Skaftafell Glacier Hike | 3-Hour Expedition

Tie your hiking boot's shoelaces and put on your adventure hat because you’re going to walk on top of the centennial ice on an outlet glacier part of Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier.

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3 Hours

Group size

12 people per guide


Glacier hiking equipment, certified glacier guide,
And more…


You will come on a hiking expedition to an outlet glacier on part of the biggest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull, and have your mind blown away by the breathtaking views to the ice covered highest peaks of Iceland rising more than 2,000 meters (6.500 ft) over your helmet! The glacier tongues and their spectacular landscape has been scenery for dozens of movies and TV shows like James Bond, Interstellar, Batman and Game of Thrones. Follow the footsteps of Pierce Brosnan, Matt Damon and Jon Snow.

You will meet your guide at the Skaftafell Visitor Centre and he will provide you with all the equipment you need: crampons, ice axes, harnesses and helmets. Then you will enter the troll bus and drive for about 10 minutes to the parking lot of the glacier. From there it’s only a 15 minutes walk to the edge of the ice where your guide will show you how to put on the crampons, steel frames which are tied to your hiking boots and make it possible for you to walk on the glacier.

You will stay 60 to 90 minutes on the ice itself and see lots of crevasses, deep cracks in the surface of the glacier, and so called moulins, often vertical shafts in the ice which are formed by melting water finding it’s way into fissures and cracks. In the wintertime it is often possible to peek into small ice tunnels and capture the beautiful blue heart of the ice. Your guide will introduce you in detail to the history of the glacier and tell you how the ice is formed on top of the mountains.

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.

Do you want to add ice climbing to your glacier hike? Check out our tour “Skaftafell Ice Climbing and Glacier Hike”, click here.

Are you looking for extra adventure? Would you like to explore the glacier further in a half-day expedition? Then you should check out tour “Glacier Hiking Adventure from Skaftafell | 5-Hour Expedition”, click here.

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✓  15:00

✓  Moderate

✓  3 hours

✓  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

Minimum age
8 years

You can find our glacier guides at Skaftafell Visitor Center by our trailer marked Tröll Expeditions.

Click on the map for the exact location and directions. Driving time from Reykjavík is around 4 hours.

Check some of our day tours departing from Reykjavík