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About Tour

Explore Solheimajokull Glacieron a Bilbo's Adventure Tour in South Iceland.

Highlights

  • Natural Ice cave
  • Glacier Hike on Solheimajokull Glacier
  • Photo Opportunities
  • Small Group Experience

Discover the icy wonderland of Sólheimajökull Glacier, located just off of the Ring Road on Iceland’s South Coast. Explore small ice tunnels on an exciting glacier hike!

Bilbo the Samoyed Puppy, our very own junior guide, has found all sorts of exciting features on Solheimajokull Glacier and wants to take you on an adventure.

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 on 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 on the blue ice glacier is like entering a fairytale. 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 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 on this glacier and ice wonderland!

Availability Oct - March
Duration 4.5 / 11 hours
Departs From Sólheimajökull / Reykjavik
Level Moderate
Minimum age 10 years
Ratio 1:12 Guide to client ratio
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up Yes

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What's included

Included

  • Guided Extensive Glacier Hike
  • Certified Glacier Guide
  • Crampons, Harness, Helmet & Ice Axe
  • All Required Safety Equipment
  • English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Hiking boots
  • Head-wear
  • Gloves

Not Included

  • Meals

Itinerary

Information

group of people hiking on a glacier

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 with 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 a hike to return to the base camp where your adventure first started

Contact us for more Information about this tour

Reviews

5
Based on 4 reviews

Bilbo's Blue Glacier Adventure Tour

1- of 4 reviews

Bilbo’s blue lice glacier hike - arctic adventures

Reviewed on February 02, 2020 by Andy Review from TripAdvisor

Bilbo’s blue lice glacier hike with arctic adventures.is. This was our first time in Iceland and took a gamble on this new tour. I can not recommend it enough. We spent over 3 hours on the glacier and had quite an incredible experience. We had a wonderful mountain guide - Vjeran - he was very informative, clearly loved the glacier and was particularly attentive to our young son (11 years). He cared about the glacier and helped us realise what a remarkable trip we were on. Thank you Vjeran. We are a family of 4. My 19 year old loved it equally.
Points specific to our day.
The weather was clear and sunny and so we could spend a long time on the glacier and get the amazing views and colours.
We went on Feb 1st.
We are all quite fit.
We toured from Reykjavík
Can’t recommend this more. Brilliant.

Glacier walk/bilbo's blue ice

Reviewed on January 16, 2020 by Zachary Y Review from TripAdvisor

Our glacier guide Vjeran was FANTASTIC. Super fun and most accomodating. We lucked out on a really perfect day weatherwise. In our group we had, us as a couple, a family and a solo hiker and Vjeran❤️ Had everone comfortable at all levels. I'd have followed him into a blizzard. He was quite the photographer ta boot

Awesome trip with a great guide

Reviewed on September 15, 2019 by Freddy Krumer Review from TripAdvisor

We had the amazing experience to hike over the Sólheimajökull to a small beautiful cave called "Bilbo's blue cave".
At first we got a very good introduction by the guide named Vjeran. It was quickly clear he had a lot of experience and did know exactly how to give you a safe feeling all the time. On our hike on the glacier he told a lot interesting information about the past, present and future of the glacier. Also he made it a funny trip and helped with every little problem like he was the best "James"/butler.
Thank you very much, Vjeran!

About the booking:
It was a pity that the information about the boots are not precise. You'll need hiking boots that cover your ankles, else you have to pay and rent some. They didn't write about ankles must be covered.
Also we had to much clothes on. It wasn't that cold up there on a sunny day in August.
Bring a good camera with you!

To quote Bilbo Baggins "I'm going on an adventure."

Reviewed on May 31, 2016 by jadab97 Review from TripAdvisor

My first tour with Arctic Adventures was the Hot Spring Hunt with Francois and Issac who were fun, very warm and friendly. Pickup at my hotel was prompt. The hike was exhilarating and topping it off with a soak in the natural hot spring was just what I needed. We had a medium sized group and the there was always one tour guide that stayed toward the middle with those who were a little slower which I thought was great because at one point I was one of those people. The scenery was beautiful. After such a wonderful experience on this tour I booked the Glacier Walk and Ice Climb. My tour guides for this adventure were Orn aha oddi and Hauhur also known as Team Eagle. These guys were just down right cool. They had such respect for the glacier and it showed when we came across people who were attempting to hike the glacier without a guide. They informed them of the dangers of doing so without professional guides and advised them to turn around. It rained the entire time of the hike but I think it added to the experience. This was my adrenaline rush and I loved every minute. Shout out to the great staff in the office on the main street in Reykjavik. They were very helpful and engaging (Ragnheidur, Gudbjorg, Karl Fannar).

FAQ

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.