Vatnajökull Glacier Walk

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  • Departure Times: 9:00 & 14:00
  • 3,5 – 4 hours1,5 hours on the ice
  • Level: Easy
  • 12 Guests : 1 Guide
  • Breiðarmerkurjökull, Vatnajökull National ParkMeeting Point: Hali (Glacier Adventure)

Join Us for a Vatnajökull Hiking Adventure

This thrilling Vatnajökull glacier walk is a partner tour with Glacier Adventure. As local experts, they ensure that every adventurer enjoys a personal, unforgettable experience. During this tour, you will explore the wonders of Breiðamerkurjökull, a stunning outlet glacier which extends from the Vatnajökull Glacier.

As local guides of Vatnajökull, Glacier Adventure knows the best spots off the beaten path and away from the tourist crowds, allowing you to have a unique experience in more secluded corners of Europe’s largest glacier by volume.

Once you step onto the glacier, it will feel like you have landed on an icy planet. You might see some small caves, tunnels, waterfalls and streams that form sinkholes called ‘moulins’, and other beautiful ice formations. The glacier also carries ashes of past volcanic eruptions, which often form a pyramid, called ‘dirt cones’.

As your Vatnajökull glacier walk progresses, your guide will share fascinating information about the glacier. By learning about its history, formation, how it affects our community, and how it continues to change and shape the landscape every day, you can enjoy a more immersive experience.

This Vatnajökull tour starts and ends at our cosy base camp at Hali, only 12km east of Jökulsárlón, i.e. The Glacier Lagoon. At Hali you will be welcomed by the Glacier Adventure team and provided with all the necessary equipment, like crampons, ice axes, a helmet, and a harness. Hiking boots are available for rent if you don‘t have them with you.

It’s then time to jump in their modified jeeps and enjoy the drive to the glacier. This journey takes around 30 to 40 minutes. After arriving at the parking lot, you will walk towards the glacier in a lunar landscape that has been shaped through the years by the retreating glacier. This leg of the Vatnajökull hiking adventure also takes around 30 to 40 minutes.

The total duration of this locally guided tour of Vatnajökull is between 3.5 and 4 hours, with 1 to 1.5 hours on the glacier. The entire experience is a fantastic introduction to Vatnajökull National Park.

This Vatnajökull hiking tour is easy, family-friendly, and has a minimum age limit of 10 years old. If you’re unsure whether this is the right tour for you, browse our full range of adventure trips and courses in Iceland to find the perfect fit.

Ice Guardians also offers custom Vatnajökull tours, allowing you to enjoy a private, personalised experience. Do you have any questions about this Vatnajökull Glacier Walk? Please get in touch for all the information you need.

Quick Facts

Distance & Elevation: 6-7 km, 100-250 m

Group min: 2 persons

Group max: 12/13 persons

Price Includes

  • Guided tour with a local guide
  • Crampons, harness, helmet, ice axe

Important Information About This Vatnajökull Hiking Adventure

The meeting point is located at the Glacier Adventure Base Camp, just a few steps away from the Hali Country Hotel.

 

This is located 13 km east of the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and 67 km west of Höfn. We recommend being there at least 20 minutes before departure time.

 

You will find the Glacier Adventure meeting point on Google Maps here.

 

Here you can find local accommodation suggestions.

 

You can find useful information about the weather at the Icelandic Met Office and live road conditions at the Icelandic Road Administration.

 

Disclaimer: All glacier trips are taken at the responsibility of the participants. Glacier Adventure does not take responsibility for accidents which are caused by their customers or can be traced to their own actions.

Equipment for This Vatnajökull Glacier Walk

No matter where you’re going in Iceland, it’s important to choose the right clothing and dress according to the weather. We strongly recommend dressing in layers so it is easy to take off or put on clothing to help control your temperature.
  • Good waterproof shoes with ankle support (hiking boots )
  • Thermal underwear
  • Wool/fleece thermal mid-layer
  • Hiking pants
  • Waterproof pants & jacket
  • Gloves & hat
  • Socks (wool or synthetic)
  • Sunglasses
  • Backpack
  • Reusable Water-bottle(something easy to eat, such as sandwiches, bars, trail mix etc.)
  • Light Snack(500ml minimum)
  • Camera (optional)

Glacier Adventure reserves the right to refuse the participation of clients if they are not dressed according to the weather as this will put them at risk. In such circumstances, no refunds shall be given.

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