Ice Climbing in Vatnajökull
Includes Super Jeep ride and a glacier walk with a well-trained local guide
In this Ice climbing tour with a local guide from Hali you experience the wonders of Vatnajökull glacier. Our guide takes you on an unforgettable journey on Breiðamerkurjökull, one of Vatnajökull’s biggest outlet glacier. The trip starts at Hali Country Hotel reception, where your guide drives you to the glacier area, away from the crowds and off the beaten path where you can breathe in the fresh Icelandic air.
After the Super Jeep ride to the glacier area we take a short zodiac boat trip and sail a short distance to where the glacier walk starts. (We recommend that people take a proper boat tour at Glacier Lagoon or Fjallsárlón, this one is only for 2 minutes).
The glacier walk starts with an introduction to the equipment and safety rules needed to explore the glacier. We provide ice crampons and teach you how to attach them to the boots.We walk to the climbing area through a wonderland of glacial ice sculptures, ridges and the deep crevasses of the glacier. We see big sinkholes, called “Moulin”, that sometimes have drilled their way through the glacier, draining the meltwater of the ice through little waterfalls and streams. The glacier also carries with it ashes of volcanic eruptions, the ash sometimes forms into a pyramid, called “dirt cone”.
The tour takes approximately 4 to 5 hours (2 – 3 hour on the glacier), including drive back and forth from our pick up location at Hali reception. This tour is moderated and can be done by most travelers. You don’t have to have an ice climbing experience for this tour and we can adjust the climbing part to the group ability, from extreme to easy conditions.
Rented equipment: We have Rain gear and Hiking boots to rent for this tour if needed. Rental price is 1.000.- ISK for each equipment.
What's included and excluded
- Mountaineering boots and climbing crampons
- Ice climbing axes
- Life vest for the boat tour
- Guided tour with a local
What you need to know
Meeting point: Hali Country Hotel reception
*Be at our meeting point 20 minutes before departure time
Minimum age: 14 years old
Duration: 4-5 hrs
Group max: 4 persons
Group min: 2 persons
Remember to bring:Good clothing based on weather. 3 layers on top: base layer, light sweater like fleece and water or windproof top. Light warm pants and waterproof if needed. Thin had , gloves and Camera (optional).
Good to know:
We can’t guarantee to be the only tour company visiting the ice cave during our tour.
Driving in Iceland in the winter time can take much longer than during the summer. We recommend you to stay somewhere close to Hali the night before a tour.
Note: Glacier trips are undertaken at the responsibility of participants. Glacier Adventure does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by it’s customers or can be traced to their own actions.
Crampons are metal spikes that we attach to the soles of your hiking shoes, these enable you to walk on the glacier ice without slipping. Crampons will be used during glacier hiking, please make sure you have good hiking shoes. We recommend hiking shoes that are thick, sturdy and waterproof.
Please refer to below photos as reference: