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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 the immeasurably magnificent Sólheimajökull glacier. We will explore the crevasse-riddled outlet glacier and have the chance to test our ice climbing skills. With its unique ice formations, sinkholes, and jagged ridges, the Sólheimajokull glacier is absolutely an unforgettable site to spend the day.

Highlights

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

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
  • Good hiking boots with ankle support

Tour Snapshot

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

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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! This tour is the queen of glacier expeditions for beginners or those with glacier experience, giving you three magnificent hours on the ice!  

All equipment, such as ice axes, helmets, crampons, and safety lines, are provided. 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 will ensure you are always safe on the ice and share some fascinating and fun glacier facts with you. Glacier 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 sightseeing 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 that drops around 60 meters into the otherwise tranquil pool below. 

If the tour is being booked for a child above 14 years old, an adult must accompany the child during both the transfer to the location and the tour itself. Safety and supervision are essential considerations when planning the tour for young participants.

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FAQ

Iceland is known for its 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 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 with ankle support 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. Find out how to put crampons.

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, crampons, harness and helmet. This will help you to complete the tour safely. The minimum shoe size to attach crampons is EU 35.

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.

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