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Vatnajökull Glacier Crossing

9 days with PolarExplorers   Rating: Budget

Click for Dates and Prices Day 1
Meet in Reykjavik. Review clothing & equipment. Evening welcome reception.

Day 2
Early morning departure for Jokulheimar on the western edge of Vatnajökull. Start skiing in the afternoon.

Days 3-4
Skiing towards the Grimsvötn volcano, night in tent. Arrive at Grimsvötn caldera, night at the Grimsfall Hut (based upon availability).

Day 5
Layover day at the hut. Review glacial travel skills for the upcoming days. 

Day 6
Descend off the Grimsvötn caldera and change our course towards Hermannaskaro Pass.

Day 7
Continue towards Hermannaskaro Pass and assess weather for possible descent of the Breioamerkurjökull Glacier or ascent towards the Öræfajökull caldera.

Day 8
Descend the Breioamerkurjökull Glacier with it's surrounding peaks and nunatuks, or, make our way to the base of Hvanndalshnjúkur. 

Day 9
Final descent of the Breioamerkurjökull Glacier or ascent attempt of Hvanndalshnjúkur followed by the descent off the Öræfajökull caldera. Night spent in guesthouse accommodations near Skaftafell Park.

Day 10
Return to Reykjavik.

Day 11
End of expedition.

All This Included
Join PolarExplorers on an incredible 9 day crossing of Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull. Located in south west Iceland, Vatnajökull covers 8,100 square km of snow and ice and boasts numerous volcanoes including Grímsvötn (Iceland’s most active volcano) and Iceland’s highest peak, Hvannadalshnúkur (2110 m).

This spectacular 
glacier offers the perfect location for this classic ski/pulk adventure. Like its polar cousins Vatnajökull has unpredictable weather with potential for strong winds and precipitation. On clear days the views are stunning with rocky nunataks and mountain peaks surrounding the glacier.

You will be traveling expedition style, camping in tents 
with potentially two nights at the famous Grimsfjall Hut (complete with a geothermal wet sauna) perched high atop the caldera of the Grímsvötn volcano. The ease of travel to Iceland makes this expedition a breeze to plan and the relatively short duration means that you can go from door to door inside of two weeks.
  • All group equipment
  • Guide(s)
  • Permits
  • Communication & safety gear
  • Transfers to/from the glacier
  • Most meals
Expedition tents
  • The itinerary above is subject to change. When traveling to remote regions, your expedition staff must allow the ice, weather and other factors to determine the itinerary.
  • The prices shown above are subject to change and may fluctuate based on the current currency exchange rate.
  • This expedition is for people who are in good shape and are eager to push themselves physically and mentally. The days can be long and the skiing, though not technically difficult requires that you maintain an appropriate pace.
  • You will need to have very good cardiovascular endurance and the ability to pull a sled (between 25-35 kilos) for several hours at a time. Towards the end of the day when we stop skiing, it is critical that you have the energy reserves to help with the group camp chores. Most importantly you need to be able to regulate your body temperature so that you do not get too cold, or too hot while you are on the move.
  • This expedition can encounter extreme conditions including high winds, limited visibility, snow, rain, and cold temperatures. Living in such conditions 24 hours a day can be very challenging. You do not have to be a world class athlete to participate in and enjoy this expedition, but every ounce of training and preparation will help to make the expedition more enjoyable and safer.
  • Travel in the Polar regions requires flexibility. Delays are often the rule rather than the exception. PolarExplorers recommends that you get the most flexible air tickets that allow for changes.
  • If the Borneo Ice Camp is more than 60 nautical miles from the North Pole a surcharge may apply.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
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* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines.