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!
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.
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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