Solheimajokull Ice Climbing & Glacier Hike

Your guides will keep you safe at all times.
To ensure a safe ice climbing experience, your glacier guides monitor your progress at all times.
The colours inside ice caves can best be described as 'otherworldly'.
On the ice wall you connect with the glacier in a completely new and unique way.
Your harness and security rope ensure your safety while you climb the ice wall.
Ascending an ice wall on one of Iceland's glaciers is an unmatched activity of thrill and adventure.
4.7
Based on 33 traveller reviews

Get a taste of adventure and feel the chill of ice on this glacier hiking and ice climbing tour. Place your feet on ice for the ultimate Icelandic experience.

This four-hour long glacier hike and ice climbing tour is suitable for both the experienced and first-time glacier adventurers alike. Certified and experienced guides will be with you for the duration of your tour to ensure your safety, teach you ice climbing techniques and explain you this mind blowing phenomenon.

Ice hiking and ice climbing is a perfect way to get up close and personal with the glacier that formed over 500 years ago. A veritable natural wonder of this earth, a glacier is a place to experience the spirit of this land.

Sólheimajökull is a glacial tongue from the larger Mýrdalsjökull glacier and is situated next to the famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano, surrounded by black sand expanses and jagged mountains.

This tour starts at the Sólhemajökull parking lot, where you will meet your guides and prepare for the tour. All gear is included so you will get your ice axes, and crampons on site, but please remember to dress warmly, we're voyaging onto an ice-cap after all. It is necessary to bring gloves for the climbing to protect your hands from getting scratched by the hard ice.

From the parking lot, there's a 30-minute hike to the glacier roots where you will have plenty of time to marvel at the gigantic mass of ice. Don't worry, as you walk on the glacier, your crampons will give you safe footing on the slippery ice.

Once on the glacier, your guide will provide you with climbing gear and assist you with your harness, crampons, ice axe and helmet. Never done ice climbing before? No worries; your experienced guide will teach you all you need to know.

You'll learn how to ascend the vertical ice shafts that lead to the heart of the glacier, known as the Moulin, with the assistance of a climbing rope, harness and your trusty ice axe. Deep under the glacier the volcano Katla sleeps, and who knows, you might catch a glimpse of her far below.

Gear up, head out on this amazing adventure and feel the ice under your feet. Check booking availability to choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Ice Climbing, Climbing
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 12 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Sólheimajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:30

Pickup is available from Reykjavík for 7.000 ISK. If you choose pickup then be ready at your designated pick up location at 8:30. At no extra cost, you will get the chance to see Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss where we will stop along the way.

Starting time of the ice climbing is at 13:00 and departure is from Sólheimajökull glacier car park. If you do not choose pickup please make sure to be there at 12:45 to meet our guides.

Included:
  • Certified Glacier Guide

  • Glacier Equipment (Crampons, Harness, Helmet, Ice Axe)

  • Glacier boots


What to bring:
  • Warm clothing

  • Rain Gear

  • Gloves for the climbing


Good to know:

This tour starts at Sólheimajökull parking lot, approx 150 kilometres from Reykjavík. Please dress according to weather.



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Reviews

We had an amazing time!!! It was a bit of adventure as well. I did an easy and more difficult climb. The company provides great equipment which helped us do the proper ice climbing- we even got the right shoes for climbing!! Our guide was Norwegian and I was amazed with his knowledge about Iceland!! He helped us plan another trip. I highly recommend troll experience!!!

Went on the Solheimajokull Ice Climbing & Glacier Hike with Tröll Expeditions in early December. It was an easy hike thru the glacier with all equipment provided. Even boots! Our guide Helgi was patient with beginners and also coordinated well with more active people. Explained well on how to use all the gears.

Huge thanks goes to Troll Expeditions, for making these tours available, and our awesome guide, Gísli Steinar Jóhannesson for showing us a special place in a special way! Spectacular place, astonishing views, lucky weather, superb guide and pure excitement climbing the ice wall! Although the weather was unsuitable for original planned day, we effortlessly rescheduled for the next day and it turned out to be perfect. Even if our original guide was sick, and Gísli had to take a group of twice the usual size! What a honeymoon trip! We will be back!

My family and I had an AMAZING tour and climb! We range in age from 29-56 and all of us were able to do walk the glacier AND climb it! Our 2 guides (our group was larger than normal so we were lucky enough to have 2 guides) were so perfect. One was extremely knowledgable and more serious and the other was so funny and wanted everyone to have fun. This tour made our trip to Iceland over the top! We loved seeing geysers, waterfalls, and the lagoons but this tour MADE OUR TRIP! I would do it over and over again! Thank you so much for the amazing experience! - Ross family

The tour was excellent, Bergher the guide very knowledgeable. Certainly climbing an ice cliff wasn’t something I had ever thought I would do. Family and friends who have viewed the pictures think I am pretty cool

Definitely one of the coolest things I've ever done! Our guide took us onto the glacier and we took turns scaling down the glacier and climbing back up. Seeing the bottom of the crevice was unreal and climbing back up was so fun. Would HIGHLY recommend to anyone visiting Iceland.

I have to first thank my friend for requesting that my husband and I join her ice climbing and then I have to thank our guide Vincenzzo for being such a good teacher who knew exactly how to make us feel comfortable and confident. He was humorous and knowledgeable and we had the best experience ever. This is a must-do activity for the brave of heart! We never felt rushed and developed a new respect for Solheimajokull. Thank you, Vincenzzo and thank you, Troll Expeditions!

I had a once-in-a-lifetime experience hiking the glacier and especially Ice Climbing. The best adrenaline thrill and most memorable tour during my stay in Iceland. Helgi our guide was very supportive and knowledgeable as we did several climbs including dropping into a moulin! Very thrilling - now i need to find another place to go ice climbing again closer to home. Thanks again!

I had a great time with the Ice Climbing tour on Solheimajokull with Helgi! His guiding was awesome. It is plain to see that he loves what he does. He was very knowledgeable, and I always felt safe with him. He even took the time to show us extra techniques for crevasse rescue and different methods of setting up ropes. He was not afraid of taking time to explain different techniques or answer questions. All in all, it was a great experience, and I would love to do it again.

Ice Climbing at Sólheimajökull is a must. I went with Mike, down the blue abyss which was both really scary and amazing. The blue color in the ice is amazing and something you can't describe well enough. Mike really knows his craft and I felt 100% safe the whole time.

I had awesome time with the guides on Icelandic glacier! The guides were really fun and asking how we were doing all the time. It is really encouraging especially when you have a big challenge like ice climbing! I am not really active person but enjoyed the trip a lot thanks to the wonderful tour guides!

Highlight of my stay! I was thrilled to get the chance to finally go on a glacier (and Ice climb on the "Interstellar" glacier!) Definitely something that has been on my to-do list for a long time and it was Awesome! Got a crazy cool guide which was both professional and very funny - deadly combination and made the trip extra memorable. Definitely recommended!

No words can describe this tour! AMAZING! The guides are professionals and so friendly. I highly recommend this tour for everyone who is going on the south coast! This is a must do!

This tour is such an adventure! I went totally out of my comfort zone and with the help of Troll Expeditions amazing guides I felt so relaxed and comfortable. They think of everything so I didn't feel nervous. Top guides and top equipment! This tour is demanding, especially if you haven't gone ice climbing before but it was not a problem, anyone can do it! and how awesome is it to tell your friends you went ICE CLIMBING! Highly recommend this tour.

I would give this tour 6 stars if I could. No need for words.

I went on a gacier hike at Sólheimajökull with Troll Expedition. It's was an amazing experience, I've never tried anything like it. We were small group, so we were able to see a lot of parts and get a lot around on the glacier. I will definitely recommend this trip, it might be one of the coolest things I've tried in Iceland.

Everyone that has ever wanted to try Ice Climbing, look no further. This is the absolute adventure to tell your friends about. This tours was very keen on showing us how to operate a safe and enjoyable Ice Climbing session. We learned all the basics about Crampon use and rope work before we were given and Ice axe in hand to swing at this 1.000 year old ice. MAN IS IT HARD, you can swing as hard as you can and the ice axe only penetrates very shallowly. I learned so much over these 3 hours and the adrenaline was pumbing when I was Ice climbing. I will never forget the sights, guides and the fantastic feeling when it was all over and I had really accomplished something amazing this day.

Solheimajokull is amazing as a drawing I can image. The best experience I've ever had so far. It is just FABULOUS, both view and hiking and ice climbing. My guide was very nice with good skills and knowledge about glaciers and moutains. But the experience with service got me so confused and abit angry as they are not professional. When the tour was cancelled in the first time because of bad weather, they said they would reschedule for me the day after but end up they cancelled the tour and ask me to book again which just annoying and confusing me. After several emails discussion and I was still confused and frustrated as they didnt give me a clearly answer. So I did book again and the day after I was NOT picked up on time. Standing waiting outside for 1 hour in the rain and wind in Iceland is not that fun and I even didnt hear a word "Sorry". I wasnt picked up until 1hour later when I called them and ask. They were just like oh somehow the system didnt come up my booking. Anyway apart from that the trip was wonderful.

If your an adrenaline fan, don't do this tour!! It's very very basic, easy and short. I thought we would have a more or less 4hr hike, but no way!!! About 40 minutes in the parking for everyone to get their gear. Then a 20 minute walk to the base of the glacier, with a 10 minute brake in between to explain how to put the crampons on. From the base, we walked about 15 minutes up the glacier, took a few photos, some details on the history... and walked back down!!!!! Honestly I don't even think we needed the crampons, as the ice was crushed by all the people walking on it; and there where ever steps cut out to be able to walk up ?!?!??!?!? Then we did the ice climb, that was right at the base of the glacier. It was fun, BUT NOTHING LIKE IN THE PHOTOS... we climbed a 4 meter sloped wall from the floor... I repeat, nothing like in the photos!!! The guides where great, specially David, 5 star. I chose the pick up option and he drove us to the glacier, stopping at Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfall, also Reynisfjara beach. In the advert it doesn't say about thise stops, if I would have known, I would not have gone tho those places a few days before. Tour Ideal for those that aren't that active, hahaha... I repeat.... 5 star for the guides. But need to extend the actual hike on the glacier.

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