Vatnajökull Glacier Walk

Glacier Adventure

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In this glacier walk 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

DIFFICULTY

Easy, Family

CATEGORY

Summer
Slow Adventure
Glacier Tours

NEXT DEPARTURE

Sat 21.Apr'18 09:30

PRICE FORM

12.900 ISK

Includes Super Jeep ride with a glacier trained local guide

In this glacier walk 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.

The tour can take between 3,5 and 4 hours (1 – 1,5 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 children and adults.

Minimum age is 10 years old

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

After 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/Jökulsárlón 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 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”.

In this unique tour you will get the chance to learn about the magnificent glacier, how it is formed and how it continues to change and shape every day

As we walk in the stunning surroundings of Vatnajökull National Park with plenty of unique picture moments our guide takes you through the regions history from the settlement until our times.  The tour is intended for those who want to spend half a day outside walking, talking and enjoying the unforgettable landscape in the surroundings of Jökulsárlón.

 

TOUR DETAILS
Availability: 9:30, 12:30
Meeting point: Hali Country Hotel reception
Area: South East Iceland
Duration: 3 1/2 – 4 hours
Type: Half day-tour
Difficulty level: Moderate
Group min: 2 persons
Group max: 12 persons

RENTED EQUIPMENT:
– Rain gear 1000,- ISK
– Mountain boots 1000,- ISK

WHAT’S INCLUDED
– Crampons, harness, helmet, ice axe
– Life vest for the boat trip
– Guided tour with a local

NEEDED EQUIPMENT:
– Good shoes (hiking boots if you have them)
– 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 hat and gloves
– Camera (optional)

GlacierAdventures 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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Our guide was friendly, fun and clearly knew what she was talking about! My friend and I are both middle school science teachers and she explained climate change, glacial geology and other fun facts in such an easy to understand yet very scientific way and used her surroundings to support her statements. This was a highlight of our trip and I suggest that anyone with families take part in this experience.

mitchelljocEducational and beautiful!

Breathtaking views and out of this world experience of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. Stone (can’t remember the Icelandic name) was our guide (born and bred in the village from which we started), who gave us fascinating insight into the glacier and life in the area. He was informative and humorous and pitched the tour at just the right level for all the family. On the way back he stopped to show us blueberries and another edible berry found in Iceland.

Walking on the glacier kitted out with helmet, crampons etc wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be but a brilliant experience and worth every penny. The views were out of this world . My 8 year old found it a little tiring but enjoyed it nonetheless. We were lucky with the weather as it was dry.

We all drank from the little stream which the kids enjoyed.

We were a party of 5 – 3 adults and 2 kids aged 13 and 8.

LondonTravelkidAmazing experience for all the family!

We did the glacier walk~ way beyond and above our wildest imagination. Such an awesome and active tour with just the right number of people in the group and in such a spectacular location away free from crowds. I want to go back to iceland and do every tours offered by team Glacier Adventure. Very grateful to the team- wonderful, safe, thoughtful and fun+funny tour guides!!

Sang-Hee LMost memorable holiday
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