Action-packed day trip to Skaftafell and Vatnajokull National Park with a boat trip on the Jokulsarlon iceberg lagoon and a glacier hike. Operated from Reykjavík three times a week.
Trip level: 1 -2 of (out of 5). Easy
Guaranteed departures: from Reykjavik on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays 7:00-07:30* 15 May-15 September
Duration: 14-15 hours
Price: 29,990 ISK per person
See similar tour departing from Skaftafell, Glacier Grand Slam
THE VENUE – VATNAJOKULL NATIONAL PARK
Vatnajokull is Europe's largest icecap, a massive 8,300 km² of ice up to 800m thick. That's a lot of ice! Forming the hub of Iceland's biggest National Park, the icecap is fringed by numerous beautiful valley glaciers. When they recede they sometimes create lagoons, where the ice front breaks off forming spectacular icebergs. These stunning landscapes are the focus of your excursion. Leaving Reykjavik you'll travel by coach along the South Coast, a beautiful journey of ever-changing views that brings you to Skaftafell.
THE GLACIER HIKE
After lunch at the National Park entrance at Skaftafell you'll get kitted out for your guided adventure on Virkisjokull glacier. With crampons (metal spikes) attached to your boots, you can safely walk on the ice and after a safety briefing you'll set off. Exploring the glacier opens up a whole new world of spectacular ice formations, deep sink holes and crevasse. Your qualified glacier guides will ensure that this amazing experience is safe and enjoyable, as well as informatiive.
THE ICEBERG LAGOON
From Virkisjokull you'll continue by road to Jökulsárlón Iceberg Lagoon. Arguably one of the top ten things to see in Iceland, the lagoon is jammed with icebergs that break off from the huge glacier tongue of Breidamerkurjokull. They come in many colours and all shapes and sizes, some shimmering white and as large as houses, some a deep shade of turquoise and others completely transparent. It's indescribably beautiful.
Gazing at them from the shore is one thing but you'll be cruising among the icebergs as well. - don't forget your camera! After the boat ride warm up with coffee and an Icelandic waffle with cream and jam before the journey back to Reykjavík.
transportation from Reykjavík, guided glacier hike at Skaftafell, boat trip on Jokulsarlon, lunch and coffee and waffle after the boat ride.
Please bring with you:
warm outdoor clothing, rainproof jacket and trousers, warm hat and gloves, hiking boots. You can rent hiking boots and/or waterproof clothing at Skaftafell for 500 ISK per piece
no minimum number of participants in June, July & August. Otherwise minimum 4.
Please note: The distance from Reykjavik to Jokulsarlon is 350km so expect a long day of travel. All glacier trips are dependent on weather and glacier conditions.
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Guests are advised that all activities are undertaken entirely at their own risk and they must behave in a fit and proper manner at all times in accordance with Arctic Adventures / Glacier Guides guidelines and must take proper responsibility for their own safety. Glacier hiking and related activities carry inherent risks and Guests may be requested by Glacier Guides to sign a liability release and assumption of risk prior to certain excursions.