Solheimajokull Glacier Hike

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Iceland is a land of fire and ice, and the streaks and lines of volcanic ash on Sólheimajökull glacier perfectly encapsulate the country's nature of contrasts.
Don't shy away from getting to know the intimate and frosty embrace of Iceland's glaciers.
Iceland's glaciers are dotted with numerous ice caves, but only a handful are safe to enter—and your guides have located the perfect ones!
Glacier hiking suits anyone with a reasonable level of fitness.
Your qualified glacier guides will provide you with all the necessary safety equipment.
4.8
Based on 52 traveller reviews

Live to the extreme with this exhilarating hiking tour up one of Southern Iceland's most majestic features, the mighty Sólheimajökull glacier. This tour is the perfect holiday opportunity for those travellers seeking to mesh incredible natural landscapes with the thrill of adventure. 

At the car park of Sólheimajökull glacier, you will be introduced to your highly trained guide for the day who will proceed to lead you on a brisk 15 minute walk to the glacier. It's a great chance to get warmed up before the hike!

Should you prefer to be picked up in Reykjavík, you can book a sightseeing day tour that includes a glacier hike here: South Coast & Glacier Hike on Solheimajokull | Medium difficulty

When you reach the ice cap, your guide will brief you on safety procedures on the glacier, as well as teach you a thing or to about its formation, the surrounding area and its 'parent glacier', Mýrdalsjökull (one of the biggest ice-caps in Europe.)

Your guide will also provide you will of the necessary equipment that you will need on the glacier, including crampons and ice axe. As you begin your hike, a new world of intricate ice sculptures and intriguing natural phenomenon will reveal itself to you. You will see many hundred years old ice, coloured deep blue due to the trapped oxygen bubbles inside. You'll also gaze into the dramatic icy canyon of a glacier moulin, just one of many that carve the glacier from top to bottom. 

From the heights of the glacier, you will have fantastic views of yours surroundings. On a clear day, it is even possible to see Eyjafjallajökull, the notorious glacier which brought European air traffic to a halt after its fiery 2010 eruption.  

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to explore the untouched and ancient wilderness of Sólheimajökull glacier! Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Feb. - Dec.
  • Duration: 2,5 hours
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Sólheimajökull
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:30 11:00, 13:00, 15:00,

You meet us at the departure location.
Sólheimajökull Parking Lot
Included:
  • Certified glacier guide

  • Glacier Equipment (helmet, harness, crampons, ice axe)

  • Small Group (12 persons max)

  • Hiking Boots (can be rented)


What to bring:
  • Warm clothing

  • Rain Gear

  • Hiking Boots with a slip resistant sole that reach over your ankles (can be rented)


Good to know:

Your tour provider can always assist if you have special needs, just send an e-mail to let them know what you need and they will do their best to assist you in every way.



Reviews

Had a great experience on this hike! Our guide, Lisa, was very knowledgeable and patient. Highly recommend this hike if you are staying in Vik or want to climb a glacier!

I booked this tour for my friend and I and we couldn't recommend it more. When we arrived, we had the option to upgrade from a hike to a climb, and it was the best decision! Our guide, Helgi, was awesome. He taught us about glaciers, their relationship with volcanoes, a little bit about the icelandic culture/language, and all about ice climbing! It was the coolest experience and we will remember it forever. It was challenging, but we had so much fun! We both highly recommend this tour!

The experience is fantastic. I like the glacier tour very much. Our guide is Ciga (similar to the pronunciation), and she is very friendly and encouraging and patient, which makes the tour memorable and interesting. The glacier is nice, with a crystal blue color, and the tour itself is amazing, walking amid the glacier. Nice experience. Would recommodate it to others.

The glacier hike with Troll is one of the amazing experiences I have ever done in my life. The guide was really nice and professional, and I couldn’t explain in words how beautiful the view is. I would definitely recommend glacier hike with Troll Expeditions.

We took a hike up an outlet glacier using the expertise offered by Troll Expeditions. Our guide, Gummy (not his Icelandic name but that might not fit in the review) was knowledgeable, friendly and a great guide up the glacier. They provided us with an ice axe and crampons which made the walk quite easy, allowing us to take in the beautiful and unforgettable scenery. We even stopped at our highest point for a drink of pristine glacial water. I would definitely recommend this trip.

我們參加的是troll,導遊小姐很好笑容沿途亦有很多解說,非常照顧,不錯的day tour

This was one of the highlights of our Iceland trip. Troll Adventures provided us with an extremely knowledgeable guide, nicknamed Gummy, who gave us a wealth of information regarding the glacier itself as well as the surrounding areas. Our time on the glacier was made even more special due to the fact that we were the first ones up the glacier and were the only ones on it the entire hike. If visiting the southern region of Iceland, this tour is a must do!!

This was definitely one of our favorite parts of our Iceland adventure. Troll Expeditions did a great job of having all of the gear ready, which was in very good condition, for us when we arrived with smiles on their faces. The hike itself was the perfect length, not too long and not too short (but then again we had already done one hike before that morning, so our legs were a little tired by this point). Our guide spent the time to make sure that everyone had their gear on correctly, which we really appreciated. He kept the group at a good pace which allowed us to get a lot of hiking in as well as stops for pictures. It was really interesting to hear about the history of the glacier and how it will be gone in our lifetime. As such, I would say this glacier hike is a must do!

So glad I booked this trip! It really was something you can't miss while in Iceland.

Troll Expeditions gave us a No-Show at the 9:00 am tour, to our great disappointment after we rushed ourselves in pouring rain to make sure we get there on time. Imagine how shocked we were when all the other tour companies were present, except ours. In the end, we adjusted our schedule and joined the trip in the afternoon, and the stunning view of nature literally saved this itinerary. Our guide was patient and passionate in explaining the glacier related phenomenon during the hike, we had a wonderful afternoon experience in awe of nature. It also made many of us reflect on global warming as we realized and witnessed how much the glacier has receded in the past years... All in all, glacier hike is a must-go in Iceland!

Highlight of the trip was going on the glacier hike. It was amazing to hear about the history of the area and our guide, Gummy (like the bear) was very knowledgeable and familiar with the area. More importantly, he was patient with the group when people wanted to take pictures, ask questions, or needed assistance through some of the rougher parts of the hike. Overall, I would highly recommend this company for your trip.

My mother, aunt, and I had the best experience with Troll Expeditions. Absolutely breathtaking, hands down my favorite part of our trip to Iceland. We had Sigga as our guide, and she was amazing, informative, and so passionate about sharing the beauty of glaciers and their preservation with us. We had some reservations about how difficult the hike would be, but in late summer (August-September) the weather was perfect, the hike was definitely for any skill level and fun for our whole family. Sigga kept an excellent pace, making sure everyone was safe and keeping up. Can't recommend enough!

Just awesome! We had a very nice experience in the glacier! I must empathize the Rose 's job. She was very kind and aware of all of us! Thank´´ s a lot Rose!

This tour is a must when visiting Iceland. The views, experience was just incredible. Our local guide, Lydia, was amazing. She was informative, friendly and accommodating to go at my pace. I recently had some health issues and she was very patient with me. Our original time was for 11am but we were moved to a 5pm slot. This was such a bonus for us. We were the one of the last groups to go out and it felt like a private tour. We were almost the only ones on the glacier. Was so incredible!!! Highly recommend this travel group!!!

Definitely 10/10 stars¨! I have never been on a glacier before but it was unbelievable! Our guide was very professional and his knowledge was amazing. He told us everything that we wanted to know about the glacier and about Iceland. The glacier hike is one of the best things I have ever done in my life!

The glacial hike with Troll Tours was great! For all five of us (2 boys aged 9 and 11, the 2 parents, and grandpa) made it to the top three things we did in Iceland. At first it felt a bit strange to walk with the crampons, but by the end it felt fine. In the more difficult parts there were steps carved into the ice so there weren't very difficult portions on the hike. The glacial water break at the top was appreciated. The views were beautiful and the sound of rushing water unexpected. Our guide was knowledgeable of the glacier and adjusted to our pace. Would definitely recommend!

What an experience! Small group, local guide with both passion and great deal of knowledge, we felt we were in good hands the whole time. They'll be my first choice next time in Island, for sure

We had an awesome experience with our guide, David. He was on time in picking us up from Reykjavik, and made a few stops on our way to the glacier. We started our tour by hiking into a cave and doing some light meditation, it was pretty awesome! Then we continued on our way to the glacier making stops at two of the most famous waterfalls in all of Iceland. Once on the glacier, David was excellent at communicating important details so that we could have a safe and enjoyable experience on the top of the glacier mountain. On our way back, we were treated to a bike ride to the DC-3 airplane crash site. I would recommend anyone take this tour, it definitely exceeded my expectations and was a steal at the price for the all day adventure we had. Thanks David!

I joined the tour and it was awesome!! Rosa was my guide and she is so friendly and funny! She told us many interesting information and stories about Iceland. We went to beutiful waterfalls, amazing glacier, and great beach. The places are super nice, the transportation was comfortable, and Rosa perfectly managed everythings! I highly recommend the tour and the guide to everyone!! Thanks Rosa♥

Really fun tour. We went on a hike on the glacier where the guide was telling us about how it changed and the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull which is close by. He then took us almost to the top of the glacier which was really fun, when I'm coming back to Iceland I'm definitely going back on the this tour. Thank you Trolls

L'accueil à été très sympathique et professionnel. Les guides qui se sont succédé étaient tous passionné et ont réussi a nous transmettre leur passion ! Je recommande vivement ces tours !

Mike was a fantastic guide - very knowledgeable, safety-conscious, and funny. Thanks, Mike!

Amazing experience! Our guide was fun and informative. Her colleague was helpful and made sure that everyone made it onto and off the glacier safely. The manager of the company came with his bike and gave us a demonstration! It was overall a fun experience! The glacier itself is phenomenal. We were able to see the different layers and learn about the the area! A must do in Iceland!!

Amazing hike on the glacier, and our guide was absolutely brilliant.

,,Climb a glacier, they said. It's gonna be fun, they said". I have never climbed a glacier in my entire life but in Iceland you have to do it. It was so much fun, I honestly didn't want to leave the glacier! This trip is going to be the best trip ever! Our guide was so professional and funny. This is the tour you will never forget. I recommend it to everyone, it's 120% worth it!

We had some great time on the glacier! It is really amazing to see how much the glacier is declining do to global warming. Our guide was very informative and nice. I felt safe and sound the whole time. This tour is great and I give it my best recommendation! A great experience.

From start to finish this tour was incredible. I don't have anything bad to say about this tour or the guide. The guide was so friendly and professional. Everything is thought out for you safety wise so the only thing you have to do is the walking, which was so great because I was really nervous at first. But the guide was so understanding, he made me feel like I was born to do this, a glacier champion! This is a tour worth booking!

Awesome tour! David was the best!

Absolutely unforgettable experience. It's rare that the person guiding is almost more excited to be there than you are. Mike was bursting with interesting facts about the Glacier and even explained the difference in the composition of the ash on the Glacier (2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajokull and 1918 Eruption of Katla). At every turn he was showing us his favorite spots on the glacier and taking picture of us (and sent them to us following the tour). Finally, nearing the end of the tour we went to something called "The Grand Canyon" and were able to learn how to tell the approximate of age of the Ice. In the end, it was such a fantastic tour, I just may come back to Iceland to do another adventure with Troll Expeditions. Book this tour, you wont regret it...and make sure you ask for Mike "The American Troll".

The Ice is incredible blue and the guides are so professional and helpful that you feel like you are a glacier Champion. Being educated about global warming and the effect of glaciers on the landscape on Iceland really made the huge difference. The whole group was captivated by the natural beauty on the GLacier.

We fortunately met Healgie (I am not sure if the spelling is correct), Mike and Siga. They are more than friendly and kind. They picked me and my friend from Reykjavik and drove us all the way to Sólheimajökull. Siga told us stories of Iceland along the way. When we went to a waterfall, Healgie taught us how to drink water by doing push-ups haha. Mike kept taking photos for us and that made our memories even better. After the glacier hiking, we were very lucky to have chance to see horses, sheep, and cows at Healgie's home. The glacier hiking was amazing. The tour guides are amazing. The experience is very precious. I love Troll Expeditions and will definitely recommend people choosing this tour :) It is worth every penny you spend!

This was an amazing experience from start to finish! When we booked this excursion, I emailed the company because we were unsure if the timing would work out since we intended to do it the day we arrived. I received an email back promptly and with realistic information on the possibility of it not working out if there were flight delays or inclement weather road conditions, but there was a good chance it would be fine so we decided to go for it. When given confirmation that we'd be picked up at our hotel between 9 and 9:30 am I replied asking if it could be on the later end in case our flight was delayed. I received an email back indicating that they were sending a private driver, Gummi, for us at 9:30. This worked out to be incredible for us. Gummi made the whole experience unforgettable. He was polite and patient from the start. He spent hours teaching us about his country: the people, politics, volcano, education, health care, climate, environment, history, etc. He stopped at two waterfalls on the way to the glacier, hiked into them with us, always lending a hand to steady us when needed, and took pictures of us with water cascading all around us. We were also fortunate to have Gummi as our guide on the glacier climb. We felt safe the whole time we were with him and he made the experience exhilarating (even offering to aid us when completing push ups on the ice in order to drink from the fresh flowing water). We spent a significant amount of time on the glacier learning about the formation and melting, and Gummi made sure we experienced everything including a climb down into an ice cave. He was always willing to take pictures to document our excitement. On the way back to the city, Gummi stopped at another waterfall and allowed us time to climb (400+ steps) to the top to witness the beautiful view of it cascading down. He continued to educate us on his beautiful country en route back to Reykjavik and we were sorry to see him go when he dropped us off at nearly 7:30 pm that evening. We were thrilled to meet members of Gummi's family along the way and cannot say enough wonderful things about him and this whole excursion. I would do this again in a heartbeat. Thank you, Gummi, for an incredible experience!

My favorite tour in Iceland. I went for 5 days and did many things but this was by far the most invigorating unique experience. Initially I was quite nervous about falling but once I got there, met the guide, I felt very safe. Well worth the money. Our tour was run by Troll Expeditions http://trollaferdir.is/ and we booked pick up from them to and from Reykjavik. Two of the guides picked us up early and brought us to two beautiful unique waterfalls (awesome), we stopped to pet the Iceland horses (awesome) prior to getting to the glacier. Our guides were Mike and Bjartur. We ended up hiking the glacier with a different guide (Gisli). All three of them were awesome. Very informative, very friendly and welcoming, and all very experienced in safety and knowledge. On the way home from the glacier they took us to this amazing black sand beach with beautiful basalt columns. I don't have one negative thing to share about this experience and highly recommend it.

Bellissima esperienza con guide capaci e disponibili. La giornata non era delle migliori ma la camminata verso il ghiacciaio è stata ugualmente entusiasmante.

Ingol, the guide who operates this tour, is probably the coolest guy in Iceland. He has been to Mount Everest twice so exploring the glacier with him was a great experience, as the guy is very passionate about what he does. I made a friend on this trip and can highly recommend it.

Hands down best day tour in Iceland. The guide was awesome and being on top of the glacier was an incredible experience. Again, this trip is the best!

This tour was amazing, we really wanted to see an ice cave but unfortunately they do not appear in summer. But because we met Ingo he took us to an ice crack that looks exactly like an ice cave and that was super fun. The glacier hike was extremely safe and entertaining. It was not hard at all and highly recommended!

If you don't like guided tours, then this is the guided tour for you. The boys were incredible; down to earth, knowledgeable and with some of the best banter I've had while travelling. I was a little hesitant at first but they came very highly recommended from a trustworthy, laid back source and I'm so grateful they were able to squeeze me in last minute. Lots of hidden gems from these local boys and we managed to avoid throngs of tourists the whole time! The small group made it all the more fun and interesting; even though we did a lot of intense stuff- and boy did we pack a lot into one day, I felt at ease the whole time. Never felt like were constrained time-wise, the whole day sailed by at a beautiful pace and the whole thing felt like you were just hanging out with an old friend!

Simply put, Amazing! Our tour guide was simply phenomenal, he was very helpful, extremely kind, and overall the best experience you can have on a Glacier or Iceland over all. Kept me entertained the whole time with his overall kindness, humor and knowledge about the area. 5 stars out of 5 easy!

I did this tour twice- once in winter and then again in summer, and both times my experience with Troll Expeditions was simply fantastic! Glacier hiking is a fascinating experience and I would recommend anyone visiting Iceland to book this activity with this company- the guide was knowledgeable, fun, and more importantly inspired confidence among those of us who had never done anything like this before. The tour had a fun, friendly vibe and it wasn't like one of those boring trips where a person seated in the front goes on and on while the rest of the group has dozed off. And of course, the experience of glacier hiking itself is like nothing else on the planet. You're filled with awe at the surreal landscape and the kind of adventure that stays with you forever!

I Went on a Glacier Expedition and tour around the South Cost of Iceland with Troll Expeditions. Our guide was extremely good at his job, full of knowledge about Iceland and the glacier. We stopped at various places, each and everyone with brilliant Icelandic nature but the highlight of the trip was definitely the Glacier Expedition. Being pregnant while I took the hike could have made me really scared but our guide actually made me feel really safe with his professional attitude and leadership towards me and the group. The atmosphere at the glacier was magnificent, everywhere you look is beautiful scenery and you want the moment to last forever. I really recommend this trip to anyone that likes to have fun, enjoy life and do some adventures, it will definitely fill your heart up with great and happy memories.

Could have been a fantastic tour. We signed up for a glacier hike. We were really looking forward to it. However, our guide, Mike, was more focused on telling us about his wife and their preferred activity, which was rope climbing/repelling. After about 20 minutes on the glacier, he decided to turn back and to have us repel. We spent an hour standing in one spot in the rain and wind while Mike taught us all about setting up and knotting the rope. Then we waited for each person in the group to go down the rope. If you decide to go on this tour, make sure you get what you paid for.

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