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Vatnajokull Ski Traverse

Explore the remoteness of Europas biggest glaciser

Also in Suðurland, Iceland

Ski Touring Moderate

157 km
2.9 km
2.3 km
1 day +
Low Point
14 m
High Point
1.8 km
Vatnajokull Ski Traverse Map

This is a popular ski touring route which is generally considered to be moderate. It's extremely remote, it features medium exposure (e2) and is typically done between March and September. From a low point of 14 m to the maximum altitude of 1.8 km, the route covers 157 km, 2936 vertical metres of ascent and 2269 vertical metres of descent. It's graded 1.1 and Labande grade 2. You'll need rope, skins, ice axe, crampons and glacier kit to complete it safely.


Its very remote and you will have it by your self



Slopes become slightly steeper at around 25-30 degrees.

Medium Exposure (E2)

2 out of 4

As well as the slope itself, there are some obstacles (such as rock outcrops) which could aggravate injury.


4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

between March and September


  • Alpine
  • Ski Mountaineering

Equipment required

  • Rope
  • Skins
  • Ice axe
  • Crampons
  • Glacier kit