Challenge yourself on this trip to Iceland and explore some of the natural wonders in the Nordic country that are indeed out of the world, Solheimajokull Glacier. On the outlet of the fourth largest glacier, Mydralsjokull, this glacier in particular is a walk on the moon. Let the adventurer in you feel the chill of ice while hiking at this glacier. This is a 4-hour long hike and ice-climbing tour which is perfect for both experienced and amateur glacier adventurers.
Glacier hiking is a suitable way to get up close to the gigantic glacier that was formed approximately 500 years ago. Solheimajokull glacier is indeed the essence of the Icelandic landscape. This tour is guided by certified and experienced guides who stay by you throughout the time and ensure your safety, teach you the right techniques to climb the glacier and guide you throughout the time, feeding you with interesting facts.
Know the Glacier
Solheimajokull is a glacial tongue coming from the larger glacier – Mydralsjokull. It is situated next to Eyjafjallajokull, a volcanic glacier, surrounded by black sand expanses and jagged mountains. During summer, a glacier lagoon forms in front of the glacier, adding to the charm of the region. It is one of the most sought after day-tour and is perfect for understanding why the country is called ICELAND.
How the Tour Begins
This 4-hour hiking tour commences at the Sólheimajökull parking lot, where you meet the tour guide and prepare for the tour. You get all the gears including ice axes and crampons on the site itself. Ensure you are dressed warm and comfortable for this chilling adventure. Do not forget to carry your gloves to protect your hands from scratches while climbing. From the parking lot, it is a 30-minute hike to the root of the glacier where you can break before the big adventure. Breathe-in the view of the gigantic beauty of ice. This is when the crampons will begin the work of providing you safe footing on the slippery ice.
You will stay on the ice for 2 to 3 hours and observe several unique features. It is important to know that the ice is impermanent and ever-changing, so there will be instances when your guide would often have to scout out a new crevasse for climbing. This strategy helps in avoiding crowding and is flexible. The guide will install an ice screw and attach a rope to it before you begin climbing the ice walls. He or she will also provide you with details that take you into the history of the glacier and explain to you how the ice is formed on the top of the mountains. You also learn new techniques of climbing the vertical ice shafts that lead you to the heart of the glacier, known as the Moulin. It is about time that you gear up, tie up your hiking boots, pack the hiking tools, and let the adrenaline rush pour in as you hike through this gigantic glacier.
What to bring
Warm clothing (first layer)
Waterproof clothing (second layer)
Gloves – to potect our hands from the ice during the ice climb
Good to know
- This tour is operated in small groups – maximum 6 persons
This tour doesn’t require prior experience in glacier hiking or ice climbing. It is perfect for beginners as well as those who have been glacier hiking before.
This tour is suitable for both single travelers, groups and families.
The duration of the tour is 4 hours but you will spend 150-180 minutes on the ice itself.
The meeting point is at the parking lot at Sólheimajökull glacier.
Would you like to skip the ice climbing part of the tour? Check out Sólheimajökull glaceer hike.
Would you like to explore Sólheimajökull glacier with a pick up in Reykjavik? Check out Glacier Hike & South Coast.
Most frequent questions and answers
The meeting point is in the parking lot of Sólheimajökull where our glacier guides will meet you. You can look up “Sólheimajökull glacier parking lot” on Google Maps to find the exact location and driving directions click here.
We will see you at our meeting point, 30 minutes before departure time at our meeting point. Please note that if you arrive after departure time, your place on the tour can’t be guaranteed or refunded.
We encourage bringing hiking boots for glacier tours. They have to hard on the sole and tight around the ankle. If you don’t have them, we have them for rent in all sizes in Skaftafell or Sólheimajökull. You can add them to your reservation at the time of booking or rent them on location pay with cash or card. The price is ISK 1,500 per pair. For ice climbing tours, boots are included in the price.
Weather in Iceland is very unpredictable. For tours during winter: warm clothing as first layer, waterproof jacket with a hoodie, hiking boots with ankle protection and hard sole, a hat and gloves are ideal. For tours during summer, bringing a light rain jacket or a soft shell with a hoodie is in most cases enough protection. Icelanders often say, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes”. Jeans are not recommended for the tour as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet.
It rains a lot in Iceland, but we do not let rain stop us from going out and enjoy nature. All we need to do is choose our clothing wisely, which is why we recommend wearing waterproof clothing as the second layer. Of course, safety is our #1 priority. In case of extreme weather conditions, we will cancel our tours and do our best to reschedule. In these cases, you’ll receive a full refund.
This is a personal choice. We have had pregnant women on our glacier hikes and we always recommend you read the description of the activity to get a better idea. In any case, feel free to contact our Service Team for further questions and concerns.
We offer glacier hiking tours in Skaftafell and one in Sólheimajökull. Both locations are easy or moderate in difficulty. Our tours are considered to be safe for anyone in good physical condition. If you are fit to walk for about an hour on an uneven surface a glacier hike is for you. Longer tours will be more challenging in endurance and some areas of the glacier. We also recommend you remember that we offer all the safety equipment necessary and you will be hiking with a professional and certified glacier guide. If you have specific questions regarding one of our glacier tours, feel free to email us.