Skaftafell Glacier hiking excursion
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Activity Snapshot

  • Sport level
  • Spoken languages
    Icelandic, English
  • Duration
    3 hrs
  • Opening seasons:

Activity description

Hike surrounded by high peaks covered in snow at the biggest glacier in Europe Svínafellsjökull glacier. Explore the beautiful wild side of Iceland!

Falljökull is located in Vatnajökull glacier, Europe's biggest glacier. Its snow-covered fields offer breathtaking views of the highest snowy peak of Iceland, Hvannadalshnjúkur, which rises more than 2,000 meters! Thanks to its incomparable beauty, the glacier has served as the scenery for dozens of movies like James Bond, Interstellar, and series like Game of Thrones.

The adventure will start from the Skaftafell Terminal, where your guide will provide you with all the equipment you need: crampons, ice axes, harnesses, and helmets. Then you will hop on the "Troll bus" and experience a scenic drive of about 10 minutes to the parking of the glacier. Stepping off the bus, a 15-minute walk will take you to the edge of the ice where your guide will show you how to put on the crampons so you can walk safely over ice.

You will spend between 1 hour and 1 hour and a half on the ice itself. You'll come across many crevasses, deep cracks in the surface of the glacier, and vertical shafts in the ice which are formed by melting water finding it’s way into fissures and cracks. If you come during wintertime, it's possible to take a look at small ice tunnels and witness the stunningly beautiful blue heart of the ice.

What makes this hiking trip so great is that your guide will introduce you in detail to the history of the glacier and tell you how the ice is formed on top of the mountains. Also, it doesn't matter if you don't have experience with crampons or ice axes; Troll Expeditions' certified guides will teach you all you need to know so you can have a safe walk on the glacier.

minimum 8 y/o
Starting time: 2:00 pm,
Cancellation policy: 
flexible1) Cancellation 4 days or more prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are automatically reimbursed for the full activity price

2) Cancellation between 48 and 96 hours prior to the agreed activity starting date
→ You are entitled to a 50% reimbursement

3) 48 hours or later are what we call last-minute cancellations
→ No reimbursements will be effected

You will meet your guide at the parking lot at Skaftafell Terminal, and after a 15-minute drive, you will be at the tip of the Falljökull glacier.

You will then get all the necessary safety equipment, as the guide provides both crampons, ice axes and other safety gear needed to make the tour both safe and enjoyable.

Activity requirements

All participants must be in good health. Minors must have authorization from their parents.

  • Safety equipment (Harness, ice axe, carabiners, crampons)
  • Guide
  • Hiking boots ( +1500 ISK)
Do not forget to bring
Do not forget to bring
  • Warm clothes
  • Hiking boots
Meeting point
Skaftafell Terminal (free parking) Get directions


Average rating
5 / 5
Very good
Fun and educational
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A very good hike. An adventure.

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Great tour
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Really worth it
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It's a great feeling walking on the ice with the proper equipment

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Seriously, this was privacy the compleet thing I have ever done. Didn't really know wat to expect but wow. I enjoyed every minute of it. The ice was so blue, it was amazing

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Wonderful landscape, exciting activity, great guide

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Nice and unusual experience.

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