Glacier Xtreme – Ice Climbing from Skaftafell

Glacier Xtreme – Ice Climbing from Skaftafell


April 1st – September 30th

Departs From:
Glacier Guides booking house in Skaftafell (next to the Visitor Center) 30 min. prior to departure.

7 hrs.

Minimum Age:


Moderate (see ratings)
The Glacier Extreme trip is in all essence an exploratory trip with an added emphasis on Ice-climbing. We keep the group size small (maximum of 5 guests per guide) in order to have the option of getting into those harder to reach, unique, places and to make sure everyone gets to do plenty of climbing. This trip can be as extreme as you would like and we tailor it to our guest’s requests. No previous ice-climbing experience is required.

Group Maximum: 5 people
Up to 7 hours duration
Minimum age 15
We depart on our busses from Skaftafell along with our other groups. As soon as we get to our driving destination we split off and make our way to the Falljökull glacier. Gearing up at the front of the glacier along with an equipment and safety talk is quick with a smaller group. Along the way to our ice-climbing locations, you will see all the best of what the glacier has to offer. We pick our climbing spots based on the group’s ability and requests and typically climb at the base of the icefall, the background is simply stunning. Your guide will then set up top-ropes for climbing and everyone´s forearms should be well pumped at the end of the day.

For novice and experts alike, if you want to hone your skills, learn new or improve techniques or simply see what this ice-climbing business is all about.

For all of our glacier tours Glacier Guides will provide guests with crampons for walking on the ice, helmets and ice axes. Waterproof clothing and hiking boots are available for rent. In Skaftafell we do have many of the items below for sale in our booking center.

Equipment List for Glacier Day Tours

Please note that the glacier hikes range from 3 hours to 7 hours so depending on the length of your tour you may be able to get away without some of the things on this list.

Waterproof jacket and pants (We do have rental clothing available)
Hiking boots (Available for rent, 1000 isk. We advise against runners or any type of shoe that comes up below the ankle bone as the straps on the crampons can get a bit painful during the walk)(Climbing boots are included on the ice climbing tour)
Light sweater, wool or fleece
Light synthetic or quick dry pants (Try and stay clear of jeans on the longer trips as they get wet & cold quick and dry slow)
Thin Gloves
Small Backpack (Can be handy to carry camera, rain gear and all extras)
Sunglasses and sun protection (It can get quite bright on the ice with the reflection)
Food and drinks (Lunch is not provided on any of our trips. June – September there is plenty of fresh water on the glacier so bring a bottle)
Camera (If you forget everything else don´t forget that)

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