There are numerous types of activities to be enjoyed when visiting the Oraefi district and the surrounding area.
Local Guide offers wide selection of great tours all year round. The manager and main guide, Einar Runar Sigurdsson, has extensive experience in mountaineering and glacier trekking and he’s been to Icelands’s highest peak, Hvannadalshnukur, more than 270 times! Their guided tours have different difficulty levels and durations so everyone can find something to their liking. Choose from ice tours, ice cave tours, glacier tours, mountain tours, ice climbing tours, photo tours and more! In the summertime they also offer the popular bird watching trips to the Ingolfshofdi Nature Reserve on a tractor-drawn hay wagon! Check out their website at localguide.is for more information on specific tours.
From May 15th to the 15th of September, Glacier Guides offer great variety of glacier trips and mountain hikes from their base of operations in Skaftafell. Their various trips come in a wide range of difficulty which means they have something suitable for any ability level. If you like hiking, climbing or biking, don’t miss out on glacierguides.is!
Icelandic Mountain Guides’s base camp is also located in the Skaftafell National Park where they operate from May to September. They offer glacier walks and adventures as well as mountain hikes and ice climbs. For the last couple of years Icelandic Mountain Guides have also been running mountaineering training courses. Read all about it at mountainguides.is!
Fjallsarlon is nature at its best! This is an isolated glacial lagoon that's located 47 kilometers east of Skaftafell and 10 kilometers west of Jokulsarlon. In the summertime it's possible to do a Zodiac boat tour along the floating icebergs and enjoy the close proximity of the glacier edge! The tours are run by a few local guys that know the area inside out. Make sure you visit fjallsarlon.is!
At the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon you can do a 30-40 minutes long boat tour and sail among the huge icebergs that are more than 1000 years old! There are two companies offering tours in both Zodiac boats and amphibian boats. Check out their websites at icelagoon.com and jokulsarlon.is. During the summer there is no need to book boat tours in advance. All you have to do is show up and ask for the next tour. In the wintertime it is advisable to call the companies in advance and check if the tours are still running.
Ice Walk is a local guide that offers guided tours on Breidamerkurjokull glacier. This is the glacier where the Jokulsarlon Lagoon gets its ice from! During the tour you'll see blue ice, dirt cones, moulins and crevasses. The tours depart from and return to the parking lot at Jokulsarlon. There are daily departures at 10:00 and 13:30 and tour duration is from 2 to 4 hours. For more information see Ice Walk's Facebook page!
There are many great hiking routes in the beautiful Skaftafell National Park. The wide variety of trails allows anyone to find routes that are as long or as short as desired. Hiking maps are available in the Skaftafell Visitor Center and suggestions for a few popular routes can be found here!
Atlantsflug offers sightseeing flights to various locations of Vatnajokull glacier and into the highlands of Iceland. The air tours are available during the summer from Atlantsflug's airport in Skaftafell. Click here to see available tours.
In Hnappavellir we have Iceland’s premier rock climbing area with cliffs reaching 10-25m high. The Hnappavellir cliffs offer well over 100 bolted routes ranging from 5.5- 5.13d in difficulty.
In the summertime Reykjavik Excursions offers scheduled bus tours from Skaftafell to the Laki craters and Landmannalaugar. For more information on their schedules, click here!
Within a one hour drive from Nónhamar, Glacier Jeeps offers adventure tours in 4x4 trucks and snowmobiles to the mighty Vatnajokull glacier. The tours are available all year round. Find more info at glacierjeeps.is!
When enjoying outdoor activities in Iceland, wearing suitable clothing is essential. We recommend outdoor clothing from 66° North.