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About tour

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure with our Glacier Explorer tour, where we will take you to the awe-inspiring Falljökull Glacier. Get up close and personal to Iceland’s iconic ice giants with expert guides. Falljökull is an outlet glacier from Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe, and is home to some of the most magical natural ice sculptures in the country.

As you enter this magical ice setting, you won’t be alone. Friendly and knowledgeable guides will be with you every step of the way to uncover mysteries and secrets about the glacier around you. They can lead you to Falljökull's best-kept secrets and viewpoints, ensuring you unlock the best possible sights and discover the hidden gems that most visitors might miss.

Highlights

  • Go on a guided glacier hike
  • Explore Falljökull Glacier
  • Learn about Vatnajökull Glacier

Included

  • Certified glacier guide
  • Specialized glacier gear

What to bring

  • Warm outdoor clothing
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Headwear
  • Gloves
  • Good hiking boots with ankle support

Tour Snapshot

Availability All Year
Duration 5.5/6 hours
Departs From Skaftafell
Level Moderate
Minimum age 14 years
Ratio 1:12 Guide to client ratio
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No

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Itinerary

Our world-renowned "Glacier Explorer" tour is an in-depth glacier adventure that takes you to Falljökull, one of the most impressive outlet glaciers of the Vatnajökull ice cap. We will take an inspiring walk along a winding path through the glacier's dramatically changing landscape. Arriving at the tongue of the glacier, we will have your crampons ready and waiting for you. With your knowledgeable guide leading the way, you will soon be exploring impressive terrain, walking through a wonderland of ice formations and brilliant blue colors.

You will enjoy vast, sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and the fantastic crevasse system. Depending on the glacier conditions, we will enter the rugged and chaotic icefall, which tumbles over the side of the underlying mountain and down toward the ocean. Imagine standing in an actual icefall, up close and personal with the ancient ice – something truly unforgettable.

This trip will provide you with plenty of photo opportunities and the chance to understand this magnificent glacier, how it is formed, and how it continues to change shape every day.

Meeting point: Skaftafell booking center (wooden cabin with Arctic Adventures logo).

Please note: The meeting point for this tour is at the Arctic Adventures Booking Hut in Skaftafell National Park. Skaftafell is located at approx 327km (203 miles) from Reykjavik.

Coordinates: 64°00'58.0"N 16°58'05.2"W

The nearest towns to Skaftafell are Kirkjubæjarklaustur, 69km (43 miles) to the west, and Höfn, 130km (81 miles) to the east.

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Glacier Explorer - Moderate Glacier Hike in Skaftafell

FAQ

Yes, the parking fee depends on your car category.

Category A - Passenger car, 5 seats or less: ISK 750

Category B - Passenger car, 6-9 seats: ISK 1,000

Motorcycles: ISK 300

You can always check the newest fees here.

Skaftafell is located about 330 kilometers from Reykjavík. See map for directions.

The main difference between these trips is that they take you to different locations on the glacier.

Our Glacier Explorer (5.5 hours) trip spends approximately 3 hours on the ice, exploring the magnificent ice-fall where it falls down from the Öræfajökull caldera.

The Glacier Wonders (4 hours) trip explores the easier part of the glacier which is lower and you will spend approximately 1 hour on the ice, giving you a fantastic but brief encounter to the highlights of Falljökull glacier.

Both trips start about 15 min driving away from our Skaftafell base camp. After the drive, we continue on foot following the retreat of the glacier for about 25-30 minutes where we set foot on the ice. Once there the 3.5-hour walkers spend their time exploring the features of the lower glacier and seeing spectacular views of the icefall. The 5.5-hour walkers explore the glacier more thoroughly and experience majestic pinnacles and deep crevasses. Both trips sometimes come across spectacular ice-caves but due to the nature of glaciers, this is not always the case.  

The 5.5-hour walk requires a higher level of fitness and agility as you will be on your feet for a longer period of time and the terrain is more challenging.

Meet on location means traveling to the location of the tour yourself and then meeting our tour guides rather than being picked up and taken to the location.

Iceland is known for its colorful weather. It can sometimes show you all 4 seasons in one day.

Dressing for this sort of weather can be a challenge so we always recommend dressing in layers.  3 or 4 upper layers are highly recommended such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof windbreaker.

Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet.

Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflecting off of the glacier.

You will need sturdy hiking boots with ankle support that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours. If you do not own a pair then we rent out good hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers.

We recommend bringing your own backpack on our full day or 1/2 day tours. It’s great to carry a small lunch and some extra clothing.

You can bring your camera along, and you should definitely bring one since the setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.

This is, of course, a personal choice, we have often had pregnant women on our trips. We recommend you take a close look at our trip description and difficulty rating, they will hopefully give you a better idea. It is also good to contact your physician, pregnant women’s health can be quite different. Feel free to contact us if you have further questions or concerns.

We do not provide lunch on any of our trips, so we recommend you bring your own lunch (for the longer trips), snacks and a bottle of water (you can refill it on the trip).

Crampons are metal spikes that we attach to the soles of your hiking shoes, these enable you to walk on the glacier ice without slipping. Get to know how to put crampons.

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified glacier guide on every glacier tour that we offer.

When glacier hiking you will be provided with an ice axe, crampons, harness and helmet. This will help you to complete the tour safely. The minimum shoe size to attach crampons is EU 35.

When snow stays long enough in one place it turns to ice. Over long periods of time, the ice layers up becoming huge blocks called glaciers. As there is a lot of snow in Iceland,  it forms to create ginormous glaciers that sweep across huge masses of land. Iceland is home to Europe’s largest glacier named Vatnajökull. This Glacier Guide will also tell you everything you may want to know about Glaciers.

Rain is not uncommon in Iceland. However, we do not let the rain stop our tours. This is why having appropriate clothing is very important to keep you warm and dry. Nature is not something that we can control and therefore we need to adapt to the weather. If your safety is compromised by going on the tour, we will cancel and you will be fully refunded.

This guide to Glacier Hiking includes all the information you might need when preparing for a glacier hike.

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