Overview

Glacier Walk on Sólheimajökull Glacier in the South of Iceland. We can pick you up in Reykjavik or you can meet us at the parking lot by the glacier and join on an easy glacier exploration. Sólheimajökull is an outlet glacier from the magnificent Mýrdalsjökull. You will find blue ice, crevasses and amazing ice formations that will leave you in awe. Great add-on to your day of South Coast sightseeing in Iceland.

Highlights

  • Glacier Hike
  • Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss Waterfalls (only with pickup from Reykjavik)

Glacier Walk on Sólheimajökull Glacier in the South of Iceland. We can pick you up in Reykjavik or you can meet us at the parking lot by the glacier and join on an easy glacier exploration. Sólheimajökull is an outlet glacier from the magnificent Mýrdalsjökull. You will find blue ice, crevasses and amazing ice formations that will leave you in awe. Great add-on to your day of South Coast sightseeing in Iceland.

  • Expert guides
  • Personal Experience
  • Small group
  • Trusted Tour Operator
Availability All Year
Duration 3 / 10 hours
Departs From Sólheimajökull / Reykjavik
Difficulty Easy
Minimum age 8
Ratio 1:15
Pick Up Yes
Meet on Location Yes

From

10 990
Per Adult

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For those who have a car - Meet us at the glacier!

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Get a minibus pick-up from Reykjavik. Includes sightseeing stops at Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss waterfalls.

What's included

Included

  • Guided Glacier Hike
  • Special Glacier Hiking Equipment (Ice Axe, Harness, and Helmet)
  • Safety Equipment
  • Optional Pickup and Drop off from Reykjavik

What to Bring

  • Hiking Boots
  • Waterproof Clothes
  • Headwear and Gloves

Not Included

  • Lunch

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Itinerary

Solheimajokull, an outlet of Glacier Myrdalsjokull

Solheimajokull glacier is located about 28 km west of Vík and 6 km east of Skógar. From Reykjavík, it is about 160 km and the driving time is about 2 hours. From the main road, the Ring Road, you drive 4,5 km on road 221 to the guiding base.

The glacier is approximately 11 km-long and it advances from Myrdalsjokull glacier, down a one to two km wide valley. The glacier falls from a height of about 1,300 m down to 100 m and, because of the location and shape of the glacier, it is sensitive to climate change.

In the lowlands, the climate is warm and humid with average temperatures above 5 °C and precipitation of 1,810 mm per year. Precipitation on Myrdalsjokull glacier, however, is much higher, or up to 7,000 mm per year, and the average temperature is much lower.

From 1930 to 1969, the glacier retreated in total around 977 m. Then the weather cooled and the glacier advanced forward about 495 m until 1995, and also thickened by up to 100 m.

After that, the glacier started to retreat again and in 2010 it was almost one kilometre further up the valley than in 1930 and was 120 to 150 m thinner than in 1960.

If the climate continues to warm, there is a possibility that the glaciers will have virtually disappeared in 100 to 200 years.

group hiking above a glacier crevasse

On this tour, you'll take a short walk up to the glacier when you'll spend about 1-1.5 hours to explore the surreal terrain and the thrilling features of the glacier. First, you get a lesson on how to use the provided equipment (ice crampons, ice axe) and how to walk safely on the ice.

During the hike, you'll see a rugged, raw and ever-changing terrain full of blue ridges, mesmerizing labyrinths, big sinkholes, called “moulins”, and little waterfalls and streams. The glacier walk does not require any special skills and therefore the tour can be enjoyed by people of all levels in good health.

seljalandsfoss and skogafoss waterfalls

If you select the Classic tour With Reykjavik Pickup, our tour guide will meet you at your chosen pickup location in the capital city. After pick-up, we'll drive in an easterly direction along the South Coast to the glacier. On our way to and back from the glacier, we make stops at three of the most famous natural attractions in Iceland: Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, and Reynisfjara.

Seljalandsfoss waterfall

The waterfall with its origin in the famous trouble maker Eyjafjallajokull volcano glacier. Seljalandsfoss is about 60 m high and can be inspected from many different angles. When it's not frozen, you can even walk behind it, freshen up your face from the glacier drizzle while enjoying it from another perspective!

Skogafoss waterfall

30 km further up the south coast, there is another majestic waterfall, Skogafoss. It's a phenomenon that won't disappoint you for sure!. Skogafoss is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland and on a sunny day you can be sure of catching a rainbow. It is possible to hike up to the top and view it from above.

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

Reynisfjara is the epic black sand beach that is famous for its basalt columns, lava formations, and towering sea stacks, making it one of Iceland’s ultimate must-see destinations. Reynisfjara has been ranked as one of the ten most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world several travel magazines.

The whole tour with transportation included takes about 11-12 hours. The hiking part of the tour is about 2 hours with 1-1.5 hours spent on the glacier.

If you select the Classic tour From Solheimajokull, please show up at our glacier base (see the map) at the advertised departure time (see in the booking widget).

Our glacier base is by Sólheimajökull glacier parking lot, about 28 km west of Vik and about 6 km east of Skógar. From Reykjavík, it's about 160 km and the driving time is about 2,5 hours. From the main road is 4.5 km drive by road 221 to the base. Note that weather and road conditions can affect the driving duration so please allow for extra time in winter conditions. GPS: 63.530431, -19.370416 (See map for directions)

Pickup information

  • You can choose to be picked up from Reykjavik or meet us on location. If you choose to meet on location, please meet your guide at Sólheimajökull parking lot. Keep in mind that in good weather conditions it takes over two hours to drive from Reykjavik to Sólheimajökull Glacier without stopping. In poor weather, give yourself plenty of time as the journey might take much longer.
  • If you choose to be picked up from Reykjavik, the pickup starts at 8 a.m. and takes up to 30 minutes.


Practical information

  • Please bring warm outdoor clothing, waterproof pants, and a waterproof jacket. We recommend you wear good hiking boots. You can rent sturdy hiking boots and waterproof pants and jackets from us. Simply add these items when booking the tour

Please note

  • The stops at the Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls are only available with pickup from Reykjavik.

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