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Ultimate ICESCAPE - Glacier Hike in Skaftafell

During this activity tour you will take a hike among the ice sculptures and crevasses of Svínafellsjökull glacial tongue in the Skaftafell nature reserve under the safe instructions of an expert glacier guide You'll be totally immersed in the magnificent scenery and experience the power of the living glacier. It's a pretty easy to moderate walk and you’ll have real ice crampons attached to your hiking shoes. 

Note! This tour departs from the gas station next to Hotel Skaftafell (Freysnes).

*Departures: Please show up at least 15 minutes before departure!
The 10:00 o'clock departure is available all year. The 13:00 o'clock (01:00 pm) departure is available from Apr - Oct. See the booking engine for availability.

Included: Guiding services, glacier gear and safety equipment (ice crampons, ice axe, helmets).

Bring with you: waterproof warm clothing, and hiking boots (hiking boots may be rented from us). You need real hiking shoes for the glacier hike, that have a thick sole and cover your ankle. We provide the ice crampons, and they cannot be attached to normal shoes.

For further information:
info@madebyiceland.com


Iceland is the type of place that could make you feel small and fragile, even powerless at times, while you lose yourself in its nature and truly astonishing scenery. So let's take have intimate encounter so you can truly feel and understand the strongest shaping force on earth - glaciers.

Meeting Point

We’ll meet you at the gas station across from the Hotel Skaftafell (Freysnes Gas Station) 15 minutes before the start of the tour. Please be ready 15 minutes prior to tour start, at the gas station across from Hotel Skaftafell (Freysnes Gas Station).  Map of location.

GPS location: 63.990648, -16.896961

Before we start the glacier hike we have to put our gear on. For a safe and comfortable experience it’s essential to have the correct footwear for glacier hiking. If you have rented a pair of hiking boots from us, we’ll have them ready for you. We also provide ice crampons for everyone and teach you how to attach them to your boots. Crampons make it easier and safer to walk on the ice so you needn’t worry about slipping. We’ll also provide additional security equipment such as helmets and ice axes.

Svinafellsjokull Glacier

The Svinafellsjokull glacier tongue is a branch of the extensive Vatnajökull Glacier, and the ice here is around 1,000 years old. Unlike many might think, glaciers are made of fallen snow and not frozen water.

Of course, you might ask yourself how does the snow turn into ice then? It happens simply by compression due to the weight of the snow as it keeps accumulating over time. Imagine taking a handful of fluffy snow and squeezing it with your hand into a hard snowball, then keep doing this for hundreds of years. The ice will eventually become so compressed that most of the air will be forced out of it. This is also what gives glacial its intense blue colour.

Glaciers are not static, they are rivers of ice that keep flowing and moving all the time. That's due to the fact that the highly compressed layers of ice are very flexible. At some places where a glacier flows rapidly, giant cracks (crevasses) are formed in it. This is the reason why it can be so risky to walk on a glacier as the crevasses are sometimes covered by snow and hard to notice. And of course this is also the reason why it’s so important to follow your guide’s instructions for your own safety and that of others in your group. During the hike your guide might point with the ice axe some spots that look like solid ice or snow to the untrained eye but are in fact a steep gap that just covered in a light dusting of snow.

Disclaimer: glacier trips are undertaken at the responsibility of participants. Extreme Iceland does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions.

 Important  winter information

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Are you not coming by car? Consider our multi-day tours that include glacier hiking here in Skaftafell - click  here and  here.

GPS location: 63.990648, -16.896961

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