Full Day on Vatnajökull Adventurous Glacier Exploration Hike

Full Day on Vatnajökull Adventurous Glacier Exploration Hike

Go further and deeper into the glacier in Skaftafell for an experience you will never forget! On this adventurous day, you will hike beyond the crowds to explore further reaches of an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull.

Ice Guardians has a low guest to guide ratio (Max 6 guests to 1 guide), meaning they can deliver high quality hikes that involve more adventure. You could end up discovering temporary features on the glacier that you and no one else has ever ventured into or getting into tight places that larger groups cannot. Expect to learn and use a whole range of crampon techniques to travel safely in technical terrain including the possibility of minor ice climbing if the route requires it.

You'll be informed on the surrounding nature and landscape formation by experienced and knowledgeable guides to make the experience more meaningful and giving you a newfound love of glaciers.

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

Operated by: Ice Guardians

Enter date for this activity
per person

Meeting points
Freysnes Gas Station (Black & Pink Building, your guide will be in yellow uniform near the entrance.)
Veitingasala Restaurant, Shop, And Gas, 785 Skaftafell, IS


  • Goods & services tax
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • A small sweet treat
  • Safety Equipment (Helmet, Harness, Ice Axe/s, Crampons)
  • Exclusions
  • Food & drinks
  • Transportation/Pick up

Please bring with you

  • 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.

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