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Glacier Hike & Horse Riding

Walk on a Glacier and Ride a Horse on a Black Sand Beach

Join an adventure that begins with a glacier walk on the icy slopes of Solheimajokull Glacier, followed by horseback riding across a black sand beach.

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The walk on Solheimajokull will take us past gorgeous ice sculptures, craggy crevices and pristine stretches of white snow as far as the eye can see – providing a fascinating insight into the dramatic icy forces that have helped to craft our world. While the horse ride will allow you to get to know the unique Icelandic horse, whose isolation has left it unchanged since Viking times as we travel across dark volcanic beaches whose uniqueness are only matched by their dramatic beauty. If you want a tour that encapsulates the land of fire and ice, then this one may just be the one for you.

  • Availability

    All Year

  • Duration

    ~ 6 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    No

  • Meet on location

    Yes

  • Min. Age

    10 years

  • Departs from

    Solheimajokull

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    18.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Glacier Hike
Sólheimajökull Glacier
Horse Riding Adventure
Víkurfjara Black Sand Beach
Included
Guided Glacier Hike on Sólheimajökull
Certified Glacier Guide
All Necessary Glacier Gear
Horseback Ride
Horse Riding Guide
All Necessary Riding Gear

Solheimajokull Glacier Walk

The tour begins when we all meet up at our base close to the foot of the Solheimajokull Glacier – once there you will meet your friendly glacier guide, who will provide you with all the equipment that you need and teach you how to walk on the ice using ice crampons and an ice axe. The glacier walk is not very challenging and is suitable for anyone that is in relatively good health. Then once everyone is ready, we will head out into this incredible icy wilderness for an awe-inspiring experience that everyone is bound to enjoy.
As soon as we step out onto the glacier, we will enter an otherworldly ice kingdom, replete with dramatic rocky crevices, stunning ice sculptures and eerily beautiful shades of blue and white ice that will leave you breathless. Your friendly glacier guide will be with you every step of the way to provide fascinating insights into the incredible landscape that we are exploring.

Black Beach Horse Riding Tour

The second half of the tour will take us to the picturesque village of Vik on Iceland’s South Coast. We will all meet at our traditional Icelandic stables, where our friendly guide will introduce you to the horses and give us any relevant safety information. Then, once everyone is ready, we will head out onto the Vikurfjara black beach for a fascinating and fun horse ride to a truly spectacular backdrop.
Vikurfjara is a mesmerizing and beautiful place, famed for its jet-black volcanic sands, dramatic lava sculptures and sheer cliffs which drop into the deep blue Atlantic Ocean. The white-crested waves of the Atlantic Ocean lapping against its dark volcanic sands creates a stark and beautiful contrast that everyone is sure to appreciate. Riding a traditional Viking horse across this stunning landscape is a mesmerizing experience that will inspire awe and wonder in equal measure. It will stimulate all of your senses – as the song of the seabird’s echoes of the basalt sea stacks, the salt of the rolling waves fills your nostrils and the cool breeze blows in your face.
All of this will be in the company of your sturdy Icelandic horse, which ranges from around 128cm to 148cm in size and date back to Viking times. They have a unique gait, known as the ‘tolt’, which means that they always have at least one hoof on the ground. Icelanders have always treasured the adaptations of the horses and it is illegal to import them. Your friendly guide will tell you all about these incredible creatures, along with the wonderful things that you are seeing, ensuring that the tour is both educational and fun.

Please note

Meeting point for the Glacier Hike is at Sólheimajökull parking lot, by the yellow school bus, at 10:00 AM.
Meeting point for the Horse Riding part is at Vík, by the Vík Horse Adventure stables, at 14:30 PM.
Further information regarding the meeting points will be received upon booking.

How far from Reykjavik is the meet-up location for the tours at Solheimajokull?

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).

Is lunch included on the tour?

Lunch is not included, however there will be enough time between the two activities to have lunch. We do recommend a lunch break in Vik between the two activities.

Is there any prior experience needed for this tour?

No prior experience is needed for either activities.

How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

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.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

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.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

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 Special Tours, 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 summer time).

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.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

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.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

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.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

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.

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

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.

 

How do I book a tour with Arctic Adventures and what information do you need from me?

There are a few different ways you can book our trips. First of all, you can book almost all our trips right here on our website. There is a booking window on each tour page and we do recommend that you book and pay for your trip there, preferably in good time as we keep our groups small and some tours tend to sell out.

If the trip you would like to book is not bookable online, you can call our office directly, the phone number is +354 562 7000. Another way is to send us an e-mail with an inquiry through our contact form. What we need to have is your name, how many people are in your party, where you are staying, a way of contacting you either an e-mail or a phone number and what tour you are trying to book.

How do I pay for a tour with Arctic Adventures?
  1. You can pay through the internet, through our website. This is by far the easiest, safest and fastest way to reserve and pay for your adventure. If you choose this way then you will receive a voucher as a confirmation via e-mail which you will need to bring with you for your trip.
  2. You can pay via phone, the phone number is +354 562 7000.Please Note: However you pay, you will always get a voucher: REMEMBER TO PRINT IT OUT AND BRING IT ALONG OR MAKE SURE THAT YOU CAN SHOW IT ON YOUR ELECTRONIC DEVICE!
When is a booking for a tour with Arctic Adventures confirmed?

A booking is confirmed when you receive a confirmation email. If you think you have made a booking and have not received an email confirmation, please send us an e-mail with an inquiry through our contact form, and we will figure this out together.

What currency do you accept?

We process all payments in Icelandic króna (ISK). Prices in your currency might vary slightly depending on the conversion rate set by your card issuer.

Arctic Adventures is not responsible for currency changes between different currencies.

Is there a participation minimum?

Most of our tours have no minimum but there is a minimum of 2 people for a few of our trips. If you are interested in a trip that has a minimum of 2 persons and are travelling solo we can take down your information and contact you if more people book the trip.

Do you do private departures for any of your tours?

Yes, we arrange private departures on request. Most of the tours we offer can be arranged as a private tour. If you wish to have a private tour arranged you can contact us through email custom@adventures.is.

Please have a look at all of our private tours.

Do you have a waiting list for tours?

We, unfortunately, don’t have a waiting list for our tours but feel free to check the availability sheet on our website as all updates will automatically be made to the sheet listed in each tour‘s description. We also offer a lot of different adventure tours around Iceland so chances are that we will have a similar version of the tour that you were originally looking for.

How does the refunding procedures work when we cancel a tour?

If we cancel a tour you have booked with us you will receive a 100% refund. The refund process is different depending on the way you booked the tour.

If you booked the tour on our website we will start the refund as soon as we know you will not be rescheduling and you will receive a separate email with the confirmation once the refund has been processed. It can then take a few days for the amount to show back up on your bank account once the refund has been processed and we, therefore, ask you to be patient.

If you booked the tour through a booking agent you will need to contact them to receive the refund. We will confirm with them that the tour was cancelled and the refund process will start on their end. Arctic Adventures only receives a payment when the tour has finished, this means that your payment is still with the booking agent and therefore, the refund will be processed by them.

If you pay with you card via email or phone you will need to contact us the same way again to be refunded.

I want to book but a member of my group has not reached the minimum age, what can I do?

We can not accommodate a person that has not reached the age limit on the tour. We put great value towards the safety of our customers and the minimum age policy falls under this. The minimum age requirement is decided by our operational managers and is dependent on each activity and it‘s difficulty ratings and can, therefore, vary between tours. We ask you to try to understand that this is based on safety procedures and we can therefore unfortunately not make any exceptions to this rule.

Arctic Adventures is a part of VAKINN which is the official quality and environmental system within Icelandic tourism. VAKINN provides validation of insurance, safety and regulatory requirements which supports increased quality and safety within the tourism industry.

The tour I am trying to book has less seats available than I need, what can I do?

Our website shows the correct number of available seats left so we can unfortunately not accommodate you and your group if the number of your group extends the number of available seats left. It is not possible to squeeze additional participants onto the departure as we have really strict policy measures as to how many participants are assigned to each guide on our tour departures. This is of course done with our customers safety in mind, so we do hope that you understand.

Which payment methods does Arctic Adventures accept?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club for all countries.

In addition, we offer various local payment methods in many other countries such as UnionPay and JCB (Japan Credit Bureau).

Do I need any insurance before going on an Arctic Adventures tour?

As with any and all world travel, we strongly recommend having travel insurances that can provide cover if you need to cancel your travel reservation with short notice. We also recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland.

What type of safety can be expected on the tours?

Vehicles are equipped for both summer and winter driving conditions, and drivers are very experienced driving in difficult conditions.

Before starting any of the activities, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their activity. The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.

Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.

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.

Disclaimer
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

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