This Iceland glacier hike experience is filled with variety. You will meet your certified glacier guide at Skaftafell Booking Center near the car park at Skaftafell Visitor Center in Vatnajökull National Park. Then the excitement begins!
We will head towards Falljökull through stunningly spectacular scenery. The soft vegetation around Skaftafell gives way to the impressive mountain landscapes surrounding the southern edge of the majestic Vatnajökull glacier. The drive takes around 15 minutes – we then hike for about 30 minutes up to Falljökull, surrounded by the most stunning mountain glacier scenery. Hvannadalshnúkur, Iceland´s highest peak, will be towering high above you on the right side. Depending on the conditions, an approximate overall time we spend on the glacier is 1,5 hours.
You will also look at Virkisjökull, another of the majestic glacial tongues that radiate towards the coast from the great ice hub of Vatnajökull. Your knowledgeable guide will explain how the glaciers move and show you the unique features of the retreat patterns of both Virkiskökull and Falljökull. You will get to see the influence of global warming upon these precious shimmering white giants with your own eyes.
At Falljökull, we strap on our ice crampons and get ready for the magic moment – setting foot on the glacier! Your experienced guide will explain this unbelievably vibrant, moving, and living world. You will see incredible crevasses which wend their way, twisting and turning through the glacier. These labyrinths are constantly forming, moving, and changing in tune with the dance of nature. See the great moulins, which descend deep into the glacier, and stunning ice falls as ancient ice drops hundreds of meters from the mountain top. A glacier is never static. It is always in movement, making a glacier one of the most stunning and magnificent forces in nature. It does not do it quickly, but the glacier will carve a pathway through a mountain, leaving a valley in its wake. These ice-wonders are shaped by nature, particularly temperature. It should be also be noted that they possess the power to shape the land.
Although Falljökull is moving in the direction of the ocean, it will never actually get there. Unless global warming reverses, this majestic ice formation will continue to recede. See this ice giant in full majesty – book this tour today!