Vatnajökull Hiking and Ice Climbing Tour: The Ultimate Glacier Exploration

  • ~8 hours+5 hours on the glacier
  • Level: ChallengingModerate fitness & able to spend the day outdoors in most conditions.
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  • 6 Guests : 2 Guides
  • Vatnajökull National ParkVarious potential locations between Skaftafell & Höfn

Full-Day Ice Climb and Glacier Hike in Skaftafell, Höfn, and More

On this full-day adventure, two of our experienced hard-ice glacier guides will lead you through challenging glacier terrain. Negotiating these landscapes is not possible with any other kind of glacier tour in Iceland.

Expect to explore the depths of crevasses (cracks in the glacier) and walk amongst ice towers known as ‘seracs’, all with the added safety and flow of having two expert guides. From the outset, we will teach you how to use glacier travel equipment before progressing quickly through to the most unreal ice formations hidden in crevasse fields and ice-falls.

Here, you’ll be ice-climbing short pitches of crevasse walls and maybe even in meltwater holes.

Having two guides minimises the amount of time you would otherwise have to wait for one guide working flat out to rig ropes and anchors. This translates into a more action-packed trip than any other in Iceland.

But this Vatnajökull National Park hiking and ice climbing tour isn’t all action. There are moments to have a break, enjoy taking photos, and marvel at the surrounding icescapes. And don’t forget having a nice hot drink on the glacier! Your guides will share fascinating information about the nature surrounding you and the overall landscape formation, making your day more meaningful and immersive. As with all our Vatnajökull National Park hiking and ice climbing experiences, we love seeing people develop a newfound love of glaciers.

Each of our trips is a unique exploration. This is because we change and adapt routes in line with glacier melt and evolution. We cover various potential locations between Skaftafell and Höfn.

If you have any pre-booking questions for the Ice Guardians team, please contact us for the answers you need. Are you unsure if this Iceland ice climbing tours is the right tour for you? We have many more adventure trips and courses in Iceland for you to enjoy, including our Vatnajokull Glacier Tour, so browse our range and find the experience that suits you best.

Price Includes

  • Goods & services tax
  • 2 expert AIMG Hard Ice Glacier Guides
  • Hot Drink on ice
  • Boots if required
  • Safety Equipment (Helmet, Harness, Ice Axe/s, Crampons)

Price Excludes

  • Lunch
  • Transportation/Pick up

Ice Climb and Glacier Hike in Skaftafell, Höfn, or Elsewhere: Trip Difficulty

  • Able to hike with ease up to 15 km on uneven ground in hilly terrain.
  • Able to spend a day (7-8hours) outdoors in sun, rain, wind and move without physical restrictions.
  • Physically fit enough to have energy all day to move at a comfortable walking pace for example being able to recover quickly after short hills.
  • Can personally manage being at heights and with the feeling of some minor exposure.**any exposure is physically protected with rope work

Important Information About This Iceland Ice Climbing Tour

  • Not recommended for people with back problems.
  • Not recommended for heavily pregnant travellers(for more information please contact us)
  • Not recommended for people with serious heart conditions or breathing difficulties.

What to Bring on This Vatnajökull National Park Hiking and Ice Climbing Tour

  • Mandatory ankle-supporting boots with good grip, stiff sole and preferably waterproof. Bring boots you have used previously.*
  • Good fitting hiking socks, 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).
  • A beanie/buff are useful on those chilly days
  • Sunglasses are good at protecting your eyes against the bright white ice.
  • Gloves (two pairs are usually ideal), they will not only protect against the cold/wind they will protect your hands from the sharp ice.
  • Lunch (something easy to eat, such as sandwiches, bars, trail mix etc.)
  • Water bottle(500ml minimum)
  • Mobile phone/camera (we don't recommend tripods, unless it is a private trip), waterproof case can be useful.
  • 20-40L backpack that will fit your food, water & spare clothing.

*If you are unsure if your clothing or footwear is suitable, prior to your trip please send us some photos ideally with the brand and model name, and we can let you know if they are suitable at Otherwise, we have boots available on request.

Meeting Point at Black & Pink Building, your guide will be in yellow uniform near the entrance.


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