Sólheimajökull Glacier Hike

 

Sólheimajökull Glacier Hike

Meet us on location every day!

Departures:
✓  9:30
✓  13:00

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 (also available for rent)
✓  Warm clothes (first layer)
✓  Waterproof clothing (second layer)
✓  Gloves and hat

Minimum age:
✓  
8 years old

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Grab your hiking boots and get ready for adventure, because you’re going to hike on a glacier! All you need to do is meet us on location and we will walk you through the rest.

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 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 are leaving 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 time on a glacier expedition? Do you know not what a crampon or ice axe is? It is all good! Our experienced and certified guides will tell you all you need to know and have you hiking safely on the glacier. Safety gear and briefing are provided 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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