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.
Total duration: ~11 hours
On the ice: 1.5 hours
Pick up: 08:00 - 08:30
07:00 - 07:30*
Available: All year
From Feb 1 - Nov 15 pickup begins at 08:00.
But from Nov 16 - Jan 31 pickup begins at 07:00 because of limited daylight.
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 clothes, sturdy hiking shoes. Meals / packed lunch (we also make a stop where you can buy food).
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Minimum age: 10 years
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).
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!
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.
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)
Map: - Click to enlarge
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.