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Heli Vatnajökull Glacier Hike

At A Glance

Details
Price: 

382.900 ISK/person

Departures: 

Everyday for minimum 3 persons

Season: 

May 15th - September 30th

Departs From: 

Reykjavik near the domestic airport.

Duration: 

6-8 hours

Minimum Age: 

8

Difficulty: 

From Reykjavik we fly East along the dramatic South Coast of Iceland. En route to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon we follow the never ending stretches of black lava sand beaches past the famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano and tumbling waterfalls. Once we reach the glacier lagoon we stop for 30-45 minutes to give you time for a boat ride (not included), ice bergs exploration and seal watching.

As we head back on a westerly heading we fly over the countless Vatnajökull glacier tongues where we meet our glacier guide who will take us on a 1 hour interpretive and fun filled glacier hike in the incredible landscape of the ice world.  From there we fly past the hights peak of Iceland, and to the remote and rugged Fjallabak nature reserve. You'll see parts of the island that are hidden to all but a few and get access to highland lakes, braided rivers, glacial-hewn valleys, towering mountains and majestic and primeval volcanic scenery. We'll explore the colourful mountain ranges around Landmannalaugar geothermal area and Hraftinnusker before we fly past Hekla volcano en route back to Reykjavík city.

During the tour we make several landings including the glacier lagoon but the others depend on your own interest. Usually we land on Fimmvörðuháls by Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano and at Hraftinnusker geothermal area. Included in the tour is a packed lunch. Your pilot will choose a scenic location to stop for a picnic.

This tour is bound to exceed even the highest expectations!

"... it was so amazing that I can't really put it in words. If you can take this tour, do it. Even though it's a bit costly, the money you spend on this trip is money very well spent. I'm going to be telling my grandchildren about this." -Trip Advisor Feedback

"I am lost for words at the spectacular scenery that this tour opened up to us. 100% the best thing I've ever invested in." -Trip Advisor Feedback 

 

What to Bring

For all of our glacier tours Glacier Guides will provide guests with crampons for walking on the ice, helmets and ice axes.  Waterproof clothing and hiking boots are available for rent. In Skaftafell we do have many of the items below for sale in our booking center.


Equipment List for Glacier Day Tours

Please note that the glacier hikes range from 3 hours to 7 hours so depending on the length of your tour you may be able to get away without some of the things on this list. 

  • Waterproof jacket and pants (We do have rental clothing available)
  • Hiking boots (Available for rent, 1000 isk. We advise against runners or any type of shoe that comes up below the ankle bone as the straps on the crampons can get a bit painful during the walk)(Climbing boots are included on the ice climbing tour)
  • Light sweater, wool or fleece
  • Light synthetic or quick dry pants (Try and stay clear of jeans on the longer trips as they get wet & cold quick and dry slow)
  • Thin Gloves
  • Hat
  • Small Backpack (Can be handy to carry camera, rain gear and all extras)
  • Sunglasses and sun protection (It can get quite bright on the ice with the reflection)
  • Food and drinks (Lunch is not provided on any of our trips. June - September there is plenty of fresh water on the glacier so bring a bottle)
  • Camera (If you forget everything else don´t forget that)
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