Solheimajokull Glacier Hike
Live to the extreme with this exhilarating hiking tour up one of Southern Iceland's most majestic features, the mighty Sólheimajökull glacier. This tour is the perfect holiday opportunity for those travellers seeking to mesh incredible natural landscapes with the thrill of adventure.
At the car park of Sólheimajökull glacier, you will be introduced to your highly trained guide for the day who will proceed to lead you on a brisk half-hour walk to the glacier. The glacier was once closer, but due to a warming climate and the glacier's own motion, it's length has receded over recent years. Still, it's a great chance to get warmed up before the hike!
Should you prefer to be picked up in Reykjavík, you can book a sightseeing day tour that includes a glacier hike here: South Coast & Glacier Hike on Solheimajokull | Medium difficulty
When you reach the ice cap, your guide will brief you on safety procedures on the glacier, as well as teach you a thing or to about its formation, the surrounding area and its 'parent glacier', Mýrdalsjökull (one of the biggest ice-caps in Europe.)
Your guide will also provide you will of the necessary equipment that you will need on the glacier, including crampons and ice axe. As you begin your hike, a new world of intricate ice sculptures and intriguing natural phenomenon will reveal itself to you. You will see millennia-old ice, coloured a deep blue due to the trapped oxygen bubbles inside. You'll also gaze into the dramatic icy canyon of a glacier moulin, just one of many that carve the glacier from top to bottom.
From the heights of the glacier, you will have fantastic views of yours surroundings. On a clear day, it is even possible to see Eyjafjallajökull, the notorious glacier which brought European air traffic to a halt after its fiery 2010 eruption.
Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to explore the untouched and ancient wilderness of Sólheimajökull glacier! Check availability by choosing a date.
- Available: All year
- Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes
- Activities: Glacier Hiking
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Minimum age: 8 years.
- Languages: English
- Highlights: Sólheimajökull
Solheimajokull is a beautiful outlet glacier of the Myrdalsjokull icecap.
Solheimajokull is a rugged glacial tounge riddled with crevasses and spectacular ever-changing ice formations, jagged ridges and sinkholes and is popular for hiking and ice climbing.
The glacier river Jokulsa a Solheimasandur has its source at the glacier, flowing over the sand plain of Solheimasandur towards the sea.
Departure time : 09:00, 13:00
Sólheimajökull Parking Lot
Experienced glacier guide
Safety gear (Belt, Ice Axe, Crampons)
What to bring:
Warm clothing (waterproof recommended)
Hiking boots which reach over the ankle
Good to know:
Your tour provider can always assist if you have special needs, just send an e-mail to let them know what you need and they will do their best to assist you in every way.