Iceland is one of the most sought-after destinations among glacier explorers. Why? Strap on your crampons and see for yourself! Join us on our Iceland glacier tours and witness some of Iceland’s greatest wonders: Vatnajökull, Sólheimajökull, Falljökull, and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.
An icy adventure awaits every traveller. Take a glacier hike on Iceland’s biggest ice cap, touch the ashes that still lie on Sólheimajökull glacier after the notorious 2010 Eyjafjallajökull volcano eruption, or catch some thrills while climbing steep ice walls.
No matter how much you’re enjoying the capital city, you probably don’t want to miss out on glacier hiking opportunities. After all, you are in the land of ice!
The good news is that you don’t have to travel anywhere on your own. Our Sólheimajökull glacier hiking tours include optional pickup from Reykjavik, the experience of a lifetime, and transportation back to the capital.
Our suggestions if you’re looking to go glacier hiking from Reykjavik:
Do you happen to be traveling around Iceland on your own and have decided to take things up a notch with glacier hiking in the Southeast? You’re in luck! This region is home not only to Iceland’s biggest glacier, Vatnajökull, but also to a mecca of glacier-related activities.
You have two main options: simply explore the glacier while on a hike, or combine that with some water activities. All tours are led by certified, knowledgeable and very fun glacier guides.
If this is the first time you’re stepping onto ice, a hiking adventure for beginners on Falljökull Glacier might be just what you’re looking for. Alternatively, a glacier hiking expedition and ice cave exploration will allow you to have a closer look at fascinating ice formations and embark on more thrilling adventures.
If you’ve been dreaming about a glacier boat tour in Iceland, we have the perfect way for you to see icebergs up close. Do you simply wish to take a look around? Hop on our Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon zodiac boat tour. It will allow you to sit back and admire the magnificent icebergs without any extra effort.
You can also take the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon kayaking and hiking tour. You’ll first kayak around steep icebergs. Just when you think you’ve seen everything, you’ll get to put your crampons on and discover a whole different side of ice and glaciers during a glacier hike.
Tours in Vatnajökull National Park take place on Falljökull Outlet Glacier, an icy tongue that elegantly meanders down the mountains on the side of Vatnajökull. During these tours you’ll have the chance to explore Vatnajökull National Park and Skaftafell Nature Reserve.
You’ll do that by hiking on Falljökull Outlet Glacier, getting a close up experience of icebergs at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and more! Note that some tours are a combination of different activities, such as glacier hiking and kayaking. You’re guaranteed to find an adventure that strikes your fancy.
All of our tours are suitable for beginners as well as experienced hikers. Our certified guides will provide all the necessary equipment and make sure you make it back safe and sound. All that’s left for you to do is enjoy the tour!
The southern part of Iceland is home to Sólheimajökull glacier. It sits between Katla and Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano that erupted in 2010 and forced a good chunk of Europe’s airports to temporarily close down. The evidence remains! While hiking on Sólheimajökull you can still see the volcano ashes that settled in the area.
We offer three distinct tours of the Sólheimajökull Ice Cap: Easy Glacier Hike, Glacier Exploration Tour and Glacier Hike with Ice Climbing. Our experienced guides will provide you with all the hiking and climbing equipment you need and make sure everything is held up to the most rigorous safety standards.
Glacier Hiking Tour for beginners is perfect for those who simply want to explore Sólheimajökull and the surrounding areas and take in some incredible nature landscapes.
Glacier Exploration tour is a special treat for animal lovers. These won’t be just any adventures; you’ll get to trace the steps of Bilbo the Samoyed Puppy, one of our treasured glacier guides, who takes walks on the glacier and sniffs out the coolest spots to see.
Our Ice Climbing tour is built for those who want to push themselves, defy gravity and take a peek into those parts of Sólheimajökull glacier no other hikers are able to see. A dozen different colours of ice, thrilling experiences and a fair share of physical effort await!
Vatnajokull Glacier is the largest glacier in Iceland and covers 8% of the country’s total landmass. It’s located in Vatnajokull National Park, Europe’s second-largest national park.
Vatnajokull National Park includes Skaftafell Nature Reserve, Vatnajokull Glacier, and several other protected areas. It was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2019.
Vatnajokull Glacier is one of the most popular attractions in Iceland. It hides a number of valleys, active volcanoes, plateaus, and mountains. Our tours will take you above and beyond Europe’s largest glacier alone!
To the north of the glacier, vast plateaus of Icelandic highlands carved by glacial rivers showcase Jökulsárgljúfur and Ásbyrgi Canyons. Famous Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe, also dominates the area.
To the east, spot wetlands filled with roaming wildlife and native birds.
To the south, photograph the snowy mountain peaks sheltering the outlet glaciers, Falljokull and Svinafellsjokull.
Falljokull Glacier is an outlet glacier of Vatnajokull Glacier. It’s 4 miles (8 kilometers) long and just 10 minutes away from the Skaftafell Visitor Center by bus. Once there, you’ll be amazed by the diversity of the scenery around you. From the top of the outlet glacier you’ll see imposing and ever-changing ice formations, a picturesque mountainous landscape, and the surrounding rugged terrain.
Sólheimajökull glacier, unlike most others, is not surrounded by mountains. It offers some top-notch views of the South Coast with incredible landscape photos guaranteed. Sólheimajökull has two famous (and notorious) neighbors, Katla and Eyjafjallajökull volcanos. The capricious Eyjafjallajökull erupted in 2010 and even today the surrounding area is covered with volcanic ash.
Dramatic ice formations, Jökulsá meltwater river that weaves its way down the side of the glacier, and a constantly transforming surface will allow you to experience the stark and imposing beauty of nature.
Sólheimajökull is facing the unfortunate fate of almost all Iceland’s glaciers. It’s shrinking and shrinking fast, so make sure you pay a visit while you can still witness all its glory.