From Skaftafell

Glacier Walk and Ice Climbing

A thrilling adventure on a beautiful outlet glacier that is suitable for all skill levels. Walk, ice climb and enjoy the magnificent landscape around you on this day tour. Use code 15GW to save on departures between Dec 1st and 16th!

Tour code: IMG28

A Fun Glacier Walk With An Introduction To Ice Climbing

On this adventurous glacier walk and ice climbing tour, we take you to a majestic outlet glacier in Vatnajökull National Park. There, you will explore all its features, such as water cauldrons, ridges, and deep crevasses.  Your tour kicks off with meeting your certified and experienced glacier guide in Skaftafell. After being fitted with the required glacier gear that we provide, such as a helmet, harness, crampons and an ice axe, you will receive a short safety briefing from your guide. Stepping onto the glacier is like walking into an icy wonderland. Different shades of ice combined with the stunning mountain peaks around you, set the scene for your ice climbing adventure. At the right location, your guide will rig up the climbing ropes. Everyone will have a short and easy introduction to the sport of ice climbing. With only 6 passengers per guide on this tour, each person will have their time to shine. This combination of a glacier walk and ice climbing is a great way to experience Icelandic glaciers. Don't forget to bring your camera!

*Due to safety reasons, we are currently not operating glacier tours on Svínafellsjökull glacier. Other beautiful glacier outlets will be explored in the meantime.

*The Skaftafell parking lot fee is not included in the tour price.

Tour Overview

  • Difficulty

    Moderate

    Moderate Difficulty

    Accessible to all those in good health, who are doing some sport regularly and who are used to all-terrain walks. 4-6 hours walking per day, without much carrying.

  • AVAILABILITY

    All-year

  • DURATION

    4 - 4 1/2 hrs

  • Meeting Point

    Icelandic Mountain Guides Sales Lodge in Skaftafell (next to the National Park Visitor Center)

  • Group Size

    2 - 6 per guide

  • On the ice

    3 hrs

  • 14

    Minimum age

    14 yrs

  • Language

    English

Customer Reviews

We had a amazing time on our glacier walk and ice climbing tour. Our guide Tom tailored the tour to each individual’s desires and skill level and gave everyone a chance to shine. Defiantly a trip to remember!
Viper, USA — 2018-01-04

Tour Highlights

Putting crampons on

Walking on Ice with Crampons

Introduction to Ice Climbing

Picturesque views

Included

  • Experienced and qualified guide
  • Glacier gear
  • Safety equipment

Not Included

  • Rain gear
  • Hiking boots
  • Warm clothing
  • Lunch

Optional Extras

  • Rain gear (jacket or pants)
  • Hiking boots

Practical Information