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
  • Experience walking on a glacier
  • Super jeep transfer to and from our meeting location
  • Local experienced glacier guide
  • Crampons and all safety equipment included
  • Private Group or Public Departure

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

Difficulty Level: Easy

Departure times: 9:30 and 13:30

Meeting place: Freysnes gas station, close to Skaftafell nature reserve

Season: April – Mid October

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

What to bring: Hiking shoes with ankle support, outdoor clothing depending on weather, hat, gloves and sunglasses if sunny.
Note – hiking boots can be rented on location for 1.000 ISK.

Group Sizes: Max 12 persons per group on our public departures.
Send us a request if you have a bigger group – info@localguide.is

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 meeting point to Svinafellsjökull glacier, which is a neighbouring glacier tongue descending from the vast Vatnajökull ice cap
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After a quick walk to the edge of the glacier you will learn to put on crampons and have a small safety briefing. With an ice axe in hand we will then embark on a 1 – 1 1/2 km guided excursion of the glacier.

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

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

Included: 2 hour tour (1 hour on the ice), local experienced glacier guide, super jeep transfer to and from our meeting point, crampons and safety equipment.

What to bring: hiking shoes with ankle support, outdoor clothing depending on the weather at the time (e.g. fleece and waterproof jacket), hat, gloves and sunglasses if sunny.

Let us know if you don´t have hiking boots, they can be rented from us on location for 1.000 ISK.

Our meeting point for your Vatnajökull Glacier tour:

Freysnes gas station
785 Öræfi
Iceland

Only a 5 minute drive east of Skaftafell nature reserve!

You will see our truck on the parking lot at the Freysnes Orkan/Shell gas station.
Hotel Skaftafell is just across the street.

It is also worth to note that we are located 320km, or a 4 hours drive, east of Reykjavík.

Summer Season 2018

9.490 ISK per person on our public departure at 9:30 or 13:30

Private Departure Price List:

1-4 persons = 59.900 ISK total price
5-6 persons = 79.900 ISK total price
7-8 persons = 89.900 ISK total price
9+ = 9.990 ISK per person

Public and Private Departures

2 hours - 1 hour on the glacier
Prices from 9.490 ISK per person

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