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Family-Friendly 3-Hour Glacier Hike in Skaftafell National Park

Skaftafell, Iceland

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Discover the rugged beauty of the Skaftafell National Park on this family-friendly 3-hour glacier hike from Skaftafell. Collect your hiking equipment from the base, and explore easy hiking trails through the Skaftafell National Park with a guide. Admire sweeping views over the rugged mountain scenery and learn how glaciers form over millions of years. Out on the ice, discover deep crevasses in safety and gain insight into Iceland’s rich geology.
  • 3-hour family-friendly Skaftafell National Park glacier hike
  • Choose from a range of different tour times to suit your schedule
  • Follow a guide along moderate hiking trails through the Skaftafell National Park
  • Step out onto the ice, and discover crevasses and rock formations
  • Learn how Iceland’s famous Falljökull glacier was formed
  • Tour includes all necessary safety equipment
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A short introductory glacier walk
Certified glacier guide
All necessary glacier gear
Food and drinks (We recommend that you bring packed lunch with you)
Clothes, shoes and personal equipment, see below for a recommended list
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Transportation to and from Skaftafell National Park

Departure Point

Skaftafell National Park

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Choose a 9:15am, 11:15am, 1:15pm, or 3:15pm tour, then make your way to the Skaftafell National Park to meet your guide and begin your adventure. This family-friendly 3-hour hike is suitable for kids and adults alike.

First, collect your glacier-hiking equipment — including crampons, helmets and ice axes — at the base in Skaftafell. Then, take a seat in your vehicle for the 15-minute journey to the Falljökull glacier — widely considered among the region’s top natural attractions.

During your hike, follow gentle trails through the glacier valley and listen as your guide shines a light on the region’s geology. Discover open crevasses and glacier mills out on the ice sheets in safety, and learn how the mighty Falljökull glacier was formed over millions of years.

When your time on the glacier comes to an end, return in comfort to the base in Skaftafell to bring your tour to an end.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Please note that while this tour is family friendly, there is a minimum age requirement of 10 years old/minimum shoe size 35 EUR in order to safely fit in the required crampons
  • We recommend that you bring with you the following items:
  • Waterproof jacket and pants (trousers) (available for rent for a small fee at own expense
  • Hiking boots (available for rent for a small fee at own expense, we advise against running shoes or any type of shoes that sit below the ankle bones as the straps of the crampons could become painful during the walk)
  • Light sweater (wool or fleece)
  • Light synthetic or quick dry pants (try to stay clear of jeans as they can get wet and cold quickly and dry very slowly)
  • Thin gloves and a warm hat
  • Small backpack (can be handy for carrying your camera, rain gear and any other extras)
  • Sunglasses and sun block (the sun's reflection on the ice can get quite bright)
  • Food and drinks (lunch is unfortunately not provided so we recommend that you bring a packed lunch with you. There is plenty of fresh water on the glacier so you can bring a water bottle with you as well)
  • Camera
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Glacier Guides

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Family-Friendly 3-Hour Glacier Hike in Skaftafell National Park?
This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Family-Friendly 3-Hour Glacier Hike in Skaftafell National Park.


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We had a wonderful time hiking on the...
Katherine P
, Aug 2017
We had a wonderful time hiking on the glacier with Mel. It was inspirational to see the views, to sip glacial water, to feast on nature!
Great experience hiking on the glacier...
Arnold C
, Jun 2017
Great experience hiking on the glacier. Ryan was an informative and helpful guide. The hike was not too challenging but not too easy either. Highly recommend this tour.

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