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Bilbo's Glacier Adventure Tour

Glacier Hiking from Solheimajokull or Reykjavik

Explore Solheimajokull Glacier on a Bilbo's Adventure Tour in South Iceland

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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 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.

  • Availability

    All Year

  • Duration

    4.5 hours / ~11 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Moderate

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    Yes

  • Min. Age

    10 years

  • Ratio

    1:12

  • Departs from

    Sólheimajökull

  • Departs from Overwrite

    Reykjavik / Solheimajokull

  • Price from

    13.990 12.591 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
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)
Included
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.

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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.

Please note

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.

Does the ice cave always look exactly the same as on the pictures?

The caves are in a constant change so they might look different from what you see in the picture. Air temperature, sunshine, precipitation, geothermal activity, and many other factors cause significant changes in the formation of the ice caves and this process is exclusively controlled by Mother Nature.

We will visit the best available naturally formed ice cave during this tour and the cave we visit is chosen based on conditions and safety each time.

What should I wear on this tour?

Iceland is known for changeable 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.

For this tour, we highly recommend sturdy hiking boots since the terrain is quite rough. At the ice cave will provide microspikes that you can fit on your boots.
Do I need to bring a backpack?

We recommend bringing your own backpack to carry your phone/ camera, some snacks, water, and some extra clothing.

Can I bring my camera along on an ice cave tour?

You can bring your camera along, and you should definitely bring one since the setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views. Make sure to have a tripod with you, since it’s quite dark inside the cave and extra batteries.

I am pregnant, can I still join the tour?

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.

Do I need to bring a lunch with me on the ice cave tours?

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).

What are crampons?

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.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures ice cave tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified glacier guide on every ice cave tour that we offer.

What does meet on location entail?

Meet on location means travelling to the location of the tour yourself and then meeting our tour guides rather than being picked up and taken to the location.

Where can I find more information about Ice Caves?

The Ice Caves in Iceland are truly magical. If you want to learn more about them this information page on Ice Caves will be a great help.

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