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Sólheimajökull Glacier Tours

Sólheimajökull Glacier
Among Iceland’s most famous peaks, the notoriously difficult-to-pronounce Eyjafjallajökull volcano made headlines when it erupted in 2010, spewing an enormous cloud of volcanic ash that grounded air traffic all across Europe. The imposing, ice-capped volcano has three main peaks, the tallest of which reaches 5,417 feet (1,651 meters).

The Basics
While a few hardy explorers have managed to summit Eyjafjallajökull, ascending the volcano is considered dangerous, with a deadly crevasse-ridden glacier at the top. Many day tours of the south coast from Reykjavik, whether by car or Jeep, venture to Eyjafjallajökull volcano. These tours typically make stops at other destinations in south Iceland, such as Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Skógafoss waterfall, black-sand beaches at Dyrhólaey and Vik, the Thórsmörk valley, and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. For aerial views of the crater, steaming hot springs, and rugged peaks, opt for a helicopter tour over the volcano. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Eyjafjallajökull volcano is a must for nature lovers.
  • Eyjafjallajökull is still an active volcano, and as such, is best explored in the company of an experienced guide who can brief you on safety practices.  
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes and warm, rainproof clothing.  
  • Due to uneven surfaces near the volcano, it’s not recommended for wheelchair users. 

How to Get There
Eyjafjallajökull is situated near Iceland’s south shore, just under two hours’ drive from Reykjavik. To get there, follow the Ring Road (Route 1) until Hvolsvöllur, then take the turnoff for Route 261. This route ends at a parking lot, from which it’s possible to view the volcano.

When to Get There
The best time to visit Eyjafjallajökull is during summer, when warmer temperatures and the midnight sun make exploring and hiking easier. Crowds are thinner during September and October. 

Iceland’s Volcanoes
Though Eyjafjallajökull volcano may be better known among Europeans following its 2010 eruption, it is but one of many active volcanoes in Iceland. Its larger neighbor, Katla, just east of Eyjafjallajökull, is even more mighty and powerful. Katla, which lasts erupted in 1918, lies under the Mýrdalsjökull ice cap—the fourth-largest glacier in Iceland. It is feared that an eruption of Katla could melt the glacier and cause catastrophic flooding. 
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10 Tours and Activities to Experience Sólheimajökull Glacier

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Small Group Glacier Experience from Solheimajokull Glacier

Small Group Glacier Experience from Solheimajokull Glacier

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Take an unforgettable walk on pure ice on this guided glacier hike experience on Sólheimajökull in south Iceland. Accompanied by a professional guide, set off from the foot of Sólheimajökull, a frozen tongue of solid ice, and thrill at the experience of walking across the frozen valley. Put on your crampons and discover natural ice formations, crevasses, shafts and ridges as you learn about the formation and history of this frozen wonderland.
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  • 3 hours
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  • Taking safety measures
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Solheimajokull Glacier 3-Hour Small-Group Hike

Solheimajokull Glacier 3-Hour Small-Group Hike

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Spend a half day hiking around southern Iceland's Sólheimajökull glacier with a small group on this tour. Follow your hiking guide over the rugged terrain and learn about the glacial formation as you walk. All necessary equipment included.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Kayaking on the Sólheimajökull Glacier Lagoon

Kayaking on the Sólheimajökull Glacier Lagoon

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Secure your spot in advance, and see the Sólheimajökull Glacier from a different perspective on this guided kayak tour. After dressing in the included dry suit, learn the basics of kayaking before paddling out behind your guide into the lagoon. Observe the glacier landscape as you glide around the icebergs anchored in the lagoon.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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3-hour Glacier Hike on Sólheimajökull

3-hour Glacier Hike on Sólheimajökull

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While many tours in Iceland make pit stops at glaciers—the country is, after all, full of them—fewer take you over them and close enough to discover their interesting features. With this tour, take an easy glacier hike to see ice formations, crevasses, and water cauldrons that you’d miss just stopping for a look. Your climbing crampons are provided, and the guided hike is offered 2-3 times a day so it’s easier to fit into your schedule.
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  • 3 hours
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Small-Group Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing on Sólheimajokull Glacier

Small-Group Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing on Sólheimajokull Glacier

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Designed to delight travelers with an adventurous spirit, this 4-hour tour gives you the chance to climb and hike on the colossal Sólheimajökull Glacier. In a small group of no more than 10, you’ll conquer the glacier’s frozen curves and crevasses, and admire unique ice formations and jagged ridges. Refine your climbing skills on an ice wall and receive personalized attention from your guide in an intimate group.
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  • 4 hours
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  • Taking safety measures
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Sólheimajökull Ice Climbing and Glacier Walk

Sólheimajökull Ice Climbing and Glacier Walk

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Explore one of Iceland’s mightiest natural sites of interest and gain insight into the country’s rich geology on this Sólheimajökull glacier-walking tour. Harnessed up for safety, climb the vertical crevasse walls of the Sólheimajökull glacier with your guide and admire the spectacular scenery you find. Follow frozen routes over the mighty glacier, peer down into huge crevasses, and put your ice axes and crampons to good use on the icy terrain. Enjoy personal attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 12 people.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Ice Climbing and Glacier Hiking Day Trip from Reykjavik

Ice Climbing and Glacier Hiking Day Trip from Reykjavik

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Enjoy a full-day tour to the Sólheimajökull glacier where you learn the basics of ice climbing from your experienced guide. You’ll travel two hours from Reykjavík to see this magical frozen landscape of Iceland. Your guide provides all needed ice gear and climbing instructions before you set out in search of a suitable area for climbing on the ever-changing glacier. Hear informative commentary from your guide as you see ice tunnels, crevasses and sink holes. A good level of fitness is recommended, but technical experience is not required.
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  • 10 hours
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Small Group Glacier Hiking & Blue Ice Tour from Solheimajokull

Small Group Glacier Hiking & Blue Ice Tour from Solheimajokull

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Step on the ice for a 1,5 hour hike up the glacier to explore the incredible Solheimajokull from a new perspective. Introducing you to both glacier hiking and an ice cave adventure when you step into the newly found blue ice cave of Solheimajokull glacier. The ice cave, which is one of the bluest ever found will be like stepping into a blue winter wonderland. You will have time to explore, take photographs and enjoy the wonders of nature inside the ice cave. After exploring the cave, we make our way down the glacier again, passing thrilling crevasses, blue sinkholes and rugged ice ridges along the way.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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Half-day Glacier Hiking at Sólheimajökull

Half-day Glacier Hiking at Sólheimajökull

Sólheimajökull is an outlet glacier of the Mýrdalsjökull, Iceland’s 4th largest glacier on the South Coast of Iceland. We will meet you at the parking lot where you will strap on a pair of crampons grab your ice pick and helmet and hike on the ice, exploring glacial features and learning about it’s formation. You'll experience first hand how it is to walk on ice, to take the twists and turns on pathways through crevasses and to use your ice axe to make it up steep slopes on pure glacial ice. We operate only in small groups, and we have a passionate team of guides who love their jobs. We think this will show. We like to spend as much time as we can on the glacier, we the guides enjoy this as much as the customers do. As we only operate one tour per day, we are not in a rush to get back for the next group arriving. You will be our focus for the day, and no one else.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private South Coast Tour from Reykjavik

Private South Coast Tour from Reykjavik

Avoid crowds and the hassle of traveling in a large group. This private tour offers a more personalized experience of Iceland's stunning south coast. Visit the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss; the black sand beach of Reynisfjara, and Sólheimajökull glacier.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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