The Ultimate Glacier Exploration (Full Day Hike & Ice Climb)

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


On this full day trip you will be guided through challenging glacier ice terrain by 2 experienced hard ice glacier guides. The kind of terrain and landscape you will venture through would not be possible with any other kind of glacier tour in Iceland.

Expect to explore the depths of crevasses (cracks in the glacier), walk amongst the ice towers known as ‘seracs’ all with the added safety and flow of having 2 guides.

You’ll gain coaching & instruction from the outset of how to use glacier travel equipment, and progress very 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 will minimise the amount of time you would have to wait for one guide working flat out to rig ropes and anchors, which translates into being able to get more action packed in to the trip than any other in Iceland.

There’ll also be moments to have a break, enjoy taking photos and take in the surrounding ice-scapes. As well as having a nice hot drink and a sweet Icelandic snack on the glacier.

You’ll be informed on the surrounding nature & landscape formation by experienced and knowledgeable guides to make your day meaningful and giving you a newfound love of glaciers.

Each of our trips is a unique exploration as routes change often as the glacier melts and evolves.

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

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

Please note

  • 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 do I need to bring?

  • 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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