Solheimajokull Ice Climbing & Glacier Hike

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Duration

4 hours

Difficulty

Moderate

Group Size

Small

Available

All year

Minimum age

12 years

Pick up / Self Drive

Self Drive

Languages

English

Operator
Tour starts

Sólheimajokull

Duration

4 hours

Difficulty

Moderate

Group Size

Small

Available

All year

Minimum age

12 years

Pick up / Self Drive

Self Drive

Languages

English

Days

Day Tour

Departures

Sólheimajokull

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Highlights

  • Ice Climbing
  • Myrdalsjokull
  • Eyjafjallajokull (views)

About Tour

Are you ready to experience the extraordinary beauty of Iceland like never before? Join us on an exhilarating journey to Solheimajokull Glacier, an otherworldly natural wonder that will leave you in awe. As an outlet of the fourth largest glacier, Myrdalsjokull, Solheimajokull offers an opportunity to step onto a terrain that feels like a lunar landscape. Whether you’re an experienced adventurer or a novice, this 4-hour ice climbing and glacier hiking tour promises an unforgettable experience.

Solheimajokull Glacier

Delve into the heart of a glacier that was born over 500 years ago. Solheimajokull Glacier, a quintessential Icelandic landscape, beckons you to discover its secrets. Led by certified and seasoned guides, this tour ensures your safety while teaching you the essential techniques of glacier climbing. Throughout the journey, our guides share intriguing facts, enhancing your understanding of this remarkable phenomenon.

Solheimajokull is a glacial tongue extending from the vast Myrdalsjokull Glacier. It stands adjacent to Eyjafjallajokull, a volcanic glacier, framed by stark mountains and sprawling black sand plains. During the summer, a glacier lagoon forms at its base, adding an enchanting touch to the surrounding scenery. This sought-after day-tour encapsulates the essence of why Iceland is known as the land of ice and fire.

Itinerary

Our 4-hour adventure kicks off at the Sólheimajökull parking lot, where you’ll meet your knowledgeable guide and prepare for the expedition. Equipped with ice axes and crampons, essential for safe glacier traversal, you’ll be provided with all the necessary gear on-site. Dress warmly and comfortably, and don’t forget your gloves to shield your hands during the climb. A 30-minute hike from the lot takes you to the glacier’s base, a perfect opportunity to absorb the grandeur of this icy giant. The moment arrives when your crampons ensure secure footing on the glistening ice.

For 2 to 3 immersive hours, you’ll explore the glacier’s ever-changing features. Your expert guide’s flexible approach ensures you experience the best of Solheimajokull’s crevasses without crowding. The ascent begins as your guide installs an ice screw and attaches a safety rope. Alongside conquering ice walls, you’ll learn the history of the glacier’s formation, the intricacies of ice structure, and innovative techniques to navigate vertical ice shafts leading to the glacier’s heart, the Moulin. With hiking boots tied and tools in hand, adrenaline courses through you as you traverse this magnificent icy expanse.

The Solheimajokull Ice Climbing and Glacier Hiking Tour offers a rare opportunity to embrace the majesty of Iceland’s glacial landscapes. As you stand amid the awe-inspiring beauty of Solheimajokull, the connection with nature’s wonders becomes undeniable. Join us in exploring this frozen realm, where history, adventure, and the pure thrill of discovery converge for a truly unforgettable experience.

Don’t miss your chance to embark on this extraordinary journey into the heart of Solheimajokull. Book your spot today and let the magic of Iceland’s glaciers captivate your senses.

Ice Climbing Iceland, ice climbing on a glacier in Iceland

Included

  • Certified glacier guide
  • All safety equipment:
    • harness
    • crampons
    • helmet
    • ice axe
  • Ice Climbing Boots
  • Glacier Hike & Ice Climbing

What to bring

  • Warm clothing (first layer)
  • Waterproof clothing (second layer)
  • Gloves – to protect our hands from the ice during the ice climb
  • Good shoes

Good to know

  • Operated in small groups, ensuring personalized attention.
  • No prior experience in glacier hiking or ice climbing required, making it perfect for beginners and experienced hikers alike.
  • Suitable for single travelers, groups, and families seeking an unforgettable adventure.
  • The tour’s duration is 4 hours, with approximately 150-180 minutes spent on the glacier itself.
  • Interested in excluding the ice climbing portion? Discover our Sólheimajökull glacier hike option.
  • Looking to explore Sólheimajökull glacier with a Reykjavik pick up? Explore our Glacier Hike & South Coast tour.

Meeting Point

Meeting point: Sólheimajökull glacier parking lot.

FAQ

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.

Driving time to Sólheimajökull from Reykjavík is around o Sólheimajökull from Reykjavík is around 2,5 hours in good road conditions. If you arrive early, you can use the restrooms.

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.

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