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Glacier Hike and Waterfalls - From Reykjavik - EI56

Solheimajokull glacier with Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls

Travel with us from Reykjavik to Solheimajokull glacier, the fourth largest glacier in Iceland, located at the popular south coast. Along with exploring the two waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, you‘ll participate in an easy glacier hike. We provide all necessary glacier gear.


Duration: ~10 hours

Pick-up: 08:00 - 08:30 and 09:00 - 09:30*

Available: All year

Age limit: 8 years

Difficulty: Easy

Tour Highlights:
  • Safely guided glacier hike
  • Solheimajokull Glacier
  • Certified Glacier Guide
  • Skógafoss Waterfall
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Glacier Experience

*Pickup information: From Feb 1 - Nov 1 pickup begins at 08:00 am
From Nov 1 -  Feb 1 pickup begins at 09:00 am

Included: Transfer to the glacier (including two stops), English speaking guide, a glacier hike, helmet, harness, crampons, ice axe, other safety equipment.

Bring with you: Warm waterproof clothing, sturdy hiking boots. Meals / packed lunch (we also make a stop where you can buy food).

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Aerial footage from the Glacier hike

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Tour Description

We head out of Reykjavik after pickup. We kick off the tour by driving to Solheimajokull glacier, where we will go glacier hiking. All necessary equipment is provided for the glacier hike but you will need to bring with you packed lunch (we‘ll also make a stop on the way where you can buy food).

wall of ice on solheimajokull glacier walk

If we're lucky... we'll find a high wall of ice

Glacier hike at Solheimajokull

Solheimajokull, an outlet glacier of Myrdalsjokull is in a spitting distance and that‘s where we‘ll head. Being the fourth biggest glacier in Iceland it has a lot to display, different types of formations on the ice, and a beautiful surrounding landscape. Global warming has had its affects on the glacier and you can easily spot significant traces of Solheimajokull glacier diminishing.

Before getting on the ice, you will get a safety lesson and assistance putting on the glacier gear (crampons, harness, helmets etc.).The hike is fairly easy and therefore accessible for most people.

On our way back to Reykjavik we'll make two stops, at Seljalandsfoss waterfall and Skogafoss waterfall. (One Icelandic word probably convenient to learn; "foss" which means waterfall). Two magnificent waterfalls that you don't want to miss when driving the south coast!

seljalandsfoss waterfall

The beautiful Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Seljalandsfoss waterfall

After about one and a half hour drive from Reykjavik we arrive at Seljalandsfoss, the waterfall with its origin in the famous trouble maker Eyjafjallajokull volcano glacier. The waterfall is about 65 m high and can be inspected from many different angles. You can actually walk behind it (during summer time), freshen up your face from the glacier drizzle while enjoying it from another perspective.

Skogafoss waterfall

30 km further up the south coast we have Skogafoss, another majestic phenomenon which won‘t be a dissapointment. It is one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland and on a sunny day you can be sure of catching a rainbow. It is possible to hike up to the top and view it from above.

If you want to explore more of the South Coast, including black sand beaches and the town Vik, check this out:
Sensational Iceland - South Coast and glacier hike
South Coast in a minibus (no glacier hike)

Read customer reviews

Glacier hike from Reykjavik - Rated 4.8/5 based on 17 customer reviews


Fantastic Experience, Good Deal, Wonderful Guide

5 by JR 2018-01-29
I can't believe how much we did in one day! We really made the most of short winter daylight hours; they timed it perfectly, without ever rushing us. Casual and comfortable atmosphere, lots of fun and humor, without any condescension one can sometimes get from guides who are way more capable and knowledgeable than tourists. Pauli (spelling?) was funny and generous with his wealth of knowledge, which I wouldn't have known I was missing if I had gone by car or with another group - it added a lot to the tour and experience, from information about agriculture to glacier fluid (solid?) dynamics to historical and cultural anecdotes about stunt pilots, chess enthusiasts, tourism, horses, tv stars, ice climbers, lamp thieves, flash floods...etc. He really made it a fun, educational, rich day that greatly deepened my appreciation of Iceland beyond the "sights" we were in theory there to see. It was a small, fifteen person bus, and we were given a lot of freedom to roam at each stop. I appreciated the ability to approach each site in own way, spend time where and how I wanted, and connect as suited my mood, the day, the weather; it made it a good mix of informative tour and individual exploration. Well, except for the group glacier hike, where we definitely had to stick together, as almost all newbies to hiking on ice. And how truly awesome it was! Rather scary, but I respected that we were expected to be competent and neither babied nor left behind. Oh, and the South Coast is magically gorgeous. I was filled with wonder and gratitude all day. Don't miss it!

Fantastic experience

5 by Adam 2018-02-02
Fantastic experience all the way through. Zekie (spelling?) on the glacier hike made for an unforgettable trip.

Excellent

5 by Steve 2018-02-03
A brilliant day with the glacier hike being the highlight for my son and I. An all-around excellent day. Great mixture of waterfalls, glaciers, and beach. It was a shame we didn't get longer at the beach but that was due to a couple being 30 mins late at one of the stops. It wasn't the fault of the guide who did his very best to make up the time. The guy at the glacier center was also brilliant, passionate about his job and the environment he was working in.

Enjoyable

4 by Melissa 2018-02-04
The sights were beautiful and the glacier hike was exhilarating. Our guide Zeke was fun, cheerful, and kept the hike enjoyable.

Glaziers & Waterfall tour

5 by The Felstead Family 2018-02-22
"We had a great time & experience on this tour our guide Marchin was very good given a lot of information whilst we were traveling in between all destinations, when we arrived at the glazier site it was well organized and all of the guides were friendly, polite & helpful. We would certainly recommend and use extreme Iceland again."

Mixed feelings

3 by MARTA 2018-03-03
I have mixed feelings about this tour. I loved the glacier hike, both the place and the guide were excellent. However, I was disappointed with the rest of the trip: the tour arrived at the locations at the same time as the big bus tours, verifying the whole point of a small bus trip - I paid more hoping for a more private experience that because of the schedule didn’t happen. Also, the guide said very little. He was nice but I am afraid overall I don’t feel the cost was justified. I’m sorry, I hate not being positive but hopefully, this can help make the tour better: the locations were stunning and pick up, etc was on time, rethinking the schedule even just by 15 mins would make all the difference.

Great Tour and Guide

5 by George Khoury 2018-03-06
"This was the best tour by far thanks to the tour guide. He was phenomenal and shared information about the sites that we visited as well as the history of Iceland and current event in Iceland. He basically started talking as soon as we left the capital and did not stop until we were dropped off."

Amazing!

5 by Kirsten 2018-03-06
I thoroughly enjoyed this tour. The guide was informative and fun and was great about making sure we had enough time at each stop but also kept us on schedule. Would definitely book with them again.

Perfect

5 by Angela 2018-03-18
From pick up to drop off our day was great. Gunur (sorry for spelling) was so knowledgeable and made the day really enjoyable. Our guide on the glacier – Maria – was also great. As well as the waterfalls, black sands and glacier walk we stopped for photos with horses and the beautiful sunset on the way home.

AMAZING EXPERIENCE

5 by Fabiola 2018-03-22
Our tour guide was Josh and he was absolutely amazing from start to finish. I have never been to Iceland, nor glacier hiked before, but it was incredible. I felt safe and secure the entire time, with the confidence of Josh's expertise. I would recommend this activity and company without any hesitation. THANK YOU!

Well worth it!

5 by Mike Reeb 2018-03-25
The whole experience was memorable and well worth it! All tour guides were knowledgeable and made the experience complete. Well done!

South Coast and Glacier Hiking w/ Adolph

5 by w.c. beck 2018-03-26
We had a terrific experience. It was a long day, but we had a reasonable amount of time to see everything. Adolph kept us on schedule and answered all our questions. Our guide on the glacier walk did a very good job of looking after us.

Recommended!

5 by Adam 2018-03-28
"Had a great time on this tour! Prompt pick up at my bus stop in Reykjavik and drop off to the same location. Sufficient time at each location to admire the views and take pictures. Tour guides very helpful at explaining the locations and giving historical and local information about towns we passed through and the sites we visited. Would use this company again!"

Great day

5 by Diane Robinson 2018-03-28
I loved the South Iceland Tour. It was awesome to be on a smaller bus. Our tour guide was very informative and friendly. The sights were perfect. We even got an extra bonus of going into VIK since we were ahead of schedule.

Great guide

5 by Renee 2018-04-16
Eagle was by far the best guide we had in Iceland.

Amazing tour of waterfalls, black sand beach and glacier hike

5 by Ket gorjestani 2018-04-22
"Everything about this tour was great. Our guide Svenni was really fun and nice, driving safely and giving us just enough info about the sites. All the stops gave us enough time to look around and not feet frustrated. Our glacier guide Peper (?) was also great. Very funny and full of great stories about the glacier. He made sure everyone felt comfortable and safe. The whole day was breathtaking and extremely well organized. I highly recommend it!! Thank you all for a great day!"

Eagle the Guide

5 by Adam 2018-04-26
Eagle was a true professional. Hands down, one of the best guides that I have ever had, in any country. Extremely knowledgeable about Iceland, very personable, and definitely very entertaining. He made our tour of the south coast truly memorable. Cannot praise him enough.
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Disclaimer: Extreme Iceland does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherit risk. Extreme Iceland reserves the right to alter the itinerary if the weather is too bad to go on the glacier walk. If this cancellation occurs a visit to Reynisfjara black sand beach is added to the tour and a partial refund given for missing the glacier hike.


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