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First off, yes, it is stupid expensive - but everything in Iceland is expensive. That being said, this was the best tour of our trip. The views were breathtaking - we had a clear, nothing-but-blue-sky type of day. Tour guides were really great, perfect English, humorous and fun. The experience of actually climbing up the glacier with all the gear was the highlight of the day. But it really was a perfect day.
Very fun day but very long. We had terrible weather and a traffic accident so we were a bit delayed arriving to the glacier. The driver and the guide were both excellent and managed to show us a very good time with expert guidance and information about geology. I would recommend bringing waterproof pants, gloves, jacket and boots with lots of layers underneath!
My son and I had the experience of a lifetime on this tour! If you want interaction with Icelandic nature, this is for you. I successfully did my first ice-climbing at the old age of 64 ! with first rate instruction from guides Norris and Biggy. I can't use enough superlatives to describe this adventure. Learning about glaciers by experiencing one first hand with knowledgeable guides is not to be missed when you're visiting Iceland.
Iver. Iver. Iver. Ask for Iver! He was the best tour guide ever!!!!!!!! He was so smart, funny, and adventurous. You could tell he really cared about giving us an experience of a lifetime. This tour is a must-do. It is unlike anything else you will do in your life. The views are absolutely breathtaking. You spend about 3 hours on the glacier hiking - dress warm!!!! They also offer rental boots which I highly recommend for an easier hike! Also, bring handwarmers!
The ice climbing is definitely one of the highlights of my trip! And the guides were greats: funny and knowledgeable
Highlight of our holiday! Really enjoyed the hike and the ice climbing. Great place to take pictures!
What an amazing experience to hike on the glacier, picnic on the glacier and try out ice climbing on the glacier. The guides were very experienced and passionate about their work so they could tell you all sorts of stories and information about the locations and the features of the glacier. The glacier is not flat and rather difficult to walk on so make sure you wear good hiking shoes or rent a pair from them. Definitely a must do!
The guides were excellent- very prepared,knowledgeable, and engaging! The views and overall experience were incredible - and we loved the ice climbing introduction!! We were the envy of our friends when we got back - ha!
Absolutely amazing experience. Walking on the glacier was really fun. A bit scary at first but once you get used to the crampons it is really enjoyable. The views are spectacular. The ice climbing was a bit harder than I thought but still manageable and fun. Overall this was a brilliant experience and I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys a bit of adventure and doing something a bit different.
Arctic Adventures and their guides Bigbi, Jonas and Henrik were great! They were very patient and informative and most importantly, very safe. This tour is a definite MUST DO on any trip to Iceland! The country has a vast beautiful landscape, but the view from walking on top of the glacier is unfreakingbelievable!!! Definitely take your SLR because your iphone will be an injustice to its beauty! And the Ice Climbing was tough but a once in a lifetime experience! Def recommend to everyone. If you're reading this, STOP and BOOK IT!
Much 3, Charlene
MUST DO! The most amazing and dangerous thing i've don in my travels! The ice climbing part is just a little wall you'll go up and down just to try out ice climbing... is not like the whole trip is about that. Is mostly Hiking to and from that spot. Still, really amazing. The only thing is I thing the group was too big for only 2 guides. It seams like a bit dangerous. It says no experience necessary, bur you should be at least in a bit of fiscal condition, since you'll be walking and going up and down for about 4hr in the cold. For me it was challenging and i'm in my 20's and in shape.
Amazing amazing is there word we used all day our guides ARMAN and GABRIELLE were fantastic we were quoted £1080 for the 4x from a dif tour, it only cost £695 worth every penny so professional felt safe all day , there knowledge is vast all mixed In with great humour all we can say is THANK YOU !!!
Loved that we were able to ice climb and the tour guides were extremely knowledgeable
Absolutely amazing! Easy for beginners! The tour guides were great, friendly and a lot of fun! I highly recommend going. You can pack a lunch or buy some food/drink at a gas station/rest stop on the way. I suggest packing a sandwich and some snacks. You can bring a full backpack, but pack light. Also, do not wear baggy pants to avoid cutting them.
Our guides were fantastic, I went alone on this tour as the group I went with was interested in something else. I was so comfortable going alone, we had great weather on our side when we arrived and got to stay on the glacier for hours. Our guides were very knowledgeable and had safety on their mind. Highly recommend this tour!
This trip was a BLAST! Pick-up was very easy and the drive to the glacier was through fantastic scenery. The guides professional yet fun and made the ice climbing, and caves very enjoyable. Be prepared for a chill but nothing too uncomfortable. They provide you with only the necessary gear for walking and climbing on the glacier so be sure to have your warm cloths necessary with you.
The view from glacier is awesome. This should be in everyone's bucketlist. Our tour guide are nice and professional. I really enjoyed this tour.
The tour guides were good! They were nice and safety oriented. It was a very special opportunity to climb a glacier and have a couple tries at ice climbing.
Phenomenal experience! Our guides were knowledgeable and witty, and they made the entire trip even more fun. This experience is a must for any visitor to Iceland.
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
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