Easy Glacier Hiking
Glacier Hike departing from Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park. Bestseller tour!
Price from 10.990 ISK per person.
- Glacier hike
- Virkisjökull glacier
- Vatnajökull glacier
- Small group guarantee
Rated: Easy – Family Tour.
Duration: Approximately 3 hours, about 1 hour on the ice.
Meeting time: 30 minutes before tour start.
Minimum age: 10 years.
Included: Guided glacier hiking tour with a certified glacier guide and all specialized glacier gear needed.
Remember to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended.
Please note: Departure from our Skaftafell booking center (gray house with the turf roof). Skaftafell is located 327km (203 miles) from Reykjavík. The nearest towns to Skaftafell are Kirkjubæjarklaustur, 69km to the west and Höfn, 130km to the east.
This product is also available as a private tour, for more information click here.
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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, fascinating 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.
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Sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants can be rented and paid for online.
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.
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