Vatnajökull: Short Glacier Encounter Walk

Vatnajökull: Short Glacier Encounter Walk

Activity provider: Local Guide of Vatnajokull

From US$ 85 per person

Step on one of Iceland's beautiful glaciers with an easy beginner-friendly hike. Follow your experienced guides on an outdoor adventure, introducing you to stunning landscapes and the natural phenomena that makes this terrain so unique.

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Duration 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Small group
Limited to 12 participants


  • Hike on Falljökull glacier
  • Drive in a cool 4x4 SuperJeep
  • Learn about the glaciers and the local history
  • Witness stunning views of the icefall above and the valley below
Full description
This glacier encounter tour is the perfect introduction to Icelandic glaciers, hiking on the picturesque Falljökull glacier, an outlet glacier of Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajökull. The meeting point is at Freysnes gas station in the South-East of Iceland. The tour begins with a transfer by a 4x4 SuperJeep through the glacier valley that gets you as close to the base of the glacier as possible, reducing the time spent on accessing the glacier and maximising the time exploring up on the ice. After a short walk to get to the ice, your guide will teach you how to put on your crampons and how to use your ice axe. After a short safety speech you are ready to go on the ice. The hike in total is around 1.5 km and you will spend around 1 hour on the ice. The total duration of the tour is 2.5 to 3 hours. Along the way, your guide will be pointing out some of the fascinating natural features of the ice, the crevasses, moulins and dirt cones, while also teaching you about some of the local geography and history of the area.
  • Local and professional glacier guide
  • Crampons, helmet, harness and ice axe
  • 4x4 transfer from Freysnes to glacier
  • Carbon neutralised tour
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 10 years
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

The meeting point is located 320 km, at least a 4 hour drive East of Reykjavík in Freysnes, close to Skaftafell National Park. You will see the local partner's black equipment truck labelled 'local guide' at the main parking lot at the Freysnes Orkan/Shell gas station. Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes before departure.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Hiking shoes

Know before you go

  •  This tour will take place in most weathers, but please keep in mind it can be subject to change in extreme weather conditions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 13 reviews

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Exciting short glacier hike. Total 3 hours and about 1-1.5 hours on the glacier. Good for beginners who are clumsy like me :D Our tour guide was great with explanations and safety conversations. He answered all questions and explained everything well.

August 30, 2022

Danial was a wonderful guide, we had a GREAT time at the glacier, 10 out of 10!!!

July 5, 2022

Super friendly guide! We were not all very reassured to go for a walk on the glacier but we were delighted to have done it! It really is an accessible activity!

June 18, 2022

Product ID: 381489