Glacier Encounter

A short glacier hike on one of the stunning outlet glaciers of Vatnajökull


  • We take you on Svínafellsjökull an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull
  • Local experienced glacier guide
  • Private Group or Public
  • transfer from the base
  • Experience walking on a glacier
  • Crampons and all safety equipment included

Duration: Around 2 hours in total, 1 hour on the ice.

Difficulty: Easy

Age limit: 10 years old for our public tours 5+ for our private tours

Season: April- Mid October.

Departure times: 10:30 and 13:30

Group Sizes: max 12 persons per group

Meeting place: Local Guide HQ, Fagurhólsmýri

This glacier hike is perfect for people looking to have an introductory glacier tour in Iceland.

This tour will start with a short drive from our base to either Svinafellsjökull, which is a neighbouring glacier tongue descending from the vast Vatnajökull ice cap

At the edge of the glacier you will learn to put on crampons and have a small briefing. With an ice axe in hand we will then embark on a 1 – 1 1/2 km guided excursion of glacier.

Your guide will be pointing out some of the fascinating features of the ice while on the hike and teaching you about some of the local geography and history.

The glacier surface and colour changes a lot depending on the time of year, but summer is the perfect time to get up on the ice and explore.

What to bring: hiking shoes with ankle support, outdoor clothes depending on weather at the time. (e.g. fleece and waterproof jacket)

Let us know if you don´t have hiking boots, these can be rented from us for 500 ISK

We are located right under Vatnajökull Glacier.

785 Öræfi

Our Location only 5 minute drive east of Skaftafell national park.

The parking lot at the Freysnes Shell Gas station.
Hotel Skaftafell is just across the street.

It is also worth to note that we are located 4 hour drive east of Reykjavík.

This activity is a private tour

1-4 persons = 59.900 isk
5-6 persons = 79.900 isk
7-8 persons = 89.900isk
9+ = 9.900isk per person

Public and Private Departures

Around 2 hours
Prices from 9.900 per person

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