Sólheimajökull Ice Climbing & Glacier Hike

Sólheimajökull Ice Climbing & Glacier Hike

Meet us on location every day!

Departures:
✓  13:00

Difficulty:
✓  Moderate

Duration:
✓  4 hours

Included:
✓  
Certified Glacier Guide
✓  Small Group: 6 persons max
✓  Hiking boots and crampons
✓  Glacier equipment: ropes, helmet, harness, and ice axe

What you need to bring: 
✓  Warm clothes (first layer)
✓  Waterproof clothing (second layer)
✓  Gloves (necessary to protect your hands) and hat

Minimum age:
✓ 
12 years

Good to know:
✓  Pick up from Reykjavík is available for an extra fee of 7,000 ISK. Pick up starts at 8:30 and can take up to 30-40 minutes.

 

 

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Looking for some exercise in a breathtaking environment? Take an ice axe and chop it into the blue wall of a glacier crevasse. It will be great fun! All you need to do is meet us on location!*

This tour is for anyone looking to experience one of the natural wonders of the earth and anyone who likes a good workout in the fresh air of the icelandic mountains. Sólheimajökull is an outlet glacier of Mýrdalsjökull, the 4th biggest glacier in Iceland. It is featured in detail in the 2012 documentary “Chasing Ice,” an award-winning investigation of climate change. Underneath the glacier is the active volcano Katla, one of the largest in Iceland, which erupted last time in 1918.

First you will meet your guide in the Sólheimajökull parking lot and get all necessary equipment for the hike: crampons, ice axes, harnesses, helmets and climbing boots. Then you will hike for about 15 minutes to the ice itself to get the blood flowing and warm up for the climb. Arriving at the glacier your guide will explain you how to put on the crampons, a traction device out of steel which is attached to your climbing boots, and he will talk about safety and a few important rules for the tour.

You will stay 150 to 180 minutes on the ice itself and see lots of beautiful features. Since the glacier is impermanent and ever changing your guide often has to scout out a new crevasse or moulin for climbing each time. With this strategy we will be flexible and avoid the crowds on the glacier as well. Your guide will install massive ice screw and attach a rope to them before you are climbing up the ice walls or even rappelling into a crevasse and climb out again. This will be the adventure of your lifetime.

Your guide will introduce you in detail to the history of the glacier and tell you how the ice is formed on top of the mountains.

Have you never tried ice climbing before? Never used crampons or an ice axe? It’s ok! Our experienced and certified guides will teach you all you need to know and have you glacier hiking and ice climbing safely on the glacier. We provide all the necessary equipment and briefings before each tour!

Do you still have cold feet? Are you still unsure? Fear not! Learn more about the basics of glacier hiking in Iceland in our blog post! 

Where to find us on Sólheimajokull?

This is a video of our equipment van on the parking lot of the park!

Directions from Reykjavík (or any other place further west)

Drive east on road no. 1 until you reach road 221 – Sólheimajökulsvegur. Take a leftturn onto road 221 and drive until you reach the parking lot at Sólheimajökull. Distance from Reykjavík: 160km.

Directions from Vík (or any other place further east)

Drive west on road no. 1 until you reach road 221 – Sólheimajökulsvegur. Take a right turn onto road 221 and drive until you reach the parking lot at Sólheimajökull. Distance from Vík: 26km

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