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Vatnajökull Glacier Hike
67 reviews | 1,059 travellers
We did the 5 hour hike on the glacier and it was quite an adventure. Sam, the guide, was aware of the group at all times, giving many explanations and making sure we had a good morning enjoying the glacier.
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Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the service starts
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US$ 79.90
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the service starts
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Enjoy hiking on top of Vatnajökull glacier, the largest glacier in Iceland. This incredible natural location is the setting for numerous films and series and it's sure to take your breath away.

Vatnajokull Glacier
Hiking on Vatnajokull Glacier
Vatnajokull Glacier, in Vatnajökull National Park

Vatnajökull Glacier Hike

Upon booking, you can opt for the 3 hour or 5 hour route:

3 hour route

We'll meet in Skaftafell, where our guide will equip us with everything we need to make the hike on the glacier as safe as possible. Once equipped with the helmet, harnesses, ice axes and crampons, we'll get on the bus that will take us to the vicinity of the Vatnajökull glacier, the largest glacier in Iceland.

As soon as you arrive you'll see the beauty of this glacier, located within the largest national natural park in Europe, which is considered to be one of the best natural settings. Its white and mountainous areas have appeared in many successful films and series, such as James Bond, Tomb Raider, Batman and Game of Thrones.

We'll trek for around 60 to 90 minutes, and discovering the many formations such as cracks on the surface of the glacier, vertical wells or ice tunnels (only visible in winter), an unforgettable experience in the midst of Icelandic nature.

Finally, we'll return to our starting point after experiencing the incredible sensation of walking over a glacier.

This tour begins at 9:30 am.

5 hour route

The itinerary will be the same as in the 3-hour route, but we'll dedicate more time to the trekking activity. An experience only suitable for the most intrepid and sporty ones!

The start time will be at 10:30 am throughout the year. Also, from July to October, this option will also be available at 2:30 pm.

Important Information

  • This is a medium difficulty hike and will last approximately one hour over uneven ground. It is not recommended for people with heart problems.
  • If you take the hike in the winter, you must wear warm clothes and appropriate footwear to walk on snow and ice. If you take the hike in the summer, we recommend taking a rain jacket. We'll provide you with the necessary technical equipment for the activity (helmet, crampons and torch).
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Price

Adults Children under 12
3 hour route
US$ 79.90
not permitted
5 hour route
US$ 118
not permitted

3 hour route

  • Adults

    US$ 79.90
  • Children under 12

    not permitted

5 hour route

  • Adults

    US$ 118
  • Children under 12

    not permitted

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Covid-19 Measures

Please check local restrictions before traveling. All of our services comply with recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19.

Duration

3 hours - 5 hours.

Language The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English.

Included

Transport in a heated vehicle.

English speaking guide.

Hiking equipment.

When to book?

You can book up until the previous day (11:59 pm) if there are still places available. Book now to guarantee your spot.

Type of voucher

Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.

Accessibility

Not wheelchair accessible.

Sustainability

All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code. Specifically, this activity applies the following practices: Show more

No printing of documentation required.

Promotes local employment.

Has a gender equality policy.

Has a carbon footprint offset policy.

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Pets

Not permitted.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you have any other questions please contact us.

Free cancellation

Free! Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.
From
US$ 79.90
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before the service starts

Meeting point

Skaftafell Terminal Tour Center (Flugvallarvegur 5, 785 Öræfi, Iceland).