Kayaking and Walking Through Iceland’s Majestic Glaciers
How about going on a glacier walk and simultaneously having a closer view of the huge floating icebergs in a Kayak? Yes, Iceland has much more to offer than you would ever imagine. A series of magnificent panoramic views with floating icebergs awaits you as you reach Sólheimajökull Glacier. Gear up for some adventure as you head towards one of the most beautiful glaciers of Iceland and nothing better than combining it with a glacier walk. So, let’s dive a bit more knowledge about the destination, the combo tour, and things that you need to carry when heading towards Sólheimajökull Glacier. Make sure you bookmark this!
Cut Down the Expense and Go for This Amazing Combo
Kayaking tour on Sólheimajökull glacier with an added glacier walk is a bliss. You won’t ever regret your decision and a walk-through nature can never be dull, boring, or tiring. It is indeed refreshing! You will be headed towards the glacier tongue to see some of the jaw-dropping views that are inaccessible to the tourists on the coastline. Paddle through the ‘always changing and dynamic’ icebergs, it is surely going to take more than an hour to admire the beauty of the lagoon while kayaking! The serene and calm water with the stark contrasts of blue and white ice will entice you to the core. Explore the crevasses and ice sculptures present there and get to know the specific geological terms and history too!
Jot Down the Things You Need to Carry Along
Fret not, if you haven’t been on a kayak before. Kayaking included in the tour is equally suitable for an amateur or the professionals too! Certified glacier guides will help you paddle your way through the water. Necessary safety equipment is taken along for all glacier gear. There are certain things you need to carry on priority since the weather cannot be predicted. On this tour you will be provided with a dry suit, but we recommend that you bring long sleeves shirt, socks, sunglasses, and head wear too.
Experienced and qualified glacier guide
Kayak & Paddle
Dry suit and all technical equipment
Glacier gear and safety equipment
Tea, coffee, water and access to restrooms at Sólheimajökull
Rain Gear – possible to rent when booking
Hiking boots for the glacier hike – possible to rent when booking
Dry socks after kayaking tour – we recommend that you bring our own.
What to bring
Good to know
It is not possible to buy food by the glacier so please bring lunch with you, as it is a long day.
This tour is operated in small groups of 2-8 people.
Total duration of the tour is 5,5 hours – you will be on the kayak and glacier hiking for around 3 hours.
This tour is suitable for both single travelers, groups and families.
We recommend that you arrive at the meeting point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time.
- Not interested in the glacier hike? You can join the Glacier Kayaking on Sólheimajökull tour.
Would you like to join a more advanced glacier kayaking tour? Check out the Glacier Kayaking Adventure.
- Would you like to go kayaking on Jökulsarlon Glacier lagoon? It is possible! Check out the tour.
- Would you like to skip the kayaking part of the tour and only go glacier hiking on Sólheimajökull? Check it out!
- Would you like to go ice climbing on Sólheimajökull. It’s awesome!
Interesting locations in the area
Most frequent questions and answers
We kindly ask you to be at the meeting point on time. We recommend arriving at least 20 min before the scheduled departure time. Late arrivals unfortunately will miss out on their reservation and it will result in the cancellation of your booking and a full forfeiture of your booking fee.
Driving time to Sólheimajökull glacier lagoon from Reykjavík is around 2 hours and 15 minutes in good road conditions.
Before we head to the glacier for the tour we need to get everyone fitted with the equipment, crampons and harnesses. The crampons need to be adjusted to each persons shoe size so it is important that people arrive 20 minutes before so everyone is ready at the departure time.
We always recommend to book as soon as you are ready especially if you have a strict travel schedule or a large group. This is a small group tour so it gets fully booked pretty quickly. It is easy to change or cancel 24 hours before departure by emailing us. Tours can also be purchased the day of as long as there are spaces available.
This tour is operated in small groups of 2-8 people. If you are traveling with a larger group, you can send us an email and we will see what we can do so that you can all travel together.
We encourage bringing hiking boots for glacier tours. They have to be hard on the sole and tight around the ankle. It is also possible to rent hiking boots when booking the tour.
Wear warm clothes. Pick clothing according to weather that day. We advise that you dress in layers. We will provide you with a drysuit for the kayaking tour.
Check out our Summer Packing List for more details.
Unfortunately it is not possible to go on a glacier lagoon kayaking tour during the winter time, this tour is only operated from May – September. It is however possible to go on a glacier hike on Sólheimajökull all year.
If the tour gets cancelled, for example due to weather, we will let you know as soon as possible and you can choose between rescheduling the tour or receiving a full refund.