Ultimate Icescape - Glacier Hike Skaftafell
This tour takes you safely among the crevasses and glacier sculptures of Svínafellsjökull glacial tongue in Skaftafell nature reserve. You'll be totally surrounded by the majestic scenery and experience the power of the living glacier.
This activity tour takes you safely with an expert glacier guide among the crevasses and glacier sculptures of Svínafellsjökull glacial tongue in Skaftafell nature reserve. You'll be totally surrounded by the majestic scenery and experience the power of the living glacier. It's a fairly easy to moderate walk with real ice crampons attached to your hiking boots.
Note! This tour departs from the gas station next to Hotel Skaftafell (Freysnes).For 08:30 tour: Freysnes does not open until 09:00, so there is no access to bathroom facilities until then - Closest facilites are at Skaftafell visitor center
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.
Glacier SvinafellsjokullThis 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.
GPS location: 63.990648, -16.896961
- Guiding services
- Glacier gear and safety equipment (ice crampons, ice axe, helmets)
- Waterproof warm clothing, and hiking boots (hiking boots may be rented from us).
How do we get there?
Pick ups are available from Hotels in Reykjavík.