Take a journey through a frozen maze of towering ice formations, jagged ridges, and deep blue crevasses!
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.
8:30am - 6:30pm / 11:30am - 3:30pm
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Sólheimajökull glacier (Solheimajokull glacier)
- Skógafoss (Skogafoss waterfall)
- Ice Climbing (optional)
- Glacier hiking
- Guided Glacier Hike
- Optional introduction to ice climbing
- Certified glacier guide
- All neccesary glacier and climbing gear
This tour is both available with pick up from Reykjavík and meet on location.
Hotel pick-up time: If you have chosen transfer please be ready at 8:30 AM for your pick-up from your Reykjavík accommodation and please note that it can take up to 30 minutes for us to arrive.
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.
Meet on location time: If you have chosen to meet us on location please be ready at 11:30 AM at Sólheimajökull Parking Lot. Distance from Reykjavik approx. 164 km / 101 mi. GPS 63°31’00.48″N, 19°22’00.12W(WGS84).
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.
You will explore the crevasse riddled outlet glacier and also have the chance to test your ice climbing skills. On our return journey to Reykjavik, we will stop at the beautiful waterfall, Skógafoss.
The tour is about 4 hours with approx. 3 hours on ice, this includes the hour spend climbing.
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 19.980 ISK per person.
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“Blue Ice Glacier is the best tour Iceland offers!!”
I did the Blue Ice Glacier tour and it was the most amazing hike I’ve ever done! Billi is a great guide-knowledgable and funny. It’s an all day tour b/c it takes 2 hrs to drive out to the south shore. You spend about 3-4 hours actual hike time on the glacier & then a quick visit to the waterfall. Words of advice- dress for cold/rain/snow b/c you will get wet. The views are absolutely gorgeous! It’s rated as easy, but I’d say moderate b/c it can def be some steep climbs at times and slippery even with crampons. The ice wall climb was such a cool experience-you must at least attempt!! The guides explained the nature behind the glaciers and volcanoes and we’re very laid back/funny dudes. Worth every single krona!! 🙂
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!
We booked the Blue Ice Glacier hike and climb through Arctic Adventures. Do not even bother looking at other tour companies for this as AA were amazing. The 2 expert tour guides with us, Svanur and Jakob were just fantastic. They are knowledgable, entertaining and clearly expert at what they do. The tour is perfect for those with a decent level of fitness. The ice climbing is the hardest bit if you don’t have upper body strength but still worth a go. The hike part was incredible. I feel very privileged to have been able to walk up, across and into a glacier. Absolutely stunning views and a must do tour in Iceland. It was most definitely the highlight of a great holiday. You get all the safety equipment (crampons, helmet etc) as part of the tour. You need good hiking boots, weatherproof trousers and jacket with warm hat and gloves. However you can hire items. For 2 of us the tour was £360 but worth every single penny. It takes about 2 hours to get to the glacier with a stop about half way. On the way back to Reykjavik you can see the pesky ash cloud volcano along with one of the biggest waterfalls. Beautiful. We left the hotel at 08:30 and arrived back at 19:15. A perfect, most memorable day. Can’t recommend enough!
"Blue Ice - Glacial Hike and Ice Climbing"
I was in Iceland and this activity wasn’t on my radar at all but it turned out to be the best day of my whole holiday. It is expensive but it is thoroughly worth it.
Our guide Kata knew a huge amount about the geological aspects of the glacier, how it was formed and a lot of the local history surrounding the area and she made it all fun and interesting too. We were 8 in the group of varying ages (25 – 55yrs) and we all came well prepared with good waterproofs and thermals. You can hire boots and waterproof trousers from them at an extra cost. I hired the trousers but had my own boots, but I wish I’d hired their boots. Especially with respect to the ice climbing taster session.
Thank you Kata for getting us all up (and more importantly down) safely. Great adventure and I thoroughly recommend those with an adventurous spirit and a good sense of balance give this a go.
"solheimajokull glacier climb"
absolutely fantastic! our guide on the glacier, Hjortur (uluf), was brilliant! very patient with less confident climbers and very knowledgeable and informative of the glacier and the surrounding area. learnt a lot in the time we had with him. very friendly and fun, which made the day more memorable.
this was a wonderful experience for us and really made our trip.
we will definitely be booking with arctic adventures again when we return to Iceland.
"Blue Ice Excursion"
We got back from our Blue Ice excursion with Artic Adventures 3 hours ago and had to write a review as we thought it was incredible! This trip exceeded my expectations and was such great value for money. Norris and Kata were our guides for the day. They were so informative about the glacier and Iceland’s history and extremely patient with the group (especially during the ice climbing session) We walked up to a high point of the Glacier and had many photo opportunities along the way. The sun setting behind the scenery on our way down was beautiful and we got to visit Skógafoss waterfall en route back to Reykjavik. Thank you for a brilliant day! My partner has said this is his favourite part of our holiday so