Get intimate with the highlights of Vatnajökull National Park on a glacier hike and boat ride through towering icebergs!
This tour is for the adventurous ones. A zodiac boat ride on Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon followed by a glacier hike on Falljökull glacier. This is surely the ultimate Iceland adventure, filled with exploration, adventure and truly unforgettable views.
Apr. - Sept.
9:30 am - 6:15 pm
Meet on location
Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Vatnajökull national park
- Glacier hiking
- Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon
- Zodiac boat ride
- Guided glacier hike
- Certified glacier guide
- Specialized glacier gear
- Glacier lagoon boat ride
Sign up and see why the Glacier Grand Slam is our most popular glacier trip! You will get the opportunity to visit the most breathtaking and inspiring nature that Vatnajökull National Park has to offer.
You will meet us at the secluded (and locals favorite) Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon, 30 min before the tour starts. This tour is meet on location only.
In the beginning of the tour, you will take an amazing 45 minute Zodiac boat ride, gliding among numerous large icebergs with Europe’s largest glacial mass. The Fjallsárlón guide will take you back in time to the historical side of things. Come and learn about the history and formation of the lagoon and all who inhabited this beautiful landmark.
After our lagoon excursion, you must travel on your own to Skaftafell. Here you will get an introduction to the unique, fascinating world of ice, traversing the spectacular but easy tracks of the Falljökull glacier. We start with a short walk along the glacier valley where your guide will explain the unique features of the retreating paths of Falljökull glacier and its 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. On the way, we will witness 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 mountaintop below as it flows in slow motion towards the ocean, a journey it will never complete as global warming continues to fuel its melting and slow retreat.
Remember to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking boots are recommended.
What if I don’t have the necessary items?
You can rent hiking boots, waterproof jacket and pants from us when you book your tour.
All gear is also available for rent at the booking house in Skaftafell.
Meeting points: Boat ride: 09:00 am at Fjallsárlón Lagoon (tour starts at 09:30 am). Glacier hike: 14:20 pm at the Glacier Guides Booking Hut in Skaftafell (tour starts at 14:20 pm).
Crampons: Please note that the smallest set of crampons available fits EUR shoe size 35
We will visit either Falljökull glacier or Svínafellsjökull glacier depending on the season and conditions.
Skaftafell is located about 330 kilometers from Reykjavík. See map for directions.
Meet on location means travelling to the location of the tour yourself and then meeting our tour guides rather than being picked up and taken to the location.
This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.
Here you should wait for your guide.
Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.
Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.
After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.
Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Special Tours, has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time).
Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.
All of our tours are guided in English.
The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.
Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.
For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.
Iceland is known for colourful 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 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.
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, harness and helmet. This will help you to complete the tour safely.
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.
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.