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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
    8:30am - 6:30pm / 11:30am - 3:30pm
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Pickup
    Yes
  • Meet on location
    Yes
  • Min. Age
    14 years
  • Ratio
    1:8
  • Price
    19.980 ISK
Tour highlights
Sólheimajökull glacier (Solheimajokull glacier)
Skógafoss (Skogafoss waterfall)
Ice Climbing (optional)
Glacier hiking
Included
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.

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.
We can rent out good hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers for all of our trips.

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 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.

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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