Bilbo’s Ice Glacier Exploring in South Iceland / Explore Bilbo’s Ice Glacier in South Iceland
Discover the blue ice wonderland of Sólheimajökull Glacier, located just off of the Ring Road on Iceland’s South Coast. Explore blue ice, small ice tunnels and ice caves on an exciting glacier hike!
Bilbo the Samoyed Puppy, our very own junior guide, has found all sorts of exciting features on Solheimajokull Glacier. From ice caves to glacier tongues, Bilbo wants to take you on an adventure. Time to go “there and back again!”
This tour will introduce you to one of the most essential Icelandic activities: glacier hiking. Join us on a guided walk along the rugged surface of the beautiful Solheimajokull Glacier, whose name means the “home of the sun.” The glacier tongue stretches out for 11 km (6.8 miles) down into a wide lowland valley from Iceland’s fourth largest glacier, Myrdalsjokull.
The walk through this dreamy landscape over thrilling crevasses, blue sinkholes, and rugged ice ridges is absolutely unforgettable. Go even further and explore secret locations on the glacier and enter a totally different world of crevasses and moulins made from a body of ice mass that’s thousands of years old.
Stepping onto the blue ice glacier is like entering a fairytale. With blue ice walls and ice sparkling like diamonds. Though it’s hundreds of meters thick, in some places the ice is as clear and as transparent as glass.
The light that travels through this ancient frozen mass is beautifully blue and paints the ice walls in dreamy shades of cyan. Black stripes decorate the walls here and there, formed by layers of ash from ancient and recent volcanic eruptions. You can’t see these features just anywhere — only deep inside an Icelandic glacier!
Join us on an adventure into this blue glacier wonderland!
The tour is offered either as a meet on location at Sólheimajökull glacier or with a pick-up from Reykjavik. Please specify which option you prefer in checkout.
4.5 hours / ~11 hours
Meet on location
Departs from Overwrite
Reykjavik / Solheimajokull
13.990 12.591 ISK
- Tour highlights
- Small Group Experience
- Explore Blue Ice Tunnels
- Glacier Hike on Solheimajokull Glacier
- Photo Opportunities
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall (From Reykjavik option only)
- Skogafoss Waterfall (From Reykjavik option only, from mid Feb to mid Nov)
- Guided Extensive Glacier Hike
- Certified Glacier Guide
- Crampons, Harness, Helmet & Ice Axe
- All Required Safety Equipment
- English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide
This tour will take you onto the surface of Sólheimajökull, one of the bluest glaciers in Iceland. The glacier tongue stretches out from Myrdalsjokull, Iceland’s fourth-largest glacier. Guided by a local glacier expert and equipped with all the necessary safety gear, you’ll take a nice, refreshing walk along this spectacular glacier tongue.
Your expert guide will tell you all about the glacier, including its inspiring geology, how and when it was formed, and how climate change affects Iceland’s fragile ice fields. They will share a lot of interesting facts while guiding you across the glacier, visiting blue ice moulins and crevasses. You’ll be totally safe and secure, as the guide will be with you every step of the way.
This is a moderate glacier walk, meaning that it is suitable for those people with an average level of physical health and fitness. While you must be capable to walk confidently on an uneven surface, you need not worry because nothing extreme will happen to you on this hike! You can expect some mild ascents and descents and somewhat rough terrain, but no special skills and no previous experience are required for this walk.
After you have explored glacier features and have taken hundreds of photos, you’ll set hike to return to the base camp where your adventure first started.
For those choosing the roundtrip pick up from Reykjavik
On the way back to the capital, we will stop by some majestic waterfalls. When the length of the daylight allows us (between mid-February and mid-November) we’ll stop by the beautiful waterfall of Skógafoss which is located in the beautiful Skógar area and is also the inspiration to dozens of folklore tales. We recommend to hike up the right side of the waterfall to see the troll’s face that stares at the waterfall for all eternity after forgetting time and turning into stone admiring Skógafoss.
We will also stop (all year round) at the stunning Seljalandsfoss waterfall on the Seljalands River which flows all the way down from the famous volcano, Eyjafjallajökull!
What to bring: Warm clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, hiking boots, head-wear and gloves.
This tour is offered either as a meet on location tour from Solheimajokull base camp or with a pick-up from Reykjavik. Please specify which option you prefer in checkout. Due to limited daylight periods, we are not able to stop at Skógafoss in wintertime (16th Nov - 31st Jan). Only from mid-February, throughout the Spring, Summer, and Autumn until mid-November do we stop at both of the waterfalls on this tour.
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.
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