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.
What an amazing trip! I cannot praise the guides who took us highly enough (Jakob, Palmi and Snorri), they were simply brilliant. All three were super helpful when anyone had an issue, they were very knowledgeable about the glacier and the places we drove through to get there and were clearly very experienced and capable on the ice. They were very friendly and really made the trip a fantastic experience.
Once we arrived at the glacier we walked from the car park to the ice as a large group of about 25 with all three guides, then split into smaller groups of about 8 with one guide each. We went with Snorri and had such a fantastic time. He was brilliant at explaining how to use all of the equipment, incredibly knowledgeable about the glacier, explaining how the structures on it form and how it shapes the landscape around it and was totally in his element. We saw several crevasses, an ice cave, some moulin, ate glacial ice and drank freshly melted glacier water. When it came to the ice climbing (which is optional and there was no pressure to take part) you could really see his passion come through, he was having just as much fun as we were! We had no worries about safety at any point, the guides clearly had that all in hand so we could just enjoy the day. Snorri pitched the trip perfectly for the ability of our group, showing us interesting things but not pushing anyone out of their comfort zone.
We went in February and there was quite a cold wind and we had some rain as we were walking back. I did the trip in some thermal undies, fleece and waterproof jacket and trousers and was fine. Gloves and a hat are also a must. I wore a pair of normal walking shoes which were fine (both for walking and ice climbing) but the boots you can hire from them were much better for ice climbing.
If you are thinking of taking a trip like this then I cannot recommend this one highly enough. It was well organised and the guides were exceptional. Hope you have a great trip!
Fabulous day trip that I would thoroughly recommend. We were really lucky with the weather on a Saturday in mid January - clear blue skies, although very cold. The scenery was stunning. As others have said, do make sure you have layers of warm clothes and good boots. The walk on the glacier exceeded all my expectations and the 2 guides were very supportive of my attempts at the ice wall climb. I only managed to get up a little way but still enjoyed the experience! There were about 15 of us in the group from many different countries and ranging in age from early 20s to late 50s. Very good value for money.
Take this tour!! Guide Freyr was a very knowledgeable guide. We walked out 7k (over 4 miles) and had a chance to ice climb on a ice wall. All equipment needed was provided. be sure to wear good hiking boots and waterproof clothing and a hat. Layers would be best because you will warm up while walking. We stopped at the Gullfoss waterfall on the way back. Take this tour!!
Loved this tour. Staff were knowledgable, had safety in mind the whole way across the glacier. Enjoyed the trek up to the glacier almost as much as the glacier experience. Beautiful scenery and lucky enough to have a day with a shining sun. A rainbow popped up as we got onto the glacier. Perfect
Well worth a visit - seeing the amazing landscape and blue ice on the glacier is not to be missed. You can choose to do the ice climbing of not so don't need a high level of fitness. I'd recommend the climb but my tip is to wear the boots they offer rather than shoes as mine were falling off.
Incredible! The sights, the scenery, the tour and facts about the Glacier were both interesting and great to know. The guys were chilled, helped everyone out and looked like they truly love their job. Jealous of their lifestyle!
Great tour -- our guides were very helpful and knowledgeable. Views were amazing and the hike was easy.
This was a wonderful tour with very organized, knowledgeable and friendly guides. We hiked through a beautiful valley to get to the glacier and then spent about a couple of hours walking on the glacier and learning about all of its features. That day there was some difficulty in finding an appropriate ice climb but eventually one was found and it was a very exciting experience. I would highly recommend this tour.
Definitely a must do tour! You get to see the glaciers from an entirely different perspective. The guides were great and took their time with you to make sure you were safe, but also got the most out of this adventure. Make sure you pack warm clothes to wear and sturdy shoes.
Excellent tour. Jakob and Fjalla were great guides, a lot of fun, very informative, and obviously enjoying the expedition as much as we were. The ice climbing makes you feel like a total badass even if you spend a lot of time flailing like I did. (Wear very stiff boots or rent them; my hiking boots did not work at all).
This tour was incredible. The tour guides were fun and knowledgeable. You do not need to be experienced to do this tour. My mother (age 58) was able to hike with no problem and she is as beginner as they come! You do not have to participate in ice climbing, but I highly recommend that you try!
Valdi and Steve gave us a great tour. There were only 11 of us on this small tour which was a perfect size. We were picked up at our rental apartment just as the others were on this tour. Also dropped off several hours later at our apartment.
We did a few tours and this was the best of the bunch, not only were our guides very nice but also very knowledgable of the area and loved to get questions from us. Valdi is also a big fan of bad jokes so make sure you have a couple of bad jokes ready to share.
We spent a couple of hours on the glacier which took about 2 hours to get there but well worth the drive. The ice wall climb was only about 30 feet but a very cool experience and a must do. This was my first ice wall climb.
If you don't have sturdy hiking boots you can rent them there, all other gear is supplied free of charge.
I highly recommend this tour.
Awesome! So much fun. Guides were fantastic. Although young, both guides took their jobs and our safety quite seriously. Glacier was really cool and the ice climbing was super fun. The waterfall on the way home was an added bonus. This was definitely a huge highlight of our trip and an experience that I will never forget!
It's rated for everyone, BUT I recommend you can walk and hike on even ground for at least a mile before you book this tour. We went in March and really enjoyed the hike and the ice climbing. The guides were helpful and encouraging to those who were nervous or slower. Long time on the bus to get there, but worth the trip! If you enjoy doing things out of the ordinary, this is the trip!