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Skaftafell Glacier Hike

on Svinafellsjokull glacier

Explore the spellbinding scenery of a living, moving glacier. Walk among the crevasses which form great labyrinths and see the most stunning ice sculptures imaginable.


An exciting hike on Svínafellsjökull Glacier with an expert glacier guide. Experience the power of the glacier and the great natural forces which shaped it. This mind-blowing but easy hike on real ice crampons is a fabulous glacier tour – an ultimate experience you should not miss out on!

  • Availability

    All year

  • Duration

    2.5 hours / 1-1,5 hours on ice

  • Level


  • Pickup


  • Meet on location


  • Min. Age

    10 years old

  • Ratio


  • Price from

    9.900 ISK

Tour highlights
Glacier hiking
Svinafellsjokull Glacier
Guided glacier tour
Glacier gear and safety equipment

Your tour begins when you meet us at the Glacier Guides booking center in Skaftafell. We ask that you meet us 30 minutes before the start time of your tour.

On this tour you will truly be humbled by the magnificence of the landscapes which surround you and the majesty of the ice beneath your feet. Svínajökull is a glacier tongue of the great Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. These mighty glacial tongues radiate from Vatnajokull, stretching towards the coast like the talons of a great ice bird. Being totally immersed in the ice world of Svinajokull will make you feel very fragile. You will be left in no doubt at all about the power and the beauty which mother nature holds in the palm of her hand!

From your guide you will learn all about the glacier and how it is not a static structure, but an exciting living, moving and dynamic force of nature. The glacier is an ice river and so it flows forming great labyrinths of crevasses, amazing moulins, which delve down deep beneath the surface, and the most incredible ice sculptures. Someone who does not know this glacial world would not be able to spot a crevasse beneath the surface, which is one reason why you should never venture onto the glacier. You can rest assured that your expert glacier guide will do everything necessary to keep you safe, and to really bring this white world to life in the most interesting way. Our guides love to be asked questions, so there is no need to be shy about asking!

The natural forces which shape the glacier are among the strongest forces to be found in nature. The glacier itself possesses the power to shape the landscape, it may be a slow process but the glacier will carve a pathway through the mountain to create the valley. Great gorges have been forged by the mighty movement of weighty glaciers.

This is a tour which no Iceland or glacier enthusiast can afford to miss. When you come to Iceland you just have to set foot on one of these great white natural monoliths!

Please bring with you
Hiking boots, it is not possible to fit ice crampons to any other kind of footwear. Warm waterproof clothing, layers are best, together with gloves, headwear, and scarves. You should also bring sunglasses and sunscreen, on the glacier the sun is very strong.

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.

Please note

The meeting point for this tour is at the Glacier Guides booking office in Skaftafell.

You should arrive at least 30 minutes before the departure time.

What should we wear on our glacier trip in Iceland?

Iceland is known for 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 to dress in layers. Dress is 3 or 4 upper layers such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof wind-breaker. 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 reflection 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.

Do I need to bring a backpack on a glacier trip in Iceland?

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

Can I bring my camera along on a glacier tour?

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

I am pregnant, can I still join a glacier hike?

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.

Do I need to bring a lunch with me on the glacier tours?

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).

What are crampons?

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.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures glacier tour?

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

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.

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Price from 9.900 ISK per person.

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