Experience Sólheimajokull 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.
Glacier Experience is a tour that offers an easy glacier hike on Sólheimajökull glacier and is available all year around. The tour offers a pick-up from Reykjavík and is a great way to spend a day up on a glacier. Add even more adventure to your stay in Iceland and come explore this amazing crawling glacier with us.
~ 10 hours
Meet on location
Departs from Overwrite
- 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 09:00 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 1-1.5 hours 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.
Remember to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking boots are recommended.
What if I don’t own all of these clothing necessaries?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking boots, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process or on location. Booking these items in advance is recommended.
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 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.
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.
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!
"Amazing glacier hike"
Ryan from Scotland was a wonderful guide for our family of five’s hike on the glacier in July. He was very knowledgeable about the dynamics of the glacier. A truly unforgettable experience!
I did the Glacier Experience with Arctic Adventures. Sebastian our bus driver, was very funny and made it a great ride. Once we arrived at the glacier, the hiking guides took over, and quickly got us all geared up. They have one guide per every 12 people, so it was a nice small group that all had to stay together. The guides were very professional and safety conscious. I had such a great time, I would highly recommend them to others.