Full-Day Glacier Hike : Experience Vatnajökull

  • 7-8 hours+5 hours on the glacier
  • Difficulty: ChallengingModerate fitness & able to spend the day outdoors in most conditions.
  • 5 out of 5 (click to read)
  • 4 Guests : 1 Guide
  • Skaftafell, Vatnajökull National ParkMeeting Point- Freysnes Gas Station/Hotel Skaftafell

Go further and deeper into the Vatnajökull Glacier in Skaftafell for an experience you will never forget!

Walking past the crowds with your skilled guide navigating a max. of 4 guests lets us give you the most intimate and quality glacier experience in Iceland.

A Vatnajökull glacier hike is one of the most exhilarating and fulfilling experiences possible in Iceland.

Not only is it an exciting adventure in the stunning wild landscapes of Iceland, but it also pushes you out of your comfort zone, helping you to achieve something truly remarkable.

On this adventure-packed day, you will hike beyond the crowds to explore the further reaches of an outlet glacier that’s part of the Vatnajökull ice cap.

Vatnajokull Glacier Hike | Trip Details

At Ice Guardians, we have the lowest guest-to-guide ratio on the market at 4:1. This means our Iceland glacier walks deliver high-quality hikes that involve more adventure, education & adaptability. In smaller groups, you can fit into tight spaces & explore terrain that larger groups simply can’t. If this sounds like your idea of fun, you might also like our Vatnajökull ice cave tour.

This opens the door to the possibility of discovering temporary features on the glacier that you and no one else have ever seen or ventured into. Expect to learn and use a whole range of crampon techniques to travel safely in technical terrain, including the possibility of minor ice climbing if the route requires it.

You’ll be informed on the surrounding nature and landscape formation by experienced and knowledgeable guides, making the experience more meaningful and giving you a newfound love of glaciers! Every full-day glacier hike in Iceland we undertake is a unique exploration as routes often change as the glacier melts and evolves.

Are you ready to start planning your own Vatnajökull glacier hike? Please feel free to get in touch with any questions you have for our team. If you’re looking for even more adventures in and around Vatnajökull National Park, browsing our Iceland hiking and glacier trips and courses is the perfect place to start.

Vatnajokull Glacier Hike Difficulty

  • Able to hike with ease up to 15 km on uneven ground in hilly terrain
  • Able to spend a day (7 to 8 hours) outdoors, moving freely
  • Physically fit enough to have sustained energy bursts with quick recovery — for example, walking up short steep hills
  • Can personally manage being at heights and with the feeling of some exposure**rope protection is used in this instance.

What’s Included?


  • Goods & services tax
  • Hot Drink on ice
  • Safety equipment (helmet, harness, ice axe & crampons)


  • Lunch
  • Transportation/Pick up

Important Information about our glacier hikes

  • Not recommended for people with back problems.
  • Not recommended for heavily pregnant travellers (for more information please contact info@ice-guardians.com)
  • Meeting point specifics- Pink & Black Freysnes Gas Station building, across the road from Hotel Skaftafell
  • After meeting at the gas station, follow us on a short drive to the glacier car park. This means you can head directly to your accommodation straight after the hike.

What do I need to bring on a glacier hike?

  • Ankle-supporting boots (mandatory) with good grip, stiff sole and preferably waterproof. Bring boots you have used previously
  • Well-fitting hiking socks with minimal seams(synthetic or merino)
  • Breathable base layer top (merino or synthetic)
  • Softshell hiking trousers
  • Waterproof shell jacket and pants
  • Insulation layer (light-medium weight synthetic puffy jacket), and if you are sensitive to the cold bring a synthetic sweater (such as fleece)
  • Beanies and buffs are useful on those chilly days
  • Sunglasses to protect your eyes against the bright white ice
  • Gloves (two pairs are usually ideal) to protect against the cold, wind and sharp ice
  • Lunch (something easy to eat, such as sandwiches, bars, trail mix etc.)
  • Water bottle (500ml minimum)
  • Mobile phone and camera (we don't recommend tripods, unless it is a private trip). Waterproof cases can be useful too
  • 20 to 40L backpack that will fit your food, water and spare clothing

If you are unsure whether your clothing and footwear are suitable, please send some photos to info@ice-guardians.com prior to your trip. Ideally, include the brand and model name so we can let you know if they are suitable.

Cancellation Policy

  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if you cancel your booking 48hours or less before the start time.
  • We will charge a cancellation fee of 10% if you cancel your booking with more than 48 hours notice from the trip start time.


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