Half-Day Canyoning Under Vatnajökull


A fun half-day trip with rappelling, jumps and slides in a river canyon!

Are you looking for the ultimate adrenaline rush in Vatnajökull National Park? Look no further than this half-day canyoning adventure with Ice Guardians.

We are the only operators of canyoning adventure experiences in Iceland!

This half-day trip is perfect on a sunny day, but it’s also thrilling even on rainy days, we’re getting wet anyway!

You can truly embrace the elements by jumping and sliding in, and abseiling down, the waterfalls and blue pools beneath the Vatnajökull Ice Cap.

Canyoning in Vatnajökull — Trip Details

We begin by meeting on location, getting you geared up and briefed on safety.

After setting off, we will walk through the nurseries of trees planted by locals of the Forestry Association of Austur-Skaftafellinga.

Along the way, you will see what it would’ve been like to be a farmer at the foot of Europe’s largest ice cap, Vatnajökull.

This trip is built for anyone who can swim confidently in the water, move with ease for half a day, and walk on uneven trails.

We will take you through and practice the techniques required to get down the canyon safely.

Canyoning experience is NOT necessary.

Join us canyoning in Vatnajökull National Park and we will make sure to send you home with a story to tell!

If you have any questions for us about half-day canyoning in Iceland, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Are you looking for even more adventures in and around Vatnajökull National Park? Check out our full range of Iceland hiking and glacier trips and courses.

Trip Difficulty

  • Able to hike with ease up to 5km on uneven ground, in low rolling hill terrain.
  • Able to spend 5 hours outdoors with frequent breaks
  • Able to swim 20m.
  • Comfortable using whole body to move freely when scrambling in a river.
  • Comfortable to spend approx. 3 hours in cool water in a wetsuit.

Canyoning in Iceland — What’s Included?


  • Goods & services tax
  • 2 Adventure Guides
  • Hooded 5mm Wetsuit, Helmet, Harness, Neoprene Boots & Gloves, Personal Safety Lanyards
  • Coffee, Hot Choc. or Tea after the trip
  • A Small Sweet Treat


  • Tip or gratuity
  • Private transportation (Your own vehicle transport to the meeting point — Haukafell Campsite, Hornafjörður)
  • Lunch (a hot meal is available as an extra in the checkout for after the trip)

Canyoning in Vatnajökull National Park — Important Information

How hard is the trip?

– Difficulty rating, 2/5 (see FAQs).
– You will be asked to declare any medical conditions to your guide/s that will or could have an impact on a trip. If you are unsure if a medical condition will impact the trip, please drop us a message using the chat function or email info@ice-guardians.com

How many people will I be with?

– We operate on a low client to guide ratio (8:2)
– The minimum age for the is experience is 12 years old (our guides have the right to ask for ID)

  • Not recommended for people with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Not recommended for people with heart conditions

What do I need to bring?

  • Towel
  • Waterproof phone Case or GoPro/action camera
  • Dry change of clothes for after the trip
  • Thick hiking socks that can get wet
  • Swimsuit/rash vest/ slim fitting synthetic sports t-shirt/bra
  • Food for after the trip

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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