Grab your hiking boots and get ready, because you’re going to hike Sólheimajökull glacier in southern Iceland.
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.
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.
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!
- Glacier hike at Sólheimajökull
- Safety gear (Harness, Ice Axe, Helmet, Crampons)
Make sure to bring
- Warm clothing:
- Waterproof shoes and warm socks. Because cold toes just take away all the fun!
- Waterproof and warm coat
- Camera – for those indescribable moments
Booking and Payment
For all bookings, full payment must be made at the time of booking.
Upon your booking confirmation and we have received full payment, an email with a list of services purchased and booking number will follow. Please print the email to use as voucher and proof of purchase upon the start of your tour.
A cancellation must be sent to Tröllaferðir in writing or by email and be confirmed by Tröllaferðir to be valid.
90% of total tour price refunded if canceled 7 days or more before departure.
50% of total tour price refunded if canceled 2 – 7 days before departure.
0% of total tour price refunded if canceled 48 hours or less before departure. This includes bookings made within 48 hours before departure.
Changes or Cancellation by Tröllaferðir
Tröllaferðir reserves the right to change or alter tour itineraries due to weather or road conditions. Itineraries can be changed or canceled at any moment to assure the safety of passengers and staff.
In the case where Tröllaferðir cancels a tour, Tröllaferðir will make every effort to provide alternative arrangements without additional cost. Should these alternatives not be to your satisfaction a full refund of tour price will be made.
Adventure Travels and Client Responsibility
By booking an activity with us, you accept the hazards involved in this sort of tour and accept that in visiting remote and mountainous regions there is an element of on-tour flexibility. The itinerary stated in the tour dossier is indicative only and not a guarantee that a particular route will be followed or place reached. You must acknowledge that delays and alterations and their results, such as inconvenience and discomfort, are possible where unforeseen circumstances arise. You must have a level of fitness commensurate with your chosen tour and you are responsible for bringing the appropriate equipment.
Personal Travel Insurance
Individual travel insurance is not included in the quoted prices. It is recommended that clients take have travel insurance against contingencies, including compensation for medical costs and cancellation fees. In the event of an emergency medical rescue and/or repatriation from a tour by whatever means, the responsibility of such costs will be borne by the client.
All luggage and personal equipment are, at all times, at your own risk. We will not be responsible whatsoever for any loss, damage to your luggage and/or personal equipment.
Medical & Dietary Conditions
If you are affected by a medical condition which may affect your or other people’s enjoyment of the tour, you must advise this at the time of booking. Tröllaferðir reserves the right to refuse service to customers apparently not fit for the tours. Customers under the influence of alcohol or other substances will be prohibited from joining the tour.
Our Liability & Compensation
Tröllaferðir will accept liability for the negligence of its employees causing direct physical injury to passengers only to the extent that it is obliged under Icelandic law. We cannot be held responsible for any mishap to yourself or your property, and in particular for the consequences of flight cancellations, vehicle accidents, strikes, sickness, Government or customs or police intervention or other such happenings amounting to force majeure. By confirming your booking with Tröllaferðir, you acknowledge that we have taken all reasonable steps to safeguard its liability in this respect.
Terms & Conditions of this website
This tour is operated by Tröllaferðir reg. 4309130930. By booking this tour you release Classic Iceland and its parent company, Delta ehf regestration number. 6610770269 from any and against all injury, loss or damage caused or claimed by your participation in this tour. Any and all disputes, claims and causes that may arise must be directed to Into the Glacier.