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Small-Group 4-Hour Sólheimajökull Ice-Climbing and Glacier-Walking Tour

  • Ice-climbing and glacier-walking tour in Sólheimajökull
  • Climb and hike across the Sólheimajökull glacier with your guide
  • Marvel at the many geological features you find
Small-Group 4-Hour Sólheimajökull Ice-Climbing and Glacier-Walking Tour
From US$169.36
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Small-Group 4-Hour Sólheimajökull Ice-Climbing and Glacier-Walking Tour
From US$169.36
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.
What to Expect
This tour is for anyone looking to experience one of the natural wonders of the earth. 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. It is featured in detail in the 2012 documentary “Chasing Ice,” an award-winning investigation of climate change.
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 axe? 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!
Reviews (34)
1 - 5 of 33 reviews
Reviewed 15 October 2018
Ice climbing and hike

An absolutely amazing experience! We was lucky about weather and we have been just 4 of us, but definitely woth it!!! HIghly recommended. Many thanks also to our guide- Lisa. She was really kind, funny and helpful.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Lukáš S
Reviewed 23 September 2018
Well worth it! Bucket list adventure.

Hendrik was our guide - he was great. We had a small group (six of us total with Hendrik). Definitely recommend this option - the regular glacier walk had a lot more people and I don't think they went as far into the glacier as...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank jmagruder
Reviewed 29 August 2018
One of my trip highlights!

Just being on the glacier was an amazing sight and experience. But learning to ice climb was one of the best parts of my whole trip! I tend to have some issues with heights, but our guide Michael was patient, positive and it was easy...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank scubagirldr
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile
MICHAEL!!! let us climb high above!!!!

Michael, It’s me “Sōng-gong man”!! Sorry for my late review. Your tour was the best experience of my Iceland trip. You leaded us well and took care of all the tour members even if he or she is slow pacer or small-minded one. Thank you...More

1  Thank 필식 강
Reviewed 5 August 2018
Awesome adventure!

This trip was awesome! And was the definitely the highlight of my trip. Took the Ice Climbing and Galcier walk with Sigurpall (Siggi). Sigurpall was super knowledgeable about the area and a brilliant guide, super friendly and fun. I would definitely recommend booking with him!...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Sunny S
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