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Glacier Hike from Sólheimajökull

  • 3 hours
  • Meet on Location: Solheimajokull
  • All year
  • Minimum age: 8 years
  • Level: Easy
  • Ratio: 1 guide to 15 clients

About the tour!

Glacier Experience is a small group experience that offers an easy glacier hike on the Sólheimajökull glacier with an experienced glacier guide. This amazing tour is available all year round. The tour package offers optional pick-up from Reykjavík. Otherwise, we’ll meet directly at the Sólheimajökull glacier. Add even more adventure to your stay in Iceland, and explore this incredible crawling glacier with us.

Sólheimajökull glacier is an outlet from the mighty Mýrdalsjökull and is surrounded by some of Iceland’s most grand volcanoes. A glacier lagoon forms in front of the glacier during summertime, only adding to the location’s charm. 

This popular day tour is the perfect way to know the actual reason behind the name Ice-land!


Located in the heart of Solheimajokull of the South Coast of Iceland, between Skógafoss and the town of Vík,

Price Includes

  • Guided Glacier Hike
  • English Speaking guide
  • Specialized Glacier Gear
  • All Necessary Safety Equipment

Not included

  • Meals

What to bring

  • Good hiking boots are a must
  • Warm outdoor clothing
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Headwear
  • Gloves


The Glacier Experience tour starts with an introduction to the necessary glacier equipment provided in the tour and the basic safety rules needed to explore the beautiful Sólheimajökull glacier. An expert guide will be there for you to ensure your safety and answer any questions throughout the whole tour. Then, you will take off on a short but scenic walk across the pitch-black volcanic ash and sands between the Sólheimajökull glacier and the parking lot.

The ash and sand are from the volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull stratovolcano that took place in the year 2010 and is a reminder of the closeness of volcanoes and glaciers in Iceland. That’s truly a fantastic and unique start!

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The Sólheimajökull glacier tongue originates at Mýrdalsjökull, which is famously also the home to the volcano Katla. There is no doubt that the glacier and the surrounding area are exquisite. Your knowledgeable glacier guide will point out to you how the glacier is retreating and give you a fascinating history and geology lesson to get you to understand the true magic of the glacier.

Right at the foothills of the glacier, you will lace up your crampons and follow your guide to explore this otherworldly natural wonder, a rugged, raw, and ever-changing hub of ancient frozen water. This glacier hike is an adventure like no other, and with the rapid rate of global climate change, this popular activity is only available in very few parts of the world.

You will see how the primal elements shape and affect the glacier, creating mesmerizing labyrinths of ice ridges and deep V-shaped crevasses that crisscross and scar the surface of the ice. Not to mention the enormous sinkholes, called “moulins,” that sometimes have drilled their way through the glacier, draining the meltwater of the ice through little waterfalls and streams.

The glacier also carries ashes of volcanic eruptions from the distant and not-so-distant past. You might even be lucky enough to collect a little of the Eyjafjalljökull volcanic ash from the world-famous 2010 eruption!

The hiking part of the tour is about 2 hours, with 1-1.5 hours spent on the glistening glacier.

Meeting Point

If you select the Meet on Location option, please meet your tour guide at Sólheimajökull Parking Lot.

Please give yourself plenty of time to drive from Reykjavík – there is no way you want to miss this stunning adventure on Sólheimajökull Glacier. In good conditions, the journey takes just over two hours without stops. It is always worth allowing the extra time so you can relax. With poor weather or road conditions, the journey will take longer. The distance from Reykjavík is approximately 158 km (98 mi).

GPS coordinates: 63°31’00.48″N, 19°22’00.12W(WGS84).