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Glacier Wonders - Glacier Walk from Skaftafell

At A Glance

Details
Price: 

10,750 ISK

Departures: 

08:30, 10:00, 12:15, 14:15, 16:15

Season: 

May 16th - October 30th

Departs From: 

Glacier Guides booking house in Skaftafell (next to the Visitor Center)

Duration: 

3.5 Hours

Minimum Age: 

10 years (must fit shoe size 35 EUR)

Difficulty: 

For those looking for a shorter but stunning guided walk, this is a fantastic introduction to the unique world of glaciers. The Falljökull glacier tongue is quite unique in that it offers everything glaciers are best known for without the need to travel great distances. Crevasses, Jökladrýli (Dirt cones), glacier mice and Moulins. Suitable for the whole family (10 years and older), student groups and anyone with a basic fitness level (please note that the terrain is rocky and uneven and there are some uphill sections on the walk). Our buses leave from Skaftafell several times a day for the scenic 15-minute drive to Falljökull glacier. On our way, we will see impressive mountains that line the southern edge of the Vatnajökull glacier.

Highlights:

  • Small group guarantee.
  • Vatnajokull Glacier, Europe's largest glacier.
  • Falljökull Glacier.
  • Guided glacier walk.

Tour details

  • Meeting point: Glacier Guides Booking Hut, 30 minutes prior to your departure.
  • Guide to client ratio: 12 participants per guide.
  • Price: 10990 ISK per person.
  • Duration: Up to 3.5 hours, approximately 1 hour on the ice.
  • Minimum age: 10 years old (Please note that the smallest set of crampons available fits EUR shoe size 35).
  • Inclusions: A short glacier hike on Falljökull Glacier, a certified glacier guide and specialized glacier gear.

We start our walk along the bottom of the glacier carved valley where your guide will explain the unique features left by the retreating Falljökull and Virkisjökull glaciers and their surroundings. As we arrive at the edge of the Falljökull glacier your guide will assist you with crampons and give a short lesson on the use of the equipment provided and safety talk. We explore the lower part of the glacier with many photo and Q&A opportunities along the way to our vantage point surrounded by breathtaking landscape. The Glacier Wonders trip will allow on average 1 hour on the glacier.

What to Bring

For all of our glacier tours Glacier Guides will provide guests with crampons for walking on the ice, helmets and ice axes.  Waterproof clothing and hiking boots are available for rent. In Skaftafell we do have many of the items below for sale in our booking center.


Equipment List for Glacier Day Tours

Please note that the glacier hikes range from 3 hours to 7 hours so depending on the length of your tour you may be able to get away without some of the things on this list. 

  • Waterproof jacket and pants (We do have rental clothing available)
  • Hiking boots (Available for rent, 1000 isk. We advise against runners or any type of shoe that comes up below the ankle bone as the straps on the crampons can get a bit painful during the walk)(Climbing boots are included on the ice climbing tour)
  • Light sweater, wool or fleece
  • Light synthetic or quick dry pants (Try and stay clear of jeans on the longer trips as they get wet & cold quick and dry slow)
  • Thin Gloves
  • Hat
  • Small Backpack (Can be handy to carry camera, rain gear and all extras)
  • Sunglasses and sun protection (It can get quite bright on the ice with the reflection)
  • Food and drinks (Lunch is not provided on any of our trips. June - September there is plenty of fresh water on the glacier so bring a bottle)
  • Camera (If you forget everything else don´t forget that)
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