Skaftafell Blue Ice Winter Wonderland | 5-Hour HikePrepare yourself for an unforgettable and frozen adventure from Skaftafell National Park. This is the perfect opportunity for those who want to experience a long hiking adventure on Falljökull, "The Falling Glacier". We will use different techniques to explore far into the glacier to make sure you let the ice fall amaze you and the breathtaking scenery leave you speechless.
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Do you want to add ice climbing to your glacier hike?
10 people per guide
Glacier hiking equipment, certified glacier guide,
Your adventure will begin at Skaftafell Visitor Center where you will meet your highly qualified and and friendly glacier hiking guide. They will give a short safety briefing and provide you with all of the equipment necessary for your hiking adventure, including helmets, crampons, harness, and ice axes.
After a short ride on the famous “Tröll Bus”, you’ll immerse yourself in the glacier and begin a short hike to the ice cap. Once there, your guide will explain how to get geared up and what the safest practices to walk on a glacial surface. Once you have your crampons and all necessary equipment on it’s time to take to the ice and begin this once-in-a-life-time adventure.
As you get into the glacier outlet, the majestic features of the natural world amaze you. Falljökull is a glacial tongue from Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier and its name translate to “The falling glacier”. The ice fall in the area is unique on earth and the further you get, the more it will blow your mind. The out-worldly scenery is comprised the ice formations in the area: deep crevasses, pale moulins, and even ice sculptures.
The further we continue exploring, the more the beautiful will the view get. Since we’re going to be so high up, we will be able to observe panoramas over Skaftafell National Park, that has gained fame in the last years for being the location for many films and shows. During your expedition, your glacier guide will let you know how glaciers are formed and what are the dangers. You will also learn about the consequences of global warming and their future.
Since this is a more demanding hike than usual, along with the basics of ice climbing you might have the chance to learn more about intermediate techniques of glacier hiking such as via ferrata, among others. When this 5-hour tour is over, we head back to Skaftafell Information Centre filled with a head full of all the lessons learned in this ultimate ice experience.
Never been on a glacier walk before? Never used crampons or ice axe? No worries!
Our certified guides will teach you all you need to know and have you walking safely on the glacier. Safety equipment and briefings are provided before each tour. And if you still have some questions, you can read our article about the basics of glacier hiking by clicking here.
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✓ Moderate – Demanding
✓ 5 hours
✓ All year
✓ Certified Glacier Guide
✓ Small Group (12 persons max)
✓ Glacier Equipment: helmet, harness, crampons, and ice axe
What you need to bring
• Hiking boots (available for rent online and on location)
• Warm clothes (first layer)
• Waterproof clothing (second layer)
• Gloves and hat
• 12 years
Good to know
• This tour is suitable travelers in good physical shape
• If you are driving in the area, check Hotel Skaftafell for accommodation and/or dinner. You can also try flying over the glacier with Atlantsflug/Flightseeing
If you are driving with a GPS, below is the geolocation.
Latitude: 64.156041 | Longitude: -21.947908
You can find our glacier guides at our trailer marked Tröll Expeditions only a few meters South from Skaftafell Visitor Center.
Click on the map for the exact location and directions. Driving time from Reykjavík is around 4 hours.