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Our most recommended Vik Outdoor Activities

  • Skaftafell: Ice Cave Tour & Glacier Hike

    1. Skaftafell: Ice Cave Tour & Glacier Hike

    Explore breathtaking ice formations and glacier mills. Marvel at a naturally-formed, blue ice cave and learn how glaciers are formed. A professional hiking guide will take you to the base of Falljökull, an outlet glacier of the Vatnajökull ice cap and lead you up to the cave. This glacier is the highest peak of Iceland’s tallest mountain range. On a clear day, be sure to look out - you’ll see Hvannadalshnúkur in the distance.

    We were meant to take a morning tour but had unforeseen car troubles and were afraid we would miss our tour. Ryan was so understanding and allowed us to join the afternoon tour instead. Janet was our guide and absolutely AMAZING! She was so knowledgeable about the glacier and ice caves--taking us to three ice caves during our visit as well as all over the glacier. She was so kind and helpful to my in-laws,who were on the tour with us and needed to take a few breaks throughout. She made sure it was a wonderful experience for our entire group, and she took picture after picture of us! This was absolutely the highlight of our trip to Iceland-- the weather was incredible, the area was gorgeous, and it felt like a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Thank you, Janet and Ryan!

  • Skaftafell: 5 Hour Glacier Hike Adventure

    2. Skaftafell: 5 Hour Glacier Hike Adventure

    Enjoy a frozen adventure in the wilderness of Skaftafell Terminal, and hike across a stunning outlet glacier of Vatnajökull in the company of an expert guide. Get a short safety briefing and collect all the necessary equipment at the Skaftafell Terminal. Then, marvel at the majesty of the landscape on the short hike to the ice cap. Put on your crampons to experience what it feels like to walk on a sheet of ice! See different formations, including deep crevasses and ice sculptures, and get panoramic views over Skaftafell National Park. Learn how glaciers are formed and hear how their future is under threat as a result of global warming. Get an introduction to more advanced stages of glacier hiking before heading back to Skaftafell Terminal with memories that will last a lifetime.

    Great hike! I'm very afraid of heights (when coming down) but the guide was very helpful and I got down the ice with no issues

  • Sólheimajökull: 3 Hour Glacier Hike

    3. Sólheimajökull: 3 Hour Glacier Hike

    This hike is for anyone who wants to experience hiking on the beautiful glacier of Mýrdalsjökull. Located underneath the ice cap is one of the largest Volcanoes in Iceland, Katla who erupted last in 1918. You will meet your guide at the Sólheimajökull parking lot where you will receive all the necessary safety gear and hike towards the glacier. There you will get a safety briefing as well as a tutorial on how to attach the crampons to your boots. You will have 60-90 minutes on the ice and be able to explore the impermanent glacier formations as well as crevasses and moulins. During the hike you will see the beautiful views of the area, surrounding mountains as well as some volcanic ash on the glacier. Your guide will be happy to explain these natural phenomena and answer your questions.  If you have never been on a glacier you don't need to worry! Your skilled guide will make sure you ...

    We had an amazing visit. Our guide Alex from Troll Adventures was really good, fun, gave us a lot of info, took us to interesting places on the glacier. An unforgetable visit.

  • Vatnajökull Glacier Natural Ice Cave 2.5 to 3-Hour Tour

    4. Vatnajökull Glacier Natural Ice Cave 2.5 to 3-Hour Tour

    Make your own way to the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon to experience a natural ice cave from the luxury of a huge custom-made super jeep. Drive for approximately 30-40 minutes to the base of the glacier outlet at Breiðamerkurjökull, where the glacier retreats every year to make every season a unique experience. Pick-up all the necessary security gear to explore the cave in safety using helmets and crampons. Then, enter the cave with a guide who will explain the most important features of the extraordinary phenomenon. Visit a crevasse after the ice cave, weather permitting.

  • South Coast: Glacier Hike and Tour from Reykjavik

    5. South Coast: Glacier Hike and Tour from Reykjavik

    A day on the glacier is a great way to experience Icelandic nature. Only 2-hours away from Reykjavík is a glacier called Sólheimajökull (Solheimajokull glacier), an outlet glacier of Mýrdalsjökull (Myrdalsjokull glacier). It lies just east of the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano that erupted in the spring of 2010 and caused trouble all over Europe. When arriving at the glacier, your guide will get all the necessary equipment ready such as crampons and ice axe and then the group will head up to the glacier. Your guide will lead you through wonders of ice sculptures, ridges and deep crevasses while telling you everything about the behavior of these ever-changing giants. About 2-hours will be spent on the ice. On the way back to Reykjavík, there will be a stop at the impressive waterfalls of Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss.

    Great tour that combined some stunning waterfalls and scenery with a Glacier Hike. We had a great tour guide who was driving the minibus to the south coast and telling us lots of interesting items about where we visiting and Iceland in general. What was really handy was the bus driver had some rubber cramp on type items for our feet to help us grip, as it was cold, snowy and icy at the waterfall's we visited these helped us get to the best spots for the great views (One viewing platform was really icy, but we got to it no problem). The Glacier Hike was amazing, and had all the proper gear (Ice Axe, Harness, Crampon's) to help us navigate up the glacier and to the plateau. Awesome views and amazing going through the glacier, just a shame it's melting so quickly.

  • Skaftafell Ice Climb and Glacier Hike

    6. Skaftafell Ice Climb and Glacier Hike

    Experience what it feels like to walk on ice on a hike across the outlet glacier of Vatnajökull. Brave Europe's largest glacier to get breathtaking views of the Skaftafell area.    Meet your guide at the visitor center to collect all the necessary safety equipment. Put on your harness, crampons, ice axe, and helmet, and jump aboard the shuttle bus for the 10-minute ride to the glacier. Get tips on how to put on and walk in your crampons, and learn the basic techniques of ice climbing. Challenge gravity as you climb up walls of ice, and hike around the glacier. Learn how it was formed, and its fascinating history, including its recent use as a film location for movies such as Interstellar, Batman Begins, and the epic TV series Game of Thrones.

    AMAZING! Adam and Diego were great guides. Definitely the highlight of our trip. Would highly recommend and visit again!

  • Sólheimajökull Ice Climb and Glacier Hike

    7. Sólheimajökull Ice Climb and Glacier Hike

    Defy gravity on an exciting ice climb and hike across the Sólheimajökull Glacier, the outlet glacier that was featured in Chasing Ice, the award-winning documentary about climate change. Meet your certified guide at the Sólheimajökull Glacier parking lot to collect all the necessary safety equipment, including crampons and ice axes. Hike towards the outlet glacier and get ready to face the challenge of the climb. Don't worry if you have never walked on ice before, as your guide will show you all you need to know to successfully conquer the body of dense ice. Learn all the basic techniques of ice climbing, and hear about the history and formation of the ever-changing glacier. Follow your guide to the perfect climbing location, and watch as they set up the ice-climbing system before you climb up the icy walls under their safe guidance.

    Helki was friendly, knowledgeable, and made us feel safe every crampon step of the way! Had a lovely time on our glacier walk and a wonderful first ice climb.

  • South Coast & Jokulsarlon Small Group Sightseeing Tour

    8. South Coast & Jokulsarlon Small Group Sightseeing Tour

    This small group adventure starts from Reykjavik where your guide will pick you up from one of the authorized pickup points in the Reykjavik downtown area. First stop will be the stunning Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which is one of the few waterfalls in Iceland that you can walk behind. Next up is the powerful Skogafoss waterfall, located in the peaceful area of Skogar, which is one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland, surrounded by beautiful scenery. A trail located on the right side of the waterfall offers explorers the chance to view the waterfall from various angles. Then, visit the local village of Vik where you will have time to have lunch. The famous Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon will be your next stop. The beautiful picturesque glacier lagoon has been featured in various Hollywood movies for good reason. See majestic icebergs floating in the peaceful lagoon, and add an (optional)...

    Great tour, only downfall was we didn’t stop at Skogafoss as it’s stated in the listing.

  • Sólheimajökull: Kayaking by the Glacier

    9. Sólheimajökull: Kayaking by the Glacier

    Your tour will begin as you meet your expert kayaking guide at the Sólheimajökull parking lot. From here, you will be equipped with a dry suit before being shown the basic techniques to manoeuvre in your kayak. These sit-on-top kayaks are extremely easy to steer, and no previous kayaking experience is required. Once on the kayak and you push off into the lagoon, you’ll be immediately immersed into a world of iceberg-filled calm waters, with breathtaking views of the Sólheimajökull Glacier, which is only able to be seen while on water. After a few hours of gliding along the stillness of the lagoon, you will head back to shore having collected some unforgettable memories.

    One of my family's favorite noon-hiking activities. it was great to be able to get out among the icebergs, and bUb appreciated how much time that we had on the water itself.

  • Glacier Lagoon - Jökulsárlón

    10. Glacier Lagoon - Jökulsárlón

    In total Vatnajökull covers 8,100 km2 (3,100 square miles) which is about the size of Delaware! As you arrive to Vatnajökull National Park you'll start to feel the true force of nature, which becomes apparent when you reach the large glacial lake Jökulsárlón on the south-east corner of Vatnajökull National Park. The lagoon developed after the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier started receding around the 1930s. The lagoon has grown since then at varying rates because of the melting of the glaciers.  You will also explore other wonders of the Vatnajökull National Park; including the Diamond Beach, Fjallsárjökull and Skaftafell National Park. Don't miss an opportunity to witness the true force of nature.

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What people are saying about Vik

Fantastic tour! The guide was very professional and provided lots of interesting knowledge. Hiking on the glacier itself was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Breathtaking view. First time ice climbing and it was lots of fun. Definitely recomment.

Everything was very professionell. Equipment and experienced leader brings us save to the best places of glacier and back. Ist was a wonderful day trip. Tak fidish

Great hike! I'm very afraid of heights (when coming down) but the guide was very helpful and I got down the ice with no issues

The drive alone was worth it. A great tour, a really impressive glacier cave and a great guide.

Nice journey on the glacier in best weather conditions