I saw the day tour on Viator for a Glacier Hike and Ice Climb and I instantly knew that I had to do it. I was a bit nervous as I'm not in peak physical shape, but I do work out on a regular basis. I read the description and review and it said it was open to beginners. I knew it would be a demanding challenge, but it looked so fun that I could not pass it up.
I was one of seven people led by Hawk on our hike. He had lots of knowledge about glaciers, volcanoes, and many other sights around Iceland. He had lots of mountaineering experience and made sure to lead the group so that everyone kept up. It was a demanding hike, but the crampons, helmets, and ax provided to us were a great help. Not one person fell or slid on the ice.
The ice climb activity was incredibly hard, but also fun. Hawk showed us the ropes and helped us as we repelled into a crevasse and then climbed out of it. I want to go back and do it again! I have never been so tired, but so happy after a day long adventure..
Things to know:
-Bring snow pants, a snow jacket, good gloves, hiking boots, and a hat or head band for the cold.
-Make sure to put on sunblock.
Great tour guides Jono and Adi made for a fun, incredible and memorable experience. Definitely recommend for all those looking for a memorable tour in Iceland.
The tour is awesome! Juan and Haukurelis are experienced guide, very professional, patient and friendly. Mostly they are fun! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who visit Iceland. An unforgettable memory for me. I am so glad I did it! =)
This was hands down the best thing we did in Iceland. Arctic Adventures picked us up at our hotel and off we went to the south coast. The drive itself was breathtaking with waterfalls in every direction. The hikes are run in small groups of no more than 8 people which is perfect for being a social activity while still getting a personal experience. The drive to the glacier was about 3hrs, we stopped at a rest station along the way for a food and bathroom break note: this is an all-day activity and there is no meal so bring lunch with you or be prepared to eat gas-station selections. Once we reached the glacier the company got us kitted out with appropriate hiking boots, cramp ons and ice picks. Our guide, Jono, was both informative and entertaining. He made sure we got a good balance of fun and education about the area and the glacier - specifically how everything is constantly changing with climate and volcano activity. If you haven't done something like this before you need to try it, this is unlike any other experience. And it's so unique to this part of the world as the glacier sits on top of volcanic ash. You can see the flakes of fresh-looking ash frozen into the now-melting ice. That ash is thousands of years old, which is absolutely mind-blowing. The views from the glacier are out of this world. There is a lake and green cliffs in one direction, snowy mountain peaks in another direction, a waterfall coming off a cliff in another direction... seriously every way you look is overwhelmingly beautiful. The hike is just challenging enough to make it worthwhile without being out of reach and the Ice Climb itself is an experience for the bucket list. I would do this excursion again a million times over. Can't recommend this highly enough...
Knowledgeable and informative tour guide and driver. Great itinerary, once in a lifetime experience in glacier hiking and ice climbing. I would definitely recommend it
Arman is an excellent host, knowledgeable and personable. We would take this excursion again. This is the third time we have used Viator to book excursions. Every one has been excellent. When traveling again, we will definitely review tours offered by Viator to enhance our experiences.
This was not only a blast, but the clarity of the water, the colors, and nature's architecture made this experience the highlight out of many potential candidates of our time in Iceland. Don't let 38 degree fahrenheit temperatures stand between you and this excursion. The only part of our bodies that got cold our index fingers. Go figure. Although you're given a thermal onesie and a wet suit, I'd recommend wearing leggings and a warm shirt for an extra layer underneath the equipment. You and your clothes will not get wet. My daughter and I were the only ones to take the tour this day. Val, a certified diver who guides you on the snorkeling, and Sigrun, who drives you ALL OVER the Golden Circle, are wonderful. They are warm, engaging, and personable. Plus, they photograph the entire swim to prove to your family and friends you did it! I couldn't recommend this tour highly enough.
Excellent! The guides, who are very entertaining, know the glacier inside and out -- literally -- and oh, so patient. They did their best to give us the total experience. Don't be put off by the ash covering the glaciers. There's a fascinating explanation for it.
Tour guides were friendly and very knowledgeable of the glaciers.
Tour was awesome. Our guides were fun, personable and full of knowledge. The Glacier is incredible and having the opportunity to hike it was cool.
We booked via Viator and did the and #34;Blue Ice and #34; Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing tour from Reykjavik, organised via Arctic Adventures. We booked before we travelled so selected our date.
We left from the office of Arctic Adventures (as it was so close to our apartment). We travelled ins group of 12 people via mini bus. 2.5hr drive, with one stop at a services.
Upon arrival we had the safety briefing and got jutted out with crampons, pick axe, safety helmet and harness.
Was a 15mins walk from car park to the glacier. We the split into two groups.
It was a VERY windy day and we were warned we may not even get on the glacier... But luckily we did! :)
Our group were second in line for the ice climb, so instead we started to hike up the glacier. We took it slowly due to the windy conditions. The views are indescribable and No photo will be able to do them justice. Breathtakingly beautiful.
Our guides tried a few routes, but we were only able to get very far / high, before having to turn back due to the weather.
Unfortunately this meant we were unable to do the ice climb (the other group did, but they stayed at ground level, so didn and #39;t get to see the views we did, so swings and roundabouts I suppose!)
Our guides were AMAZING! I am not at all fit, and although this wasn and #39;t a strenuous hike, there were some uneven areas and they were happy to assist me by taking my hand, especially when coming down slopes.
On the way down it was lovely to see lots of guides from other groups all working together to get groups down quickly as the wind was getting worryingly bad! So there is a real team spirit amongst them all :)
Would recommend this to anyone ~ such a fabulous sight, just wish we could have got higher, although to be honest I was glad to come down, as the weather was turning very quickly up there, so was pleased to get back on the ground!
This was EPIC! My husband and I had a great time. Our tour guides Linas and Ayver I hope I spelled that correct were hilarious and great at explaining directions and cautions the whole time. I would highly recommend this to all.
It was a wonderful trip. As a climber, personally I would have enjoyed more ice climbing, however it was a nice introduction. It was a beautiful and much appreciated experience.
This trip was absolutely incredible. No pictures could do the views justice. Our guides were great, giving done really interesting info about the glacier and Iceland in general. The ice climb was a highlight- challenging but fun! I could not recommend this more, definitely worth it!
Our guides were very informative and fun...and wow, the glacier itself. I can't even put into words. Incredible excursion for us Arizona girls.
fabulous day out, loved it all, would recommend harder boots or shoes for the ice climbing ours were soft and didn't work very well but other than that a magical day
What a beautiful experience! This was worth every penny! My husband and I both had such an amazing time. Our guide, Loki, was super! Knew so much! Would recommend this tour to anyone!
Fun trip! The guides were very friendly and knowledgable. Really felt like we got our money's worth. Make sure to bring lots of layers and wear good boots.
Great day trip. Arman was well informed and shared his knowledge with us. He also had great patience with us older folks attempting to ice climb.
Great activity. Quite a bit of walking to get to glacier 30 minutes and then of course hiking on the glacier, but not strenuous. The ice climbing is difficult and requires significant physical strength. We had a great time!
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EXCELLENT!!! Such a wonderful challenge! Just remember to wear water proof clothing, thick boots ask to rent them if you don't have any and bring food! No meal breaks! SO WORTH IT!
Great tour, even though the weather was horrible. Really friendly and talkative guides also. Highly recommended!