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Skaftafell Glacier Hike | 3-Hour Walk - Small Group

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Öræfi, Iceland
Skaftafell Glacier Hike | 3-Hour Walk - Small Group

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Safety measures
icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

The Vatnajökull glacier ranks among Iceland’s top natural attractions, but exploring the icy terrain without a guide is dangerous. On this half-day tour, delve into the Skaftafell National Park with a certified guide and discover a world of ice formations and deep crevasses. With all the necessary safety equipment included, enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.
  • Hike the Vatnajökull glacier with your guide: The glacier’s crevasses make the landscape potentially dangerous
  • Sweeping views over the icy formations and rugged terrain
  • All safety equipment included
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures personalised attention from your guide
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Certified Glacier Guide
Short Drive to the Glacier Outlet
All the Necessary Glacier Equipment: Helmets, Harness, and Ice Axe
Small Group (12 Participants Max)
Hiking boots (available for rent)
Hotel pickup and drop-off from Reykjavík or other areas
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Flugvallarvegur 5, 785 Öræfi, Iceland

We will see you at our meeting point 30 minutes before departure time. Please note that if you arrive after departure time your place on the tour can't be guaranteed or refunded. Since May 1st, 2019 the meeting point is at Skaftafell Terminal Tour Center by the main road. You can look up "Skaftafell Terminal" on Google Maps to find the exact location and driving directions. Driving time to Skaftafell from Reykjavík is around 4 hours and 30 minutes. If you arrive early, you can visit Skaftafell Terminal Tour Center which offers free parking and has restrooms.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Troll Expeditions
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Skaftafell Glacier Hike | 3-Hour Walk - Small Group?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Skaftafell Glacier Hike | 3-Hour Walk - Small Group.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Skaftafell Glacier Hike | 3-Hour Walk - Small Group?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Skaftafell Glacier Hike | 3-Hour Walk - Small Group.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Doing a glacier walk almost seems mandatory if you're visiting Iceland!" See review
  • "I wouldn't suggest this hike to elderly ppl or too young kids as it is still a bit physical requirement esp." See review

Reviews

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star-5
Great tour, great guide!
Randy
, May 2021
The guides were very helpful with getting the equipment on us and going over safety guidelines. The guide Sam was an amazing and knowledgeable person and did a magnificent job explaining things to us about the glacier and was also very helpful and patient with the group! Doing a glacier walk almost seems mandatory if you're visiting Iceland!
star-5
AMAZING
Elizabeth_C
, May 2021
Our guide was amazing and very informative! She gave us more advice of places later to try definitely recommend!
star-4
Nice experience
Win_Bon
, Oct 2019
Lovely experience. Happy we did the first session as when we were wrapping up there were so many people it would've been too crowded. Was probably only walking on the glacier for less than an hour after driving there, walking towards the glacier and putting on the shoe clamps. Guide was lovely and friendly.
star-5
Good experience walking at glacier
frogfish009
, Oct 2019
We had fun and great time at Glacier & our tour guide was so helpful. Lucky we’re the first group arrived, so it was not so crowded. Thank you so much.
star-4
ice hike- worthwhile the efforts
singdong
, Sep 2019
we booked this tour in advance of our 10day road trip in Iceland. due to some route change, we changed the time once before the departure which the vender helps to accommodate the reschedule smoothly. The tour was well organized with sufficient equipment, but I would suggest including the hiking shoes into the cost instead of surcharge EUR10 as normal hiking shoes was not fit for the tour. Our guide- Boris is from Czech, who did a great job to facilitate and lead the tour. He did not only provide clear instructions and briefing during the hike but also add lots of fun photo points. Overall, recommend this tour. (I wouldn't suggest this hike to elderly ppl or too young kids as it is still a bit physical requirement esp. on tough weather).
star-5
Sweet Experience
izzi_davis
, Aug 2019
Amazing experience. One of the best times in Iceland. I did the 11am slot and good too bc the mountain gets a bit busy afterwards. Our guide Marzipan was sweet, friendly, and truly knew the glacier. She def was the best! The Troll team provided you with everything you will need to get up the Glacier. And at the end there are cookies!
star-5
Incredible experience
Nomad58669078239
, Apr 2019
Amazing experience to do with a great tour guide! Definitely would recommend if you’re down for a true Icelandic adventure!
star-5
Amazing tour!!
udn170
, Sep 2018
Organized marvelously!!!!A great guide (katerin)!.!.! Great value attraction.Recomeded for family!
star-5
Great up close interaction with the Glacier
aubreymiller2018
, Aug 2018
We really loved our tour. Our guide was funny and knowledgeable. I felt like I learned a lot and was super safe with Agnes. Each part was new and exciting and it was definitely a highlight of our trip.
star-5
Our tour was almost cancelled due to...
Michael S
, Jan 2018
Our tour was almost cancelled due to weather, but we showed up anyway, the forecast turned out to be wrong, and we ended up being the only two people on the tour haha. Our tour guide was the Norwegian Tyrm, spelling may be wrong and he was great! He was entertaining, answered all of our questions, and really fun in general. The tour includes a van ride to the foot of the glacier, gear crampons, helmet, ice axe, and a guided hike around the glacier, including a crevasse, which is really interesting because the ice is unlike anything I've ever seen before. I'd highly recommend

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