Overview

Get ready for a day out on the ice! Hike out on the top of Solheimajokull Glacier and go ice climbing with a trusty ice axe!

Highlights

  • Sólheimajökull Glacier
  • Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls (with pick-up from Reykjavík 1st Feb-15th Nov)
  • Ice Climbing
  • Glacier Hiking

Join us for an afternoon glacier hiking and ice climbing the fourth largest glacier in Iceland. You’ll explore the deep blue crevasses, steep ridges, and lily-white ice of Solheimajokull Glacier.

Solheimajokull Glacier is one of the fastest shrinking glaciers in Iceland. Explore this magical place while you still can.

  • Expert guides
  • Personal Experience
  • Small group
  • Trusted Tour Operator
Availability All Year
Duration 4.5 / 11 hours
Departs From Sólheimajökull / Reykjavik
Difficulty Moderate
Ratio 1:8
Minimum age 14
Pick Up Yes
Meet on Location Yes

From

19 990
Per Adult

Please Select When Booking:

You have selected From Solheimajokull

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

You have selected From Reykjavik

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

What's included

Included

  • Guided Glacier Hiking
  • Introduction to Ice Climbing
  • All Required Gear and Safety Equipment (Harness, Helmet & Ice Ax)

What to Bring

  • Warm layers
  • Warm headwear, scarf, and gloves
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Hiking boots

Not Included

  • Lunch

Contact us for more Information about this tour

Itinerary

Introduction

With our Blue Ice Hiking and Climbing Tour, you have two options: we can pick you up from your hotel in Reykjavik or you can meet us on location at Solheimajokull Car Park.

skogafoss and seljalandsfoss waterfalls

If you choose to be picked up from Reykjavik, a guided sightseeing tour of rural Iceland is also included. On our way to Solheimajokull, we’ll stop to marvel at the incredible, 196-feet (60-meter) tall Seljalandsfoss Waterfall and neighboring Skógafoss Waterfall. Here, you’re welcome to snap some of those perfect vacation pictures. Then we’ll continue on toward Solheimajokull Glacier.

For those of you who are staying outside of Reykjavik or choose to meet us on location, please be at Solheimajokull Car Park well in advance of your tour.

a man on a glacier ice climbing tour

Now it’s time to hit the ice! Jump into crampons (we provide), hike on top of the vast glacier and try your hand at ice climbing.

Iceland is one of the more unique locations for ice climbing. At Solheimajokull, you’ll be climbing ice walls known as moulins or crevasses.

Our expert guides will provide you with all the safety equipment and climbing gear needed and instruct you on how to use it. You don’t have to worry about a thing! All you need to have is some warm underlayers, a waterproof outer layer, good hiking shoes and an appetite for adventure. They’ll be at your side every step of the way.

The Land of Fire and Ice is perfect for those who want to bring back something more than just pretty landscape pictures. Step out of your comfort zone and into an ice adventure!

People walking near Solheimajokull glacier

Solheimajokull Glacier is an outlet glacier of Mýrdalsjökull Ice Cap, the fourth largest ice cap in Iceland. It’s around 4 miles (8 kilometers) long and 1.4 miles (2 kilometers) wide. It’s one of the most visited glaciers in Iceland thanks to its deep crevasses, steep ridges, ice caves and proximity to Reykjavik. Towering ice formations, scattered around the surface of the glacier make it a perfect ice climbing destination for beginners as well as experts!

Pick-up Information: Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is greatly appreciated! The tour will last around 11 hours.

 

Meet On Location: Be at Solheimajokull Car Park at least 10 minutes before your tour. The tour will take around 4.5 hours.

 

Please Note: Good hiking boots are essential on this tour as we’ll need to fit crampons on them. If you don’t have hiking boots, you can rent them at the time of booking. Due to limited sunlight, during the darker months (November - February) we won’t stop to marvel at Skogafoss Waterfall. However, you’ll have an impressive view from the bus as we drive past.

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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