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Ultimate Icescape

At A Glance

Details
Price: 

9,900 ISK

Departures: 

10:00, 13:00, 16:00* August - October

Season: 

All year.

Departs From: 

Meeting Point
Please be ready 30 minutes prior to tour start, at the gas station across from Hotel Skaftafell (Freysnes Gas Station).*See disclaimer!

Duration: 

2 - 2.5 hours.

Minimum Age: 

10

Difficulty: 

*Please Note! From 1st of September the meeting point for this tour will be the Glacier Guides booking office in Skaftafell, until then the meeting point is the freysnes gas station, next to Hotel Skaftafell.

Your tour will start at Freysnes where you can grab a snack if you wish to have some energy in your backpack on the tour. Your knowledgable guide will take you to Svínafellsjökull an outlet glacier from Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier. The drive is a stunning one and as soon as the car stops you'll know you are in for an exciting day. In front of you in Svínafellsjökull glacier. The name would translate pig hill glacier but there are actually no pigs around, only intensly beautiful nature and the glacier, our playground for the day. 

We will need to put on crampons to stay sturdy on the glacier and they are provided on the tour. It's best to wear hiking boots, the crampons work the best on them. 

Take time to enjoy the majestic sourrounding and the magic that fills the air as you step on to experince the great power of a living glacier. 

The hike it a fairly easy walk and your guide will read the group and go at your pace. Your guide will tell you stories and information along the way and make stops at all the best locations to make sure your experince will be a truly unforgettable one.

The hike is about 2 hours giving you plenty of time to take in the glacier glory. 

Highlights 

  • Svínafellsjökull glacier 
  • Beautiful nature
  • Knowledgeable guide 
  • Glacier hiking 
  • Small group guarantee.

 

You need to be in a reasonable good health to participate in this tour.

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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