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 the neighboring Skógafoss Waterfall. Here, you’re welcome to snap some of those perfect vacation pictures. Then we’ll continue toward Solheimajokull Glacier.
For those 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.
Now it’s time to hit the ice! Jump into crampons, 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 guide will provide you with all the safety equipment and climbing gear needed and instruct you on using it. All you need to have is some warm underlayers, a waterproof outer layer, good hiking shoes, and an appetite for adventure. Your guide will have your back every step of the way, so you don’t have to worry about a thing!
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!
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 glacier's surface make it a perfect ice climbing destination for beginners and 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.
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.
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.
Yes, we provide you with all the necessary glacier gear for our glacier hiking tours. Ice axe, crampons, harness, and helmets are provided. This will help you to complete the tour safely. The minimum shoe size to attach crampons is EU 35.
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.