Take a journey through a frozen maze of towering ice formations, jagged ridges, and deep blue crevasses!
This tour offers you the opportunity to hike and climb at the immeasurably magnificent Sólheimajökull glacier. We will explore the crevasse riddled outlet glacier and also have the chance to test our ice climbing skills. With its amazing ice formations, sinkholes and jagged ridges, Sólheimajokull glacier is absolutely an unforgettable site to spend the day.
4.5 hours / ~ 11 hours with transfer from Reykjavík
5 / 11 hours
Meet on location
Reykjavik / Solheimajokull
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Small Group Experience
- Sólheimajökull Glacier (Solheimajokull Glacier)
- *Skógafoss Waterfall (w. Reykjavík pick-up, from 1st Feb to 15th Nov).
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall (w. Reykjavík pick-up)
- Ice Climbing (optional)
- Glacier Hiking
- Guided Glacier Hiking
- Optional Introduction to Ice Climbing
- Certified Glacier Guide
- All Required Safety Equipment
- English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide
- Harness, Helmet & Ice Axe
This tour is available with pick up from Reykjavík or you can meet us on location at Sólheimajökull glacier car park.
This small-group tour is a fabulous glacier hiking adventure – those who want to can even try ice climbing – there is nothing more sensational than ice climbing in Iceland! For beginners or those with glacier experience, this is the queen of glacier expeditions, giving you three magnificent hours on the ice!
All equipment is provided, ice axes, helmets, crampons, and safety lines. Your certified glacier guide will show you how to use the equipment and give you a safety briefing before introducing you to the majestic ice wonderland, with its astonishing networks of crevasses, ridges, ice walls, moulins, and blue-hued ice. Your friendly and knowledgeable guide make sure you are always safe on the ice and share some fascinating and fun glacier facts with you. This is a frozen world, but did you know it is always moving? You may even hear the ice cracking as it adjusts beneath you!
Sólheimajökull is an outlet glacier of Mýrdalsjökull glacier, Iceland’s 4th biggest glacier. The glacier tongue is a rugged, raw and ever-changing hub of ancient frozen water; truly a phenomenal place. The tour will start with an introduction to equipment and safety instructions. We will provide you with all the tools you will need for your time on the glacier: ice axes, crampons, helmets and safety lines and, of course, we make sure that you are always safe on the ice.
Pick-up from Reykjavik
The journey to Sólheimajökull will take you on a sightseeing trip through the South Iceland countryside, along the way we pass through some picturesque towns and villages. On the return journey to Reykjavík, we stop at the stunning Seljalandsfoss waterfall, a wonderfully graceful waterfall which drops around 60 meters into the otherwise tranquil pool below.
We will also stop at the beautiful Skógafoss waterfall. On a sunny day, you will often see a rainbow around the tumultuous cascade as it drops 60 m into the calm river below. A lovely legend tells of a chest of treasure hidden in a cave behind this waterfall – this tour will certainly leave you with memories to treasure forever!
(Please note that during the darkest months – from 16th of November until 31st of January – we won’t be able to visit Skógafoss due to limited daylight).
Pick up: For those who have chosen to be picked up in Reykjavík, the pick-up time is at 09:00 AM. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is greatly appreciated!
Don’t know where you will be staying? No worries, just choose “To Be Announced” for pick-up location and get back to us when you have further details.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
Meet on Location
If you have chosen to meet us on location the meeting point is at Sólheimajökull Car Park. Please give yourself plenty of time to drive from Reykjavík – there is no way you want to miss this stunning adventure on Sólheimajökull Glacier. In good conditions the journey takes just over two hours without stops, it is always worth allowing extra time so you can relax. With poor weather or road conditions, the journey will take longer. The distance from Reykjavík is 158 km (98 mi).
Please note that the meet-on-location tour does not include any other stops but the Glacier Hike & Ice Climbing.
The tour is about 5 hours with approx. 3 hours on the ice, this includes the hour spent climbing.
Meet on location time: If you have chosen to meet us on location please be ready at 09:00 / 12:30 / 13:00 (1 pm) at Sólheimajökull Car Park. Distance from Reykjavik approx. 164 km / 101 mi.
GPS coordinates for the Sólheimajökull Car Park: 63°31’00.48″N, 19°22’00.12W(WGS84).
Remember to bring: Warm layers (not cotton), headwear, scarf, gloves, waterproof jacket and pants, hiking boots are essential, it is not possible to fit ice crampons onto any other footwear.
What if I don’t own all of these clothing items?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking boots, a waterproof jacket, and pants in the booking process or on location.
In the darkest months, from 16th of November until 31st of January, we won‘t be able to stop at Skogafoss due to limited daylight. However, we will have a view of Skogafoss from our bus.
We meet you at Sólheimajökull parking lot and the distance from Reykjavik is approx. 164 km / 101 mi. The drive takes around 2-2,5 hours.
For GPS: 63°31’00.48″N, 19°22’00.12W(WGS84).
Meet on location means traveling to the location of the tour yourself and then meeting our tour guides rather than being picked up and taken to the location.
This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.
Here you should wait for your guide.
Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.
Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.
After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.
Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Elding has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).
Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.
All of our tours are guided in English.
No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.
The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.
Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.
For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.
We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.
The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us.
Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk, and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.
Iceland is known for colourful weather. It can sometimes show you all 4 seasons in one day.
Dressing for this sort of weather can be a challenge so we always recommend dressing in layers. 3 or 4 upper layers are highly recommended such as 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 become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet.
Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflecting off of the glacier.
You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours. If you do not own a pair then we rent out good hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers.
We recommend bringing your own backpack on our full day or 1/2 day tours. It’s great to carry a small lunch and some extra clothing.
You can bring your camera along, and you should definitely bring one since the setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.
This is, of course, a personal choice, we have often had pregnant women on our trips. We recommend you take a close look at our trip description and difficulty rating, they will hopefully give you a better idea. It is also good to contact your physician, pregnant women’s health can be quite different. Feel free to contact us if you have further questions or concerns.
We do not provide lunch on any of our trips, so we recommend you bring your own lunch (for the longer trips), snacks and a bottle of water (you can refill it on the trip).
Crampons are metal spikes that we attach to the soles of your hiking shoes, these enable you to walk on the glacier ice without slipping.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified glacier guide on every glacier tour that we offer.
When glacier hiking you will be provided with an ice axe, harness and helmet. This will help you to complete the tour safely.
When snow stays long enough in one place it turns to ice. Over long periods of time, the ice layers up becoming huge blocks called glaciers. As there is a lot of snow in Iceland, it forms to create ginormous glaciers that sweep across huge masses of land. Iceland is home to Europe’s largest glacier named Vatnajökull. This Glacier Guide will also tell you everything you may want to know about Glaciers.
Rain is not uncommon in Iceland. However, we do not let the rain stop our tours. This is why having appropriate clothing is very important to keep you warm and dry. Nature is not something that we can control and therefore we need to adapt to the weather. If your safety is compromised by going on the tour, we will cancel and you will be fully refunded.
This guide to Glacier Hiking includes all the information you might need when preparing for a glacier hike.
"Mind blowing and phenomenal Blue Ice Tour"
We went on a Blue Ice tour with the amazing ice climber and guide, Bori. The tour was phenomenal. His educational information was top notch, his safety guidance and oversight was spectacular. Someone did trip on our walk and cut her eyebrow- Bori handled it with finesse and extreme care. We hiked up the glacier, and the views were unbelievable. Then he set up for our ice climb into a 150 meter deep hole in the ice. It was scary, but very safe, and an adrenaline high that lasted for days. He was extremely patient with those of us that got scared, and was a really knowledgable and encouraging guide. If you are into adventures, let this be the easiest decision of your trip- do this tour. Every element was mind blowing.
“Blue Ice Glacier is the best tour Iceland offers!!”
I did the Blue Ice Glacier tour and it was the most amazing hike I’ve ever done! Billi is a great guide-knowledgable and funny. It’s an all day tour b/c it takes 2 hrs to drive out to the south shore. You spend about 3-4 hours actual hike time on the glacier & then a quick visit to the waterfall. Words of advice- dress for cold/rain/snow b/c you will get wet. The views are absolutely gorgeous! It’s rated as easy, but I’d say moderate b/c it can def be some steep climbs at times and slippery even with crampons. The ice wall climb was such a cool experience-you must at least attempt!! The guides explained the nature behind the glaciers and volcanoes and we’re very laid back/funny dudes. Worth every single krona!! 🙂
We signed up for a glacier hike on Sólheimajökull. We expected it to be cool; however, we didn’t realize just how spectacular it would be!! Our guide (I wish I remembered her name), was so knowledgable, and this adventure really felt like an otherworldly experience–truly one of the highlights of our week in Iceland. I highly recommend anyone visiting Iceland sign up for this trek!
We booked the Blue Ice Glacier hike and climb through Arctic Adventures. Do not even bother looking at other tour companies for this as AA were amazing. The 2 expert tour guides with us, Svanur and Jakob were just fantastic. They are knowledgable, entertaining and clearly expert at what they do. The tour is perfect for those with a decent level of fitness. The ice climbing is the hardest bit if you don’t have upper body strength but still worth a go. The hike part was incredible. I feel very privileged to have been able to walk up, across and into a glacier. Absolutely stunning views and a must do tour in Iceland. It was most definitely the highlight of a great holiday. You get all the safety equipment (crampons, helmet etc) as part of the tour. You need good hiking boots, weatherproof trousers and jacket with warm hat and gloves. However you can hire items. For 2 of us the tour was £360 but worth every single penny. It takes about 2 hours to get to the glacier with a stop about half way. On the way back to Reykjavik you can see the pesky ash cloud volcano along with one of the biggest waterfalls. Beautiful. We left the hotel at 08:30 and arrived back at 19:15. A perfect, most memorable day. Can’t recommend enough!
"Blue Ice Tour - Amazing experience"
Our family of 5 loved our Blue Ice Tour on 12 July with Francesco. We had a lovely clear day which was definitely a bonus but the experience was enhanced by Francesco. What a great guide – knowledgeable, great company and obviously loves what he does. Walking on the glacier was great but I had to pinch myself as I sat eating our lunch at the bottom of an ice wall after having climbed it! The Blue Ice tour was one of the highlights of our trip to Iceland.
We went on a in to the blue tour. It was raining and cold but it did not matter when we got into the water. Incredibly clear water and a cool experience. If you have a chance, you should definitely try this. We had good guides who helped us from start to finish. It was really good with hot chocolate when we were done and up from the cold water 🙂