Sólheimajökull Glacier Hike | 3-Hour Expedition

Live life to the fullest with this exhilarating glacier hiking tour up one of most magnificent features of the South of Iceland, the mighty Sólheimajökull glacier. This expedition is the perfect opportunity for those who want to combine stunning natural landscapes with adventures hiking on glacial ice mixed with volcanic ash and feel like you have landed on the moon.

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Duration

3 Hours

Group size

12 people per guide

Included

Glacier hiking equipment, certified glacier guide,
And more…

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 and helmets. Then you will hike for about 15 minutes to the ice itself to get the blood flowing and warm up for the hike. 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 hiking boots and he will talk about safety and a few important rules for the tour.

You will stay 60 to 90 minutes on the ice itself and see lots of crevasses, deep cracks in the surface of the glacier, and so called moulins, often vertical shafts in the ice which are formed by melting water finding it’s way into fissures and cracks. In the beginning of the walk you will be aware of lots of ash on the ice. Since we have volcanos under every glacier in Iceland it is common that eruptions leave big amounts of volcanic deposit right on the glacier. This ash is shaping the landscape of the glacier.

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.

Is this your first glacier expedition? You don’t know what a crampon is? No problem! Our experienced and certified guides will tell you all you need to know and have you hiking safely on the glacier. A safety briefing and all the necessary equipment are provided at the beginning of each tour.

Book this tour by selecting a date on the left.

Departures
✓  9:30
✓  11:00
✓  13:00
✓  15:00

Difficulty
✓  Moderate

Duration
✓  3 hours

Included
✓  Certified Glacier Guide
✓  Small Group (12 persons max)
✓  Glacier Equipment: helmet, harness, crampons, and ice axe

What you need to bring
• Hiking boots (available for rent online and on location)
• Warm clothes (first layer)
Waterproof clothing (second layer)
• Gloves and hat

Minimum age
✓  
8 years

Meeting point
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 The meeting point for this tour is at Sólheimajökull parking lot by our trailer marked Tröll Expeditions. You can look up on Google Maps “Tröll Expeditions Sólheimajökull” to find the exact location and directions or click here: https://goo.gl/maps/M9y4m9bRLAT2

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.

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