Ice Climbing – Vatnajökull

Amazing experience

Ice Climbing in Vatnajökull

Includes Super Jeep ride and a glacier walk with a well-trained local guide

In this Ice climbing tour with a local guide from Hali you experience the wonders of Vatnajökull glacier. Our guide takes you on an unforgettable journey on Breiðamerkurjökull, one of Vatnajökull’s biggest outlet glacier. The trip starts at Hali Country Hotel reception, where your guide drives you to the glacier area, away from the crowds and off the beaten path where you can breathe in the fresh Icelandic air.

Before we start the drive we need to gear you up. It’s necessary to have the correct footwear for ice climbing. We’ll have the hiking boots ready for those who have rented such.

After the Super Jeep ride to the glacier area, the glacier walk starts with an introduction to the equipment and safety rules needed to explore the glacier. We provide ice crampons and teach you how to attach them to the boots. Crampons make it easy to walk on the ice so that there’s no worry of slipping. Other security items include helmets and ice axes.

We walk to the climbing area 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 4 participants to make sure that everyone can enjoy the climbing part of the trip.

The tour is intended for those who want to spend half a day outside walking, climbing the ice, talking and creating unforgettable moments with friends and family.

The tour takes approximately 4 to 5 hours (2 – 3 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 and we can adjust the climbing part to the group ability, from extreme to easy conditions.


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Tour Details

  • Availability: 9:30
  • Minimum age: 14 years old
  • Meeting point: Hali Country Hotel reception
  • Area: South East Iceland
  • Duration: 4 - 5 hours
  • Type: Half day-tour
  • Group max: 4 persons
  • Group min: 2 persons
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • - Rain gear for 1000 ISK
  • - Hiking boots for 1000 ISK

Provided equipment

  • - Mountaineering boots and climbing crampons
  • - Harness
  • - Helmet
  • - Ice climbing axes
  • - Life vest for the boat tour
  • - Guided tour with a local
  • - Good clothing based on weather. 3 layers on top: base layer, light sweater like fleece and water or windproof top. Light warm pants and waterproof if needed.
  • - Thin had and gloves
  • - Camera (optional)

Good to have in mind

  • Be at our meeting point 20 minutes before departure time
  • We recommend you to stay somewhere close to Hali the night before a morning tour. You can find accommodation suggestion under useful information on our front page
  • You can find useful information about the weather at and the road conditions at

Disclaimer: Glacier trips are undertaken at the responsibility of participants. Glacier Adventure does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by it´s customers or can be traced to their own actions.

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  • Zodiac boat tour included in the ice climbing tour
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What are people saying


A must do!

“One of the highlight of the trip… Fantastic experience!” Lauren
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