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Glacier Explorer - Half Day Glacier Hike from Skaftafell

At A Glance


15,750 ISK


9:15, 11:30, 13:00


All year

Departs From: 

Glacier Guides Booking House in Skaftafell (next to the Visitor Center) 30 min. prior to departure


5.5 hours.

Minimum Age: 



This half day glacier hiking tour from Skaftafell National Park offers you the chance to explore all that Icelandic glaciers have to offer in just 5 hours. Experience first hand the cascading ice fall of Falljökul Glacier (Falling Glacier) crashing down from the mighty Vatnajökull ice cap. 


  • Small group guarantee.
  • Vatnajokull Glacier, Europe's largest glacier.
  • Falljökull Glacier.
  • Guided glacier hike.

Tour Details

  • Meeting point: Glacier Guides Booking Hut, 30 minutes prior to your departure.
  • Guide to client ratio: 12 participants per guide.
  • Price: 15990 ISK per person.
  • Duration: Up to 5.5 hours, approximately 3.5 hours on the ice.
  • Minimum age: 15 years old (Please note that the smallest set of crampons available fits EUR shoe size 35).
  • Inclusions: A guided glacier hike on Falljökull Glacier, a certified glacier guide and specialized glacier gear.
  • Additional info: The hike itself is approx. 8 km.

Your glacier adventure starts at the Glacier Guides Booking Hut located in Skaftafell National Park where you will jump on our bus which will take you on a 15 minute scenic ride towards Falljökull Glacier (Falling Glacier). From there your certified glacier guide will accompany you along a winding path through an ever-changing landscape carved out by the glacier before you will arrive at the tongue of the glacier where you will receive a safety briefing from your guide and gear up for the glacier exploration. From the edge of the glacier you will then head up towards the ice fall.  With your glacier guide leading the way you will soon be exploring dramatic terrain, walking through a wonderland of frozen ice formations and brilliant blue colors. During this tour you will have plenty of time to take in the vast panoramic views of the surrounding mountains as you make your way to the rugged and majestic ice fall.

This trip provides you with plenty of photo opportunities and the chance to gain a thorough understanding of this magnificent glacier, how it is formed and how it continues to change shape everyday.

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)