Overview

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

Highlights

  • Small Group Experience
  • Sólheimajökull Glacier (Solheimajokull Glacier)
  • Ice Climbing (optional)
  • Glacier Hiking

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.

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Small group experience
  • Expert guides

4.9

Availability All Year
Duration ~ 4.5 / 11 hours
Departs From Sólheimajökull / Reykjavik
Level Moderate
Minimum age 14 years
Ratio 1:8
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up Yes

Customer reviews on TripAdvisor

May 03, 2021

Amazing! Loved the tour and the guides

The landscape is surreal, being on top of the glacier and doing the hike with the trusty guides, Olly and Meg, was an awesome experience. Both the guides so professional, friendly and funny :) Highly recommend this tour!

Reviewed by Valdi

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What's included

Included

  • Guided Glacier Hiking
  • Optional Introduction to Ice Climbing
  • Certified Glacier Guide
  • All Required Safety Equipment

What to bring

  • Warm layers (not cotton)
  • Headwear
  • Scarf
  • Gloves
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Hiking boots are essential

Not Included

  • Lunch

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Itinerary

Information

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. 

Then it’s time to hit the ice! You’ll hike out into the majestic ice wonderland, with its astonishing networks of crevasses, ridges, ice walls, moulins, and blue-hued frost. 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 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.

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.

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).

Please note that the meet-on-location tour does not include any other stops but the Glacier Hike & Ice Climbing.

The tour is about 5 hours with approx. 3 hours on the ice, this includes the hour spent climbing.

If you have chosen to meet us on location at Sólheimajökull Car Park. Distance from Reykjavik approx. 164 km / 101 mi.

GPS coordinates for the Sólheimajökull Car Park: 63°31'47.4"N 19°22'11.7"W

Please note: In the darkest months, from 16th of November until 31st of January, we won‘t be able to stop at Skogafoss due to limited daylight. However, we will have a view of Skogafoss from our bus.

FAQ

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.

Reviews

4.9
Based on 7 reviews

Blue Ice - Glacier Hiking Adventure

1- of 7 reviews

Experience of a Lifetime with the Best Guide

Reviewed on September 26, 2021 by BLTraveler76 Review from TripAdvisor

My afternoon with Arctic Adventures provided a lifetime of memories in a 4-hour tour. My guide, Nikol, was fantastic! She was extremely knowledgeable as a guide, demonstrating expertise the technical part of the climb, safety practices, Solheimajokull's history, and glacial science. Every part of the tour was seamless and the highlight of my Iceland trip. This exact tour with Arctic Adventures had been recommended to me by a friend and I see why, it's unrivaled!

As part of my tour we hiked from the meeting point to the base of Solheimajokull before we put on our technical gear (crampons, helmet) and was given a tutorial on how to properly walk on the ice. Again I want to reiterate the professionalism of both Arctic Adventures and Nikol's service, who ensured proper safety the entire time.

From the base we hiked to the glacial wall I would be climbing, where I was given instruction on proper climbing techniques. I was lucky enough to get multiple climbs in and it was the experience of a lifetime! I also got to do some "viking pushups" and experience the raw natural beauty of the glacier. And don't worry, there's plenty of opportunities for photos!

I want to thank Nikol and the entire Arctic Adventures team again for an unforgettable afternoon that created memories to last a lifetime. This tour was the highlight of my Iceland trip and is a must-do when visiting!

Blue ice cave

Reviewed on February 23, 2020 by joskoc Review from TripAdvisor

We had the best time ever! It was time and money well spent. Our guide Adrien showed us few great spots, told us some great stories and was very patient with us taking photos. Also it was his birthday, so he treated us with some extra time on the glacier. All in all, it was awesome, and Adrien, if you see this, thank you for a greaf time!

Amazing experience

Reviewed on February 19, 2020 by Rachel From our post-trip system

One of the best activities I’ve done in Iceland. The tour guide, Meg, was an absolute legend and was professional and friendly to all of us, she made the whole experience amazing. It’s challenging but rewarding with great views from the glacier. They let you hire boots (which were comfortable) and supply you with the gear you need. The two stops on the way are also incredible. Highly recommend this tour!

Blue Ice + Amazing Tour + Glacier Climbing

Reviewed on February 14, 2020 by Oliver Gradwohl From our post-trip system

Hello, I will give a very big recommend to your tour, blue ice with the glacier hiking and climbing. It was extremely amazing and I had very much fun with my tour guide. I don‘t remember her name in full, I think it was Marelin? (From England) I had the tour on 7th, of February, and it was my luck to get I private single tour with her. The best expirience was the climbing and hiking. I loved it. She made the tour excellent. It was the top of my holiday. Thank You.

Great glacier climbing tour with Meg

Reviewed on February 09, 2020 by Alice_V84 Review from TripAdvisor

We went on the blue ice tour with Meg and she was absolutely great! We did some glacier climbing and had a great experience exploring through the snow. She was very knowledgeable and explained a lot about the glacier and the environment. We had an awesome day would definitely book this tour again.

Blue Ice Tour (Glacier Hiking with Climbing)

Reviewed on February 09, 2020 by GradwohlOliver Review from TripAdvisor

Hello, I will give a very big recommend to your tour, blue ice with the glacier hiking and climbing. It was extremely amazing and I had very much fun with my tour guide. I don‘t remember her name in full, I think it was Marelin? (From England) I had the tour on 7th, of February, and it was my luck to get I private single tour with her. The best expirience was the climbing and hiking. I loved it. She made the tour excellent. It was the top of my holiday. Thank You.

One day ice cave tour

Reviewed on January 29, 2020 by Geoff Long From our post-trip system

The tour is a long day but totally worth it if you don't have the luxury of more time on the south coast. Our driver was great and your bus is 4wd so it takes you to the cave car park. (Some other tours have to change buses at glacier bay) On our way to the cave our driver added a couple of nice detours which helped to break up the trip.One the way home we stopped for some great star viewing and later we were fortunate enough to see the northern lights. A great day, the cave didn't disappoint

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