Glacier Walk Solheimajokull | South Iceland Glacier Hike

Glacier Walk on Solheimajokull Glacier- EI55

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

(18)    4.6/5 Stars

Total duration: ~3 hours

On the ice: 1-1.5 hours

Difficulty: Easy

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 before 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 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)

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Ice can be such an interesting subject

Tour details

Be at the meeting point before the advertised departure time, don't be late :) . 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.

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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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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 4.7/5 based on 18 customer reviews

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Great Glacier Tour

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

Great Tour Guide!

5 stars by Verified customer
I was a bit worried at the start that I would not be able to do the walking on the ice. The tour guide was fantastic. She helped me and made me feel very safe. It was a fascinating experience all around!

Awesome experience

5 stars by Verified customer
We had such a great experience on this tour. It was almost cancelled due to weather and we're so glad it didn't turn out that way because we really enjoyed ourselves. Our guide, Bjorn, was excellent - he shared interesting stories and background about the glacier, was well-trained and ensured the group was safe & aware, and had a great energy. Other groups with other companies that we saw did not seem as prepared or organized. Would definitely recommend Extreme Iceland.

A great experience

5 stars by Verified customer
It was a great tour, super interesting and with a very nice guide (Paulina). It was the 10am tour, which means we were the first on the glacier: it was like walking in a white desert of ice, quiet and magnificient!

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

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.

Amazing

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

Great Experience

3 stars by Verified customer
It couldn't have been the worst weather to complete this tour but our guide Martin was patient , knowledgable and put us at ease. We had to keep it to a shorter route but overall satisfied with the experience. THank you Martin fro Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada Ladies-️??½

Nice glacier walk , but a bit short

4 stars by Verified customer
The glacier walk (not really a hike) was very nice, but a bit short and not very far up the glacier. A good experience and no regrets, but I would recommend to others to do something longer and further. Our guide was great.

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.

Nice tour

4 stars by Verified customer
Safety first, a good guide and some sunshine were all we need to have a nice tour on the Glacier

Type 1 fun

5 stars by Verified customer
It poured the whole time we were on the glacier, and soaked through our waterproof clothing, and we still had a great time. Type 1 fun (according to our guide) is when something is fun the whole time - planning, during and after. Type 2 is fun before and after and not so great during. Our guide thought it would be a type 2 day, but for us it was type 1.

Tour was switched to another operator.

5 stars by Verified customer
The tour was not operated by Extreme Iceland -m we received a call the night before that EI no longer operated at this particuar time.

Belle découverte

4 stars by Verified customer
La marche sur le glacier Solheimajokull permet un belle découverte de l'activité. Elle est accessible à tous, aucune difficulté ne vient entraver la progression. L'accès au glacier est rapide puisqu'il se trouve à quelques mètres du parking seulement. Le guide et ses explications sont parfaits. L'ensemble de l'équipement nécessaire est fourni.

Bori was an awesome guide

5 stars by Verified customer
We have to say what a great guide Bori was. He consistently kept the safety of the group in mind as we ventured on the ice. What a wonderful experience.

Perfect

5 stars by Verified customer
The guide was super cool, very insistent in terms of safety. Explaining every thing clearly. No negative aspects.

Great tour with Carlous

5 stars by Verified customer
We had a perfect tour with Carlous on a beautiful day on the glacier. He was very good at explaining all about the glacier and the changes in recent years. He kept us safe, ensuring that our gear was on properly. He stopped for photo ops but also kept us moving to see the most on the hike. He was fun and energetic. This is not a difficult hike, and I would highly recommend it for people of any ability. My 2 kids did it without any problems.

Great guide

5 stars by Verified customer
We were lucky enough to get Oalf as our guide. We found him to be very personable and approachable. After spending a week in fabulous Iceland Oalf was a most memorable person and a great representative for the tourist industry. We wish him all the best.
All reviews displayed on our site are collected from customers via our post-tour review system.

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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.