Vatnjökull Glacier

Vatnjökull tours and activities

Vatnjökull National Park

The largest piece of ice in Europe offers exciting ice related tours and activities. The vatnjökull glacier is accessible throughout the year in favourable weather. The glacier is in a great wilderness area of Iceland and forms part of the Vatnjökull National park. The Vatnjökull National park is a Nature reserve.

Glacier hiking activities

Glacier hiking and Ice climbing

On offer are a large range of hiking tours for all abilities and ice climbing tours for more experienced visitors. These companies have experienced staff and provide all safety equipment to ensure your safe enjoyment of an extremely dangerous place. Ice tourists can book their tours and activities before travelling to the Vatnökull Glacier region to avoid disappointment.

Pick-up locations

Ice hiking tours and glacier activities either leave from the visitor center at Skaftafell National park or from locations close to Jökulsarlon glacier lagoon.

Getting there

These glacier activities can be combined with some of our Multi-day photo tours. Otherwise you can self drive to the area with Iceland Car Rental, or use the hop-on hop-off feature of Bus Passports.

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Glacier walk Vatnjökull
With a local guide from Hali you experience Natural wonders on this Vatnajökull glacier walk. The trained glacier guide takes you on an ice adventure on Vatnajökull’s largest glacier tongue, Breiðamerkurjökull. The trip starts 15 km East of Jökulsarlon at Hali Country Hotel. The tour includes a ride in a Superjeep.

The minimum age is 10 years.

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Physical: Easy
  • Before the glacier adventure starts we give you an introduction to the equipment needed to explore the glacier. We issue ice crampons, helmets and ice axes and teach you how to safely use them. It’s important to have the sturdy footwear for glacier walking. We will have the hiking boots ready for people who have rented.

    We start with a Super Jeep ride to a glacier lagoon, then a 2 minute zodiac boat ride to where the glacier adventure starts. (We also recommend the boat tour at Jökulsárlón or Fjallsárlón because this one is very short).

    We walk by many glacial ice features and deep crevasses. We see sinkholes in the glacier, called “Moulin”, that have drilled a hole through the glacier. The glacier features the ashes from volcanic eruptions, formed into a pyramid shaped “dirt cone”.

    Learn about the Vatnjökull glacier, how it is formed and how it continues to change.

    Glacier tour includes
    Crampons, helmet, harness and ice axe. Life vest for Zodiac trip.

    You need to bring
    – Good hiking boots.
    – Layered clothing =. 3 layers on top: thermal layer, sweater like fleece and waterproof top. Light warm pants and waterproof if needed.
    – Gloves and a thin hat that can fit under a helmet
    – Bring a camera

    Please note
    Rain jackets and pants rental = 1.000,- ISK
    Hiking shoes rental = 1000,- ISK

    Ice climbing Vatnjökull
    This is an ice climbing tour with a trained local guide from Hali. The tour includes a ride in a Super jeep and a glacier walk. This glacier adventure has a maximum 4 guests so that everyone can enjoy the climbing part of the trip. The tour is designed for people who want an unforgettable half day adventure in the fresh air – walking, climbing the ice and talking.

    Minimum age is 14 years.

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Physical: Challenging
  • Before the glacier adventure starts we give you an introduction to the equipment needed to explore and climb the glacier. We issue ice crampons, helmets and ice axes and teach you how to safely use them. It’s important to have the sturdy footwear for glacier activities. We will have the hiking boots ready for people who have rented.

    We start with a Super Jeep ride to a glacier lagoon, then a 2 minute zodiac boat ride to where the glacier adventure starts. (We also recommend the boat tour at Jökulsárlón or Fjallsárlón because this one is very short).

    We walk by many glacial ice features and deep crevasses. We see sinkholes in the glacier, called “Moulin”, that have drilled a hole through the glacier. The glacier features the ashes from volcanic eruptions, formed into a pyramid shaped “dirt cone”.

    Learn about the Vatnjökull glacier, how it is formed and how it continues to change.

    Glacier tour includes
    Crampons, helmet, harness and ice axe. Life jacket for Zodiac ride.

    You need to bring
    – Sturdy hiking boots.
    – Layered clothing =. 3 on top: thermal layer, sweater like fleece and waterproof top. Light warm pants and waterproof if needed.
    – Gloves and a thin hat that can fit under a helmet
    – Bring a camera

    Please note
    Rain jackets and pants rental = 1.000,- ISK
    Hiking shoes rental = 1000,- ISK

    Vatnjökull private hike
    We drive to the edge of Svinafellsjokull or Falljokull to start this glacier tour. The adventure takes place on glacier tongues which come down from Vatnajokull glacier. At the edge of the glacier we give you crampons and ice axe and start our 1 1/2 km guided hike onto the glacier.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Physical: Easy
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