✅ Glacier hiking
✅ Sólheimajökull glacier
✅ Experienced glacier guide
✅ All necessary safety gear included
Want to add Ice Climbing to your Glacier Hike? Check out Solheimajokull Glacier Hike & Climb
Need transfer from Reykjavik? Check out South Coast & Glacier Hiking Tour
Duration: Up to 3 hours
Minimum age: 8 years
Departures: Oct-May: 13:00 / June – Sept: 09:30, 11:00, 13:00, 15:00
What to bring: Warm clothing (first layer), waterproof clothing (second layer), gloves (necessary to protect your hands), a hat & hiking shoes
Included: Experienced glacier guide, safety gear (harness, ice axe, carabiners, crampons)
Meeting point: Sólheimajökull Glacier Parking Lot (read more below) View on Google Maps
This is a comprehensive glacier tour, where you’ll learn about these massive natural phenomena from your guide and be provided with all the necessary equipment to get some exercise in full comfort and safety.
First, you will meet your guide in the Sólheimajökull parking lot and get all the necessary equipment for the hike: crampons, ice axes, harnesses, and helmets. Then you will hike for about 15 minutes to the ice itself to get the blood flowing and warm up for the hike. Arriving at the glacier your guide will explain to you how to put on the crampons, a traction device out of steel which is attached to your hiking boots and he will talk about safety and a few important rules for the tour.
You will stay 60 to 90 minutes on the ice itself and see lots of crevasses, deep cracks in the surface of the glacier, and so-called moulins, often vertical shafts in the ice which are formed by melting water finding it’s way into fissures and cracks. At the beginning of the walk, you will be aware of lots of ash on the ice. Since we have volcanos under every glacier in Iceland it is common that eruptions leave big amounts of volcanic deposit right on the glacier. This ash is shaping the landscape of the glacier.
Your guide will introduce you in detail to the history of the glacier and tell you how the ice is formed on top of the mountains and how global warming is affecting the melting of this glacial outlet. It is featured in detail in the 2012 documentary Chasing Ice, an award-winning investigation of climate change.
Never been on a glacier walk before? Never used crampons or ice axe? No worries! Experienced guides will teach you all you need to know and have you walking safely on the glacier in no time. Safety equipment and briefings are provided before each tour. Nature is best experienced free of worries!
Directions from Reykjavík (or any other place further west)
Drive east on road no. 1 until you reach road 221 – Sólheimajökulsvegur. Take a leftturn onto road 221 and drive until you reach the parking lot at Sólheimajökull.
Distance from Reykjavík: 160km.
Directions from Vík (or any other place further east)
Drive west on road no. 1 until you reach road 221 – Sólheimajökulsvegur. Take a right turn onto road 221 and drive until you reach the parking lot at Sólheimajökull.
Distance from Vík: 26km