The tour starts with an introduction to the equipment and safety rules needed to explore the glacier, followed by a short walk across the pitch black volcanic ash and sands towards Sólheimajökull, the frozen glacier tongue we will be hiking on. Walking along the valley, that the glacier filled only a few years ago, your knowledgeable glacier guide will point out to you how the glacier is retreating at an alarming rate, almost right before you eyes. At the glacier edge, we lace up our crampons and following the guide you will explore this otherworldly natural wonder; a rugged, raw and ever changing hub of ancient frozen water.
The glacier hike is an adventure like no other, and with the rapid rate of global climate change this popular activity is only available in very few parts of the world. You will see how the primal elements shape and affect the glacier, creating mesmerizing labyrinths of ice ridges and deep v-shaped crevasses that crisscross and scar the surface of the ice. Not to mention the big sinkholes, called “moulins”, that sometimes have drilled their way through the glacier, draining the meltwater of the ice through little waterfalls and streams. The glacier also carries with it ashes of volcanic eruptions from the distant and not so distant past, you might even be lucky enough to be able to collect a little sample of the Eyjafjalljökull volcanic ash from 2010.
Add some adventure to you Iceland tour and explore an amazing crawling glacier, before it becomes inaccessible.
Please note that pick up from Reykjavík in not available for this tour. If you are looking for a glacier hiking tour with departure from Reykjavík please have a look at Blue Ice or Glaciers and Waterfalls.
Note Sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants can be rented and paid for online. We do not rent gear from location.
Tour highlights Glacier hike Small Group Guarantee Sólheimajökull (Solheimajokull glacier)
Rated:Easy – Family Tour. Duration: Approximately 2.5 – 3 hours, 1.5 hours on the ice. Meeting time: 15 minutes before tour start. Included: Guided glacier hiking tour on Sólheimajökull glacier with a certified glacier guide and all specialized glacier gear; including glacier crampons, ice axe and other glacier safety equipment. Remember to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Please note: Departure from Sólheimajökull Parking Lot. Distance from Reykjavik approx. 164 km / 101 mi. GPS 63°31’00.48″N, 19°22’00.12W(WGS84). Pick up in Reykjavík is not available. Half day tour: Operated from Sólheimajökull Glacier parking lot. Minimum age: 10 years.
Guided glacier hiking tour on Sólheimajökull glacier with an certified glacier guide and all specialized glacier gear; including glacier crampons, ice axe and other glacier safety equipment.Please Note: Minimum shoe size to join this tour is 35 EURO.
What do I need to bring?
Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Note: Sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants can be rented and paid for online. We do not rent gear from location.