Glacier Hiking tour from Reykjavik | Six people Maximum | Easy Difficulty
Get your mountaineering boots on and gear up for one of Iceland’s most popular day trips along the South Coast of Iceland - hiking up the incredible Sólheimajökull outlet glacier. This tour is perfect for travellers looking to keep their groups small, as the guide to customer ratio is kept 6:1, ensuring a high level of personal safety and a truly memorable experience.
You will begin your adventure being picked up at 8:00 am from your hotel in Reykjavik, before taking a 2-hour journey to the glacier. The route to Sólheimajökull is a truly awe-inspiring one, and a great opportunity to see glaciers, ash mountains and volcanoes. Your driver will make one stop along the route for guests to use the bathroom and grab a spot of lunch. If you are driving yourself to the tour, you can meet your guides on location at the Sólheimajökull car park, just off Road 221.
Arrival at the glacier will happen at approximately 10:45 am. At the base, your guide will take you step by step through the process of getting into your gear and run through the tour itinerary and safety protocols. All of the necessary hiking equipment, including hiking boots, hiking gear and rainproof overalls, will be provided to you.
Together, you will begin your hike up the glacier, exploring crevasses, swell holes and fascinating ice formations. There are also miraculous views of the surrounding areas. You will spend approximately 3 hours on the glacier before making your way back to the parking lot. On your journey home, your driver will stop at the magnificent Skógafoss waterfall, only fifteen minutes drive from the Sólheimajökull car park. Following this scenic stop, you will be driven back to your hotel in Reykjavik, with an estimated arrival time between 5.00pm and 6:00 pm.
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- Available: All year
- Duration: 10 hours
- Activities: Glacier Hiking, Hiking, Sightseeing
- Difficulty: Easy
- Minimum age: 10 years.
- Languages: English, Icelandic
- Highlights: Skógafoss,
Skógafoss is one of the country’s biggest and most beautiful waterfalls with an astounding width of 25 meters (82 ft) and a drop of 60 meters (197 ft). Due to the amount of spray the cascade produces, a rainbow is present any time the sun emerges from behind the clouds.
Located on the Skógá river, this mighty cascade is clearly visible from Route 1 and is an excellent place to stop and stretch the legs while travelling Iceland’s South Coast. The river below Skógafoss holds a large char and salmon population and is thus a favourite spot for fishermen in the summer.
The land underneath the waterfall is very flat, allowing visitors to walk right up to the wall of water. Keep in mind, however, that this will get you drenched. Skógafoss can also be viewed from the top as a steep staircase leads to an observational platform above the cascade.
Skógafoss is located near the small village of Skógar, south of the Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano. There you’ll find the Skógasafn folk museum, an open-air museum with both old wooden houses and turf houses, as well as a regional museum with various artefacts from this area.
A part of the Skógasafn Regional Museum is the Museum of Transportation, which showcases the history and evolution of transportation, communication and technologies in Iceland. There, you can see how this nation evolved from the age of the working horse to the digital communications of the 21st century.
The Skógasafn museum also includes a café and a museum shop, and in the village of Skógar, you will find both a hotel and a restaurant.
At the eastern side of Skógafoss, you will find one of Iceland’s most famed hiking routes; the Fimmvörðuháls pass. The 22 km (14 mi) trail takes you along Skógá river, between two glaciers, Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull, before ending in the beautiful Þórsmörk valley.
A gold ring is on display at the Skógasafn museum. According to legend, the ring is from a chest that was owned by Þrasi Þórólfsson, one of the first Viking settlers in the area. Folklore states that before his death in 900 AD, Þrasi buried a chest filled with gold in a cave behind Skógafoss waterfall.
Many attempts were made to retrieve the chest after Þrasi’s death, and years later, locals managed to grasp a ring on the side of the chest. As they pulled, the ring broke off, and the treasure was lost forever. The ring was then given to the local church before it made its way to the museum.Seljalandsfoss,
Seljalandsfoss in the river Seljalandsa in South Iceland is one of the most sought waterfalls in the country.
Seljalandsfoss has a narrow cascade but is one of Iceland's highest waterfalls, at 63 meters. The waterfall is highly picturesque and has the rare distinction that one can actually walk behind it.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.
Pickup time : 08:00
Certified glacier guide
Technical glacier equipment
Snacks & lunch (can be bought on the tour)
What to bring:
Personal outdoor clothing
Good to know:
Our groups never exceed a group size of 6 participants on the Glacier hike! Lowest guest to guide ratio in Iceland!
Bring a warm sweater with you on the tour to maximize your experience. Enjoy the real Iceland with us!