Solheimajokull Ice Climbing & Glacier Hike | Small Group Tour

Grab your hiking boots and get ready, because you’re going to hike and climb Sólheimajökull glacier in southern Iceland.
Available: All year
Difficulty: Modrate
Duration: 4 hours
Minimum Age: 12
Pick Up: Pick-up from Reykjavik possible
Price: ISK 13.410
Reviews: 4 reviews

Tour Highlights

✅ Adventurous Glacier Ice Climbing and Hiking
✅ Sólheimajökull Glacier
✅ Experienced Glacier guide
✅ All necessary safety gear included

Tour Details

Duration: 4 hours
Minimum age: 12 years
Departures: Oct-May: 13:00 / June–Sept: 12:00
What to bring: Warm clothing (waterproof recommended)
Included: Experienced glacier guide, safety gear (Harness, Ice Axe, Carabiners, Crampons)
Glacier boots)
Meeting point: Sólheimajökull Glacier Parking Lot (read more below) View on Google Maps

Tour Description

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. You will also learn the basics of ice climbing and climb the vertical crevasse walls of Sólheimajökull glacier.

This tour is for anyone looking to experience one of the natural wonders of the earth. You’ll meet your guide in the Sólheimajökull parking lot and then make your way to the ice itself, a brisk 30-minute walk to get the blood flowing. (The glacier was once closer to the lot, but warming weather and the glacier’s own movement has caused it to recede into the distance.)

Sólheimajökull is an outlet glacier of Mýrdalsjökull, one of the biggest glaciers in Europe. It is featured in detail in the 2012 documentary “Chasing Ice,” an award-winning investigation of climate change.

Once you reach the ice, you’ll be given plenty of time to marvel at the eerie silence and feeling of isolation, as if you and your fellow hikers are alone in a vast, empty world of ice and snow. You’ll view millennia-old blue ice, created when oxygen bubbles are trapped in the snow and compressed into ice by the enormous weight of the glacier pressing down upon it. You’ll be able to gaze deep into a glacier moulin, a vertical shaft like a well, which can go all the way to the bottom of the glacier.

The guide will set up a climbing rope and you will learn how to ascend a vertical wall using ice axes and crampons.

What’s down there? The ice cap sits on top of the mighty Katla volcano, one of the largest and most active volcanoes in Iceland. On a clear day, you may also be able to see Eyjafjallajökull, another glacier to the east which famously brought European air traffic to a halt in 2010 when its eruption filled the sky with fire and ash.

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

4 reviews

  1. Loved every second!

    Best tour I’ve ever done! Gísli is the best guide anyone could ask for. He is amazing and taught us everything from scratch. We recommend this tour 100% to anyone, even if it is their first time 😀

  2. Beat the glacier!

    I did not expected a lot from that tour, but it was a totally wonderful experience. Would recommend it to everyone who wants to try something new. And don’t skip the ice climbing, there are not so many places you can try it 😉

  3. Loved every second!

    The ice climbing with Vincenzo was amazing. He was professional, responsible and friendly. We had a lot of fun and WE LOVEEEEED being at glacier very much. We recommend this company and especially the guide Vincenzo Oh, also he is a super talented photographer and took photos of us and emailed to me at the end of the trip 😀 what a service 🙂

  4. Unforgettable day - for the best reasons!!

    This excursion made our whole trip! We would highly recommend it. The 2 guides (father and son) were incredibly friendly and informative. They clearly love what they do and manage brilliantly to pass on their enthusiasm to the people they are guiding. The ice climb itself is exhilarating and the views on the following glacier hike are amazing. Booking was easy and the iceland advice team are very helpful. Thanks again guys for an Unforgettable experience. Can’t praise you enough.

    Kayleigh and Mike, Yorkshire, UK

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