Mýrdalsjökull Glacier Tours

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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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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
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US$241,43
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  • Duration: 2 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
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US$270,31
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Small-Group 4-Hour Sólheimajökull Ice-Climbing and Glacier-Walking Tour

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
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  • Duration: 4 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
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  • Duration: 9 to 11 hours
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Reykjavik Iceland South Coast Winter Day Trip by Minivan

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.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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US$115,00
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Jökulsárlón Day Trip with Amphibian Boat Ride from Reykjavik

Check off south Iceland's best sites without the hassle of driving and travel planning on this full-day guided tour from Reykjavik. Traveling in a minibus in a small group, see the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers, as well as the black-sand beach of Reynisfjara, village of Vík, and Skógarfoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, on the journey toward Jökulsárlón where you take a boat tour among the glacial lagoon's icebergs.
  • Duration: 15 hours
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  • Duration: 15 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
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  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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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’ll also get to zip across the Mýrdalsjökull glacier on a 1-hour snowmobile ride.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Snowmobiling on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier from Reykjavik

Ideal for those with an appetite for adventure, this 10-hour snowmobiling tour of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier from Reykjavik offers a unique way to explore Iceland’s striking landscapes. 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. Ascend to the summit of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier to absorb panoramic vistas of southern Iceland and stop at the Skógar Folk Museum and the Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. Small-group tour, limited to 15 people, to ensure personalized attention.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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US$321,00
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  • Duration: 10 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
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US$519,81
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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