Overview

On this active yet easy tour, trek a glacier and ride a pure-bred Icelandic horse all in one day!

Highlights

  • Sólheimajökull glacier
  • Víkurfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Reynisdrangar Basalt Sea Stacks
  • Icelandic horses

Set foot on the majestic Sólheimajökull Glacier and freeze in awe at the vast, icy wilderness in front of you. Then go for a gentle horseback ride on the black sand beach outside Vik. Join our expert guides and have fun every step of the way!

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Expert guides
  • Small group
Availability All Year
Duration 6 hours
Departs From Solheimajokull
Difficulty Easy
Minimum age 6 YEARS
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No

From

19 990
Per Adult
    • Flexible Cancellation up to 24 hours
    • No booking fees
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What's included

Included

  • Glacier hike
  • Certified glacier guide
  • Horseback ride with guide
  • All the necessary gear

What to bring

  • Warm outdoor clothing
  • Sturdy hiking shoes
  • Sunglasses (optional)
  • Camera (optional)

Not Included

  • Meals (We recommend having a lunch break in Vik)

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Itinerary

Sólheimajökull Glacier Walk

Meet us at our base camp by Sólheimajökull Glacier and get your first glimpses of the white giant in the distance. Your guide will help you prepare and give a safety briefing before getting out on the ice. We’ll provide all the necessary glacier-walk gear; that includes crampons, helmets, harness, and ice axes (these are used for additional support if needed).

Get off to a fantastic start and hear the ice softly crush beneath your feet as you step on to the glacier. Your expert glacier guide will lead you up to see all the amazing glacial features. Marvel at crevasses carved into the ancient aquamarine ice. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, come across bluish-white ice sculptures and jagged, narrow ridges.

Sólheimajökull is an icy outrunner of Mýrdalsjökull, the fourth-largest glacier in Iceland. The frozen titan reveals vivid colors of white, blue, and black. Your guide will share fascinating insights into the nature of the glacier and surrounding landscapes.

 

For a change of scenery, meet us at the stables in Vik, the southernmost village of Iceland. Once there, we’ll prepare for the long-awaited horse riding adventure in Iceland! Your guide will match you with a horse that suits your character and experience. After a safety briefing, enjoy an easygoing ride along the exotic Víkurfjara Black Sand Beach.

Víkurfjara possesses a dramatic yet graceful beauty. A ride on the beach reveals black volcanic sands, lava formations, and arresting cliffs. Ignore the green vegetation on rocks and it’s easy to imagine yourself riding on the surface of a distant planet.

As you ride along the beach, hear the sound of the ocean waves crash into the shore. For more scenic treats, witness the famous Reynisdrangar Basalt Sea Stacks in the distance. According to the local lore, these volcanic formations are trolls caught out at sunrise and turned to stone.

The pace is relaxing for beginners, but more experienced riders will have the chance to try the famous ambling gait known as the tölt.

There’s nothing quite like exploring Iceland's exotic nature from a saddle. And nothing’s better than sitting atop a small and tough Icelandic Horse. These lovely creatures are even-tempered and friendly, so fear not, your ride will be smooth. 

The most striking feature of the Icelandic Horse is its unique fifth gait, called the tölt. The tölt is a running walk that allows riders to move softly across rough terrain. Some say the tölt is so smooth you can drink a pint while on horseback without spilling a drop. 

Interestingly, Icelandic horses haven't changed since Viking times. No horses have been imported to the island since the tenth century ⁠— so every horse you’ll encounter is purebred. 

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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