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Skaftafell National Park

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Address: Skaftafell, Vatnajokull National Park 785, Iceland
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+354 470 8300
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5-Hour Glacier Hike in Skaftafell National Park
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This is one of the places where you can actually walk on the glacier on your own.No need for the guided tour just to be well equiped and carefull.Must see once in Iceland

Reviewed 2 days ago
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51 reviews
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is one of the places where you can actually walk on the glacier on your own.No need for the guided tour just to be well equiped and carefull.Must see once in Iceland

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

On the road, there are clear signages that bring you to the park. There is a big parking and you can start your own experience from there. You can choose to walk to the glacier or to take a bus (15min route) for a 3h walk into the glacier ice caves. If you prefer to drive there is an alternative... More 

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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Skaftafell is the largest glacier in Iceland and truly a work of art. Indeed a natural wonder! The hues of blue and white were simply amazing.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We just did the waterfal hike, but there are plenty of possibilities with good signals on the road. We found the gift shop horribly overpriced (even in Icelandic terms).

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Santiago, Chile
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51 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Get to be there is one of those things that take your breath away. Yo can spend many hours just to contemplate the view. It takes quite a long walk to get there, beware of that. If you want to take the risk and adventure to walk over the glacier, obviously you must bring crampons.

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Orange, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice park to visit to see the glaciers. Many trails to hike. Too bad I didn't have enough time to visit the entire park.

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Trail, British Columbia, Canada
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51 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

From the sparkling glaciers, to the pristine mountain peak of Hvannadalschnukkur, Skaftafell offers something for everyone. We did a loop hike to Svartifoss, admired the campground, and made use of the wonderful Visitors Centre. The base area was busy, even on a March day, but we only met a few people on our hike. So beautiful, but must be terribly... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the S1 trail to the glacier edge. It wasn't particularly difficult going for most of the walk. The nature along the way was nice and we saw some cute local birds. The glacier edge was interesting, but I would not put this on the must see list when visiting. Interesting if you have the time, but there​ are... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Glacier photos taken against the sunset here was some of our best ones for the entire trip! There are a few hiking routes, and we choose to get up close and personal with the glaciers. It was a memorable experience traversing across the ice (though it was a little scary towards the end when you hear the ice crunch for... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There aren't many places in the world where you can actual take a hike that deposits you at the mouth of a glacier. You can do that here. When you look at the visitor's center it is the path (which is flat and easy) to the right. If you go left you can go on any number of other hikes... More 

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