Our bestselling summer glacier tour.
Super jeep transfer and a short easy hike exploring the stunning Falljökull outlet glacier

10.900 ISK

| 83 $

79 € |


The Glacier Encounter is the perfect introduction to glaciers in Vatnajökull National Park. By driving to the glacier in our super jeeps, we save your hiking legs and time for up on the ice. We fully carbon offset the tours, making the experience accessible and carbon neutral.

Once at the edge of the glacier we put on crampons, and armed with an ice axe, we venture onto the ice to explore the fascinating ice features such as moulins, crevasses, moraines and dirt cones. Your guide will tell you about the local Öræfi region, home to the highest peak of Iceland and several volcanoes.

Our meeting point is Freysnes gas station 2 minutes from the national park entrance. 

In this 3 hour tour we explore the wide open icy landscape and find crevasses, moulins and volcanic ash.

The glacier surface and colours change a lot depending on the time of year. Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the views of the high mountain peaks and black sand beaches stretching out to the ocean in the distance.

be prepared for your adventure

What to bring:

Hiking boots with ankle support, outdoor clothing appropriate to the weather as well as a hat, gloves (sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended if sunny)

Hiking boots can be rented on location for 1000 ISK.

This tour has a 24h cancellation policy with 100% refund. Please feel free to read more about our cancellation policy here.

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The main difference between two of our public departures is the time we spend hiking on Falljökull glacier, which is an outlet of Vatnajökull glacier. Our short glacier walk is called Glacier Encounter and is around 3 hours in duration with 1 hour on the glacier. 

For more information please check here.

The price for this tour is 10 900 ISK for adults and 8 900 ISK for children.  The age limit is 8 years old. Kids younger than 8 are welcome to join the tour only if it’s a private excursion. 

On the other hand, our longer glacier walk is called Glacier Discovery and is around 4 hours in total tour duration with 2,5 – 3 hours hiking on the glacier.

For more information please check here.

The price for this tour is 16 900 ISK and the age limit is 16 years old. You should be able to see our up to date availability

We ask you to please arrive promptly 15 minutes before the start time of your tour. In winter please consider the weather conditions and arrive 20-25 minutes before the departure. We have a seating area, hot drinks and snacks available to purchase at our booking house.

Questions still unanswered? If you cannot find the answer to your question above please email us at and we will be more than happy to assist you.

It is important to dress appropriately for the weather so that you will be as comfortable as possible on your trip. Please wear warm layers, waterproof jacket and outdoor trousers or leggings avoiding jeans where possible. We also strongly suggest that you have a hat, scarf and gloves as it can get windy and you will also protect your hands from the ice which can be both cold and sharp.

Wishing to spend more time hiking?
Check our Glacier Discovery tour we have available between April-September every year. During this activity, we spend 2,5h - 3h on the glacier.
Looking for summit hikes in Iceland?
We offer a unique experience of summit hikes between April and July each year. If you are used to similar adventures and you excited about the option of reaching all the way up to the highest peak in Iceland - see what we have to offer.
Would you prefer a private tour?
If you want to build a custom tour or just want to work to your own schedule or abilities, a private tour might be the option for you!
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