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.
Glacier and Volcano Expeditions focus on providing environmentally sustainable adventures, whilst providing the highest possible standard of safety and experience. They guide glacier hikes, ice climbing trips, glacier lagoon kayaking/ packrafting tours, volcano hikes and ice cave tours within Vatnajökull National Park.
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.
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!