Glacier Adventure Summer Tour – Glacier Walk and Ice Exploring
This tour is for the adventurous travelers that want to get away from the crowd and explore magical places out of the beaten path where you can breathe in the fresh Icelandic air.
What is the different between Glacier Adventure Tour and Glacier Walk tour?
It is a full day tour with ice-climbing. This tour is more adventure and you spend more time on the glacier, like a small glacier-expedition. We will walk to the edge of the glacier and see where the icebergs are calving to the Glacier Lagoon Jökulsárlón. You’ll try some ice climbing and get the chance of being lowered in a blue moulin and climb back up secured in a line. No experience is needed as our guides will teach you everything needed.
You get to know the surrounding area from the perspective from our local point of view. On this tour we will experience natural unique ice formation, for example, ice-moulin, ice tunnel, spectacular blue ice walls, and even the start of a small ice cave formatting.
One of the most unique aspects of our trip is that the glacial environment is in a constant state of movement and change, meaning no one tour is the same as the next. The glacier periodically forms ice caves, blue ice tunnels, moulins, and other incredible features as it melts. Our expert guides will determine if any such ice features are safe to explore on the day of the tour and may add them to the trip as a bonus.
We visit Breiðamerkurjökull, one of Vatnajökull biggest outlet glaciers located within the Vatnajökull National Park.
We start the tour from Glacier Adventures meeting point, Hali. From there we drive our super jeeps to the edge of the glacier. That takes about 30 minutes. From there we hike around 1 km to the glacier where we put on the crampons and get an introduction to the equipment and safety rules needed to explore the glacier. Crampons make it easy to walk on the ice and explore it. Other security items include harnesses, helmets and ice axes.
We spend about 4-5 hours on the glacier, walking and exploring the magical glacier features. Remember to bring your lunch with you. This is truly an unforgettable short glacier expedition.
This tour is rated moderate. The age limit is 14 years old.
There will be enough time for great photo opportunities. The tour can take between 5 – 6 hours.
Before we start the drive, we need to gear you up. It’s necessary to have the correct footwear for the tour. If you don’t have them, don’t worry, you can rent hiking boots from us on low cost.
You will be provided with crampons, helmet, harness and an ice axe.
We hike through a wonderland of glacial ice sculptures, ridges and the deep crevasses of the glacier. We see big sinkholes, called “Moulin”, that sometimes have drilled their way through the glacier, draining the meltwater of the ice through little waterfalls and streams. The glacier also carries with it ashes of volcanic eruptions, the ash sometimes forms into a pyramid, called “dirt cone”.
This tour has a maximum of 8 participants to make sure that everyone can enjoy the adventures we are going to explore.
The tour is intended for those who want to spend a day outside walking, exploring the ice, talking and creating unforgettable moments with friends and family.
The tour takes approximately 5 to 6 hours (4-5 hour on the glacier), including drive back and forth from our pick-up location at Hali reception. This tour is moderated and can be done by most travelers. You don’t have to have an ice climbing experience for this tour.
Appropriate footwear and suitable outdoor clothing must be worn at all times. Glacier Adventure reserves the rights to refuse participation if not correctly equipped since this will put the clients at risk. In case of refusal, refund will not be possible.
- NEEDED EQUIPMENT
- – Hiking boots with good ankle support /can be rent for 1000 ISK
- – Good clothing based on weather. 3 layers on top: base layer, light sweaters like fleece and water or windproof top. Light warm pants and waterproof if needed.
- -Long wool or synthetic underwear and wool hiking socks
- -Wool or fleece sweater
- -Water-and windproof Gore-tex jacket & hiking pants
- -Gloves, two pairs, it is good to have an extra pair of gloves.
- -Hat, buff or balaclava.
- -Small backpack for extra clothes, snack, camera and the thing you need to bring with you.
– Food for 6 hours tour
– 1-2 sandwiches depending on how much you need.
– 700 ml – 1 L of water or something else you like to drink (non alcoholic).
– Some energy rich and light food like 2-3 chocolate bars or something similar.
- – Helmet
- – Crampons
- – Ice Axe if needed
- – Headlamp if needed
- – Guided tour with a local guide
– One hiking pole.
– An extra layer of clothes.
– Phone for taking good photos!
Good to have in mind
Be at our meeting point 20 minutes before departure time.
Driving in Iceland in the winter time can take much longer than during the summer. We recommend you to stay somewhere close to Hali the night before a tour. Here you can find accommodation suggestion.
- You can find useful information about the weather at www.vedur.is and the road conditions at www.road.is
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