Ice Climbing – Vatnajökull


Ice Climbing on Vatnajökull Glacier

Available upon request

Book Now Pay Later Option

Glacier Adventure offers “book now pay later option” for people that find it difficult to invest in future travel plans or are having problems booking online.  To book a tour send us an e-mail to [email protected] let us know which tour you would like to attend, what date, time, number of guests, and your phone nr. (incl. country code). Pay for the tour on location when you arrive at our base camp at Hali.

This tour is intended for those who want to spend a whole day outside hiking,  ice climbing and exploring the wonders of the glacier. Get out of your comfort zone and create unforgettable memories with friends and family. The tour has a maximum of 4 participants to ensure that everyone can Ice climb as much as they want and enjoy an intimate and discovery-filled adventure.

When joining Glacier Adventure for a tour you will get a personal experience from a local company. During this tour, you will explore one of the wonders of Vatnajökull National Park called Breiðarmerkurjökull. You will explore this stunning outlet glacier which extends from Vatnajöklull Glacier, the largest glacier in Europe. Our certified and experienced glacier guides take you on an unforgettable journey to the glacier, which is located off the beaten path and away from the tourist crowds.

We walk to the climbing area through a wonderland of glacial ice sculptures looking for the perfect climbing spot. Once you step onto the ice it will feel like you are located on an icy planet.  You might see some crevasses, small caves, tunnels, little waterfalls, and streams that form sinkholes called “moulins,” along with other beautiful ice features. The glacier carries ashes of past volcanic eruptions, which often form a pyramid, called “dirt cones”. During the tour, you will get the chance to learn about the glacier, its history, how it was formed, how it affects our community and how it continues to change and shape every day.

Send us an enquiry about this tour here.

The tour starts and ends at our cozy base camp at Hali, only 12km east of Jökulsárlón i.e. The Glacier Lagoon. At Hali you will be welcomed by the Glacier Adventure staff and provided with all the necessary glacier equipment like crampons, ice axe, helmet, and harness. Stiff hiking boots will also be provided on this tour.

From Hali base camp we will transport you towards the glacier on our modified jeeps, the drive takes approx. 30-40 minutes. From the parking lot, we will walk towards the glacier in a lunar landscape that has been shaped through the years by the retrieving glacier, the walk takes approx.  30-40 minutes.

The total duration of the tour is between 5-6 hours, 3-4hours on the glacier. This tour is at a moderate level and prior glacier climbing experience is not needed. We can adjust the climbing part to the participant’s ability from easy up to extreme. Minimum age is 14 years old


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Departure Times 09:30 AM
Meeting point: Glacier Adventure at Hali
Duration: 5-6 hours / 3 hours on the ice
Age Limit: 14 year old
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Distance & Elevation: 8-12 km, 100-250 m elevation
Group min: 2 persons
Group max: 4 people

– Guided tour with a local guide
– Mountaineering boots and climbing crampons
– Harness & helmet
– Ice climbing axes

No matter where you’re going in Iceland, it’s important to choose the right clothing and dress according to weather. We strongly recommend dressing in layers so it is easy to take off or put on layers depending on weather.

    • Good waterproof shoes with ankle support (hiking boots )
    • Thermal underwear
    • Wool/fleece thermal mid-layer
    • Hiking pants.
    • Waterproof pants & jacket
    • Gloves & hat
    • Socks (wool or synthetic)
    • Sunglasses
    • Small backpack
    • Reusable Water-bottle
    • Food or Snack for a 6 hour tour (sandwich, chocolate bar, etc.)
    • Camera (optional)

Glacier Adventure reserves the rights to refuse participation of clients if not dressed according to weather since this will put the clients at risk. In such circumstances no refunds shall be given.

You can rent the following equipment for the Glacier Walk tour:
-Rain gear 1.000,- ISK
-Hiking boots 1.000,- ISK

Good to have in mind

  • Please 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 home page.
  • You can find useful information about the weather at www.vedur.is and the road conditions at www.road.is


Disclaimer: All glacier trips are taken at the responsibility of participants. Glacier Adventure does not take responsibility for accidents which are caused by their customers or can be traced to their own actions.

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"This was an unbelievable experience. Our tour guide, and owner was fantastic. He gave us an unforgettable tour and was very experienced in the area." MJMtz
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