Solheimajokull Glacier Hike | 3-Hour Expedition

Solheimajokull Glacier Hike | 3-Hour Expedition
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.
The view from the top of Sólheimajökull glacier is truly unique.
Glaciers slowly move and change over time
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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 our marked trailer in the parking lot of Sólheimajökull glacier. Your guide will be there to meet you. 
  • Certified English-speaking glacier guide

  • Glacier Equipment: harness, helmet, crampons, and ice axe

  • Small Group Guarantee (12 persons max)

  • Free Parking

  • Hiking boots with ankle support (can be rented at the time of booking)

What to bring:
  • Warm clothing as first layer

  • Waterproof clothing as second layer

  • Hiking boots with ankle support (can be rented at the time of booking)

  • Hat and gloves

Good to know:

- This tour doesn't require prior experience.

- It is 3 hours in total including gearing up and walk to the ice cap. Around 1,5 hours on the ice.

- Hiking boots should be tight around the ankle and have a hard sole. You can rent shoes during the booking process.


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We enjoyed our glacier hike immensely. Our guide, Sara, was very knowledgeable and ensured that everyone on the tour, seven total, enjoyed themselves. We had our own hiking boots, but the tour outfitter had a limited supply of boots for rent. Crampons, helmets, and ice axes were provided, along with instructions on using them. Our guide paced the group based on skill level and we followed a pace that allowed time to take in all the scenery. Be prepared to climb several steps cut into the ice, but otherwise the hiking was relatively flat. We would like to do a similar hike again to explore more and spend more time on the glacier.
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Stunning glacier, worth the 3-hr hike (round trip). Our guide Jose was very helpful with the group, esp with am 8 yr old girl in our midst! We also learned a lot about glaciers in Iceland during this hike.
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Our guide was most knowledgeable and helpful. We had a lovely time walking on the glacier and learning about glaciers. Such a fantastic experience. Highly recommend this tour.
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Wonderful! A Must Go item! I made it! Walking from the bottom of black ice mountain to a higher white glacier is definitely an unforgettable experience!
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This was one of the highlights of the trip. We had two guides, both excellent and able to speak other languages. The 3 hour hike exceeded our expectations. It was a wonderful experience, and if we had stayed longer, I would have considered a second glacier hike. It was challenging enough for us to know we were moving our bodies, but easy enough for my 10 year old to complete.
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It's definitely a MUST-Visit spot. There's not only magnificent landscape but also very nice and friendly tour guide. ;)
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Despite the drizzle we had an amazing time on this tour! The glacier was beautiful and it was fun learning how to walk on the ice with crampons. Our guide was very friendly and I felt safe the whole time. One of the highlights of our trip to Iceland!
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Want to see an ash covered glacier as you climb it? Want an experienced Mountain guide (who quietly seemed like a legend; thanks Siggi!)? I wish we could have kept going higher, but that means we just need to go for a longer tour next time! A wonderful experience all around.
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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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