Sólheimajökull ice climbing and glacier hike
Activities

Sólheimajökull ice climbing and glacier hike

Free cancellation
Language: English
Availability: Daily
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: up to 4 hours
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Experience natural wonders that are out of this planet
  • No hassle as all the necessary equipment for the hike and climb is included
  • Learn in detail about the history of the glacier from an experienced guide
What to expect

This is a comprehensive glacier tour, where you’ll learn about these massive natural phenomena from your guide and be provided with all the necessary equipment to get some exercise in full comfort and safety. You will also learn the basics of ice climbing and climb the vertical crevasse walls of Sólheimajökull glacier.

You’ll meet your guide in the Sólheimajökull parking lot and then make your way to the ice itself, a brisk 30-minute walk to get the blood flowing. (The glacier was once closer to the lot, but warming weather and the glacier’s own movement has caused it to recede into the distance.) Sólheimajökull is an outlet glacier of Mýrdalsjökull, one of the biggest glaciers in Europe.

Once you reach the ice, you’ll be given plenty of time to marvel at the eerie silence and feeling of isolation, as if you and your fellow hikers are alone in a vast, empty world of ice and snow. You’ll view millennia-old blue ice, created when oxygen bubbles are trapped in the snow and compressed into ice by the enormous weight of the glacier pressing down upon it. You’ll be able to gaze deep into a glacier moulin, a vertical shaft like a well, which can go all the way to the bottom of the glacier.

The guide will set up a climbing rope and you will learn how to ascend a vertical wall using ice axes and crampons. What’s down there? The ice cap sits on top of the mighty Katla volcano, one of the largest and most active volcanoes in Iceland. On a clear day, you may also be able to see Eyjafjallajökull, another glacier to the east which famously brought European air traffic to a halt in 2010 when its eruption filled the sky with fire and ash. Never been on a glacier walk before? Never used crampons or ice ax? No worries! Experienced guides will teach you all you need to know and have you walking safely on the glacier in no time. Safety equipment and briefings are provided before each tour. Nature is best experienced free of worries!

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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 sanitised between use
  • Visitors are required to bring and wear masks
  • What's included
    • Certified Glacier Guide
    • Small Group: 6 people max
    • Hiking boots and crampons
    • Glacier equipment: ropes, helmet, harness, and ice axe
    What's not included
    • Warm clothes (first layer)
    • Waterproof clothing (second layer)
    • Gloves (necessary to protect your hands)
    • Hat
    Reduced price

    Where

    Sólheimajökulsvegur, Vík

    Meeting point:

    The meeting point is at the trailer marked 'Tröll Expeditions' in the parking lot of Sólheimajökull where your glacier guides will meet you. You can look up “Troll Expeditions Sólheimajökull” on Google Maps to find the exact location and driving directions.

    What to remember
    • This tour is suitable for both single travelers and families
    • The minimum age for participation is 12 years
    • Jeans are not recommended for glacier activities. Once denim gets wet it spreads moisture and takes a long time to dry, leaving the wearer cold
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    When
    • The tour operates daily at 1.00pm
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    Provider
    Troll Expeditions
    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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