Why we love this tour
Safely with an expert glacier guide among the crevasses and glacier sculptures of Svínafellsjökull glacial tongue in Skaftafell nature reserve Totally surrounded by the majestic scenery and experience the power of the living glacier fairly easy to moderate walk with real ice crampons attached to your hiking boots
Iceland is the type of place that makes you feel small and fragile – even powerless, when immersed in all this surreal nature and truly spectacular scenery. So let’s take it up close and personal, feeling and understanding the strongest shaping force on earth – glaciers.
You can expect to find our tour guides wearing a yellow jacket with the company’s logo. You will also see a large bus with the Extreme Iceland logo. 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 on the hike we need to gear you up. It’s vital to have the correct footwear for glacier hiking. We’ll have the hiking boots ready for those who have rented such, and we provide ice crampons and teach you how to attach them to the boots. Crampons make it easy to walk on the ice so that there’s no worry of slipping. Other security items include helmets and ice axes.
This glacier tongue is an outlet of the immense Glacier Vatnajökull, and the ice is 1,000 years old.
Glaciers are made up of fallen snow. They are not frozen water, as some might think. But how does it turn into ice then? Simply by compression due to the weight of the snow as it keeps accumulating. It’s just like taking a handful of fluffy snow and squeezing into a hard snowball, and keep doing so for hundreds of years.
The ice eventually gets so compressed that most of the air is forced out of it. This is what causes glacial ice to appear blue.
A glacier is a river of ice. It flows. That’s because the highly compressed layers of ice are very flexible. At locations where a glacier flows rapidly, giant cracks called crevasses are formed. This is why it’s so dangerous to walk on a glacier – the crevasses get sometimes covered over by snow. Your guide may show you with the ice axe spots that may look like solid ice and snow but are in fact a steep drop just covered in a light dusting of snow.
What's included and excluded
- Guiding services
Glacier gear and safety equipment (ice crampons, ice axe, helmets)
What you need to know
Pick up between: 10:00 & 13:00*
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.
Duration: 2 – 3 hours
On the ice: 1 – 1.5 hours
Available: All year
Minimum requirements: 10 years old
Remember to bring: 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.