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Skaftafell Ice Climbing & Glacier Hike

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4 hours
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Skaftafell Visitors Centre

Join this comprehensive ice climbing and glacier hiking tour, and you'll get to experience authentic Iceland! Get ready to climb to the top of a glacial ice wall on Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier. Your glacier guide will introduce you to the basics of ice climbing and much, much, more!

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What to expect?

We will take you to an outlet glacier part of the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull glacier where you will be able to experience the breathtaking views to the ice-covered highest peaks of Iceland rising more than 2,000 meters (6,500 ft) over your helmet. These glaciers and their spectacular landscape have been scenery for dozens of movies like James Bond, Interstellar and Game of Thrones. Follow the footsteps of Pierce Brosnan, Matt Damon, and Jon Snow.

Your highly qualified glacier guide will welcome you to the Skaftafell Visitor Center, after which he will provide you with all the equipment you need: crampons, ice axes, harnesses, and helmets. Then you will enter the troll bus and drive for about 10 minutes to the parking of the glacier. From there it’s only 15 minutes walk to the edge of the ice where your guide will show you how to put on the crampons, steel frames which are tied to your hiking boots.

You will stay 150 to 180 minutes on the ice itself and see lots of beautiful features. Since the glacier is impermanent and ever-changing your guide often has to scout out a new crevasse or moulin for climbing each time.

With this strategy, we will be flexible and avoid the crowds on the glacier as well. Your guide will install massive ice screw and attach a rope to them before you climb up the ice wall or even rappelling into a crevasse and climb down again. This will be the adventure of your lifetime.

What is included?

  • Guided tour
  • Equipment rental, including hiking boots
  • English-speaking glacier expert
  • A taste of pure glacier water

Is this experience for me?

  • No prior experience of ice axes and crampons required
  • This tour is suitable for both single travelers and families
  • Minimum age 12

What do I need to bring?

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Spending money
  • Layered clothing
  • Camera
  • Waterproof outer layer

Additional information

  • Voucher: You will receive a secure voucher to either print out or present on your mobile phone.
  • Cancellation Policy: For a full refund, please cancel at least 24 hours prior to the start date of the experience.
  • Quality Assurance: Travelade only works with selected local partners we trust to provide high quality service.

Meeting Point

The meeting point is a few meters from Skaftafell Visitor Center by our trailer marked Troll Expeditions. Our glacier guides will be welcoming you a few minutes before your tour.

Note that the Driving time to Skaftafell from Reykjavík is around 4.5 hours in good road conditions.

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