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Blue Ice - Glacier Hiking on Sólheimajökull

At A Glance

Details
Price: 

19.990 - 24.990 ISK

Departures: 

8:30 Everyday (11:30 at glacier)

Season: 

All Year

Departs From: 

Reykjavik - pick up at your hotel or guesthouse.  (*or meet at Sólheimajökull)

Duration: 

4 hrs on ice, 9-10 hrs total

Minimum Age: 

14 years or shoe size 35 EUR (for crampons).

Difficulty: 

Here is your chance to visit a glacier and not just any glacier. This trip will take you to the frozen glacial tongue that is Sólheimajökull (2 hours east of Reykjavik). It is a magnificent phenomenon, a rugged, raw and ever changing hub of ancient frozen water. You will explore the crevasse riddled outlet glacier with its amazing ice formations, sinkholes and jagged ridges. Along the way, you will find an ice wall on the glacier where you will be able to test your ice climbing skills. You will be provided with all the necessary equipment (ice axes, helmet, crampons and safety lines) and of course a certified glacier guide. On your return journey to Reykjavik, you will also stop at the beautiful waterfall Skógafoss.

On this trip, you get to see and do what many people will only dream about and very few ever try. Why not be adventurous and explore the amazing crawling glacier of mighty Solheimajokull?

Highlights

  • Small group experience.
  • Solheimajokull Glacier
  • Introduction to Ice climbing.
  • Glacier hiking.

Tour Details

  • Group Maximum: 8 people per guide.
  • Price with pick up from Reykjavik: 24990 ISK per person
  • Price from Solheimajokull parking lot: 19990 ISK per person
  • Duration: 4 hours if you meet us at the glacier, up to 10 hours including the transportation from Reykjavik.
  • Minimum age 14.

If you are driving from Reykjavík follow the signs for Selfoss on road no. 1. You drive road no. 1 south for around 2 hours, passing the following towns without making any turns: Hveragerði, Selfoss, Hella and Hvollsvöllur. Keep driving until you see the Skógarfoss waterfall on your left hand side. After you pass Skógarfoss you drive for around 5 minutes, you pass a bridge over the Jökulsá river, then you take the first turn on the left (Road 221) towards the glacier and you stop at the 2nd parking lot by the glacier.

If you are driving from the East (for example Höfn) continue west on Road no.1, after passing through the coastal town of Vík, continue for approximately 25 minutes until you see the yellow sign for road 221 on the right. This will be immediately before a bridge crossing the Jökulsá river.  Take a right and continue towards the glacier (4km) and stop at the 2nd parking lot by the glacier.

Please Note: In the winter the roads in Iceland can be very difficult and especially the road in towards the Sólheimajökull glacier. During this time we strongly recommend you buy a pick up and transfer from Reykjavík.

You can visit the following site for general road conditions: Icelandic Road Administration.

What to Bring

For all of our glacier tours Glacier Guides will provide guests with crampons for walking on the ice, helmets and ice axes.  Waterproof clothing and hiking boots are available for rent. In Skaftafell we do have many of the items below for sale in our booking center.


Equipment List for Glacier Day Tours

Please note that the glacier hikes range from 3 hours to 7 hours so depending on the length of your tour you may be able to get away without some of the things on this list. 

  • Waterproof jacket and pants (We do have rental clothing available)
  • Hiking boots (Available for rent, 1000 isk. We advise against runners or any type of shoe that comes up below the ankle bone as the straps on the crampons can get a bit painful during the walk)(Climbing boots are included on the ice climbing tour)
  • Light sweater, wool or fleece
  • Light synthetic or quick dry pants (Try and stay clear of jeans on the longer trips as they get wet & cold quick and dry slow)
  • Thin Gloves
  • Hat
  • Small Backpack (Can be handy to carry camera, rain gear and all extras)
  • Sunglasses and sun protection (It can get quite bright on the ice with the reflection)
  • Food and drinks (Lunch is not provided on any of our trips. June - September there is plenty of fresh water on the glacier so bring a bottle)
  • Camera (If you forget everything else don´t forget that)
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