Solheimajokull Glacier Hike Adventure

Your glacier guide is an expert on the ice caps of Iceland.
You have to take a short walk over a lava field to reach Sólheimajökull glacier tongue.
Sólheimajökull has dramatic, beautiful ridges that you will walk along.
Drink freshwater straight from the melting glacier.
Your glacier guide will lead you across Sólheimajökull, looking for any hidden ravines.
You will notice that Sólheimajökull is streaked with black ash.
4.9
Based on 10 traveller reviews

Add a little twist to your holiday with an exhilarating hike on top of a glacier. This tour will take you across the vast ice cap of Sólheimajökull glacier, past deep crevasses, freezing water cauldrons, and blue ice sculptures. It is the perfect tour for those traveling the South Coast and want to experience the sheer power of the Icelandic nature.

At the parking lot of Sólheimajökull glacier, you will meet your local glacier guide who will start by introducing you to your environment. Sólheimajökull is an outlet glacier of the larger Mýrdalsjökull which is located directly on top of Mt. Katla, Iceland’s most powerful volcano. A short distance west is the infamous Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano which last erupted in 2010.

After a 15-minute walk to the glacier itself, you will be fitted with all safety gear necessary for a hike on the ice, like crampons and an ice axe. Don’t worry; no prior experience is needed, your expert guide will teach you all how to use this equipment.

Then there is nothing left except to ascend the glacier. Your guide will lead you first past ash covered peaks, the aftermath of past eruptions of nearby volcanoes. You will then reach the pearly white surface of the glacier, but underneath is electric blue ice. You will be able to witness the colors of the glacier as you look down one of its bottomless crevasses, where bright blue ice turns pure white and then jet black.

On the top of the glacier, you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular panoramic view of mountains, valleys, and the vast ice cap. You will marvel at the size of the glacier and hear nothing but the rustling sound of the ice as your crampons rub against it.

Don’t miss out on this excellent introduction to Iceland. Grab your hiking boots and breath in the fresh mountain air on the top of a glacier. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 10 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: South Iceland, Sólheimajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 10:00 12:00, 14:00,

You meet us at the departure location.
Parking area in front of Sólheimajökull glacier 15 minutes before departure
Included:
  • Certified glacier guide

  • Glacier gear

  • Safety equipment

  • Lunch


What to bring:
  • Warm and waterproof clothes

  • Good hiking boots


Good to know:

Even in the summertime, the Icelandic weather can be very unpredictable. Please bring appropriate clothing.

Boots and rain gear can be rented for 1500 ISK per item



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Reviews

Average rating 4.9 / Number of reviews 10

This experience was a great kick-off to a whirlwind of a visit to Iceland. The team took us in efficiently and trained us in the proper use of the equipment. The guide was well-versed in glacier lore, and was able to address questions of all kinds, from the nature of the various rock and ice formations, to the history of the area and the effect of climate change. Seeing a glacier up close was awe-inspiring, and will undoubtedly remain one of my most cherished memories. Thanks!!!

Our tour guide is a very nice and sweet girl(OLOF). Without her concise and precise explanation, we can't really understand how the glacier is formed and some interesting stories! Thanks a lot! Hope to see you soon.

Stop thinking "go or not to go" to Iceland! It is a MUST do trip! Awesome experience, amazing people, perfect views! You can't miss it. That said, Guide to Iceland were a really good trip planers, thank you for that. We are really happy. We only have a few comments: - we did the 7 days self drive trip in winter. With all roads icy and some of them closed, and with only 4h with day light we didn't manage to see all what was on the plan. We suggest Guide to Iceland to adapt the route for winter and summer. - we recommend Guide to Iceland to include a short summary with the itinerary sorted place by place with distances and time between them. They have something like this, but not really an overview. - we recommend Guide to Iceland to specify the hour to start the day to manage seeing everything. - we were supposed to stay 3 times at the Capital Inn Hotel in Reykjavik. Bad experience all the 3 of them. Not prepared staff, rude, bad showers and the water smell bad. We are really not picky people, but just to tell 1 example, the first time we arrived there they didn't find our reservation alleging we would have to pay. We had the reservation printed with us and the guy was really confused. After check in we asked him if we could sit in the breakfast area and have some coffee, he said yes! We left our stuff in the room and went there. He was there eating a sandwich (guess it was his free time), so we opened our sandwiches too and stayed there for more then 1 hour. After this long period of time, this other guy arrives and really brutally and rude tell us we can't be there, it was a restaurant, and couldn't eat things that weren't from there! 1. No need to be aggressive. 2. The staff told us we could. 3. The staff was doing the same as us, don't be the example for something that is not allowed. 4. If that was a restaurant, don't make your client wait for over an hour to go check on them, put some menus on the table AND a sign! Information is a basic rule. Next day at SEVEN AM, this same guy opens the breakfast area, still SUPER rude, first hour of the day, and he tell us to don't go inside the area with our belongings. A big WHAT?! Is he going crazy?! I won't leave my purse with all passports, money and documents in a random place just because. 3rd time we went there was a big freaky show. Guy in the reception was check in 2 girls and because line was getting big for check ins he goes "I will finish with you later, I have to check everyone in first" WHAT?! In our turn he didn't find our reservation and after a big trouble figuring what was wrong, he put was on hold to finish with other people first before figuring what to do with us! SERIOUSLY?! We waited there 1 hour before he calls the manager and finding a solution to the problem they made. He tries to comfort us saying we could stay there on the couch hahaha thank you for loosing our reservation and let us stay in the couch for 1 hour! Really thoughtful. In the other hand, we have to thank the staff in Smyrlabjörg hotel! A big OMG! They made our nye perfect. Amazing crew, prepared staff, a place to go back and recommend! Kind and welcoming people. Apart for the messy staff at Capital Inn, we must say this trip was one of the best trips, Iceland is really a must go and Guide to Iceland did our journey really special.

Stop thinking "go or not to go" to Iceland! It is a MUST do trip! Awesome experience, amazing people, perfect views! You can't miss it. That said, Guide to Iceland were a really good trip planers, thank you for that. We are really happy. We only have a few comments: - we did the 7 days self drive trip in winter. With all roads icy and some of them closed, and with only 4h with day light we didn't manage to see all what was on the plan. We suggest Guide to Iceland to adapt the route for winter and summer. - we recommend Guide to Iceland to include a short summary with the itinerary sorted place by place with distances and time between them. They have something like this, but not really an overview. - we recommend Guide to Iceland to specify the hour to start the day to manage seeing everything. - we were supposed to stay 3 times at the Capital Inn Hotel in Reykjavik. Bad experience all the 3 of them. Not prepared staff, rude, bad showers and the water smell bad. We are really not picky people, but just to tell 1 example, the first time we arrived there they didn't find our reservation alleging we would have to pay. We had the reservation printed with us and the guy was really confused. After check in we asked him if we could sit in the breakfast area and have some coffee, he said yes! We left our stuff in the room and went there. He was there eating a sandwich (guess it was his free time), so we opened our sandwiches too and stayed there for more then 1 hour. After this long period of time, this other guy arrives and really brutally and rude tell us we can't be there, it was a restaurant, and couldn't eat things that weren't from there! 1. No need to be aggressive. 2. The staff told us we could. 3. The staff was doing the same as us, don't be the example for something that is not allowed. 4. If that was a restaurant, don't make your client wait for over an hour to go check on them, put some menus on the table AND a sign! Information is a basic rule. Next day at SEVEN AM, this same guy opens the breakfast area, still SUPER rude, first hour of the day, and he tell us to don't go inside the area with our belongings. A big WHAT?! Is he going crazy?! I won't leave my purse with all passports, money and documents in a random place just because. 3rd time we went there was a big freaky show. Guy in the reception was check in 2 girls and because line was getting big for check ins he goes "I will finish with you later, I have to check everyone in first" WHAT?! In our turn he didn't find our reservation and after a big trouble figuring what was wrong, he put was on hold to finish with other people first before figuring what to do with us! SERIOUSLY?! We waited there 1 hour before he calls the manager and finding a solution to the problem they made. He tries to comfort us saying we could stay there on the couch hahaha thank you for loosing our reservation and let us stay in the couch for 1 hour! Really thoughtful. In the other hand, we have to thank the staff in Smyrlabjörg hotel! A big OMG! They made our nye perfect. Amazing crew, prepared staff, a place to go back and recommend! Kind and welcoming people. Apart for the messy staff at Capital Inn, we must say this trip was one of the best trips, Iceland is really a must go and Guide to Iceland did our journey really special.

My trip was cancelled due to weather.

Our guide was really wonderful - very enthusiastic and dedicated to her job, and the glacier is other-worldly. I got quite chilly with all my layers on, so make sure to dress super warmly!

So incredible...a lesson in climate change 101. Our guide was Maxim and he was kind and funny and helpful--and we learned so much about the loss of glacier mass and the area. Never done anything like this before--now I'm interested in doing even more!

It was an amazing experience! Our drive to South Iceland was truly worth it. Everything was well explained and made us appreciate and protect the nature. Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable to the place and made us all safe. :-) Would totally recommend this!

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