Glacier Walk on Sólheimajökull Glacier in the South of Iceland. Meet us at the parking lot by the glacier and join on an easy glacier exploration. Sólheimajökull is an outlet glacier from the magnificent Mýrdalsjökull. You will find blue ice, crevasses and amazing ice formations that will leave you in awe. Great add-on to your day of South Coast sightseeing in Iceland.
- Glacier hike
- Licensed Glacier Guide
- Sólheimajökull Glacier
- Safe and easy
11:00 & 14:30
10:00 & 13:30*
*During the darkest winter period (Nov 16 - Jan 31) departures are one hour earlier than usual, that is at 10:00 and 13:30.
Included: English speaking glacier guide, helmet, crampons, ice axe and any other necessary safety equipment.
Bring with you: Warm clothing, waterproof jacket & pants and hiking boots. Sturdy hiking boots are essential to fit the crampons.
Hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and waterproof pants can be rented in the booking process or on location.
For further information:
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).
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.
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.
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.
Meeting point: Please show up at our glacier base (see map) at the advertised departure time. Our glacier base is by Sólheimajökull glacier parking lot, about 28 km west of Vik and about 6 km east of Skógar. From Reykjavík, it's about 160 km and the driving time is about 2,5 hours. From the main road is 4.5 km drive by road 221 to the base. Note that weather and road conditions can affect the driving duration so please allow for extra time in winter conditions.
GPS: 63.530431, -19.370416 (See map for directions)
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