Overview

Discover some of the best Icelandic activities - glacier hiking and blue ice formations! Just a two-hour drive from Reykjavik, Solheimajokull is one of the most accessible glaciers in Iceland. Don’t miss out on your icy adventure on this rugged outlet glacier!

Highlights

  • Natural Ice Cave
  • Hike on Sólheimajökull Glacier
  • Small Group Size

Glaciers provide an amazing opportunity to experience the power and beauty of nature up close and personal. These beautiful, wild, and ever-changing phenomena hide countless unexplored secrets and natural curiosities. Besides taking you on adventures on the glaciers, our glacier experts love these ice masses so much that they often hike across them on their own. During that time, they are naturally curious and always on the lookout for safe new ice tunnels and fascinating sinkholes to share with the world.

One of our favorite, furry glacier guides, Bilbo the Samoyed Puppy, is always poking his nose out on the glacier. Recently he’s been sniffing out curious ice formations and new crevasses on Solheimajokull. Let Bilbo take you on an adventure!

  • Free Wifi
  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Small group
  • Expert guides
Availability All Year
Duration 7-8 hours
Departs From Sólheimajökull
Difficulty Moderate
Group maximum 12
Minimum age 8 years
Pick Up No
Meet on Location Yes

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13 990
Per Adult
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What's included

Included

  • Guided Extensive Glacier Hike
  • Visit Natural Ice Cave
  • Certified Glacier Guide
  • Crampons, Harness, Helmet & Ice Axe
  • All Required Safety Equipment
  • English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide

What to bring

  • Light long sleeves or t-shirts (preferably wool) next to the skin
  • A fleece or heavy wool garment
  • Waterproof windbreaker outer layer
  • Jeans and cotton clothing items are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet
  • A waterproof shell layer is a must as very it's usually wet on the glacier
  • For the glacier hike, we also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflecting off of the glacier.
  • You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tour.
  • If you do not own a pair then we rent out good hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers.

Not Included

  • Meals

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Itinerary

About the Tour

This adventure provides you with the unique opportunity to combine the two of the most exciting Icelandic activities: glacier hiking and blue ice formations exploration. We’ll take you on a beautiful hike on the glacier and show you blue ice in moulins, sinkholes, crevasses, ice walls and ice tunnels.

The tour will start with a short safety briefing before we outfit you with all the glacier safety equipment you need. Your expert guide will tell you everything about the safety gear you’ll be using (crampons, harness, an ice ax, and a helmet) and all about the hike that awaits you.

Then your guide will take you carefully through this surreal icy landscape. Discover this vast ice landscape as you hike out across Solheimajokull, an outlet glacier that stretches out from Myrdalsjokull, Iceland’s fourth-largest glacier.

Keep your eyes peeled for the glacier’s unique ice formations, its many ice ridges, ice walls and blue sinkholes. There will be plenty of photo stops along the way! Your guide will be there for you every step of the way, keeping you safe and telling you all about the geology of the area and the glacier. 

After your eyes and your camera have had their fill with this icy natural beauty, you’ll return to the base camp. 

Join us and we’ll take you to this secret blue wonderland!

You won’t need to study up on glaciers before you come. Your professional guide will tell you all about the glacier – its geology, formation, and age – while you are standing on the body of the ice mass itself. This is definitely better than any geology class in high school! The guide will also tell you about how climate change is currently and will continue to affect the fragile fields of ice in this island nation. You’ll learn a lot of interesting tidbits while crossing over the top of the glacier.

The rating for this glacier hike is moderate. That means it’s meant for those people at an average level of health and fitness. You’ll need to be able to walk with confidence on an uneven surface, do mild ascents and descents, and handle a bit of somewhat rough terrain. Total tour duration is 4.5 h. Total walking time approximately is 3.5h (15-20 min walk to reach the glacier). Total walking time on the ice approximately is 2.5.h. No special skills or previous experience are necessary to take part in this adventure.

The rating for the glacier hike is moderate. That means it’s meant for those people at an average level of health and fitness. You’ll need to be able to walk with confidence on an uneven surface, do mild ascents and descents, and handle a bit of somewhat rough terrain. It takes about 3 hours to hike round trip, which equals 1.5 hours in each direction. No special skills or previous experience are necessary to take part in this adventure.

he meeting point is at the Sólheimajökull Glacier parking lot, on the South Coast. Your guide will be located by the yellow school bus on the parking lot.

FAQ

Still got questions about the tour? Hopefully you will find the answer here.

Iceland is known for unforeseeable weather. It is likely that you can see all 4 seasons in one day.

Dressing for that kind sort of weather can always be demanding so we always suggest dressing in layers. 3 or 4 upper layers are highly recommended, for example, a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment topped off with a waterproof windbreaker.

Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they are not suitable for the weather conditions, they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet.

Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are convenient and wear wind/waterproof pants over. There is high UV and sunlight reflecting off on the glacier so we highly recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy.

You will need sturdy hiking shoes that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours. If you do not own a pair then we rent out suitable hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers.

It is good to bring your own backpack on our full day or half day tours. It’s the best carry-on for a small lunch, extra clothes and other necessary items.

The scenery on the tour is full of stunning, scenic views that are photographable so you should definitely bring your camera along.

This is surely a personal choice, we do not deny pregnant women on our glacier trips but we highly recommend you to take a closer look at our trip description and difficulty ratings, they will hopefully give you a better idea. We also recommend you to contact your physician, as pregnant women’s health can be quite different. If you have any further questions or concerns then feel free to contact us.

Lunch is not provided on any of our trips, therefore we recommend you to bring your own lunch especially for the longer trips, snacks and a bottle of water (you can refill it on the trip).

Crampons make you enable to walk on the glacier ice without slipping. They are metal spikes that we attach to the soles of your hiking shoes.

Yes, we have specially trained and certified glacier guide on every glacier tour that we offer. And for our 3rd party tours we only partner with operators that meet our quality and safety standards.

Yes, we provide you with all necessary glacier gear for our glacier hiking tours. Ice axe, harness, and helmets are provided. This will help you to complete the tour safely.

Iceland is known to have a lot of snow and when the snow stays long enough in one place than it turns to ice. Over long periods of time, the ice layers up becoming huge blocks called glaciers. It forms to create ginormous glaciers that sweep across huge masses of land. Iceland is home of the largest glacier in Europe that is called Vatnajökull. The Glacier Guides can tell you more about and everything you need to know about the Glaciers.

Rain is common in Iceland but we never let the rain be in our way to go forward with our tours.
That’s why we highly recommend appropriate clothing so you can be warm and dry on the tours.
Nature is out of our control and therefore we need to adapt to the weather. Your safety is our first priority so if your safety is compromised by going on the tour then we will cancel it and you will get full reimbursement.

The guide on your Glacier Hiking tour will provide you with all the information you might need when preparing for a glacier hike.

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