Solheimajokull Glacier Hike | 3-Hour Expedition

Solheimajokull Glacier Hike | 3-Hour Expedition
A hiker standing on the glacier top, in the summer sun.
The view from the top of a glacier
Make sure you dress warmly before going on a glacier hike, it's sure to get cold in Iceland on top of a glacier!
A woman making has way over the ash-tinted glacier, which stands close to Eyjafjallajökull volcano.
An adventurer standing in an ice cleft, taking a photo, on Sólheimajökull glacier.
A small ice cave has formed here, so the hikers can make a stop and explore a bit. South Iceland.
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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 minutes 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 Hiking on Solheimajokull from Reykjavik.

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 your 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: All year
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Eyjafjallajökull, Sólheimajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:30, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00.

Sólheimajökull Glacier

To get to the meeting point, drive on route 1. Approximately 150 kilometres on route 1 southbound from the city, turn to route 221. Follow it to the parking lot.  The exact meeting point is the provider's marked trailer in the parking lot of Sólheimajökull glacier. Your guide will be there to meet you. 

  • 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 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.

Note that Icelandic roads and pavements can be slippery in the wintertime. We recommend you bring shoes with slip-resistant soles or ice-grip shoe covers if you are visiting in the winter. The covers can be purchased in most supermarkets and gas stations around the country.

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Our guide for our glacier hike was fantastic! We all had a wonderful time it was the highlight of the trip for my two children ages 9 and 11!
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Our tour and guide were great. We got lucky and had a nice clear day. The crampons, harness, and ice pick provided were in good shape and worked well. The guide took their time to show us how to use them and make sure everyone felt comfortable. He also explained how the glaciers work in a informative and engaging way. The glacier was beautiful. The tour was not rushed, but fairly fast paced. We dressed in layers and shed most of them on the way up. There is not bathroom except a 300 ISK one run by a different company.
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Our guide was excellent; the weather cooperated; and the tour was the perfect length. Our group of 4 enjoyed this immensely.
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Our guide was amazing and really knowledgeable, and the hike up was incredible. It got crowded quickly, so I'm happy we went on the morning tour. That being said, there was a snowstorm the previous day, so the glacier was covered in snow and you couldn't really see much. So just keep the weather in mind when you're booking this tour!
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Sarah was a terrific guide who was very knowledgable about both the glacier and the area in Iceland. She took us all the way up the glacier where the view was incredible and slightly into a moulin for a great experience. We were on a very sunny day that changed to light flurries near the end of the tour. However, the wind at the top really hits you hard so dressing warmly and properly is super important to being able to enjoy the full experience. Loved the tour!
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Our guide, Sarah, was great and we ended up in a small group (just myself and a friend + another couple) so we were able to cover a lot of ground and have a really customized experience! Sarah was knowledgeable and the scenery was amazing. She gave us a great tutorial of how to use the crampons and pickaxe that were provided prior to heading out and talked to us about the glacial features and surrounding landscapes throughout the tour. It was a wonderful experience!
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Sarah, our guide, was just fantastic. We were lucky and found a nice sunny day, which made the trip and the view truly unforgettable. Get there with appropriate gear, it is **very cold**, mostly due to wind. Suggestion: don't do it yourself (unless you are very experienced in glacier walks), as it's much safer and funny to do when guided: you get to find and look at spectacular formations, and you don't have to be super-wary of where you step. Plus, again, Sarah is great :)
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You need proper gear to do this trip. When we went it was raining half the time. We had top to toe waterproof gear, but not everyone. Good amount of hiking involved. I loved all the colours, and shapes. Guide knowledgeable, ensured safety. This is something so unique, a must do in my opinion. Plan some hot springs for afterwards if you get soaking wet.
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We went on the 0930 slot and we were lucky enough just to be the only people. Our guide was awesome and really full of knowledge. He was totally professional and as there was only two of us and us having experience we managed to cover a lot more than expected. Honestly I would recommend this trip so much! The glacier takes your breath away. Truly a experience. Thank you to the guide that took us on Saturday morning
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Fue una experiencia increíble. Nuestro guía Stefano nos enseñó multitud de cosas sobre el glaciar y la formación del hielo a lo largo de su historia. Además tuvimos la suerte de disfrutar de buen tiempo aun siendo mediados de Octubre. Sin duda, una aventura que querrás experimentar en tu viaje a Islandia.
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