Sólheimajökull Glacier Hike | 3-Hour ExpeditionLive 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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12 people per guide
Glacier hiking equipment, certified glacier guide,
Welcome to the moon! Join this tour to see and experience natural wonders that are almost like out of the earth. Sólheimajökull is an outlet of Mýrdalsjökull, the 4th biggest glacier in Iceland. It is known for being the glacier of fire and ice because of all the ashes covering and mixing up with glacial ice, like dragon ice from Game of Thrones. Underneath lies the active volcano Katla, 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 and how global warming is affecting the melting of this glacial outlet. It is featured in detail in the 2012 documentary Chasing Ice, an award-winning investigation of climate change.
Never been on a glacier walk 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 glacier hiking by clicking here.
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✓ Easy to Moderate
✓ 3 hours
✓ All year
✓ 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
• 8 years
Good to know
• This tour is suitable for both single travelers and families.
• No experience needed.
• Meeting point is by our trailer marked Troll Expeditions on Sólheimajokull parking lot.
• If you are driving in the area, we recommend you visit Dýrholaey.
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.