Exciting 4-Hour Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing Tour at Solheimajokull Glacier

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4 hours
English, Icelandic
All year
Minimum age
5 years old


Explore one of Iceland's most beautiful glaciers and appreciate the importance of these ice giants to our planet's survival on this 4-hour hiking and ice climbing tour. Those who want to experience walking on a mountain of ice while taking in the breathtaking Icelandic landscapes should book this private tour.

This adventure-filled trip will start at the meeting point at the parking lot by Solheimajokull glacier. Here you will meet your guide, who will give you the necessary glacier hiking equipment, teach you how to use them, and brief you about the tour.

Be sure to gear up for the journey. Wear comfortable, waterproof, non-cotton clothing, hiking shoes, and a durable backpack. Remember to bring some food and water, and of course, your camera, too, as you will capture some incredible photos during this tour!

Your expert guide will ensure your safety and comfort throughout your trip, and everyone at all fitness levels can enjoy it.

Once ready, you'll start your exciting trek through the valley and toward the glacier's snout.

The glacier you will be exploring on this tour is known as Solheimajokull. This outlet glacier is one of the most visited glaciers in Iceland because of its accessibility. The glacier lies approximately 90 miles (145 kilometers) from Reykjavik city.

After about twenty minutes in the Solheimajokull valley, your group will don crampons and ice climbing gear and begin climbing the glacier in earnest. This portion takes a few hours and takes up most of the hike. 

As you go, your tour guide will give you the most updated information on the glacier, the glacier's history, and how fast the glacier is receding due to global warming. 

The Solheimajokull glacier of Iceland is a massive mountain of ice, and it's difficult to believe that global climate change has a noticeable impact on its size. 

However, that makes this tour even more poignant and beautiful, knowing that this is your best chance to witness the Solheimajokull glacier while it's still with us.

On your way to the crest of the glacier, you'll see deep glacial ravines called crevasses, seemingly bottomless pits called moulins, and maybe even an ice cave, allowing you to admire the sheer glory of this otherworldly terrain. 

Then, you'll reach an ice wall where your guide will sort out the ropes and allow you to ice climb and abseil.

Over the four-hour tour, you and your group will be on the ice for about 90 minutes, and although weather conditions vary for this tour, you are guaranteed to see ice structures and walk on the ice no matter the temperature. 

Finally, after a fantastic four-hour hike, you'll go back to your cars, return your glacier hiking equipment to your guide, and head back to your lodging.

Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the unforgettable beauty of the Solheimajokull glacier up close. Check availability now by choosing a date. 

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Tour guide
Equipment to walk on ice
Glacier crampons. ice axe, harness, and a helmet




Glacier Hiking
Ice Caving

What to bring

Waterproof outdoor clothing (You never know what weather to expect in Iceland.)
Sturdy hiking boots so the crampons fit on your shoe (Sneakers are too soft for the crampons.)
Durable backpack
Water and snacks

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