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Blue Ice - Glacier Hiking Day Tour

Glacier Hiking & Ice Climbing Day Tour from Reykjavík to Sólheimajökull Glacier on Iceland's South Coast

Trip level: 2-3 (out of 5) easy
Guaranteed departures: from Reykjavik, daily at 08.30-9.00, 15 May to 15 September 
Duration: 9 hours (around 4 hours on the ice) 
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Why just gaze at the glaciers from afar, when you can touch, taste and feel the ice all around you? Head for adventure and join an exciting guided glacier excursion on Solheimajokull, one of the most impressive glaciers in Iceland. This is ice hiking with a difference, exploring an amazing frozen world of crevasses and sink holes, jagged ridges and ice walls that is accessible to anyone with a sense of adventure. You don't need any previous experience of glacier walking and all the necessary gear is provided for a safe yet thrilling glacier hike.

This 5 mile long glacier spills off the much larger Myrdalsjokull icecap, one of Iceland's big four. It's located a scenic two-hour drive east of Reykjavik, near the beautiful waterfall Skogafoss, which you'll also visit during the tour.

Once you arrive at the snout of the glacier, the guide will do a briefing and go through the equipment and safety procedures. Then, kitted out with crampons, ice axe and safety lines you'll set off onto the ice with your guide. Just imagine standing on ice that's many hundreds of years old and hundreds of feet thick below you. Peering into a crevasse or sink hole you can hear the occasional rumble and trickle of water. That's to remind you that these 'rivers' of ice are alive, melting, moving and changing constantly yet imperceptibly. As you explore the eerie frozen labyrinth, there'll be the chance to try your hand at ice climbing on one of the ice walls – entirely optional but great fun.

Minimum number: 2 persons
Prices include: transportation, guide services, crampons, ice axe, helmet and safety lines, packed lunch
Please bring: walking boots, warm clothing including wind and rainproof jacket and trousers, hat, gloves.
Minimum age: 14 years
MPORTANT NOTE: crampons are only available in UK shoe size 3 or European size 35 and above. 

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If you have your own transport and want to meet us, then the meeting place at the Sólheimajökull glacier car park, turn left about 5 minutes after passing the Skógafoss waterfall when travelling from Reykjavik.

* If you are staying in the city centre then your pick up for your tour will be at 9:00 from our outdoor shop “Cintamani Center” at Laugavegur 11. The shop is located in the heart of the old city.


All glacier trips are undertaken at your own risk. Arctic Adventures does not accept any responsibility for accidents which are caused by their customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realise that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.