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April 1st - October 31st
Pick-up from your accommodation in Reykjavik
This tour offers a small group experience, giving our travelers a very comfortable and personal environment. Our sightseeing and hiking journey begins down the scenic route 1. Our driver will pick you up from your desired accommodation in Reykjavik before the morning departure and returns you there safely after the tour. Included: hotel room with a private bathroom and a breakfast, guided tour in a mini bus, glacier equipment.
If you are looking for a day tour along the south coast please see Vatnaljökull & Jökulsárlón day tour.
Departing from Reykjavík we drive over Hellisheiði mountain pass, past Hengill volcano and down to the southern lowlands. Our first stop is at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, the roaring cascade that you can walk behind and enjoy from both sides. As we continue we have the infamous Eyjafjallajökull on our left-hand side and Vestmannaeyjar islands to the right. Before we visit Reynisfjara black sand beach we stop to admire Skógafoss waterfall wich falls some 60 meters into the calm river, Skógá. After spending some time at the beach taking in the stunning Reynisdrangar peaks and the basalt column cave as well as the view off Dyrhólaey we have lunch and keep moving in an easterly direction towards our accommodation place. Rugged mountain ridges covered with the ice of Mýrdalsjökull and Vatnajökull, green mossy lava fields will make up the scenery of the rest of the day with lots of great photo opportunities.
Day two will be spent in the Vatnajökull National park region. We start at the scenic glacier lagoon - Jökulsárlón. Here you have the chance to go for a boat ride among the floating icebergs. After spending some time at the lagoon we make our way to Virkisjökull glacier where we will be going for a glacier hike. Virkisjökull is an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, Europe's biggest glacier. Our qualified glacier guides will help you with the special glacier equipment needed for the tour as well as giving thorough safety rules that apply on the glacier.
After our time at the glacier, it is time to start heading back to the city where we will be between 9 & 12 PM after a great two-day adventure.
Hotel Pick-up and Drop Off
8:00 to 8:45 and drop off 21:00 to 24:00 the following day.
PLEASE NOTE THAT FOOD, OTHER THAN BREAKFAST, IS NOT INCLUDED ON THIS TOUR.
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.
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.
If you are unable to find your question here please view our general FAQ's page or Contact Us
Our trips in Skaftafell all depart from the Glacier Guides booking office which is located on the parking lot of Skaftafell National Park. We not not offer any pick up services in the area unfortunately.
If you are booking our tours departing from Reykjavík and are unable to find your accommodation on the list when you are completing the online booking, please contact us and we will help you to select the nearest pick up point.
One of the most common questions we get is can I see the "crystal cave" in the summer. Understandably since ice-caves are quite brilliant!! Shortly after receiving our rather disappointing answer, one naturally ask´s -why not? In the fall and winter we have colder temperatures along with shorter days, this is they key to making the glacier rivers smaller. As most larger caves are melt water holes (moulin´s) filled with raging melt water in the summer the fall and winters colder temps greatly reduce the flow of water and we can therefore explore the caves.
First of all, there are two different operators of boat trips in the area.
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon runs the amphibious boats. During the summer May through September there are lots of departures, at least one every 30 minutes, last one leaving around 18:00 (6pm). The Jökulsárlón Café is open all year round. June, July and August it's open from 9:00 - 19:00 (9am-7pm) and the rest of the year from 10:00-17:00 (10am-5pm) excluding Christmas and New Years (23.december– 26.december and 31. December – 2. January).
Fjallsárlón is best known for being less known, a local favorite, and therefore usually more quiet. Fjallsárlón has a small local operator that runs 4 Zodiac boats that take up to 10 people per boat. This lagoon is really stunning and now a part of our Glacier Grand Slam trip. The boats on Fjallsárlón are operated from May through September and depart every hour. As they are quite full during the season, make sure you contact them and book beforehand. Glacier Grand Slam tour has a fixed departure each day with the Fjallsárlón team.
Yes, we do! Please contact us via the Special Request Form and we will send you a quote for a private tour.
We really wish we could accommodate this request more often but the truth is it is rarely doable and we do not allow carriers on our scheduled departures. So officially the answer is no. There are a few reasons for this; things do not always go as planned when it comes to infants, our guests have often traveled a long way to get to walk on a glacier, some see it as a big thing that there is a baby on the glacier while others just do not like baby´s. We also think that you would not be able to enjoy your hike to the fullest taking care of an infant while hiking. Try to get someone to babysit for you or if you are not traveling alone with a baby we recommend that you split up and take separate departures while you take turns taking care of the kid.
This is, of course, a personal choice, we have often had pregnant women on our trips and we have also gladly refunded our guests that had booked well in advance of finding out the happy news. We recommend you take a close look at our trip description and difficulty rating, they will hopefully give you a better idea. It is also good to contact your physician, pregnant women's health can be quite different. Feel free to contact us if you have further questions or concerns.
If you are looking for a private departure on any of our scheduled tours please contact us and let's see what we can do for you. If you are looking for a private, off the normal menu, tour please fill out our Special Request Form so we can give you as accurate an estimate as possible.
Some of our tours have a required minimum of participants in order for us to operate them. Please contact us and we will do our best to find you an already confirmed departure or put you on a waiting list for the one you wish to join.
You can get to Skaftafell either by car or by bus. Check out our Vatnajökull Voyager trip departing from Reykjavík to Skaftafell, making it all the way to the Glacier Lagoon and back to Reykjavík in a day. Further details on the location and how to get to Skaftafell can be found on our "Getting Here" page.
The main difference between these trips is that they take you to different locations on the glacier. Our Glacier Explorer (5.5 hours) trip spends approximately 3 hours on the ice, exploring the magnificent ice-fall where it falls down from the Öræfajökull caldera. The Glacier Wonders (3.5 hours) trip explores the easier lower part of the glacier and you will spend approximately 1 hour on the ice, giving you a fantastic but brief encounter to the highlights of the Falljökull glacier. Both trips are in a 15-minute driving distance from Skaftafell base camp. After the drive, we continue on foot following the retreat of the glacier for about 25-30 minutes where we set foot on the ice. Once there the 3.5-hour walkers spend their time exploring the features of the lower glacier and seeing spectacular views of the icefall. The 5.5-hour walkers explore the glacier more thoroughly and experience majestic pinnacles and deep crevasses. Both trips sometimes come across spectacular ice-caves but due to the nature of glaciers, this is not always the case.
The 5.5-hour walk requires a higher level of fitness and agility as you will be on your feet for a longer period of time and the terrain is more challenging.
Iceland's weather is noted for its ability to deliver 4 seasons in one day at any time of the year. Dressing for this sort of weather can be challenging and as a general rule, it is wise to use the layer approach. 3 or 4 upper layers such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleecy or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof wind-breaker. Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when wet. Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflection off of the glacier.
We can rent out good hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers for all of our trips.
No, we do not give refunds if it is raining.
It is the high annual rainfall in the glacier region (6-8 meters per year) that allows the glaciers to grow and without the rain, these magnificent glaciers would not be here. We can rent you the best in rain protection including waterproof jackets and trousers. However, if we at any point feel that conditions are not safe on the glacier we will contact you and reschedule the trip and in the case of cancellation, we will refund you the trip.
We recommend bringing your own backpack on our full day or 1/2 day tours. We have a limited number of backpacks for hire if you do not have one of your own.
We do not provide lunch on any of our trips, so we recommend you bring your own lunch (for the longer trips), snacks and a bottle of water (you can refill it on the trip).
Our tours have different difficulty levels so some of our tours are not suitable for others than those in good physical conditions. If you are fit to walk for about an hour on an uneven surface a glacier hike is for you.
You can find more about the difficulty level of each tour on the relevant tour site.
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