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  • Location:Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Duration:11 hours (approx.)

Day Trip from Reykjavik: Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing on Iceland's Sólheimajokull Glacier

Explore the surreal landscape of Iceland's Sólheimajökull Glacier during this day trip from Reykjavik. Join your guide for ice hiking and climbing on top of this ancient ice formation, enjoying spectacular views of its constantly changing blend of colors and shapes. Then make a stop at the thundering Skógafoss waterfall, one of the country’s largest. Your glacier adventure also includes round-trip transport from your hotel and all necessary safety gear and instruction.

Highlights

  • Day trip to Iceland’s Sólheimajökull Glacier
  • Enjoy an adventurous glacier hike with your expert guide
  • Admire the rugged, ever-changing ice formation and soak in picturesque views
  • Try your hand at ice climbing, with all necessary safety equipment included
  • Beginners are welcome as no ice-climbing experience is needed!
  • Visit Skógafoss, one of Iceland's largest waterfalls
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

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Day Trip from Reykjavik: Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing on Iceland's Sólheimajokull Glacier

Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing on Iceland's Solheimajokull Glacier

Experience the surreal natural landscapes of Iceland during this day trip to the country’s Sólheimajökull Glacier, offering time for ice hiking and climbing during your visit. It’s the perfect chance to immerse yourself in the rugged outdoor beauty of this incredible island nation. 

Start your excursion with pickup at 8:30am from your hotel in Reykjavik, continuing on a scenic drive by coach to the glacier, which is located in the country’s southwest. Upon arrival, meet with your guide, receive a short safety briefing and get your gear for the day’s activities. Then head out onto the surface of this rugged ice formation.

Your journey takes you over the surface of the glacier’s ice tongue, so-called because it sticks out from the glacier’s main body as it crawls toward the ocean. Enjoy breathtaking views of the glacier’s rugged surface and the surrounding landscape, exploring this unique ice formation’s numerous crevasses, cracks, ridges and sink holes with your guide. Soon you’ll reach an ice wall, allowing you the chance to engage in some ice climbing. Using your included crampons, ice axe and safety ropes, make your way up this sheer vertical wall, taking time to soak up the surreal environment and sublime views from above. 

Finish your glacier trip with a stop on the way back to see Skógafoss, one of Iceland’s largest and most impressive waterfalls, as it dumps millions of gallons of glacial meltwater into a stream and the ocean beyond. Then return back to Reykjavik for a drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Kinita A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

Our guides were very informative and fun...and wow, the glacier itself. I can't even put into words. Incredible excursion for us Arizona girls.

James B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

fabulous day out, loved it all, would recommend harder boots or shoes for the ice climbing ours were soft and didn't work very well but other than that a magical day

Brannah B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

What a beautiful experience! This was worth every penny! My husband and I both had such an amazing time. Our guide, Loki, was super! Knew so much! Would recommend this tour to anyone!

Rachel F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Fun trip! The guides were very friendly and knowledgable. Really felt like we got our money's worth. Make sure to bring lots of layers and wear good boots.

Daniela P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great day trip. Arman was well informed and shared his knowledge with us. He also had great patience with us older folks attempting to ice climb.

Mike S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great activity. Quite a bit of walking to get to glacier 30 minutes and then of course hiking on the glacier, but not strenuous. The ice climbing is difficult and requires significant physical strength. We had a great time!

Alexander G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Fun, not too challenging.

Jenna H United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

EXCELLENT!!! Such a wonderful challenge! Just remember to wear water proof clothing, thick boots ask to rent them if you don't have any and bring food! No meal breaks! SO WORTH IT!

Iain G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great tour, even though the weather was horrible. Really friendly and talkative guides also. Highly recommended!

Kristin G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

This was by far a highlight of my trip. Climbing the glacier was challenging, but our guide was phenomenal. I would totally go on this hike again! What a treat!

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