Unforgettable 3-Hour Solheimajokull Glacier Hiking Tour on South Coast

The terrain at the Solheimajokull glacier is rugged and breathtaking with its jagged black and white ice and glacier lagoon.
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Sólheimajökull glacier parking lot, Sólheimajökulsvegur, Iceland
3 hours
English, Chinese
All year
Minimum age
8 years old


Explore a vast icy expanse with stunning nature and impressive views on this three-hour glacier hiking excursion at Solheimajokull. Travelers seeking an active adventure in South Iceland should book this exciting tour now.

The excursion begins when you meet your experienced glacier guide in the Solheimajokull parking lot. Your guide will give you the necessary gear to safely traverse the glacier’s terrain. The equipment includes a helmet, ice axe, harness, and crampons.

The Solheimajokull glacier is one of the most easily accessed glaciers in the country. Its parking lot is just 19 miles (31 kilometers) west of Vik and 36 miles (59 kilometers) east of Hvolsvollur.

It’s straightforward to reach the parking lot if you’re driving a rental car, and you can enjoy this excursion as part of a day trip from Reykjavik if you wish. The glacier is 102 miles (165 kilometers) from the capital city.

When your group is ready, it’s time to discover the fascinating nature in and around the glacier. You’ll head off, walking with your gear, toward the ice.

Before you reach the glacier, you’ll pass a glacier lagoon. Sadly, the lagoon highlights how the glacier is rapidly shrinking, yet it also presents a beautiful setting. Look for icebergs of various sizes, streaked with black, dotted around the lagoon.

When your group reaches the glacier’s edge, your expert guide will show you how to use your safety equipment. Then, it’s time to begin the journey across the ice.

The Solheimajokull glacier is around five miles long and just over a mile wide (about eight kilometers long and two kilometers wide). It lies between the infamous Eyjafjallajokull and Katla volcanoes and is part of the massive Myrdalsjokull ice cap.

Solheimajokull is impressive and appears even more prominent due to how it extends from Myrdalsjokull. You’ll be blown away by the incredible scenery stretched before you, including the striking black and white ice, a reminder of Katla’s activity, and the volcanic nature of this area.

Previous experience isn’t necessary for glacier hiking. You’ll need decent physical fitness and a sense of adventure. Children as young as eight can enjoy this activity.

Solheimajokull doesn’t have tall mountains around it like many other glaciers. Therefore, it’s known for its unobstructed and awe-inspiring South Coast vistas. 

You can enjoy excellent views of the glacier's peak on a clear day. You may see the lagoon, the glacier’s crevasses, and the magnificent South Coast.

Walking back across the ice offers another opportunity to marvel at your natural surroundings. Take your time to capture photos of fascinating ice formations, weaving crevasses, and dramatic ridges. You might even find an ice cave if the conditions are right.

If you’d like an extra challenge, your guide can show you the basics of ice climbing, and you can try your hand at traversing a vertical ice wall.

After a memorable walk across an icy wilderness, you’ll head back past the glacier to the car park, where the tour finishes.

Don’t miss this epic opportunity to go glacier hiking at Solheimajokull, one of the country’s most accessible glaciers with spectacular views, by booking this three-hour tour. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Certified glacier guide
Safety equipment, including a helmet, ice axe, harness, and crampons


Glacier Hiking

What to bring

Warm, waterproof clothing, including warm socks, a hat, and gloves
Hiking boots
Water bottle if desired

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