Mýrdalsjökull Glacier Tours

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Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
Covering more than 270 square miles (700 square kilometers) and reaching a thickness of as much as 2,460 feet (750 meters) in places, this vast glacier is Iceland’s fourth largest. It sits atop the active Katla Volcano, which has erupted many times over the centuries, spewing meltwater, rock fragments, and ash into the air.
 
The Basics
With unstable ice, crevasses, and changeable weather conditions, the Myrdalsjokull Glacier can be dangerous to explore solo. For these reasons, most visitors go as part of an organized guided tour from Vik or Reykjavik. Many glacier experiences take place on Solheimajokull glacier, an easy-to-access section of the larger Myrdalsjokull Glacier.
 
Choose between Super Jeep tours, snowmobiling excursions, guided glacier hikes, and ice climb adventures that take place on the vast ice cap, or quad bike rides around the base of the glacier. Longer tours typically incorporate other south coast attractions, such as Eldhraun lava field, the town of Vik, Skaftafell National Park, the black-sand Reynisfjara beach, and Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Avoid venturing onto the Myrdalsjokull Glacier on your own, as conditions can be treacherous.
  • No prior experience is required for most glacier hiking, ice climbing, and snowmobiling tours.
  • Specialist equipment is typically provided on guided tours, though waterproof hiking boots are recommended.
  • Because of the uneven surfaces and difficult to navigate terrain, Myrdalsjokull is difficult for wheelchair users to access.
 
How to Get There
Myrdalsjokull Glacier is located in South Iceland, just west of the town of Vik. The only way to get there is by car or organized tour. Take route 221 leading off from the Ring Road (Route 1). A car park is located at the end of the road. From there, it’s a short hike of approximately 0.6 miles (one kilometer) to the glacier’s edge.
 
When to Get There
Tours run to Myrdalsjokull Glacier year-round. Snowmobile tours are available throughout the year, while ice cave tours usually take place from October through April. Summer is Iceland’s peak tourist season, but even then, Myrdalsjokull never feels crowded. Try and pick a clear day to visit, as this is when the blue ice and other colors of Myrdalsjokull are most striking.
 
Iceland’s Other Glaciers
The Land of Fire and Ice is home to many slow-moving glaciers. In fact, some 10 percent of the country is covered by glaciers. Other notable examples include Langjokull, Iceland’s second-largest glacier, and Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier, which sits atop the most active volcano in Iceland, Grimsvotn.
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Southern Iceland Glaciers, Waterfalls and Beaches Day Tour

Discover the scenery of southern Iceland on this full-day tour from Reykjavik. Journey past lava fields, icebergs, and glacier lakes as you explore the Sólheimajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers. Keep your camera poised as you admire the black-sand beaches and dramatic rock formations of Vik, as well as the mighty Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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South Coast of Iceland - Private Day Tour from Reykjavik

Discover the ‘land of fire and ice’ as you journey between the glaciers and lavafields of Iceland’s south coast. Set out on a private full-day tour from Reykjavik and get off-the-beaten-track as you wind through the Hellisheidi mountain pass and along the coast. Keep your camera close to hand as you pass a startling array of scenery, including the Hekla volcano, and the Myrdalsjokull and Eyjafjallajokull glaciers. Stop to admire the dramatic Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls; the black sand beaches of Dyrhólaey and Vik, and the lush pastures of Mýrdalur valley.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Snowmobiling Experience on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier

Experience the best of Iceland’s snowy wilderness with a 2-hour snowmobile safari on the Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Pull on your insulated layers, and hit the gas to zoom along winding glacier trails with a guide. Along the way, stop and take in sweeping views over the rugged mountain scenery. This tour is suited to first-time riders and individuals looking for a fun and scenic snowmobile adventure.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing Small-Group Adventure from Reykjavik

Explore the surreal landscape of Iceland's Solheimajökull 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 Skogafoss waterfall, one of the country’s largest waterfalls. Your glacier adventure includes an expert glacier guide, introduction to ice climbing, round-trip transport from Reykjavik as well as all necessary safety gear needed.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Full Day Small Group South Shore Tour by Minibus

Easily explore the South Shore of Iceland in a day on this guided, small-group tour in a luxury minibus. After pickup in Reykjavik, take in the unique Icelandic scenery as you travel to stops including the Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, Solheimajokull Glacier, black sand beaches, the village of Vik, and more.
  • Duration: 9 to 11 hours
  • Duration: 9 to 11 hours
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Sólheimajökull Ice Climb and Glacier Walk

Explore one of Iceland’s mightiest natural sites of interest and gain insight into the country’s rich geology on this Sólheimajökull glacier-walking tour. Harnessed up for safety, climb the vertical crevasse walls of the Sólheimajökull glacier with your guide and admire the spectacular scenery you find. Follow frozen routes over the mighty glacier, peer down into huge crevasses, and put your ice axes and crampons to good use on the icy terrain. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Glacier Lagoon and South Coast Iceland: Private Tour from Reykjavik

Make the most of your time in Iceland with a full-day, private 4x4 tour that explores the best of the South Coast’s stunning natural landscapes and scenery. Slip behind a powerful glacial waterfall where Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss tumble from a high cliff, then continue through an otherworldly rock desert to the ocean. Walk black sand beaches pounded by North Atlantic waves and wind, visit the volcanic park that shelters Iceland’s highest peak and see a glacial lagoon dotted with blue icebergs before returning to Reykjavík.
  • Duration: 13 hours
  • Duration: 13 hours
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Private South Iceland Day Trip From Reykjavik Including 2-Hour Quad Bike Tour

Combine epic scenery with off-road adventure on this private full-day trip to south Iceland from Reykjavik, including a 2-hour quad bike tour. Travel by private vehicle to view the Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls; see the glacier-topped Eyjafjallajökull volcano; and visit museums, lava plains, and more. Plus, join a group quad bike ride that takes you revving you across rivers, and around black sand beaches, lava fields and mountains.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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South Iceland Tour from Reykjavik with Snowmobile Adventure

Southern Iceland is home to frozen glaciers, soaring volcanoes, and cascading waterfalls, but the icy and snowy terrain at altitude makes access a challenge. On this adventurous tour, zoom off-road by powerful snowmobile with your guide and cover the ground with ease. With safety equipment and round-trip travel from your Reykjavik hotel included, reach natural sites of interest including Katla volcano, Mýrdalsjökull glacier, and Skógafoss waterfall.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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South Coast Glacier Tour from Reykjavik with Live Guide and Touch-Screen Audio Guide

Get acquainted with the south coast of Iceland during this 11-hour sightseeing tour from Reykjavik. Aboard a comfortable coach with an in-bus audio guide available in 10 languages, travel to some of the south coast's most arresting natural sights. Trek across a portion of a glacier and walk behind a tumbling waterfall. Then, pass the small villages and fertile farmland that make up an area rich in Viking history. Hotel pickup and drop-off in Reykjavik are included.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Quad Bike Tour on Black Lava Sands from Mýrdalur

Power through one of the world’s most beautiful black-lava-sand beaches on an ATV with this 2-hour quad bike tour. Start near the base of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, zoom over a few small rivers, and then make it to the black-sand beach where you can look back up for stunning views of the glacier. On your journey, travel along the coast, and see a 40-year-old abandoned aircraft wreckage.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Helicopter Flight from Reykjavik: Eyjafjallajokull Glacier and Volcanoes

Soar above Iceland's Eyjafjallajökull Glacier and craggy volcanoes on a 2-hour helicopter flight from Reykjavik, and get an aerial view over the country’s rugged landscape. See a steaming geyser from above, fly over the Thórsmörk ridge, then touch down for a walk between looming peaks and ice. Return to civilization along the stark coast, watch waves crash on dark sand beaches and steer above the rolling Blue Mountains that shelter Reykjavik’s southern edge.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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South Coast Iceland: Spectacular Private Tour from Reykjavik

Discover the waterfalls, glaciers, and black sand beaches of Iceland’s South Coast on this unforgettable full-day tour. Enjoy a personalized itinerary and the undivided attention of a private guide as you traverse the wild landscapes of the Eyjafjallajökull glacier and explore Vík, Iceland’s southernmost village. That’s not all: learn about Icelandic volcanoes at the LAVA Center, then admire the Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss waterfalls, stroll the black sands of Reynisfjara, and get a glimpse of traditional Icelandic life at the Skógar Folk Museum.
  • Duration: 9 to 11 hours
  • Duration: 9 to 11 hours
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South Coast Private Tour from Reykjavik with 1 hour of Snowmobiling on a Glacier

The wild South Coast is home to some of Iceland’s most spectacular natural wonders and this private full-day tour checks off several. In addition to visiting the Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss waterfalls, the black beach of Reynisfjara, and the Skógar folk museum, you also get to zip across the Mýrdalsjökull glacier on a 1-hour snowmobile ride.
  • Duration: 12 hours
  • Duration: 12 hours
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Snowmobiling on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier from Reykjavik

Explore Iceland's snow-covered landscape by snowmobile on this tour to the Mýrdalsjökull glacier from Vik. Admire panoramic views of southern Iceland and beautiful sites such as the Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. No previous snowmobiling experience is needed to enjoy this exhilarating experience—all protective equipment is included and you’ll be under the guidance of your instructor at all times.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Eyjafjallajokull and Thorsmork Private Super Jeep Private Tour from Reykjavik

Explore the Thorsmork Valley in a super jeep on this full-day private excursion from Reykjavik. Get views of Iceland's diverse landscape, including waterfalls, volcanoes, and glaciers that make for dramatic photos. This private tour ensures personalized attention and a flexible itinerary. Pickup and drop-off at Reykjavik hotels.
  • Duration: 1 day
  • Duration: 1 day
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