Solheimajokull Glacier Hiking and South Coast Tour | Easy Difficulty

Solheimajokull Glacier Hiking and South Coast Tour | Easy Difficulty
A channel, naturally carved, winds into the depths of Sólheimajökull glacier in the country's south.
Enjoy the photo opportunities with the vivid ice on the South Coast of Iceland by hiking Sólheimajökull glacier.
A bonus of glacier hiking on Sólheimajökull ice cap is that it exposes you to great South Coast landscapes.
The Sólheimajökull glacier guides are experts on the ice caps and on Iceland's South Coast.
Glacier hiking on Sólheimajökull glacier is a great way to learn about Iceland's ice caps.
Your bus will easily take you to the South Coast destinations, such as Seljalandsfoss waterfall.
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Climb upon Sólheimajokull glacier and witness the amazing South Coast of Iceland on this immersive glacier hiking tour. This excursion should not be missed by those seeking adventure, at any time of the year.

You will be picked up from Reykjavík for this tour in the morning, and be driven along the ring road south, towards your glacier. You will make several stops on the route, firstly to buy any refreshments, and secondly to take in some amazing sites.

The first of these is Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall many know of because of the cave behind it; this depression in the 60-metre tall cliff it falls from means that the cascade can be fully encircled in summer. While the path is closed for safety in winter, seeing this beautiful falls tumble into a field of snow is mesmerising.

The second major site you will stop at is Skógafoss waterfall. While no taller than Seljalandsfoss, it seems to be even greater due to its width and power. Even in winter when the flow is at its lowest (as both of these waterfalls are fed by glacial meltwater), it is still mightily impressive.

Finally, you will reach Sólheimajökull glacier tongue. This outlet comes from the fourth largest ice cap in the country, Mýrdalsjökull, which covers the explosive volcano Katla. In clear weather, you will be able to see a neighbouring subglacial volcano, Eyjafjallajökull, which erupted in 2010.

Your guide will get you and your group ready, into your crampons and helmets, review with you the safety of glacier hiking, then begin the ascent. Following them slowly and carefully, you will be able to marvel at the views of the South Coast, as well as the vividly coloured ice with its crevasses, caves and ridges.

You will learn all about the glaciers as you travel, and will have plenty of opportunities for photographs. If there are any particularly unusual features present on the ice cap, your guide will be sure to lead you there.

After an exciting exploration, your guide will take you down to the black sand beach of Sólheimasandur. There you will board the Plane Wreck Shuttle that will take you down to the DC-3 Plane Wreck. 

After a full day of adventures, you will head back to Reykjavík 

Do not miss this opportunity for sightseeing and glacier hiking. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 10 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Katla, Sólheimajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, South Coast, DC3 Plane Wreck
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:30.

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

  • Transport

  • Certified glacier guide

  • Glacier gear

  • Safety equipment

  • Lunch

What to bring:
  • Warm clothing

  • Hiking boots

  • Rain gear

Good to know:

Boots and rain gear is available for rent by Sólheimajökull for ISK 1000 per item.

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How do I get a T-shirt with the fox logo on it that our guide was wearing? That was a pretty sweet T
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Harry, our guide, was incredible! So informative, kind, helpful and fun. The trip was exactly as described in the itinerary. All views were beautiful and having the opportunity to hike a glacier was such a unique experience. Absolutely recommend!!
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We had a small group so just me and another girl, so our tour became more flexible and took our time to do more alternative routes. The guide told us a lot information about glacier and volcano knowledge.
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I think this is the best tour I joined in Iceland. We had a great walk and the guide was the best guide I have ever had. I learned and knew a lot through the tour and I definitely recommend it.
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What an INCREDIBLE experience!! Our day ran the other way round than advertised on this page, we did our hike first and then the waterfalls later on in the day. However, I actually think this was a great way to do it as we weren’t too tired by the afternoon to put our all into the hike. Our guide Max was absolutely fantastic! He made our hike/tour so much more enjoyable. Such a beautiful glacier, the views along the way were absolutely breath taking! I’ve already recommended this to my friends who are considering visiting Iceland and I will 100% be booking again for when I return. Thank you again to Max for a truly unforgettable day!
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Spectacular view & experience. Mother's nature sculpture. Made possible for someone with 0 outdoor experience like yours truly thanks to dedicated & experienced guide, Ingi, supported by Magret who literally held my hands during the glacier hike.
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The bus tour was nice, but the highlight was the glacier hike. Our guide Dieter was amazing.
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Our trip to the glacier before our hike while scenic, was marred by the fact that neither the air nor the audio worked on our bus. In addition, our bus driver also was our hike guide and had nothing to impart between pickup and hike start. That being said, she was a skillful and helpful and enthusiastic glacier hike guide. Once we got to this portion of the trip it was wonderful. To get to the glacier you first have to hike over a lot of as covered ice. This took a while and I as quite strenuous. I would say this hike was mislabeled and should be labeled at least moderate if not strenuous. Once we got onto the glacier it was easier going and it was all worthwhile. The next stop to see the plane wreck was unfortunately a complete waste of time and deprived us of time at the volcano crater, which I would have preferred to walk around. The waterfalls, including the one you can walk behind were breathtaking. If we had skipped the plane wreck we could have stayed there longer too. So the sites and glacier hiking were amazing but many logistics and overall characterization were not.
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