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Sólheimajökull Glacier Hike (Glacier Experience)

Easy Glacier Walking Tour Suitable For Beginners

Glacier Experience, Glacier Hiking tour in Iceland. Glacier hiking tours available from Reykjavík, Iceland.

Explore the incredible and stunning ice world of the Sólheimajökull Glacier on a ravishing glacier walking tour right off Iceland's beautiful South Coast. A hiking adventure you'll never forget.

4.3 rating based on 13 ratings

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Glacier Experience is a small group experience that offers an easy glacier hike on Sólheimajökull glacier with an experienced glacier guide and is available all year around. The tour offers a pick-up from Reykjavík or a meet on location at Sólheimajökull glacier. Add even more adventure to your stay in Iceland and come explore this amazing crawling glacier with us.

Sólheimajökull glacier is an outlet from the mighty Mýrdalsjökull and is surrounded by some of Iceland’s most grand volcanoes and during summertime, a glacier lagoon forms in front of the glacier only adding to the charm of the location. This popular day tour is the perfect way to get in real contact with the true reason behind the name Ice-land!

The tour is offered either as a meet on location at Sólheimajökull glacier or with a pick-up from Reykjavik. Please specify which option you prefer in checkout.

  • Availability

    All year

  • Duration

    2.5 / 11-12 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

    2.5 / 11-12 hours

  • Level


  • Pickup


  • Meet on location


  • Min. Age

    8 years

  • Ratio


  • Departs from

    Sólheimajökull / Reykjavik

  • Departs from Overwrite


  • Price from

    9.500 8.075 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Glacier Hike
Epic Landscapes
Sólheimajökull (Solheimajokull glacier)
Expert Info
Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss Waterfalls (Only on the minibus version)
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach (Only on the minibus version)
Guided Glacier Hike
Certified Glacier Guide
Specialized Glacier Gear
All Required Safety Equipment
English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide
Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík (optional)

Your Glacier Experience tour starts with an introduction to the necessary glacier equipment provided in the tour and your expert guide going over the safety rules needed to explore the beautiful Sólheimajökull glacier. Then, you will take off on a short but scenic walk across the pitch-black volcanic ash and sands that lay in between the Sólheimajökull glacier and it’s the parking lot.

The ash and sand are from the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull stratovolcano that took place in the year 2010 and is a reminder of the closeness of volcanoes and glaciers in Iceland. Truly a fantastic and unique start!
Solheimajokull glacier hike

The Sólheimajökull glacier tongue originates at Mýrdalsjökull which is famously also the home to the volcano Katla. There is no doubt that the glacier is exquisite and the surrounding area as well. Your knowledgeable glacier guide will point out to you how the glacier is retreating and give you an interesting history and geology lesson to get you to understand the true magic of the glacier.

Right at the foothills of the glacier you will lace up our crampons and follow your guide to explore this otherworldly natural wonder; a rugged, raw and ever-changing hub of ancient frozen water. This glacier hike is an adventure like no other, and with the rapid rate of global climate change, this popular activity is only available in very few parts of the world.

You will see how the primal elements shape and affect the glacier, creating mesmerizing labyrinths of ice ridges and deep V-shaped crevasses that crisscross and scar the surface of the ice. Not to mention the big sinkholes, called “moulins”, that sometimes have drilled their way through the glacier, draining the meltwater of the ice through little waterfalls and streams.

The glacier also carries with it ashes of volcanic eruptions from the distant and not so distant past, you might even be lucky enough to be able to collect a little sample of the Eyjafjalljökull volcanic ash from 2010.

The hiking part of the tour is about 2 hours with 1-1.5 hours spent on the glistening glacier.
Solheimajokull glacier hike

Add some adventure to your Iceland tour and explore an amazing crawling glacier, before it becomes inaccessible.

For those choosing the roundtrip pick up from Reykjavik

If you select the Reykjavík pickup option, our tour guide will pick you up at your chosen meeting location in the capital city. After pick-up, we drive in an easterly direction out of the city on our way to the glacier. On our way to and back from the glacier, we make stops at three of the most magnificent natural attractions in Iceland: Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, and Reynisfjara.

Seljalandsfoss waterfall

About an hour and a half from Reykjavik we will arrive at Seljalandsfoss waterfall with. The waterfall is about 65 meters (213 ft) high and can be inspected from different angles. The water flows from the Seljalandsá river, which has its origin at the infamous volcano glacier, Eyjafjallajökull. During summer it is even possible to walk behind it to experience it from another perspective.

Skogafoss waterfall

About 30 km further up the south coast, we have Skogafoss, another majestic phenomenon, located close to the small village of Skógar. It is one of Iceland’s largest waterfalls with a width of 25 meters (82 ft) and a 60 meter (197 ft) drop. Due to the amount of spray it produces, single and even double rainbows are often seen on sunny days.

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

The epic volcanic black sand beach with basalt columns, lava formations, towering cliffs, and basalt column caves is one of Iceland’s ultimate superstar destinations. In fact, it has been ranked as one of the ten most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world by the American journal, Islands Magazine.

The whole tour with transportation included takes about 11-12 hours. The hiking part of the tour is about 2 hours with 1-1.5 hours spent on the glacier.

Pick-up Information

Pick up is at 08:00 am from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated. 

Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.

Meet on Location Information

If you select the Meet on Location option, please meet your tour guide at Sólheimajökull Parking Lot.

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 approximately 158 km (98 mi).

GPS 63°31’00.48″N, 19°22’00.12W(WGS84).

Practical information

Remember to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket, and pants, headwear and gloves. Sturdy Hiking boots are necessary for this tour (can be rented).

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


Please note

The stops at the waterfall are only available with pick-up from Reykjavik.

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 2,5 hours.

For GPS: 63°31’00.48″N, 19°22’00.12W(WGS84).

What does meet on location entail?

Meet on location means traveling to the location of the tour yourself and then meeting our tour guides rather than being picked up and taken to the location.

What should I wear on our glacier trip in Iceland?

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.

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 and some extra clothing.

Can I bring my camera along on a glacier tour?

You can bring your 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 every glacier tour that we offer.

What equipment is provided when taking part on a Glacier Hike?

When glacier hiking you will be provided with an ice axe, harness and helmet. This will help you to complete the tour safely.

Why are there glaciers in Iceland?

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.

What if it is raining?

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.

Where can I find more information to prepare me for my Glacier Hiking tour?

This guide to Glacier Hiking includes all the information you might need when preparing for a glacier hike.


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Sólheimajökull Glacier Hike (Glacier Experience) | Average rating: 4.3/5 based on 13 customer reviews

"Glacier, Waterfalls and Black Beach Tour" | 5 stars By Lesley Webster 26/02/2018
I can't recommend this tour highly enough. Unfortunately due to the weather our glacier trip was cancelled however our tour guide, Sven, was amazing and made the rest of the tour fun, enjoyable and memorable. Sven is the perfect tour guide and definitely an asset to the company!
"South Coast Tour" | 4 stars By Chris Vaughn 04/04/2018
Thomas was a great guide, extremely knowledgeable about the area. The Glacier Hike was cut short due to high winds but we appreciate the concern for our safety. The tour bus was nice and comfortable although the sound system was acting up which disrupted the stories and history quite a bit. The bus was on time at our bus stop and was very accommodating to the dropoffs as well. There was plenty of time given to each location as well as time to grab a bite to eat or bring your own lunch like we did. I would definitely use Arctic Adventures again.
"A very well organised and full day" | 4 stars By Robin Walker 06/05/2018
This was very well organised tour, beyond expectations We weren't sure what the glacier walk would entail and we really enjoyed it - it was a solid bit of exercise (1.5 hours on the ice with a 360ft total.climb) but it was.taken at an easy pace so it was thoroughly enjoyable.
"Excellent" | 5 stars By Howard 08/05/2018
Over our three day visit to Iceland we jammed in several tours to get the flavour of this amazing country. At the end of our trip, both of us agreed that our glacier hike was both the most demanding and the most rewarding. Our tour guide had to deal with varying abilities, look after our safety and fill us with knowledge on this amazing natural spectacle. He ticked all these boxes and he did it with a smile on his face from start to finish despite the poor weather conditions. A truly memorable, thought provoking day with a great bunch of people, led by an experienced and knowledgeable tour guide.
"Best Tour EVER!" | 5 stars By Angelica Frias 09/05/2018
This was our only tour in Iceland and I'm so happy that my husband and I went with Arctic Adventures. Our guide was WONDERFUL!! I have family and friends visiting Iceland in August and will absolutely refer this company. Do yourself a favor and do NOT miss this opportunity of a lifetime!! Thank you for such a memorable experience. We loved it!
"Waterfalls and glacier hike tour" | 3 stars By Rita 11/05/2018
This was by far the best tour we did during our time in Iceland. All of the guides were really professional, friendly and knowledgeable. we had a really fantastic experience despite some challenging weather conditions! We would definitely recommend this tour company to other people in the future and will 100% use them when we return!!
"Great tour!" | 5 stars By Sofia 17/05/2018
I loved this tour! Definitely recommended. The Sólheimajökull Glacier is a sight to see and the hiking was worth it.
"Glacier" | 5 stars By Ihor Harbar 18/05/2018
"If you're in Iceland we should visit glacier. A Glacier Hike on Sólheimajökull Glacier was great experience."
"Amazing guide and experience" | 5 stars By Arda Müftüoglu 25/05/2018
It was an amazing experience for me to hike on the beautiful glaciers with the best guide ever: Maria. She made our experience safe, fun and unforgettable at the same time. I would totally recommend it!
"Great time" | 4 stars By Terri Keggenhoff 01/06/2018
"Our guide Maria was fantastic. ...energetic engaging! The 4 of us had a great time !"
"Must Do" | 3 stars By David Akes 06/06/2018
This is a great tour. We learned a lot about the glacier as well as glacier hiking itself. It was both challenging as well as fun. The guide was helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable. It is a must do when in Iceland and I would do it again.
"Amazing!" | 3 stars By Jaimee 07/06/2018
This is an absolutely amazing tour!! Just a heads up it's quite a workout to make it to the top but totally worth it! Glacier guide was friendly and informative! Altogether a great day! Thank you!
"Worth It!" | 5 stars By Jake G 14/06/2018
"My wife and I had a fantastic time with Attic Adventures. Definitely worth it, and especially if you are trying to see as much as possible in a limited amount of time. Our guide, Norris, was informative, personable, and very funny. Highly recommended!"
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