Solheimajokull Glacier Hike Adventure
Add a little twist to your holiday with an exhilarating hike on top of a glacier. This tour will take you across the vast ice cap of Sólheimajökull glacier, past deep crevasses, freezing water cauldrons, and blue ice sculptures. It is the perfect tour for those travelling the South Coast and want to experience the sheer power of the Icelandic nature.
At the parking lot of Sólheimajökull glacier, you will meet your local glacier guide who will start by introducing you to your environment. Sólheimajökull is an outlet glacier of the larger Mýrdalsjökull which is located directly on top of Mt. Katla, Iceland’s most powerful volcano. A short distance west is the infamous Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano which last erupted in 2010.
After a 30-40 minute walk to the glacier itself, you will be fitted with all safety gear necessary for a hike on the ice, like crampons and an ice axe. Don’t worry; no prior experience is needed, your expert guide will teach you all how to use this equipment.
Then there is nothing left except to ascend the glacier. Your guide will lead you first past ash covered peaks, the aftermath of past eruptions of nearby volcanoes. You will then reach the pearly white surface of the glacier, but underneath is electric blue ice.
You will be able to witness the colours of the glacier as you look down one of its bottomless crevasses, where bright blue ice turns pure white and then jet black.
On the top of the glacier, you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular panoramic view of mountains, valleys, and the vast ice cap. You will marvel at the size of the glacier and hear nothing but the rustling sound of the ice as your crampons rub against it.
Don’t miss out on this excellent introduction to Iceland. Grab your hiking boots and breath in the fresh mountain air on the top of a glacier. Check availability by choosing a date.
- Available: All year
- Duration: 3 hours
- Activities: Glacier Hiking
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Minimum age: 10 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.South Coast
The South Coast of Iceland is the country's most visited sightseeing route, along with the Golden Circle.
The famed South Coast shoreline stretches from the greater Reykjavík area and is dotted with natural wonders such as cascading waterfalls, volcanoes both active and dormant, black sand beaches and glacier lagoons.
Geography, Nature & Wildlife
Iceland is divided into eight geographical regions. Out of these, the Southern Region is the largest, as it spans over 24.000 square kilometres with its administrative centre in the municipality of Selfoss.
What is known as the South Coast embodies the shoreline of this particular region. The area consists of a lowland that is mostly composed of marshlands, bays and cultivated pastures that are met by a series of black beaches where the estuaries to the east and west of the district close off the coastal body.
Underneath the soil rests a vast lava field, known as Þjórsárhraun. Its edges reach several hundred metres offshore where the ocean waves crash upon them, thereby protecting the lowland from the invasion of the sea. This results in the South Coast being unusually lacking in the deep fjords that so distinctly characterise the rest of Iceland's shore line.
The region boasts vibrant bird life during all seasons. It is not only rich with both marshland birds and seabirds but also migrating birds such as the North Atlantic puffin. Some species stay throughout the harsh Icelandic winter, including the northern diver, the loom and various species of gulls and ducks.
Highlights of the South Coast
The South Coast offers an unprecedented array of natural wonders that draw thousands of visitors each day. When driving the route from Reykjavík City, the highlights in their correct order are:
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
- Vestmannaeyjar; The Westman Islands
- Eyjafjallajökull Glacier Volcano
- Skógafoss Waterfall
- Sólheimajökull Glacier
- Dyrhólaey Peninsula
- Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
- Reynisdrangar Sea Stacks
- Coastal Village Vík í Mýrdal
- Skeiðarársandur Glacial Sand Plain
- Vatnajökull National Park
- Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
These attractions count for but a fraction of what the South Coast has to offer. The vast sand plains of Sólheimasandur are home to a crashed DC-3 Plane Wreck, and close to Seljavellir by the Skógar Village there's Seljavallalaug, one of the oldest swimming pools in Iceland.
- Explore the many wonders of the area on these South Coast Tours
Departure time : 10:00, 12:00, 14:00
Parking area in front of Sólheimajökull glacier 15 minutes before departure
Professional glacier guide
Ice gear and safety equipment
What to bring:
Warm and waterproof clothes
Good hiking boots
Good to know:
Even in the summertime, the Icelandic weather can be very unpredictable. Please bring appropriate clothing.
Boots and rain gear can be rented.