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Glacier Wonders - Glacier Hiking Day Trip

Price from: €54 per person.

Time of departure:

09:30 - 09:30

Guaranteed departures:

15th May - 30th September

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
  • Sightseeing
  • Glacier hiking

Trip difficulty:

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Glacier Hike departing from Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park. Our bestselling glacier walk in 2010, 2011 and 2012!


Trip difficulty: ranges from 1-2 out of 5 possible
Guide to client ratio: 1:15. Small Groups Guarantee

For those looking for a quick but stunning adventure, this popular trip is a great eco-adventure full of variety and interest. Our famous buses leave from Skaftafell national park several times a day for the scenic 15 minute drive to Virkisjökull glacier.  On our way we will see impressive mountains that line the southern edge of the Vatnajökull glacier.  

This is a fantastic introduction to the unique, enthralling world of ice, traversing the spectacular but easy tracks of the Virkisjökull glacier. We start with a short walk along the glacier valley where your guide will explain the unique features of the retreating paths of Falljökull and Virkisjökull glaciers and their surroundings.

As we arrive at the edge of the Virkisjökull glacier we will strap on crampons and make our way up the icy but easily accessible slopes. On the way we will witness incredible ice formations and crevasses, learning about how they are formed and how the glacier continuously reshapes itself. We will approach the awe-inspiring ice fall, seeing up close how the ancient ice stoically falls hundreds of meters off the mountain top below as it flows in slow motion towards the ocean, a journey it will never complete as global warming continues to fuel its melting and slow retreat.


Disclaimer: Guests are advised that all activities are undertaken entirely at their own risk and they must behave in a fit and proper manner at all times in accordance with Glacier Guides guidelines and must take proper responsibility for their own safety. Glacier hiking and related activities carry inherent risks and Guests may be requested by Glacier Guides to sign a liability release and assumption of risk prior to certain excursions. 

Extras

  • Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon Zodiac Tour (**can only be combined with 11:30 GW tour)

  • Hiking boots

Guaranteed departures

Every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from the 15th of May to the 30th of September

Included

Pick-up from Skaftafell campsite, Fosshotel Skaftafell and Svinafell campsite, glacier hike and glacier gear.

What to bring with you

Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended.

Duration of trip

3 hours

Minimum age

10 years.

Maximum number of participants

15 persons per guide

Distance from reykjavík

330km / 205 miles km

I have never been on a glacier before, which tour is suitable for me?

Our tours are designed for people with absolutely no background glacier experience. The guide will teach you all you need to know regarding the use of crampons and walking on ice. You just have to chose a tour that adapts to your fitness level.

What equipment should I bring?

Please refer to our checklists:
Alpine Treks Checklist
Glacier hike Checklist
 

The Glacier Grand Slam tour includes a boat tour on the Jökulsárlon Glacier Lagoon. Is it dangerous to cruise on the lake?

The safety of the passengers is insured  by well trained staff on each boat. No accidents every happened since they started cruising on the lagoon 15 years ago. The boat drivers have a lot of experience and good knowledge about the lake. They know exactly where to drive with the boats without taking any risk. Each of the large amphibian boats is followed by a quick lifeboat for your safety.
 

 Why can't I wear Jeans?

We ask our clients not to wear jeans on the glacier, but instead to wear lightweight trousers, as jeans get very cold and uncomfortable when wet. If jeans are all you have then we can provide you with waterproof over-trousers to wear instead.

Do I need to bring a lunch?


We recommend that you bring a lunch for this tour. We recommend you bring your own snacks and a bottle for water (which you will find plenty of on the glacier) for the Glacier Wonders and Ice-climbing trips.  For trips to Hvannadalshnukur please refer to the equipment list for food you will need.

Do I need to bring a backpack?

We recommend bringing your own backpack when on one of our full day or 1/2 day tours. We have a limited number of backpacks for hire if you don’t have one of your own.

Do I get my money back if it is raining?

We do not give refunds if it is raining. It is the high annual rainfall in the glacier region (6-8 meters per year) that allows the glaciers to grow and without the rain these magnificent glaciers would not be here. We can rent you the best in rain protection including Goretex rain jackets and waterproof over trousers.

Is the glacier there all year round?

Yes! This is due to the fact that snow falls up the top of the glacier and it is this snow that feeds the river of ice, otherwise known as the glacier.

Although the glaciers are subjected to advances and retreats it takes a long time to witness any noticeable changes in the glacier's size. Even though we can guarantee that the ice is present all year round, specific ice features cannot be guaranteed. These features come and go very quickly due to the movement of the glacier, however there are new features constantly forming.

What is the difference between the Half Day and All Day trips?

The main difference between these trips is that they take you to two different glaciers. The All Day trip spends approximately 4-5 hours on the ice, exploring the shores of the Fjallsjökull glacier lagoon and taking you to the vertical terminal edge of the glacier where the ice walls descend into the abyss. The Half Day trips go to Virkisjokull and spend approximately 1 hour on the ice, giving you a fantastic but brief encounter to the highlights of the Virkisjökull glacier. Both trips take about 30 minutes to access the ice, and once there the Half Day walkers spend their time exploring the features of the lower glacier and seeing spectacular views of an icefall. The All Day walkers explore the glacier more thoroughly and experience majestic pinnacles and deep crevasses. 
The All Day walk requires a higher level of fitness and agility as you will be on your feet for a longer period of time and the terrain is more challenging.

 How do I get to Skaftafell, and how do I find you there?

 
 
You can get to Skaftafell either by car or by bus.
 

Driving Directions:

Skaftafell National Park is located 327Km from Reykjavik, it is about 4 hours drive always on main road nr 1, if you come trough the south coast after you pass the town of  Kyrkjubærklaustur you have to drive for about an hour until you reach a sign on the road to your left that says Skaftafell National Park. If you come the north route you will find Skaftafell about 130Km after you pass the town of Höfn, on your right hand side. Easy as that! After you get into the National Park you can find us right away in our house in the parking lot.
Check the map below for driving directions:
 

Bus Information:

There are two bus companies going to Skaftafell, one is Reykjavik Excursions that operates daily from 15th  of June to 13th of September, and the other one is Iceland Excursions that operates Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 10th of June to 10th of September.
 

Day trips from Reykjavik:

You can also opt to take one of our day tours from Reykjavik that include the bus transfer to and from Reykjavik and a glacier tour. The Vatnajökull Voyager is a great tour if you are considering doing this.

Do I have to book the tour in advance or is it enough to book it when I arrive in Skaftafell?

It is always better to book the tour in advance to guarantee you will have place available in the tour you want at the time you want. If you don't book in advance we can not guarantee you will get a place.

How do I book and what information do you need from me?

There are a few different ways you can book our trips. First of all you can book almost all our trips right here on our website. There is a booking window on each trip page and we do recommend that you book and pay for your trip there with some time to spare as we keep our groups small and frequently sell out.

If the trip you would like to book is not bookable online then you can call us directly at our office, the phone number is 00354 562 7000. Another way is to send us an e-mail with an inquiry, our e-mail address is info@adventures.is . What we need to have is your name, how many people are in your party, where you are staying and some way of contacting you either an e-mail or a phone number.

How do I pay?

There are three ways in which you can pay for the trips that you book with us.

1. You can pay through the internet, through our booking website. This is by far the easiest, safest and fastest way to reserve and pay for your adventure. If you choose this way then you will receive a voucher via e-mail which you will need to print and bring along on your trips. If you are going on a multi day trip then you will receive one voucher for all of the trips via e-mail and we will make you separate vouchers for each of your trips, which will be waiting your arrival in Iceland at our office at Laugavegur 11.

2. You can pay via phone, the phone number is +354 562 7000. If you choose to pay through phone then your vouchers will be waiting for you when you come to Iceland, either at our office at Laugavegur 11 or at your hotel.

3. Sometimes you can pay when you arrive to start your trip, but this is only possible in special circumstance.

Please Note: However you pay, you will always get a voucher: REMEMBER TO BRING YOUR VOUCHER ALONG FOR YOUR TRIP!
 

Where is your Reykjavík Office located and when are you open?

Our office is at Laugavegur 11, the main shopping street in Reykjavík. There you can get all the information that you need, be it about the trips that you want to go to or just general information about Reykjavík. You can also book and pay for various day trips. Over the summer season (June-August) we are open from 08:00-21:00 Monday-Saturday and 10:00-18:00 on Sundays. All other times of year we are open 10:00-18:00 Mondays-Fridays, 11:00-16:00 Saturdays and closed on Sundays. But you can reach on our emergency cell phone line: +354-898-0410.
 

What currency do you accept?

We only accept the Icelandic króna. Our website presents prices is ISK and in EURO, the EURO price is obtained by converting it with the currency exchange rate of the Icelandic Federal Bank. If you would like to calculate the price of our tours in some other currency you can do so here.

How many people are in each group?

For the Glacier Grand Slam tour the maximum is 8 people per group.  For the other glacier walks the maximum is 15 people per group. For Alpine style tour, like the highest summit Hvannadalshnúkur , the maximum is of 8 people per group.

Do you take private tours?

Yes, we can make a private tours. If you are thinking of a private tour please send us an email (info@glacierguides.is) so we can give you further information.
 

Where can I stay overnight in Skaftafell?

Because we know how are it can be to get information about accommodation in this area we have made a special page about it.
Click here for list of accommodation in Skaftafell.

What is the minimum age to participate on the tours?

For the Glacier Grand Slam, and Glacier Explorer tour the minimum age to participate is of 15 years.
For the Black and Blue, and Glacier Wonders tour the minimum age to participate is of 10 years.
For the White Giant, Hvannadalshnúkur, the minimum age to participate is 18 years, and this applies for the other alpine tours.
For the Wall of Ice the minimum age to participate is 14 years old.
 

Can I take my camera on the glacier?

Yes, you can and you should! The glacier is absolutely amazing and you don’t want to miss the chance to take a bit of its beauty home in your pictures.
 

Do I need insurance before I go on a glacier?

We recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in adventure activities in Iceland, we actually recommend that when ever and wherever you travel you take out a good travel insurance. As world travellers our selves it has saved us money and aggravation many times.
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