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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.


  • 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

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!


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!


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!


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.


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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

MUST DO! The most amazing and dangerous thing i've don in my travels! The ice climbing part is just a little wall you'll go up and down just to try out ice climbing... is not like the whole trip is about that. Is mostly Hiking to and from that spot. Still, really amazing. The only thing is I thing the group was too big for only 2 guides. It seams like a bit dangerous. It says no experience necessary, bur you should be at least in a bit of fiscal condition, since you'll be walking and going up and down for about 4hr in the cold. For me it was challenging and i'm in my 20's and in shape.

Paul C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Amazing amazing is there word we used all day our guides ARMAN and GABRIELLE were fantastic we were quoted £1080 for the 4x from a dif tour, it only cost £695 worth every penny so professional felt safe all day , there knowledge is vast all mixed In with great humour all we can say is THANK YOU !!!

christina j

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Loved that we were able to ice climb and the tour guides were extremely knowledgeable

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