Sólheimajökull glacier hike experience
Activities

Sólheimajökull glacier hike experience

Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: All-year
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 2 hours 30 minutes
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Epic landscapes
  • Expert guide
  • Small-group experience
What to expect

The tour starts with an introduction to the equipment and safety rules needed to explore the glacier, then you will take a short walk across the pitch-black volcanic ash and sands towards the frozen glacier tongue that is Sólheimajökull outlet glacier. As you walk along the valley which the glacier-filled only a few years ago, your certified glacier guide will show you how the glacier is retreating at an alarming rate, almost before your very eyes. At the glacier edge you lace up the crampons and following the guide you will explore this otherworldly natural wonder, a rugged, raw and ever-changing hub of ancient frozen water.

The glacier hike is an adventure like no other, and with the rapid rate of global climate change, an adventure now only available in very few parts of the world. You will see how the primal elements shape and affect glacier, creating mesmerizing labyrinths of ice ridges and deep v-shaped crevasses that criss-cross and scar the surface of the ice. Not to mention the big sinkholes, called "moulins", that sometimes have drilled their way through the glacier, all the way to the black sands below, draining the meltwater of the ice in water slides and little waterfalls. The glacier also carries with it the ashes of volcanic eruptions from the distant and not so distant past, you might even be lucky enough to be able to collect a little sample of the Eyjafjalljökull volcanic ash from 2010.

Add some adventure to your Iceland tour and explore an amazing crawling glacier, before they melt and become inaccessible.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitized between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • What's included
    • Guided glacier hike
    • Certified English speaking licensed glacier guide
    • Specialized glacier gear
    • All required safety equipment
    What's not included
    • Food and drinks
    • Tips and gratuities
    Reduced price

    Children (8-15): Reduced

    Where

    Sólheimajökull Parking Lot

    Meeting point:
    Please meet your tour guide at Sólheimajökull Parking Lot.
    What to remember
    • Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk
    • The minimum age for participation is 8 years
    • Remember to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket, pants, headwear, and gloves. Good hiking boots are essential, it is not possible to fit ice crampons to any other footwear
    • Trip difficulty: 2/5, easy
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    When
    • The tour operates daily at different times, please check the calendar for the availability
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    Provider
    Arctic Adventures
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Receive a 100% refund if you cancel up to 1 day before the experience begins.

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