: Operated from Sólheimajökull Glacier parking lot.
- Glacier hike
- Small Group Guarantee
The tour starts with an introduction to the equipment and safety rules needed to explore the glacier, then we 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 you very eyes. At the glacier edge we lace up our 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 sink holes, called "moulins", that sometimes have drilled their way through the glacier, all the way to the black sands below, draining the melt water 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 a some adventure to you Iceland tour and explore an amazing crawling glacier, before they melt and become inaccessible.
Duration of trip: approx. 2.5 - 3 hours, 1-1.5 hours on the ice.
Disclaimer: All glacier hiking tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.
The meeting point is "Sólheimajökull" Parking Lot next to the café 15 minutes before the set time of the tour.
- Cancellation fee of 100.0% is charged if cancelled 1 day(s) or less before the activity
Guided glacier hiking tour on Sólheimajökull glacier with an certified glacier guide and all specialized glacier gear; including glacier crampons, ice axe and other glacier safety equipment.
Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Note: Sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants can be rented and paid for online. We do not rent gear from location.