Explore the spellbinding scenery of a living, moving glacier. Walk among the crevasses which form great labyrinths and see the most stunning ice sculptures imaginable.
An exciting hike on Svínafellsjökull Glacier with an expert glacier guide. Experience the power of the glacier and the great natural forces which shaped it. This mind-blowing but easy hike on real ice crampons is a fabulous glacier tour – an ultimate experience you should not miss out on!
This tour takes you safely among the crevasses and glacier sculptures of Svínafellsjökull glacial tongue in Skaftafell nature reserve. You’ll be totally surrounded by the majestic scenery and experience the power of the living glacier. It’s a fairly easy to moderate walk with real ice crampons attached to your hiking boots.
This glacier tongue is an outlet of the immense Glacier Vatnajökull, and the ice is 1,000 years old. Glaciers are made up of fallen snow. They are not frozen water, as some might think. But how does it turn into ice then? Simply by compression due to the weight of the snow as it keeps accumulating. It’s just like taking a handful of fluffy snow and squeezing into a hard snowball, and keep doing so for hundreds of years. The ice eventually gets so compressed that most of the air is forced out of it. This is what causes glacial ice to appear blue.A glacier is a river of ice. It flows. That’s because the highly compressed layers of ice are very flexible. At locations where a glacier flows rapidly, giant cracks called crevasses are formed. This is why it’s so dangerous to walk on a glacier – the crevasses get sometimes covered over by snow. Your guide may show you with the ice axe spots that may look like solid ice and snow but are in fact a steep drop just covered in a light dusting of snow.
2.5 hours / 1-1,5 hours on ice
Guiding services, glacier gear and safety equipment (ice crampons, ice axe, helmets).
What do I need to bring?
Waterproof warm clothing, and hiking boots (hiking boots may be rented from us).
Minimum age of passengers is: 10
Meeting point: Skaftafell Booking Center (grey house with turf roof), 30 min before tour starts. Skaftafell is located 327km (203 miles) from Reykjavík. The nearest towns to Skaftafell are Kirkjubæjarklaustur, 69km to the west and Höfn, 130km to the east.
Arctic Adventures is an Icelandic adventure and activity travel company which focuses on ecotourism offering exciting experiences all around Iceland.
We want to help you to escape the ordinary, travel with passion and create memories which will last a lifetime. Iceland is a unique country to visit and our aim is to show you why.
We want you to experience the spectacular scenery and the surreal power and energy of our nature, which we Icelanders fall in love with again and again, each and every day. Let’s get together to create some absolutely unforgettable experiences, we want you to feel truly alive and in the zone!
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Jessica TWonderful Trip
We booked the extended hike on Vatnajokull out of Skaftafell directly, as we had a car for our visit. It was AMAZING! We loved our tour guide – Steph. Very knowledgable and she was able to kindly reign in a few “wandering” tour-mates who were holding up the group by taking photos ever 5 feet. She was fantastic, and the sights and sounds made the entire trip very much so worth it!
TIP! Even if you think your boots will work with snow, they might not work with crampons – be prepared to possibly rent proper hiking boots.
Mark SAmazing Experience
This was an amazing experience. The glacier is a true wonder. The equipment was very good and our tour guide was fantastic.