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Glacier Tours

Glacier Tours

Glacier tours take you hiking, sightseeing and exploring Iceland's staggering ice caps, providing an adventure of discovery unlike no other. Stand atop Iceland’s most stunning natural features, such as Vatnajokull glacier, Europe's largest glacier, and South Iceland's Sólheimajökull glacier.

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Frequently asked questions

How do we get to the glacier during COVID-19?

Many of our tours offer ways to get to the glacier. All of them are operating under the Icelandic health authorities’ guidelines and work hard to ensure everyone’s safety during COVID-19. There are private tours, group tours, and even helicopter tours available. 

We want to travel by ourselves to avoid the crowds. Will we be able to find the glaciers without a tour guide during COVID-19?

Self-driving tours are always a great way to experience your trip at your own pace, in your car. There are a few itineraries available that do include visits to the glaciers. If you purchase a self-driving tour, you will receive a planned itinerary with accommodations and a vehicle booked for you. 

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.

Can I see glaciers 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.

What is the difference between glacier tours onto Svinafellsjokull glacier and onto Solheimajokull glacier?

Sólheimajökull is closer to Reykjavík and a glacier hike can be done there on a day tour. Svínafellsjökull is an outlet of Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier, and because it is much farther away, a glacier hike there cannot be done on a day tour from the capital. Glacier hiking excursions on Svínafellsjökull normally depart from Skaftafell nature reserve.