Glacier hiking on some of our glaciers is now a very popular tourist attraction. However, this activity needs an experienced and qualified guide with knowledge of glacial features such as crevasses and the constantly changing nature of this environment. Some special equipment used in mountaineering, such as crampons, is also required for this activity and we provide all necessary equipment.
Minimum age: 10 - 16 years old, depending on difficulty levels per activity.
Pickup: Wherever you wish in Reykjavik or Int'l Airport
Included: Glacier gear and safety equipment are provided on site. We supply the expertise and organization. You just choose the type of vehicle, type of accommodations, activities, eating requests etc.
Bring with you: Warm & waterproof clothing, and hiking boots (can be rented).
For further information:
For groups only (not scheduled tour)
Contact us about availability...
Hiking shoes and Duration
It is important to wear good hiking shoes or boots for a glacier walk because crampons cannot be fitted to other kinds of footwear. It is possible to rent hiking shoes from us – just let us know if you will need to rent shoes when you book. It is also important to wear warm clothing including a hat, gloves and rain-wear.
The length of your glacier hike can vary from 1 hour up to 6 1/2 hours, depending on your preference. Please note: The safety of our guests is always of greatest importance to us.
Solheimajokull - glacier tongue of Myrdalsjokull
The Solheimajokull Glacier is located deep in the South Iceland. This glacier is a spectacular tongue of ice which flows down from Myrdalsjokull, the fourth largest glacier in Iceland. As soon as we have pulled into the parking lot next to the glacier the excitement will really begin to build. It is time to strap on those crampons for our glacier hike and take to the ice to discover a wonderland of ice sculptures, ridges and deep crevasses, revealing the deep blue colour of the glacier ice.
It is also possible to go ice climbing on Solheimajokull, a unique experience, which with our skilled guides and the equipment we provide is also suitable for beginners.
The drive to Solheimajokull from Reykjavik usually takes between 2 and 2.5 hours.
Svinafellsjokull - glacier tongue of Vatnajokull
The glacier of Vatnajokull is the biggest glacier in Europe and covers almost 10% of Iceland. It is located in Southeast Iceland in the biggest national park in Europe and has absolutely spectacular scenery. Venturing up onto Svinafellsjokull , an outlet glacier of the great Vatnajokull, you will discover an exciting adventure where deep crevasses and ice sculptures are to be found. This really is an out of the ordinary place! The Svinafellsjokull Glacier is an ideal playground as it has ice walls of various shapes and heights. This is an excellent place for either an introduction to glacier hiking or to improve technical proficiency.
It is also possible to go ice climbing on Svinafellsjökull, a unique experience, which with our skilled guides and the equipment we provide is also suitable for beginners.
The drive to Svinafellsjökull from Reykjavik usually takes around 4 hours.
The glacier Langjokull is located in the mid-western part of the country. It is the second largest glacier in Iceland and the views are just so amazing. Langjokull is perfect the perfect glacier for beginners or people who would like to do an easy hike, which still provides the chance to enjoy a real winter wonderland. On Langjokull it is also possible to go snowmobiling. The drive to Langjokull from Reykjavik takes from 2 to 2.5 hours.
The Snaefellsjokull Glacier is is situated on the Snaefellsnes peninsula in the West of Iceland. It is 1446 meters high. The glacier is a national park and it is considered by many the jewel of West Iceland. It usually takes about 3-6 hours to climb to the top and down again, all depending on the weather and depth of snow. Snaefellsjokull became world famous after Jules Verne wrote a book about it called "A Journey to the Center of the Earth". In the book the glacier is exactly described as that.
The view from the top is magnificent and the whole experience exciting. With our skilled guides this tour is suitable for beginners as well. The drive to Snaefellsjokull from Reykjavik takes about 2.5 hours.
All the tours can be tailored for you
That means different kind of natural sightseeing stops can be made on the way to the glacier or you could choose different kind of activities you would like to try in your tour. One idea would be to go northern lights hunting after your hiking trip, or to relax in a beautiful natural warm pool. Maybe a meal at a countryside restaurant would be your perfect way to finish the day!
At Extreme Iceland we want to give you the opportunity to experience being on glacier in a safe and fun way. This tailor made tour can be designed to allow you to make the most of your holiday in whatever way is just right for you.
Whilst you are driven to the places you have chosen to explore your guide will share their knowledge of the Icelandic Sagas, nature and folktales. We always make sure our passengers enjoy a tour which is informative, entertaining and memorable.
The tour ends when we drop you off in or close to Reykjavik, wherever you wish.
Disclaimer: all glacier trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. 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 all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.