Glacier Hike in Iceland

Originally, Kristina and I were planning on just doing a local hike near Reykjavík. But then a week before we were set to fly out, we decided to sign up for a GLACIER HIKE!

Interested in hiking a glacier while you’re in Iceland? Here’s everything you need to know before you go!


There are many tour groups that you can book your hike with online ahead of time!

We booked our hike through Extreme Iceland and chose the “Ultimate Icescape” Glacier Hike in Skaftafell. On this hike, an expert glacier guide takes you among the crevasses and glacier sculptures of the Svínafellsjökull glacial tongue in the Skaftafell Nature Reserve. This glacial tongue is an outlet of the immense Glacier Vatnajökull and the ice is 1,000 years old!


Good to Know Info

∇ Included in the price: guiding services, glacier gear and safety equipment (ice crampons, ice axe, helmet).

∇ You need to bring: waterproof warm clothing and hiking boots (important, because ice crampons can’t be attached to normal shoes).


We chose this company because we had our rental car and could easily drive the 4 hours south to Skaftafell. Even though it seemed like a long drive, it was actually very enjoyable because of all the incredible views! I can’t even count how many gorgeous waterfalls we saw along the way.

If you don’t have your own car, you can pay a little more and get picked up from where ever you’re staying in Reykjavík. Just be ready to go first thing in the morning! Our tour was at 1pm and the pick-up option was set for 8am.




I definitely recommend going on a glacier hike! It’s an incredible experience that you won’t want to miss. Have you hiked a glacier before? Comment below!

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