Private 4.5-Hour Hiking and Ice Caving Tour at the Solheimajokull Glacier

A person looks around inside an ice cave at the Solheimajokull glacier in South Iceland.
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Sólheimajökull glacier parking lot, Sólheimajökulsvegur, Iceland
4,5 hours
All year
Minimum age
11 years old


Discover the magical icy wildness of the Solheimajokull glacier on this private 4.5-hour glacier hiking and ice-caving tour. Travelers keen on an up-close encounter with Iceland’s incredible nature should book this tour now.

Your exciting tour begins when you meet your experienced tour guide at the Solheimajokull parking lot. This glacier is known as being one of the most accessible from Reykjavik. It’s just a short detour north of the Ring Road, 102 miles (164 kilometers) southeast of the capital.

Your guide will start by explaining the excursion and providing all the necessary safety gear. The safety equipment includes crampons, harnesses, hiking poles, ice axes, and headlamps. 

Most people aged 11 or older with decent fitness can join this tour, although it’s unsuitable for those with severe heart or back problems. Because it’s a private excursion, your guide will adjust the pace to meet your group’s requirements.

Once you’re ready, you’ll begin with a short hike along the valley. The Solheimajokull glacier features a lagoon at its base, which you’ll pass as you walk. Although beautiful, it’s also a reminder of how the climate is changing and causing the glacier to retreat.

You’ll notice chunks of ice broken from the glacier in the lagoon. Although you might expect these to be white, they can also be bright blue. Black streaks in the ice offer a glimpse into the volcanic nature of the area.

When you reach the glacier’s edge, it’s time to put on your crampons to ensure a safe walk across the glacier. You’ll hike for about one hour across the glacier with your expert guide in the lead. Take your time to enjoy the stunning scenery and stop for photo opportunities, and rest stops as desired.

After your hike, you’ll reach the ice cave for a mesmerizing experience inside an ice-covered world. The ice formations are fascinating, and the colors can be vivid. Ice caves constantly change, so your experience will be unique, and the tour duration may vary depending on cave accessibility.

You’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the cave’s magnificent atmosphere and take photos for lasting memories. Then it’s time to hike back across the glacier to the parking lot, where the tour finishes.

Discover the natural wonders of the Solheimajokull glacier on this private 4.5-hour glacier hiking and ice-caving tour. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Expert glacier guide
All necessary equipment, including crampons, harnesses, hiking poles, ice axes, and headlamps
Private tour experience




Glacier Hiking
Ice Caving

What to bring

Warm layers and waterproof outerwear
Gloves and a hat
Comfortable hiking boots

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