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Sólheimajökull Glacier Tours

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Sólheimajökull Glacier
Among Iceland’s most famous peaks, the notoriously difficult-to-pronounce Eyjafjallajökull volcano made headlines when it erupted in 2010, spewing an enormous cloud of volcanic ash that grounded air traffic all across Europe. The imposing, ice-capped volcano has three main peaks, the tallest of which reaches 5,417 feet (1,651 meters).

The Basics
While a few hardy explorers have managed to summit Eyjafjallajökull, ascending the volcano is considered dangerous, with a deadly crevasse-ridden glacier at the top. Many day tours of the south coast from Reykjavik, whether by car or Jeep, venture to Eyjafjallajökull volcano. These tours typically make stops at other destinations in south Iceland, such as Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Skógafoss waterfall, black-sand beaches at Dyrhólaey and Vik, the Thórsmörk valley, and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. For aerial views of the crater, steaming hot springs, and rugged peaks, opt for a helicopter tour over the volcano. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Eyjafjallajökull volcano is a must for nature lovers.
  • Eyjafjallajökull is still an active volcano, and as such, is best explored in the company of an experienced guide who can brief you on safety practices.  
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes and warm, rainproof clothing.  
  • Due to uneven surfaces near the volcano, it’s not recommended for wheelchair users. 

How to Get There
Eyjafjallajökull is situated near Iceland’s south shore, just under two hours’ drive from Reykjavik. To get there, follow the Ring Road (Route 1) until Hvolsvöllur, then take the turnoff for Route 261. This route ends at a parking lot, from which it’s possible to view the volcano.

When to Get There
The best time to visit Eyjafjallajökull is during summer, when warmer temperatures and the midnight sun make exploring and hiking easier. Crowds are thinner during September and October. 

Iceland’s Volcanoes
Though Eyjafjallajökull volcano may be better known among Europeans following its 2010 eruption, it is but one of many active volcanoes in Iceland. Its larger neighbor, Katla, just east of Eyjafjallajökull, is even more mighty and powerful. Katla, which lasts erupted in 1918, lies under the Mýrdalsjökull ice cap—the fourth-largest glacier in Iceland. It is feared that an eruption of Katla could melt the glacier and cause catastrophic flooding. 
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Glacier Exploration

Iceland is home to some of the world’s most easily accessible glaciers but you don’t need to be an experienced hiker to try glacier trekking. This guided glacier hike explores the wild landscapes of the Sólheimajökull glacier, passing spectacular ice tunnels, crevasses, and natural ice sculptures. No experience is necessary.
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Kayaking by the Glacier

Secure your spot in advance, and see the Sólheimajökull Glacier from a different perspective on this guided kayak tour. After dressing in the included dry suit, learn the basics of kayaking before paddling out behind your guide into the lagoon. Observe the glacier landscape as you glide around the icebergs anchored in the lagoon.
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Glacier Discovery

While many tours in Iceland make pit stops at glaciers—the country is, after all, full of them—fewer take you over them and close enough to discover their interesting features. With this tour, take an easy glacier hike to see ice formations, crevasses, and water cauldrons that you’d miss just stopping for a look. Your climbing crampons are provided, and the guided hike is offered 2-3 times a day so it’s easier to fit into your schedule.
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South Coast Full Day Tour from Reykjavik by Minibus

Travel by luxury minibus through a volcanic landscape along the south coast of Iceland. See the magnificent waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, the black-sand beaches of Reynisfjara, and the breathtaking Sólheimajökull glacier on this day trip from Reykjavik. Spot puffins, if you’re lucky, and get a look at Eyjafjallajökull volcano, which erupted in 2010. Round-trip hotel transport is provided.
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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.
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Day Trip to Iceland's Beautiful South Coast from Reykjavik

Iceland’s south coast is one of the country’s scenic wonders, but often overshadowed by the Golden Circle sights. This full-day trip from Reykjavik covers it in detail, showcasing its lava landscapes, waterfalls, glaciers, and beaches. In addition to visiting the Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, walk up close to the Sólheimajökull glacier, and admire the black cliffs and rocks at Reynisfjara and Dyrhólaey. A stop for lunch (own expense), and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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Small Group Glacier Experience from Solheimajokull Glacier

Take an unforgettable walk on pure ice on this guided glacier hike experience on Sólheimajökull in south Iceland. Accompanied by a professional guide, set off from the foot of Sólheimajökull, a frozen tongue of solid ice, and thrill at the experience of walking across the frozen valley. Put on your crampons and discover natural ice formations, crevasses, shafts and ridges as you learn about the formation and history of this frozen wonderland.
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Southern Coast, Waterfalls & Black Beach Full-Day Bus Tour from Reykjavik

Don’t miss sthe beautiful sights of Iceland’s southern coast on this full-day tour from Reykjavik. See the famous Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Hekla, Eyjafjallajokull, and Westman Islands. Plus, enjoy a stroll on the black-sand beach, Reynisfjara. With hotel pickup and drop-off included and all your stops scheduled out for you, it’s easy to explore the southern coast without putting the time into planning the whole day yourself.
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South Coast Waterfalls and Glacier Small-Group Hiking Trip

Marvel at some of Iceland’s most scenic waterfalls and glaciers along its south coast during this 12-hour small-group adventure from Reykjavik. Travel with no more than 15 guests as you visit the well-known torrents at Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss, and then explore lesser-known waterfalls like Kvernufoss and Irafoss. You’ll also take a hike on Solheimajokull glacier and check out Reynisfjara Beach.
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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.
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SuperSaver: 4-Day Golden Circle, Secret Lagoon, South Coast, Waterfalls, Hot Springs, Snowmobiling & Snorkeling Adventure

Discover the marvels of nature on land and sea during this 3 day Iceland adventure tour. Accompanied by a certified guide, hike the Solheimajokull Glacier and admire the magnificent waterfall of Skogafoss. Take the famous Golden Circle route and gain insight into Iceland‘s geothermal qualities by paying a visit to the 3 attractions that make up this popular sightseeing route, Thingvellir National Park, Geysir hot spring area and Gullfoss Waterfall. Challenge yourself against the Hvita River on a rafting adventure. Finish your 3 day adventure with a soak in the warm waters of the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.
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Iceland South Coast Day Tour by Minibus from Reykjavik

Marvel at the natural splendor of Iceland’s South Coast on an exhilarating full-day tour from Reykjavik. Gaze at the magnificent Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls; absorb the frozen witchery of the Solheimajökull Glacier; and see the alluring black sands of Reynisfjara’s shore.
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South Coast: Fire & Ice | Glacier Hike, LAVA, Waterfalls & Black Sand Beach

Iceland—the Land of Fire and Ice—boasts bubbling mud pools and frozen glaciers, and many of the most impressive natural attractions lie along the country’s southern shores. On this full-day sightseeing tour, travel in comfort by air-conditioned minivan to landmarks including Skógafoss waterfall and hike over the Sólheimajökull glacier. With round-trip travel from central Reykjavik included, find out exactly how Iceland earned its nickname.
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Ski & Snow

South Coast with Glacier Walk - Minibus from Reykjavik

Get to know Iceland's southern coast and embark on a glacier hike during this full-day tour. With your small group of fellow travelers (less than 20 for any tour), visit the Reynisfjara black sand beach, Seljalandsfoss waterfall, and Sólheimajökull Glacier. Round-trip hotel transportation via minibus and all safety gear (harness, ice axe, carabiners, and crampons) included.
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Small-Group Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing on Sólheimajokull Glacier

Designed to delight travelers with an adventurous spirit, this 4-hour tour gives you the chance to climb and hike on the colossal Sólheimajökull Glacier. In a small group of no more than 10, you’ll conquer the glacier’s frozen curves and crevasses, and admire unique ice formations and jagged ridges. Refine your climbing skills on an ice wall and receive personalized attention from your guide in an intimate group.
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Day Trips

Winter South Coast Day Tour by Minibus from Reykjavik

Behold waterfalls, glaciers, black sands, and more on a full-day wintertime trip to south Iceland from Reykjavik. Traveling by air-conditioned minivan, journey into this largely untouched region and admire wonders like the Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls; the black sand beach and cliffs of Reynisfjara; and the Solheimajokull glacier – a line-up that’s difficult to tick through on an independent day trip. Minivan transport with free WiFi, plus central and hotel pickup and drop-off in Reykjavik included.
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  • 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.
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Nature & Wildlife

Small-Group Southern Iceland Full-Day Bus Tour from Reykjavik

See some of southern Iceland’s most famous natural monuments on this guided tour from Reykjavik. Gain an overview of the region as you travel alongside a knowledgeable guide and a small group of 15 people or fewer to must-see sites like the Seljalandsfoss Waterfall and Sólheimajökull Glacier.
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  • 10 hours
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Ski & Snow

Full-Day South Iceland Glacier Hiking Tour from Reykjavik

See the wild landscape of Southern Iceland up close during this glacier-hiking tour from Reykjavik. Unlike snowmobile or bus tours, you’ll actually get to hike through some of the area’s most popular glaciers, and you’ll also fit in visits to both Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. Plus, all equipment is provided for you, and a guide leads the way, keeping you on track during your journey through Iceland.
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South Shore Adventure from Reykjavik

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty, flora and fauna of Iceland on this 10-hour trip down the country's south coast. On board a climate-controlled coach with your naturalist guide, visit sites like the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, the Skógar Folk Museum and the Reynisdrangar rock formations near the charming coastal town of Vik. All activities and round-trip transportation from select Reykjavik hotels are included.
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The Northern Lights tour in Iceland takes you to see a spectacular natural phenomenon which happens during the winter months from late August to April.This tour is ideal for nature lovers of all kinds. We take you along Vík. Among the stops on this tour are at the gorgeous Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. Seljalandsfoss is part of the Seljandsá river, which has its origins in Eyjafjallajökull glacier. What makes Seljalandsfoss so famous and interesting is that you can walk behind it. We recommend you bring either a raincoat or a waterproof coat along if you want to walk behind it. Skógafoss, another famous Icelandic waterfall, is the starting point of the Fimmvörðuháls walk over to Þórsmörk. We will also stop at Reynisfjara black sand beach, with the Reynisdrangar rock formations and columnar basalt. Additionally, we will stop by Sólheimajökull and walk up to a small lake which has formed in formed of the retreating glacier.
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South Coast - Minibus

Don't hesitate to book this unforgettable tour, visiting the most spectacular places that the south of Iceland has to offer, accompanied by a local guide that gives the tour a special touch.
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South Shore Glacier Walk and Ice Climbing from Reykjavik

Get an easy intro to glacier walking and ice climbing during this full-day tour from Reykjavik. With a small group of 15 people or fewer and a capable outdoors guide, visit two famous area waterfalls and try your hand at some arctic sports. Round-trip hotel transportation included.
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  • 11 hours
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