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About Glacier Tours in Iceland

A Glacier Hiking Tour takes you onto one of the many ice-caps found throughout Iceland. Almost all of the country’s glaciers can be explored in this way, at least during the summer. The most common tours, however, will take you to the glaciers Solheimajokull and Svinafellsjokull the year-round—both are located on the South Coast.

1. Can I see glaciers all year round in Iceland?

Yes, the term glacier is used to describe a mountain where the ice and snow never melts—if the ice melted away during a specific season, it wouldn’t be considered a glacier.

2. What is the difference between Glacier Hiking Tours onto Skaftafellsjokull glacier and onto Solheimajokull glacier?

Solheimajokull is closer to Reykjavik and a glacier hike can be done there on a day tour. Skaftafellsjokull is an outlet of Vatnajokull, Europe's largest glacier, and is much further away from Reykjavik, so a glacier hike there cannot be done on a day tour from Reykjavik.

3. Can the elderly join Glacier Hiking Tours?

Yes they can, but keep in mind that a glacier hike is physically demanding, so it depends on the physical condition of each individual. The easiest glacier hike takes around two hours, with only minor elevation.

4. If my child is almost reaching the minimum age limit, can he/she join the tour?

No, operators must adhere to Icelandic law.

5. What kind of shoes should I wear for Glacier Hiking Tours?

You should wear sturdy, waterproof hiking boots that cover your ankles. No high heels, open shoes or sneakers.

6. Can I hike a glacier by myself or do I need to go on a tour?

You can not hike up a glacier by yourself, proper equipment is needed as well as a guide that knows the routes that are safe to walk.

7. What is there to see on top of a glacier?

A glacier provides for an ever-changing scenery of ice formations, cracks and crevasses. The white snow is often streaked with black volcanic ash and, depending on the glacier. You will also get a sweeping view of the landscapes below.

8. If it rains, will the hike be cancelled?

If the tour is cancelled due to unfavorable weather conditions, your operator will contact you and you will receive a full refund or a rescheduled tour.

9. Is Glacier Hiking in Iceland a safe activity?

If you are planning on trying to conquer the glacier yourself, then absolutely not. Glaciers are thick but fragile ice caps with many hidden crevasses. Always go glacier hiking with a qualified guide.

10. Which tour should I join if I want to visit the filming location of Game of Thrones, where they filmed the scenes beyond the wall?

Scenes beyond the wall in Game of Thrones have been filmed all over Iceland, including on Svinafellsjokull glacier, on Snaefellsjokull glacier, by Mt. Kirkjufell on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, in Grjotagja canyon by Lake Myvatn, and on Hofdabrekkuheidi by the town of Vik. Plenty of shots are also from south of the wall, such as at Thingvellir which is on the Golden Circle sightseeing route.

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