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Glacier Hike & Ice Climbing

Combined Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing is a unique and fun activity to do in Iceland

Take a journey through a frozen maze of towering ice formations, jagged ridges, and deep blue crevasses!

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This tour offers you the opportunity to hike and climb at the immeasurably magnificent Sólheimajökull glacier. We will explore the crevasse riddled outlet glacier and also have the chance to test our ice climbing skills. With its amazing ice formations, sinkholes and jagged ridges, Sólheimajokull glacier is absolutely an unforgettable site to spend the day.

We also have private version of the tour, Private glacier hiking and ice climbing tour in south Iceland, which can be customized.
  • Availability

    All year

  • Duration

    4,5 hours / 10,5 hours with transfer from Reykjavík

  • Level

    Moderate

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    Yes

  • Min. Age

    14 years

  • Ratio

    1:8

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik / Solheimajokull

  • Price from

    19.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Sólheimajökull Glacier (Solheimajokull Glacier)
Skógafoss Waterfall (w. Reykjavík pick-up)
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall (w. Reykjavík pick-up)
Ice Climbing (optional)
Glacier Hiking
Included
Guided Glacier Hiking
Optional Introduction to Ice Climbing
Certified Glacier Guide
Harness, Helmet & Ice Axe

This tour is available with pick up from Reykjavík or you can meet us on location at Sólheimajökull glacier car park.

This small group tour is a fabulous glacier hiking adventure – those who want to can even try ice climbing – there is nothing more sensational than ice climbing in Iceland! For beginners or those with glacier experience, this is the queen of glacier expeditions, giving you three magnificent hours on the ice!   

All equipment is provided, ice axes, helmets, crampons and safety lines. Your certified glacier guide will show you how to use the equipment and give you a safety briefing before introducing you to the majestic ice wonderland, with its astonishing networks of crevasses, ridges, ice walls, moulins, and blue-hued ice. Your friendly and knowledgeable guide make sure you are always safe on the ice and share some fascinating and fun glacier facts with you. This is a frozen world, but did you know it is always moving? You may even hear the ice cracking as it adjusts beneath you!   

Sólheimajökull is an outlet glacier of Mýrdalsjökull glacier, Iceland’s 4th biggest glacier. The glacier tongue is a rugged, raw and ever changing hub of ancient frozen water; truly a phenomenal place. The tour will start with an introduction to equipment and safety instructions. We will provide you with all the tools you will need for your time on the glacier: ice axes, crampons, helmets and safety lines and, of course, we make sure that you are always safe on the ice.


Pick-up from Reykjavik

The journey to Sólheimajökull will take you on a sightseeing trip through the South Iceland countryside, along the way we pass through some picturesque towns and villages. On the return journey to Reykjavík, we stop at the stunning Seljalandsfoss waterfall, a wonderfully graceful waterfall which drops around 60 meters into the otherwise tranquil pool below.

We will also stop at the beautiful Skógafoss waterfall. On a sunny day, you will often see a rainbow around the tumultuous cascade as it drops 60 m into the calm river below. A lovely legend tells of a chest of treasure hidden in a cave behind this waterfall – this tour will certainly leave you with memories to treasure forever!

Pick up: For those who have chosen to be picked up in Reykjavík the pick-up time is at 09:00 AM. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is greatly appreciated!

Don’t know where you will be staying?  No worries, just choose “To Be Announced” for pick-up location and get back to us when you have further details.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.


Meet on location

If you have chosen to meet us on location the meeting point is at Sólheimajökull Car Park. Please give yourself plenty of time to drive from Reykjavík – there is no way you want to miss this stunning adventure on Sólheimajökull Glacier. In good conditions the journey takes just over two hours without stops, it is always worth allowing extra time so you can relax. With poor weather or road conditions the journey will take longer. The distance from Reykjavík is 158 km (98 mi).

The tour is about 4.5 hours with approx. 3 hours on ice, this includes the hour spend climbing.

Meet on location time: If you have chosen to meet us on location please be ready at 13:00 (1 pm) at Sólheimajökull Car Park. Distance from Reykjavik approx. 164 km / 101 mi.
GPS coordinates for the Sólheimajökull Car Park: 63°31’00.48″N, 19°22’00.12W(WGS84).


Practical information

Remember to bring: Warm layers (not cotton), headwear, scarf, gloves, waterproof jacket and pants, hiking boots are essential, it is not possible to fit ice crampons onto any other footwear.

What if I don’t own all of these clothing items?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking boots, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process or on location.

Please note

The pickup time will change from the 1st of April 2018 from 08:00 to 09:00. Note that the pick up can take up to 30 min.

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).

What should we wear on our glacier trip in Iceland?

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.
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.

Do I need to bring a backpack on a glacier trip in Iceland?

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.

Can I bring my camera along on a glacier tour?

You can bring you camera along, and you should definitely bring one since the setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.

I am pregnant, can I still join a glacier hike?

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 glacier 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 glacier tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified glacier guide on each trip glacier tour we offer.

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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Blue Ice | Average rating: 4.9/5 based on 9 customer reviews


"Volcanic Glacier Ice Climbing" | 5 stars By Abigail Shachat 22/02/2018
Our day hiking and climbing trip in the volcanic glaciers with Artic Adventures was by far the best part of our trip. The tour buses were comfortable and on time. The way that they broke us down into smaller groups (7 people) paired with a guide (Simon) was an unexpected pleasure. Our guide paced the excursion well, was informative about the area and how to traverse the territory using the equipment provided. I went with my 15 year old sons and we had a blast taking in the scenery and learning to ice climb. I could not have asked for anything more. You guys rock!
"Love the trip & crew members" | 5 stars By Wenjing Zheng 04/03/2018
It was so lucky to choose your company. The driver and tour guides were very friendly & responsible. The only issue is there were too many people in the ice cave. It would be even better if the tour guides at the entrance of the cave can control the number of people entered. For example, ask some tour groups go for the small hike or black pearl (black diamond) cave first and then come back to the blue ice cave later. It's a petty the glacier hiking & ice climbing tour I booked for the other day was cancelled due to a storm. I will definitely come back for that and go to ice cave again!
"Ice climbing excursion was fantastic!" | 5 stars By Steve Wilhusen 06/03/2018
After 2 weather-cancelled attempts to get out on a glacier, I finally got to put on crampons and scale up the ice. This didn't disappoint. Our guide, Chris, was knowledgeable, patient, and entertaining. The group size was appropriate... not too big and small enough for individual attention within the camaraderie of a group. The bottom of the glacier is pretty crowded with other tours so we hiked up out of the mess of people to get a more isolated feeling. Along the way we stopped to scale an ice wall which was challenging and also really fun. This one one of the best experiences in all of my travels and what I talk about the most when I tell people about my trip(s) to Iceland. Highly recommend.
"Visual Treat!" | 5 stars By Lisa Reilly 07/03/2018
I had the most incredible time with my two tour guides. Both of them were very informative with a fun and relaxing energy. I was blessed with beautiful breath taking scenery and excitement. A real visual treat of Mother Nature showing off. I would recommend the tour and the guides to anyone!
"Blue ice hike and ice climb" | 5 stars By Yvonne 12/03/2018
Long journey but driver good showing us impromptu items along the way ie prison, power station and Icelandic horses. Jinny the glacier guide was interesting and knowledgeable and very safety conscious. The hike did not take long and was of an easy level. The ice axe climb was good fun but could have been more adventurous and we are looking at this from a beginners perspective. Make sure you have food for the long bus journey. Didn’t arrive back in Reykjavik till 8.30pm nearly a twelve hour day.
"Blue Ice - Don't miss" | 5 stars By Cindy Brennan 16/03/2018
So if you are looking for something a little more challenging and want to get farther on a glacier than a simple walk about..do this tour. I am a 58 year old woman, who did this excursion with my two daughters. I had no problem doing the ice climbing. Just do it. Chris, from Scotland, was our guide and he was fabulous, patient and a great instructor. So glad we did this. We also did a 3 day trip to the South Coast, and included another Glacier Walk (different glacier), but it was just a one hour walk, and really didn't get very far on the glacier. We wanted a little more glacier time so this was a good addition to our week long visit to Iceland.
"Great tour and guide" | 4 stars By Novi 21/03/2018
Great tour and guide (Chris). I gave four stars because the bus heater did not work. It was rainy and freezing day, a heater would be nice on three hours trip back to reykjavik.
"Blue Ice Glacier hike and ice climb" | 5 stars By Chris P 15/03/2018
Highly recommend this tour. A moderate lvl of fitness is needed. Your guide has a good knowledge of the glacier and will keep you safe. I would however suggest you rent a pair of boots. I didn't know this but to Ice Climb, you need solid soles i.e they don't bend. I paid to ice climb but was unable to do it as I didn't have the right boots. Glacier guides offered to lend me a pair but they didn't have a pair in my size (48) I ended up wearing a pair that fitted but didnt have a solid sole. Please rent a pair for the ice climbing. Don't be as disappointed as I was. No fault of Arctic Adventures or Glacier Guides.
"Super" | 5 stars By Aleksandra 16/03/2018
We made the tour and it was the best tour in Iceland. We loved it. It was an adventure. Once in a life time experience.
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