Glacier Hike departing from Skaftafell National Park
Trip difficulty ranges from 1-2 out of 5 possible
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For those looking for a quick but stunning adventure, this popular trip is a great eco-adventure full of variety and interest. Our famous buses leave from Skaftafell national park several times a day for the scenic 15 minute drive to Falljökull glacier. On our way we will see impressive mountains that line the southern edge of the Vatnajökull glacier.
This is a fantastic introduction to the unique, enthralling world of ice, traversing the spectacular but easy tracks of the Falljökull glacier, only a short distance from the Skaftafell campsite. We start with a short walk along the glacier valley where your guide will explain the unique features of the retreating paths of Falljökull and Virkisjökull glaciers and their surroundings.
As we arrive at the edge of the Falljökull glacier we will strap on crampons and make our way up the icy but easily accessible slopes, witnessing on the way the incredible ice formations and crevasses, learning about how they are formed and how the glacier continuously reshapes itself. We will approach the awe-inspiring ice fall, seeing up close how the ancient ice stoically falls hundreds of meters off the mountain top below as it flows in slow motion towards the ocean, a journey it will never complete as rising temperatures continue to fuel its melting and slow retreat.
Guaranteed departures everyday at 9:30, 11:30, 13:00, and 15:15 from May 15th – September 15th. Free pick up from Glacier Guides Booking Center in Vatnajökull National Park, Hotel Skaftafell and the camping ground at Svínafell.
Note: if you depart with us from the Vatnajökull National Park, please be here 15 min before departure.
Price: 7.100 ISK per person, 5.100 Isk for children age 10 to 15 .
Included: pick-up from Glacier Guides booking center (Vatnajökull National Park), Fosshotel Skaftafell and Svinafell campsite, glacier hike and glacier gear.
Distance from Reykjavik: 330 km / 205 miles.
Duration of trip: Approx 2 1/2 - 3 hours with transfer.
Available: from 15th of May until 15th of September.
Minimum: 2 persons.
Age limit: 10 years.
Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended! You can rent hiking shoes for 1000 ISK and waterproof clothing for 500 ISK per item should you need them.
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Guests are advised that all activities are undertaken entirely at their own risk and they must behave in a fit and proper manner at all times in accordance with Glacier Guides guidelines and must take proper responsibility for their own actions. Glacier hiking and related activities carry inherent risks and Guests may be requested by Glacier Guides to sign a liability release and assumption of risk prior to certain excursions.