Solheimajokull Glacier
Solheimajokull Glacier
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Lying just off the Ring Road, Solheimajokull is one of Iceland’s most accessible glaciers. It's just a short five-minute walk from the carpark to the glacier lagoon, and another 10 minutes to reach the glacier wall itself. Admire the otherworldly glaciers, but note that you shouldn't venture onto the glacier without the proper equipment and a guide. The best way to explore the glacier is on a guided hike or even on an ice-climbing tour. Solheimajokull can be seen and hiked all year round; visit from November to March when you'll be able to venture into an ice cave. – Tripadvisor
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  • Kritsana P
    Rayong, Thailand1,899 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glacier
    Solheimajokull Glacier is located along the southern region of Iceland's famous Ring Road. It’s easy to access 6 km from number 1 highway. After parking, walking around 1 km you can see the glacier. It’s able to walk on the glacier, however you need to walk with guide.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 August 2023
  • nadi
    Israel1,295 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Even if you don't intend to walk on the glacier go to the edge
    I found it very impressive. I did not intend to walk over the glacier but my impression was great. You see it from short distance but you see many parts that broke from the glacier and they are floating on the water. Simply great and a short easy walk.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 12 August 2023
  • Michael K
    London, United Kingdom539 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great but retreating phenomenon of nature
    This is a tongue of the large Myrdalsjökull Glacier, stretching out towards the sea, but in overall retreat since the 1930s. As you drive towards it you at first are at the side of a river that flows from its melt water, then the deeply scarred valley where it once sat, till eventually you reach its tongue. It is retreating a little each year. You can get fairly close to it on a platform; only organised groups with a trained leader can go right up to it or on it. It is striated with black from the debris is has picked up over the years. It is an impressive yet also challenging sight, as it so eloquently highlights the consequences of global warming. Very moving to stand before this great and ancient phenomenon of nature. NB; you have to pay to use the toilets here.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 November 2023
  • Bandit-One
    Lucerne, Switzerland10,043 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bigger and better than expected
    This glacier here was a great attraction and a lot bigger and better than we assumed. We visited it on our own without a tour, since we didn't plan to walk on it, only enjoy the area, the views and a short walk to see the glacier up close. There's a huge parking lot. Costs a small fee. There's also a visitors center with infos, tours and public toilets. From here a trail leads to the viewing platform. From there you still can continue until you reach the glacier tongue. You can so close until you really can touch it. All without a guide or tour. You can take a few steps on it right at the tongue. But after a few meters you shouldn't go further on your own. A tour or guide and the right gear will be needed from there. But for us that was enough to really enjoy and appreciate this glacier. It's massive, on the pics it looked a lot smaller. It's just a beautiful sight with the mountains in the back and the glacier with its lake. Some ice is drifting in the lake, a very pretty sight. Together with the black sand it makes a unique and amazing sight. After the visit we didn't follow the path back but walked along the lake and then the river to get back to the visitors center. Not many folks around. Very nice.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 November 2023
  • Toni B
    Asbury Park, New Jersey7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our best trip in Iceland
    My husband and I had a mindblowing experience hiking this glacier. We were in Iceland for our wedding and honeymoon and this was the best day trip we took in the 10 days we were in Iceland. The weather could have been better but that's nothing to complain about, haha. It's Iceland!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 December 2023
  • AlvinosKyperounda
    Kyperounta, Cyprus457 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a great Glacier you can visit for free, even if it makes the local guides angry
    This is an excellent place to see the Glacier for free without paying through the nose some guides who do not do anything more than provide you with Crampons and helmets you can buy yourself. We visited the place by ourselves and walked to the glacier. A guide of a tour of 15 people who were paying like 250 euro each for this, was kind of angry with us and said that we should have an axe and a strap around the waist in order to go up. He said that because he wanted to find an excuse to the 15 paying customers who were feeling uncomfortable seeing us doing the tour free of charge.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 December 2023
  • Marinerpeeps
    Colorado Springs, Colorado13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good hike rewarded with amazing views.
    Took this hike as part of a 3 day tour from Reykjavik. Exceptional experience from the safety briefings all the way thru the moderately strenuous hike up and back. We had Michele leading our group, and her passion and energy kept even the slowest members (basically me) of our group forging onward, only to be rewarded with amazing views and amazing memories. An experience well worth the efforts.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 January 2024
  • HROxon
    Oxford, United Kingdom877 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great stop with amazing glacier views
    With self drive very easy to get to near Skogafoss and the Plane Wreck. About a 10 minute drive off the ring road. Large car park with pay toilets. Parka App parking payment (phone reception weak we had to drive to a far corner of the car park to be able to pay via the app). Great 10 minute walk to glacier viewing area with amazing views, glad we made the detour.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 March 2024
  • CINDYROSE720
    Denver, Colorado1,355 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the hike!
    2024-March. We visited this glacier through a tour company. We went on a Tuesday. It was very windy and cold when we went. But we were determined to do the hike. We parked and hiked closest to the glacier where we wore the crampons our guide gave us. He also gave us an ice pick and safety instructions. He was nice and very patient. The hike was hard. Just reminded me how out of shape I was 🤣. After we reached the top, it was BREATHTAKING! Although all you see are ice and lava sand-covered ice... it was still a great experience. There were people there who didn't have a guide but they knew what they were doing. It was hard going back to our tour vehicle because the wind started blowing hard. There are no restrooms or souvenir shops here or in the parking area. Please 'like" if this review helped you in any way. Have a safe hike 😊
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 March 2024
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CINDYROSE720
Denver, CO1,355 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
2024-March. We visited this glacier through a tour company.

We went on a Tuesday.

It was very windy and cold when we went. But we were determined to do the hike.

We parked and hiked closest to the glacier where we wore the crampons our guide gave us. He also gave us an ice pick and safety instructions. He was nice and very patient.

The hike was hard. Just reminded me how out of shape I was 🤣.

After we reached the top, it was BREATHTAKING! Although all you see are ice and lava sand-covered ice... it was still a great experience.

There were people there who didn't have a guide but they knew what they were doing.

It was hard going back to our tour vehicle because the wind started blowing hard.

There are no restrooms or souvenir shops here or in the parking area.

Please 'like" if this review helped you in any way.

Have a safe hike 😊
Written 27 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

HROxon
Oxford, UK877 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
With self drive very easy to get to near Skogafoss and the Plane Wreck. About a 10 minute drive off the ring road. Large car park with pay toilets. Parka App parking payment (phone reception weak we had to drive to a far corner of the car park to be able to pay via the app). Great 10 minute walk to glacier viewing area with amazing views, glad we made the detour.
Written 14 March 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Marinerpeeps
Colorado Springs, CO13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Took this hike as part of a 3 day tour from Reykjavik. Exceptional experience from the safety briefings all the way thru the moderately strenuous hike up and back. We had Michele leading our group, and her passion and energy kept even the slowest members (basically me) of our group forging onward, only to be rewarded with amazing views and amazing memories. An experience well worth the efforts.
Written 18 January 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

AlvinosKyperounda
Kyperounta, Cyprus457 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
This is an excellent place to see the Glacier for free without paying through the nose some guides who do not do anything more than provide you with Crampons and helmets you can buy yourself. We visited the place by ourselves and walked to the glacier. A guide of a tour of 15 people who were paying like 250 euro each for this, was kind of angry with us and said that we should have an axe and a strap around the waist in order to go up. He said that because he wanted to find an excuse to the 15 paying customers who were feeling uncomfortable seeing us doing the tour free of charge.
Written 30 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Toni B
Asbury Park, NJ7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
My husband and I had a mindblowing experience hiking this glacier. We were in Iceland for our wedding and honeymoon and this was the best day trip we took in the 10 days we were in Iceland. The weather could have been better but that's nothing to complain about, haha. It's Iceland!
Written 11 December 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Bandit-One
Lucerne, Switzerland10,043 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This glacier here was a great attraction and a lot bigger and better than we assumed.
We visited it on our own without a tour, since we didn't plan to walk on it, only enjoy the area, the views and a short walk to see the glacier up close.
There's a huge parking lot. Costs a small fee. There's also a visitors center with infos, tours and public toilets. From here a trail leads to the viewing platform. From there you still can continue until you reach the glacier tongue. You can so close until you really can touch it. All without a guide or tour. You can take a few steps on it right at the tongue. But after a few meters you shouldn't go further on your own. A tour or guide and the right gear will be needed from there.

But for us that was enough to really enjoy and appreciate this glacier. It's massive, on the pics it looked a lot smaller. It's just a beautiful sight with the mountains in the back and the glacier with its lake. Some ice is drifting in the lake, a very pretty sight. Together with the black sand it makes a unique and amazing sight.

After the visit we didn't follow the path back but walked along the lake and then the river to get back to the visitors center. Not many folks around. Very nice.
Written 25 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Cloud
Frankfurt, Germany1,146 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Nice for a walk and to take some nice pictures, you can see the glacier and the small icebergs in the glacier lagoon.
Written 11 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Michael K
London, UK539 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is a tongue of the large Myrdalsjökull Glacier, stretching out towards the sea, but in overall retreat since the 1930s. As you drive towards it you at first are at the side of a river that flows from its melt water, then the deeply scarred valley where it once sat, till eventually you reach its tongue. It is retreating a little each year. You can get fairly close to it on a platform; only organised groups with a trained leader can go right up to it or on it. It is striated with black from the debris is has picked up over the years. It is an impressive yet also challenging sight, as it so eloquently highlights the consequences of global warming. Very moving to stand before this great and ancient phenomenon of nature.
NB; you have to pay to use the toilets here.
Written 3 November 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

carolyng2017
66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We toured the glacier with Arctic Adventures. You need to be on a tour to walk on the glacier. This was an epic experience.
Written 29 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Beth
Birmingham, MI2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This hike was more challenging than the description indicates. A walking stick is definitely suggested (ice pick is offered as a choice and it’s useless- choose the walking stick). The glacier is rocky and slippery- no smooth surfaces at all like other glacier walks I’ve been on. It was a long way to just get to the glacier and though it was cool to see it and the guide was great, I was too nervous about tripping on the rocks and ice to really enjoy it. I would prefer a different activity.
Written 19 October 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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