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Explore the surreal landscape of Iceland's Sólheimajökull 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 Skógafoss waterfall, one of the country’s largest. Your glacier adventure also includes round-trip transport from your hotel and all necessary safety gear and instruction.

Highlights

  • Day trip to Iceland’s Sólheimajökull Glacier
  • Enjoy an adventurous glacier hike with your expert guide
  • Admire the rugged, ever-changing ice formation and soak in picturesque views
  • Try your hand at ice climbing, with all necessary safety equipment included
  • Beginners are welcome as no ice-climbing experience is needed!
  • Visit Skógafoss, one of Iceland's largest waterfalls
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included

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What You Can Expect

Day Trip from Reykjavik: Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing on Iceland's Sólheimajokull Glacier

Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing on Iceland's Solheimajokull Glacier

Experience the surreal natural landscapes of Iceland during this day trip to the country’s Sólheimajökull Glacier, offering time for ice hiking and climbing during your visit. It’s the perfect chance to immerse yourself in the rugged outdoor beauty of this incredible island nation. 


Start your excursion with pickup at 8:30am from your hotel in Reykjavik, continuing on a scenic drive by coach to the glacier, which is located in the country’s southwest. Upon arrival, meet with your guide, receive a short safety briefing and get your gear for the day’s activities. Then head out onto the surface of this rugged ice formation.


Your journey takes you over the surface of the glacier’s ice tongue, so-called because it sticks out from the glacier’s main body as it crawls toward the ocean. Enjoy breathtaking views of the glacier’s rugged surface and the surrounding landscape, exploring this unique ice formation’s numerous crevasses, cracks, ridges and sink holes with your guide. Soon you’ll reach an ice wall, allowing you the chance to engage in some ice climbing. Using your included crampons, ice axe and safety ropes, make your way up this sheer vertical wall, taking time to soak up the surreal environment and sublime views from above. 


Finish your glacier trip with a stop on the way back to see Skógafoss, one of Iceland’s largest and most impressive waterfalls, as it dumps millions of gallons of glacial meltwater into a stream and the ocean beyond. Then return back to Reykjavik for a drop-off at your hotel.

Customer Reviews

Stephanie M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

First off, yes, it is stupid expensive - but everything in Iceland is expensive. That being said, this was the best tour of our trip. The views were breathtaking - we had a clear, nothing-but-blue-sky type of day. Tour guides were really great, perfect English, humorous and fun. The experience of actually climbing up the glacier with all the gear was the highlight of the day. But it really was a perfect day.

Cherene J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Very fun day but very long. We had terrible weather and a traffic accident so we were a bit delayed arriving to the glacier. The driver and the guide were both excellent and managed to show us a very good time with expert guidance and information about geology. I would recommend bringing waterproof pants, gloves, jacket and boots with lots of layers underneath!

winnet

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

My son and I had the experience of a lifetime on this tour! If you want interaction with Icelandic nature, this is for you. I successfully did my first ice-climbing at the old age of 64 ! with first rate instruction from guides Norris and Biggy. I can't use enough superlatives to describe this adventure. Learning about glaciers by experiencing one first hand with knowledgeable guides is not to be missed when you're visiting Iceland.
Wayne Canada

Karlie V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Iver. Iver. Iver. Ask for Iver! He was the best tour guide ever!!!!!!!! He was so smart, funny, and adventurous. You could tell he really cared about giving us an experience of a lifetime. This tour is a must-do. It is unlike anything else you will do in your life. The views are absolutely breathtaking. You spend about 3 hours on the glacier hiking - dress warm!!!! They also offer rental boots which I highly recommend for an easier hike! Also, bring handwarmers!

open_it_fast

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

The ice climbing is definitely one of the highlights of my trip! And the guides were greats: funny and knowledgeable

Leah J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Highlight of our holiday! Really enjoyed the hike and the ice climbing. Great place to take pictures!

astrolamb

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

What an amazing experience to hike on the glacier, picnic on the glacier and try out ice climbing on the glacier. The guides were very experienced and passionate about their work so they could tell you all sorts of stories and information about the locations and the features of the glacier. The glacier is not flat and rather difficult to walk on so make sure you wear good hiking shoes or rent a pair from them. Definitely a must do!

Danielle L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

The guides were excellent- very prepared,knowledgeable, and engaging! The views and overall experience were incredible - and we loved the ice climbing introduction!! We were the envy of our friends when we got back - ha!

rmoraza

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Absolutely amazing experience. Walking on the glacier was really fun. A bit scary at first but once you get used to the crampons it is really enjoyable. The views are spectacular. The ice climbing was a bit harder than I thought but still manageable and fun. Overall this was a brilliant experience and I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys a bit of adventure and doing something a bit different.

CHARLENE C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Arctic Adventures and their guides Bigbi, Jonas and Henrik were great! They were very patient and informative and most importantly, very safe. This tour is a definite MUST DO on any trip to Iceland! The country has a vast beautiful landscape, but the view from walking on top of the glacier is unfreakingbelievable!!! Definitely take your SLR because your iphone will be an injustice to its beauty! And the Ice Climbing was tough but a once in a lifetime experience! Def recommend to everyone. If you're reading this, STOP and BOOK IT!
Much 3, Charlene

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