely people at Glacier Adventures they were kind enough to give us a ride to the start of the tour while our tire was replaced (we weren’t given a spare by our rental company). The experience was fantastic – it was a bonus to us that we got to walk on the glacier with crampons and then climb down into the ice cave. What a terrific experience! 3 guides for a 9 person group meant we were all kept safe and well-looked after, and we received interesting information along the way. We thoroughly loved our experience and can’t recommend Glacier Adventure highly enough!!

Nick PFantastic Ice Cave tour - Glacier Adventure are incredible

We booked the glacier climb tour, and ended up being the only 2 for that day which made for a great experience. It was a bit rainy, and were grateful when we were provided rain pants, which we did not think to pack to Iceland. We were also provided all other needed equipment(climbing boots, crampons, helmets, ice picks, and climbing gear. The climbing instructions were very clear, and we ultimately were able to complete 5 climbs, on both a short wall and a much taller wall. The tour was a once in a lifetime experience and one of the highlights of our Ring road adventure!

Ethan BExcellent Glacier Climb

My 20 year old son and I went to the Hali Country Hotel(meeting point for tour) for the morning ice climbing tour. The weather was great. We meet our guide and climbed on one large glacier trucks and headed to the glacier. We drove through a glacier debris field, went through a lagoon in a zodiac boat and started climbing the glacier. Along the way the wind started picking up. Our guide talked to the manager and they decided to cancel climbing due to safety. Our guide was a member of one of the rescue teams and said that his company stressed safety first. We finished the glacier hike, drank from a glacier stream and headed back. We still had a great time. He owner offered to reschedule or give a full refund. I had to take the refund since we were leaving the next day. I hope to go back. The company is in a convenient location near the glacier lagoon so we also went there. I recommend this company.

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