Glacier Walk Solheimajokull | South Iceland Glacier Hike

Glacier Walk on Solheimajokull Glacier- EI55

Glacier Hiking in South Iceland - Easy and accessible for everyone!

(8)    5.0/5 Stars

Total duration: ~3 hours

On the ice: 1.5 hours

Daily: 11:00 & 14:30
10:00 & 13:30*

Available: All year

*Departures: During the darkest winter period (Nov 16 - Jan 31) departures are one hour earlier than usual, that is at 10:00 and 13:30.
Please note that the afternoon departure is more expensive than the morning departure.

Included: English speaking guide, helmet, crampons, ice axe, other safety equipment.

Bring with you: Warm waterproof clothes, sturdy hiking shoes.

Aerial footage from the Glacier hike

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From:
9 500 ISK per adult

Minimum age: 10 years

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Meeting point: Please show up at our glacier base about 30 minutes before departure. Our glacier base is by Sólheimajökull glacier parking lot, about 28 km west of Vik and about 6 km east of Skógar. From Reykjavík there is about 160 km and the driving time is about 2 hours. From the main road is 4.5 km drive by road 221 to the base.
GPS: 63.530431, -19.370416 (Map)

Tour details

Be at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to the tour start. Solheimajokull glacier is about 28 km west of Vík and 6 km east of Skógar. From Reykjavík it is about 160 km and the driving time is about 2 hours. From the main road, the Ring Road, you drive 4,5 km on road 221 to the guiding base.

First you get a lesson in ice walking and how to use the provided equipment (ice crampons, ice axe). The glacier walk do not require any special skills and therefore the tour can be enjoyed by people of all levels in good health.

Ice can be such an interesting subject

Solheimajokull, outlet of Glacier Myrdalsjokull

Solheimajokull glacier is an approximately 11-km-long outlet glacier, which advances from Myrdalsjokull glacier, down a one to two km wide valley. The glacier falls from a height of about 1,300 m down to 100 m and, because of the location and shape of the glacier, it is sensitive to climate change.

In the lowlands the climate is warm and humid with average temperatures above 5 °C and precipitation of 1,810 mm per year. Precipitation on Myrdalsjokull glacier, however, is much higher, or up to 7,000 mm per year, and the average temperature is much lower.

Enjoying the tour on the glacier - a rather unique experience

From 1930 to 1969, the glacier retreated in total around 977 m. Then the weather cooled and the glacier advanced forward about 495 m until 1995, and also thickened by up to 100 m.

After that, the glacier started to retreat again and in 2010 it was almost one kilometre further up the valley than in 1930 and was 120 to 150 m thinner than in 1960.

If the climate continues to warm, there is a possibility that the glaciers will have virtually disappeared in 100 to 200 years.

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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.

If you are not driving but are interested in a day tour that includes a glacier walk on Solheimajokull glacier, check this Sensational Iceland - South Coast & Glacier Hike (pickup in Reykjavik).

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tour route

Glacier Walk Solheimajokull - Rated 5.0/5 based on 8 customer reviews

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"Way to go Ash!"

5 stars by Verified customer
The tour was awesome! First off, we ended up being 12 minutes late and no one gave us a hard time about it or made us feel bad. Thank you, thank you, we were so grateful to still make it on the tour! Ash was our tour guide and he was awesome too. He was kind and understanding. He was completely open for questions and talked to us extensively about the glacier and about his life growing up and living in Iceland. There were about 4 of us crazy guys in the group and Ash was awesome to put up with us. I also noticed that Ash reached out to other members of the tour group who seemed to be much more quiet and a little reserved, almost uninterested. Ash went up to them and made sure they were enjoying themselves and ignited some conversation to help them become involved or included. The glacier walk was incredible. Being on the glacier was definitely one of the highlights of my trip. Thank you for making an affordable tour that lasted a good time of 2-3 hours. Thank you Ash for the tourist tips you gave us on our map after the tour. We ended up visiting everywhere you mentioned and we loved it all! Thanks again and best of wishes as you continue to share your beautiful part of the earth with the rest of the world.

"Amazing"

5 stars by Verified customer
The tour was spectacular!!! Definitely one of the coolest things we have ever done.

"Glacier hike out of this world!"

5 stars by Verified customer
How amazing to see the glacier from the road and then be able to get up close and personal?! Our tour guide was nothing short of amazing, sharing interesting facts, glacier knowledge, and awesome hiking tips! The weather was a bit rainy but that didn't take away from the unreal expereince of walking on ice.

"Educational"

5 stars by Verified customer
I enjoyed how our guide educated us about the glacier! I do wish we got to hike further on the glacier though.

"A great walk with an excellent guide!"

5 stars by Verified customer
A great walk and Murt our guide was excellent. Whilst on the ice he was by far and away the most diligent and careful of the guides we saw. Other companies guides seemed far more lax with inadequate care to their clients Would recommend Extreme Iceland to anyone considering a glacier walk and hope to use them again on future trips.

"perfect"

5 stars by Verified customer
and the guide was amazing !!

"Amazing and professional. A must do!"

4 stars by Verified customer
Our guide, Paulina, is one of a kind and awesome.

"Great Glacier Tour."

5 stars by Verified customer
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and personable.
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