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Viator reviews tend to look similar and sterile to the point that I wonder if they're real. But rest assured this one is - and this tour is particularly f-ing good to borrow language I don't see in most reviews
The tour works like this: meet at parking lot, get gear, walk 30m to glacier, spend 60-90m on ice, walk 30m back, return gear. Arctic Adventures was the tour operator and even though they offered the cheapest Solheimajokull experience it was just as good as every other tour I saw operating that day. I don't know why other tours charge more for the same thing.
It is truly acceptable for unathletic types and it is not short on stunning views. You would think that walking for an hour on some ice wouldn't be all that interesting but this was a trip highlight. I've got some great photos and I learned a lot. We were lucky to have a particularly warm December day 3C for our 10a departure and it was comfortable in my single layer of jeans and multi layers on top with coat. The tour will rent waterproof clothing for a nominal fee but I'd consider this unnecessary unless it's raining. My wife rented pants - they smelled musty.
The guide, Jo, was good and knowledgeable. I could tell that our safety was her first priority.
The glacier is within easy distance of several good waterfalls and sights. With the 10 am start, even with sunset at 330p there was enough time to do this tour, go to Dyrhólaey Lighthouse, have a late sit-down lunch, and see Seljalandsfoss within the same short daylight.
Absolutely amazing! Our guide, PePe, was extremely fun and knowledgeable. As a couple of fit 25 year-olds, we wondered whether this excursion would be too easy to be fun but that was definitely not the case. You are split into small groups ours was 8 but some others were 11 and your guide takes you all over the glacier and to a number of really beautiful spots. Would absolutely do this again, it was the highlight of our trip!
Mhairi-Anne M United Kingdom
If you are wary of this, don't be. I'm a very middle-aged working Mum with very little time for exercise, and I managed this tour easily. Our tour guide was the Italian-Viking Alberto, and you are fully equipped before you leave. Every step of the way is explained to you, so from the beginning you know you are in safe hands. The area is a very quickly receding glacier, so safety is first and foremost. You are fully equipped and shown how to put on your gear, the gear is then checked by the tour guide, and they make sure you know how to walk on the ice and are constantly watching the group. This was such an amazing thing to do, and I would highly recommend this to anyone thinking about it. It's done in stages as you need different gear for the ice, and the walk across the glacier is at a nice pace and not too strenuous. I loved this whole experience.
Never done anthring like this before and it was great. Even our 14 yr old daughter said that it was cool, what else could you ask for? Armed with Crampons, ice axes and harnesses on, we had a short 15 min walk at the start and then onto the glacier. Probably helped that there were only 7 of us plus our guide and it was a gorgeous sunny day. We learnt how to walk up, across and down ice slopes, crossed meltwater rivulets and told how and why the features formed. Bring lots of water and make sure you layer well as we were pretty hot by the time we got to the 'plateau' on the top of the glacier. Outstanding!
This tour was amazing!
This tour was just what we wanted. Aggressive enough for the younger members of the family and not too much for the older one, although as the oldest and having just gotten a cast off my broken foot the month before, I would say it was all I could do to keep up. The tour guide, was very helpful in teaching us to put on and use the gear provided. He also knew a lot of details about the glacier. I was really tired by the end of the tour but also very happy I did it.
Great experience. Tour company was professional. Our guide, he told us to call him Olaf, was thorough, professional, pleasant, safety conscious, and had a dry sense of humor. He showed us an ice cave that they had discovered on the glacier a few weeks earlier. The views were gorgeous and we had beautiful weather on top of it all no pun intended. Not very strenuous - whole family participated , ages 17-55. Highly recommended.
Brian S United States of ...
What an experience! Equipment was in great shape - our guide was fun/knowledgeable - the views were spectacular. This will be on our next journey through Iceland, again.
Awesome, thrilling experience!!! Due to bad weather our hike had to be rescheduled, luckily we had extra days spare so this was not an issue. Our guide was superb with excellent knowledge and spoke very good English. She even stopped to take photos of us at various parts throughout the hike and the safety of all in the group was her priority. Very cold and wet when we did our hike, so recommended that you wrap up! It was one of the highlights on our trip! Visited in October 2016.
This was the absolute highlight of our trip to Iceland and sadly, time seems to be running out for this opportunity with a rapidly melting icecap, so get in there quick! We were the only two on the hike so got a very personalized experience. Other groups out that morning were much larger so not sure how we got so lucky, but recommend the morning time because the guides told us those tend to be less crowded. The meeting place is only a 30 minute drive from Vik and a few other larger towns - an easy places for an overnight stay to make it easier to do the morning time. Our guides, Biggi and Ravi, were great - very well experiences, patient, and we were really able to talk with them and get to know them. We experienced several seasons in the few hours so be sure to dress appropriately - waterproof everything! Also, neither of us are athletes but in relatively good health. Might be difficult for people who cannot manage strenuous, uphill walking.
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