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About Tour

See the retreating glaciers yourself in this sustainability-dedicated educational tour.

Highlights

  • The glacier history in Iceland
  • Educational Glacier Hike
  • Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
  • Sólheimajökull Glacier

Global warming is changing the planet we live on, even if we don't notice it. This educational sustainability tour will show you the history behind the retreating glaciers.

 

Solheimajokull Glacier Aerial View on Sunny Day
Viewpoint by Solheimajokull Glacier in Iceland
Solheimajokull Glacier Close-up view
Guide Hiking on Glacier with a Group in Iceland
Sign by the Sólheimajökull Glacier in Iceland
People Hiking to the Solheimajokull Glacier
Guide Educates People about Melting Glaciers in Iceland
Measuring Equipment for Glacier Melt in Iceland
Mountains by the Glacier in Iceland
Melting ice cave on Solheimajokull glacier
People Hiking on the Glacier in Iceland
Solheimajokull glacier in Iceland during summer
Glacier with Volcanic Ashes in Iceland
Couple Looking at Solheimajokull Glacier from Viewpoint
Solheimajokull Glacier Scenic View from a Distance
Signs of Solheimajokull Glacier History
Small Group Educational Glacier Hike in Iceland
Solheimajokull glacier from a distance
Panoramic view of Solheimajokull glacier tongue

You will witness the changing climate with your own eyes, and you will see the markings of where the glacier used to be and where it is now.

 

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You have selected From Sólheimajökull
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Availability All Year

Duration 4.5/11 hours

Departs From Sólheimajökull / Reykjavik

Difficulty Easy

Group maximum 12 people

Minimum age 10 years

Meet on Location Yes

Pick Up Yes

What's included

Included

  • Glacier hike with a certified glacier guide
  • Pictures of the glacier changes through the time
  • All necessary glacier equipment

What to bring

  • Warm outdoor clothing
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Headwear
  • Gloves
  • Good hiking boots are recommended

Not Included

  • Parking fees
  • Food and drinks

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Itinerary

About the Tour

Solheimajokull Glacier Scenic View from a Distance

We'll begin our tour in the base camp of Sólheimajökull glacier, where you will meet your guide and put on the glacier gear. Then we'll head towards the glacier lagoon. We'll see the markings of the glacier that's been retreating since 1998. We'll go over the old borders and get closer to the icebergs coming straight from the glacier.

Afterward, we will head towards the terminal face, exploring the ice sculptures formed by the natural thawing. We'll hike to the top of the glacier, where we'll see markings of the "highest point of the glacier," which is yearly updated by students of the University of Iceland.   

During the tour, we will have breaks and plenty of picture opportunities. 

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.