Northern Lights and Solheimajokull Glacier Hike | Easy Difficulty

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Reykjavík
Duration
12 hours
Difficulty
Easy
Languages
English
Available
Mar. - Jan.
Minimum age:
10 years old

Ascend an ice cap, eat a traditional Icelandic meal, and hunt for the Northern Lights in this exciting tour. This adventure is for those seeking to experience firsthand the wonders of Iceland in the company of a certified glacier guide.

Your guide will pick you up between 11.30 - 11.50 am on a mini-bus from your pre-selected pick-up location. You then head toward the South Coast, with Seljalandsfoss waterfall as your first destination. It is a narrow and gentle cascade that falls from a cliff sixty meters tall. Skógafoss waterfall is next on the agenda, it is the same height but much wider and more powerful. During winter you might see dramatic ice formations around the waterfalls.

Next, you head over to Sólheimajökull glacier. This impressive and beautiful outlet glacier unfurls from the great ice cap Mýrdalsjökull and is renowned for its rapid retreat in the last decades. The walk to the glacier takes about 15 minutes and on the way, you will see how rapidly the glacier has melted.

When you have reached the glacier you will learn how to use the glacier gear you have been provided with - a harness, helmet, and crampons - and receive a safety briefing from your guide. You then head onto the ice where your guide will navigate you through amazing terrain, between deep crevasses, sinkholes, and other impressive glacier features. During the hike, you will enjoy plenty of photo-stops and your guide will tell you all about the history, formation, and future of those ice giants.

After a thorough exploration, it’s dinner time. Next stop is a nearby local restaurant where you will enjoy a traditional Icelandic meat soup or a vegetarian option. When it’s dark enough, you head out into the night, looking for the magical Aurora Borealis. The lights are a natural phenomenon and not guaranteed to be seen, but thankfully your guide is expertly trained to find the best viewpoints for the lights each night. If they are to be seen that night, you will get plenty of time to enjoy them and photograph.

At around midnight, you will be back in Reykjavík at your hotel or accommodation.

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Included

Transport
Guiding services
Glacier gear
Safety equipment
Traditional dinner
Dessert

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Sightseeing
Northern lights hunting

Attractions

Skógafoss
Seljalandsfoss
Sólheimajökull
Mýrdalsjökull
South Coast

What to bring

Warm clothing
Rain gear
Hiking boots
Lunch

Good to know

Boots and rain gear are available for rent (1500 ISK) and lunch may be purchased on the way.

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