Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Day Trip from Reykjavik: Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing on Iceland's Sólheimajokull Glacier. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
Absolutely amazing day! Exceeded expectations. Does require a decent level of athletics... Highly recommend
A very daunting trip for a first timer on a glacier but a fantastic experience! Our two guides were fantastic and as well as enjoying the tour and the experience, we learnt alot too! A long day but a must do for visitors to Iceland :)
Urti was absolutely fantastic! Made us feel very well-taken care of. The Glacier was beautiful, the highlight of my Iceland trip. The food and deserts were very good. I recommend people bring snacks and water for during the hike though. You will be famished by the end.
The trip started in the morning by pick up from the hotel by the van. Following nice and interesting ride to the glacier. It took while but it was interesting to see the countryside. Arriving to the place and getting equipment. All was well explained how to use. Some safety talk as well. Following with a hike on the Glacier. Amazing, we were learning how to walk on it and it was fun. We found a small cliff/hole where we practice the climb. Not really high, maybe 5 meters? But it was difficult then it looks. It is voluntary but everyone in our group of probably 10 people tried it. The guides helped if needed. Then we walked a bit more while listening to some scientific explanations of what we are seeing or we just talked to the guides (3 young men) about the hikes, history of glaciers, some stories what happened on other trips and just general fun while exploring the nice nature. Followed walk back to the van, drinking the glacier water on the way back. Then the ride back to our hotel. Yes, it is a bit pricy for this type of trip, but guides were professionals, everything was under control, and the hike was safe and selected in a way that everyone could participate. Would recommend to try it.
This was amazing! I am a rock climber anyway but have never climbed on ice. It's about 3 hours from Reykjavik. You get given crampons, helmet and ice axe. You should bring a good coat, waterproof trousers and high ankle walking boots. And water!
We did a short walk and then some ice climbs. The guides set up anchor points at the top and ab down. They be-lay you, you climb up and they bring you down. You don't have to climb if you don't want to. It isn't a difficult climb, everyone managed to get to the top and there were all sorts of people.
Afterwards we went on a longer hike for an hour or so, be careful and walk where the guide tells you unless you fancy one leg falling knee deep into ice water. Maybe bring spare socks?!
The hike isn't hard is you are a walker but if you just sit about in an office all day then you might struggle. Our guides were Snorri and Gulli and they were really good, fun and knew lots to tell us. Found a small ice cave and ate an icicle! Why not?!
There are ham and cheese and salad rolls at lunch and Icelandic doughnuts nom nom. If you're a fussy eater then bring some snacks. Also pack some snacks if you might want a boost during the hike.
I won't tell you what you get to see but the formations and views are beautiful. I don't want to spoil it. Definitely worth the money when compared to the other tours you can get.
On the way hope we stopped at Skogafoss waterfall which is stunning, it often has a rainbow running through it, bring your rain coat, its splashy! If you work out the angles well then you can get your photo taken standing at the end of the rainbow!
We also stopped the the farm where they first spotted the Eyjafjallajökull erruption in 2010 and reported it to the media (who didn't believe them!). Lots of the farm was damaged but they have turned this unfortunate event into a positive and attract tourists and have a visitors center and information signs.
Best trip of the tour and worth paying 100 whatever quid for!
What a great trip to take and was a once in a lifetime expieriance for me. Our guides were great, full of knowledge and good company. The journey to the glacier gave us a chance to see the landscape, we heard interesting facts about volcanic action over the years. The biggest shame was the weather, it was raining all day, making it cold and, [ of corse ], very wet. Arriving, my partner says it never rains on a glacier! Wrong, But hey ho in true British tradition we went onwards and upwards! What an amazing view awaited us on arrival, a huge big glacier, imerging out of the ground. Along the way we were given loads of great facts about various folds, ravines, huge holes in the glacier. unfortunatley we could not take any photos due to the horrendous rain and wind. To say I was wet is a very huge understatement, I,rather we, were drenched through, I was up to my ancles in water inside my boots. It felt like I was sloshing about in a shower tray! So about two hours in to the expedition, an executive decission was taken by our guides to, frankly, abandon the walk and leave out the climb. We all were in agrement to this decission, but I was so dissapointed. I had sycked myself up for this chance to be an adventurer, and it was unfortunatley taken away from me. But we most definatley could not have gone on with the original plan. We had a long way back, by now we were all soaked and frozen. When we arrived back on the bus I took of all wet gear, and sat in my thermal under wear all the way back [fancy that in a bus full of strangers!] We had a well deserved lunch. I did not get out to see the fantastic waterfall, as I was not warmed up by then, I was so cold and wet. We arrived back at the hotel a sight for soar eyes bedraggled rats is a phrase that comes to mind. Dispite the horrendous weather I so enjoyed the day I would recomend taking a change of cloths with you just incase, it does no harm to have them with you. Better not use them than be so cold and wet
I loved every minute of this trip and would recommend to a friend. I wanted to go back out as soon as Id returned back at the hotel! The trip guide was very helpful and friendly. He explained everything and made my trip more enjoyable especially being new to Glacier hiking and ice climbing. Thank you
Absolutely brilliant was a great trip for anyone that's a bit adventurous. The guide was brilliant really experienced and never rushed us. This was the best part of our holiday!
Walking on the glacier and climbing up the ice wall were the highlights of the day for sure!
We had a beautiful day, sunny and warm - actually the only day we didn't wear jackets in Iceland and we were on the glacier - weird.
On the glacier our guide was informative and kept us safe.
We stopped at Skogafoss waterfall on the way back, lovely.
It's a long drive to the glacier from Reykjavik, over two hours one way.
Totally make sure you wear stiff toed hiking boots - or better yet - rent the ice climbing boots from the Arctic Adventure office (only about $10). We had hiking shoes, but not stiff boots - this definitely made a difference for the worse on the ice wall climb especially, but also on the hike. The crampons won't stay on if the toe of your boot is too wide, and ankle boots would have been better support for the hike.
Also, check the harness belt before you set out making sure it has all the pieces and straps. One of ours didn't, it wasn't dangerous but wasn't comfortable and had to hold a strap up the whole time walking.
The packed lunch was a little lame compared to other Viator lunches we have had, a basic sandwich on white bread and no beverage - was super glad we thought to take along two large bottles of water since it was about an 11 hour day.