Ice Climbing & Glacier Hike on Sólheimajökull glacierTie your hiking boots' shoelaces and put on your adventure hat because Sólheimajökull glacier will blow your mind. You'll feel like you have landed on the moon walking on ice and volcanic ash. We'll provide you with ice axes and basic ice climbing techniques for you to chop them as you rise from the blue wall of a glacier crevasse.
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6 people per guide
Glacier hiking equipment, certified glacier guide,
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 to 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 a massive ice screw and attach a rope to it before you climb up the ice walls or even rappelling into a crevasse and climb out again. 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 and make sure you never forget the adventure of your lifetime.
Never been on a glacier before? Never used crampons or ice axe? No worries!
Our certified guides will teach you all you need to know and have you walking safely on the glacier. Safety equipment and briefings are provided before each tour. And if you still have some questions, you can read our article about the basics of ice climbing by clicking here.
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Departure time from Sólheimajökull
✓ 4 hours
✓ 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
✓ 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.
The meeting point is at our trailer marked Tröll Expeditions in the parking lot of Sólheimajökull where our glacier guides will meet you. Look up “Troll Expeditions Sólheimajökull” to find the exact location or click HERE.
If you are driving with a GPS, below are the coordinates.
Tröll Expeditions Solheimajokull Sólheimajökulsvegur, Vík, Iceland
Latitude: 63.53203 | Longitude: -19.371467
Click on the map for the exact location and directions. Driving time from Reykjavík is around 3 hours.