Why we love this tour
East glacier hiking Guided glacier hiking tour with a certified glacier guide All specialized glacier gear needed is included
For those looking for a quick but stunning adventure, this popular trip is a great eco-adventure full of variety and interest. Our famous buses leave from Skaftafell national park several times a day for the scenic 15-minute drive to Virkisjökull glacier. On our way, we will see impressive mountains that line the southern edge of the Vatnajökull glacier.
This is a fantastic introduction to the unique, fascinating world of ice, traversing the spectacular but easy tracks of the Virkisjökull glacier. We start with a short walk along the glacier valley where your guide will explain the unique features of the retreating paths of Falljökull and Virkisjökull glaciers and their surroundings.
As we arrive at the edge of the Virkisjökull glacier we will strap on crampons and make our way up the icy but easily accessible slopes. On the way, we will witness incredible ice formations and crevasses, learning about how they are formed and how the glacier continuously reshapes itself. We will approach the awe-inspiring ice fall, seeing up close how the ancient ice stoically falls hundreds of meters off the mountain top below as it flows in slow motion towards the ocean, a journey it will never complete as global warming continues to fuel its melting and slow retreat.
What's included and excluded
- Guided glacier hiking tour with a certified glacier guide
- All specialized glacier gear needed
What you need to know
Rated: Easy – Family Tour.
Duration: Approximately 3 hours, about 1 hour on the ice.
Meeting time: 15 minutes before tour start.
Minimum age: 10 years.
Remember to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended.
Please note: Departure from our Skaftafell booking center (gray house with the turf roof). Skaftafell is located 327km (203 miles) from Reykjavík. The nearest towns to Skaftafell are Kirkjubæjarklaustur, 69km to the west and Höfn, 130km to the east.