Solheimajokull Glacier Hike | 3-Hour Expedition

Solheimajokull Glacier Hike | 3-Hour Expedition
Sandy blue ice on Solheimajokull glacier
A tour participant snaps a photo of the beautiful Solheimajokull glacier
Glacier hiking on Solheimajokull glacier you'll see beautiful blue ice like this
An experienced glacier guide wields his ice axe on Solheimajokull glacier
An excited tour group approaching Solheimajokull glacier
A tour group having a fun filled glacier hike on Solheimajokull glacier
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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. 13:00,

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. 
Included:
  • 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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Natalia was our guide and she was incredible! She was Fun, personable, and knowledgeable. We were very pleased to be the only ones signed up for our time slot and got to see and do a lot more!
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Our guide B made the hike what it was. It was a TERRIBLE weather day, you could barely stand without getting knocked over, and he made it fun and exciting and worth being outside. Everything we did he talked to us like we were old friends and behaved like this wasn’t just a job for him. It was clearly a love of his. He took his time explaining things and because we were a small tour, I know he took extra time where he could to make it extra special. This guy is worth keeping around
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This is the most amazing tour I have ever taken. The tour totally spent 3 hours and was really a great experience. The guide introduced a lot history of the glacier and the changes due to global warming.
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Overall good experience. The guides were very friendly and knowledgeable. The glacier was definitely something you want to see, or walk on.
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It's amazing to walk on the top of glacier. We visited some glacier somewhere else, but never had change to walk on it. It's fantastic experience everyone visiting Iceland should not miss. The guide is very nice, showing us how to wear and use the equipments, which makes it possible for the non-professional people like me to be able to touch the glacier closely. So this tour is not difficult, but the shoes are quite important.
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This was an amazing, if somewhat challenging experience. The guides were great and helped the people who were less sure of their footing, especially on the up and down climbs. I agree that moderate as a difficulty level is appropriate.
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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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