Experience Solheimajokull glacier tongue at first hand on this glacier hiking tour from Reykjavík. Go for a hike on the glacier and visit Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls in addition.
An easy glacier hike on Solheimajökull glacier with a pick up from Reykjavík.
7 am - 6 pm
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Glacier hike
- Sólheimajökull glacier
- Seljalandsfoss waterfall
- Skógafoss waterfall
- Pick up from Reykjavík
- Guided glacier hike on Sólheimajökull
- Certified glacier guide
- All necessary glacier gear
Sólheimajökull glacier hike is a perfect way to spend the day out of Reykjavík. This tour is available all year around with pick up from Reykjavík.
The pick up starts at 7 am, be ready at your pick up location. Please note, that the pick up can take up to 30 min. If you want to meet us at the glacier, check out our Glacier Experience.
After pick up we drive in an easterly direction out of the city on our way to the glacier. Once there, you get crampons and helmet and safety instructions before we walk to the edge of the glacier over black volcanic ash. Once we reach Sólheimajökull, an outlet glacier of Mýrdalsjökull, we put our glacier gear on and set foot on the ice. Sólheimajökull is quite rugged and as we make our way over the glacier you can expect to be exploring a unique territory. Below the glacier tongue lies the fast growing lagoon, but in the last years, it has almost doubled in size due to the retreat of the glacier. We will choose a different route down the glacier again.
The hiking part of the tour is about 2 hours with an hour spent on the glistening glacier.
On our way back to Reykjavík we stop at two of the most magnificent waterfalls in Iceland, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss.
Remeber to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended.
What if I don’t own all of these clothing necessaries?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. We do not rent gear from location.
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).
Iceland is known for colorful 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 to dress in layers. Dress is 3 or 4 upper layers such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof wind-breaker. 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 reflection off of the glacier.
We can rent out good hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers for all of our trips.
We recommend bringing your own backpack on our full day or 1/2 day tours. It’s great to carry a small lunch or some extra clothing.
You can bring you 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 and we have also gladly refunded our guests that had booked well in advance of finding out the happy news. 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 each trip glacier tour we offer.
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.
Price from 17.990 ISK per person.
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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!
“Glacier Experience from Reykjavik”
Fantastic tour! My sister and I were picked up from our Reykjavik hotel, and we slept on the two to three hour drive to Solheimajokull glacier where we met up with our glacier guide Hjortar, who went by Olaf. For a first timer, the glacier hike was absolutely amazing with breathtaking views (the weather was great) and plenty of time to walk about (~1.5 hours on the glacier) and take pictures. After the glacier hike, we joined another Arctic Adventures tour group led by Yannis. Both Olaf and Yannis were both very knowledgeable and super friendly! Yannis took us to both Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, which were about 20-30 min drives from each other, and we spent about 20-30 min at each place, which could have been longer, but was enough for us. Awesome tour and highly recommended!