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Sólheimajökull Glacier Tours

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Sólheimajökull Glacier
Among Iceland’s most famous peaks, the notoriously difficult-to-pronounce Eyjafjallajökull volcano made headlines when it erupted in 2010, spewing an enormous cloud of volcanic ash that grounded air traffic all across Europe. The imposing, ice-capped volcano has three main peaks, the tallest of which reaches 5,417 feet (1,651 meters).

The Basics
While a few hardy explorers have managed to summit Eyjafjallajökull, ascending the volcano is considered dangerous, with a deadly crevasse-ridden glacier at the top. Many day tours of the south coast from Reykjavik, whether by car or Jeep, venture to Eyjafjallajökull volcano. These tours typically make stops at other destinations in south Iceland, such as Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Skógafoss waterfall, black-sand beaches at Dyrhólaey and Vik, the Thórsmörk valley, and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. For aerial views of the crater, steaming hot springs, and rugged peaks, opt for a helicopter tour over the volcano. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Eyjafjallajökull volcano is a must for nature lovers.
  • Eyjafjallajökull is still an active volcano, and as such, is best explored in the company of an experienced guide who can brief you on safety practices.  
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes and warm, rainproof clothing.  
  • Due to uneven surfaces near the volcano, it’s not recommended for wheelchair users. 

How to Get There
Eyjafjallajökull is situated near Iceland’s south shore, just under two hours’ drive from Reykjavik. To get there, follow the Ring Road (Route 1) until Hvolsvöllur, then take the turnoff for Route 261. This route ends at a parking lot, from which it’s possible to view the volcano.

When to Get There
The best time to visit Eyjafjallajökull is during summer, when warmer temperatures and the midnight sun make exploring and hiking easier. Crowds are thinner during September and October. 

Iceland’s Volcanoes
Though Eyjafjallajökull volcano may be better known among Europeans following its 2010 eruption, it is but one of many active volcanoes in Iceland. Its larger neighbor, Katla, just east of Eyjafjallajökull, is even more mighty and powerful. Katla, which lasts erupted in 1918, lies under the Mýrdalsjökull ice cap—the fourth-largest glacier in Iceland. It is feared that an eruption of Katla could melt the glacier and cause catastrophic flooding. 
Address: Vik, Iceland
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13 Tours and Activities to Experience Sólheimajökull Glacier

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4-hour Glacier Hike on SólheimajökullNature and Wildlife

4-hour Glacier Hike on Sólheimajökull

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Iceland is home to some of the world’s most easily accessible glaciers but you don’t need to be an experienced hiker to try glacier trekking. This guided glacier hike explores the wild landscapes of the Sólheimajökull glacier, passing spectacular ice tunnels, crevasses, and natural ice sculptures. No experience is necessary.
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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3-hour Glacier Hike on SólheimajökullNature and Wildlife

3-hour Glacier Hike on Sólheimajökull

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While many tours in Iceland make pit stops at glaciers—the country is, after all, full of them—fewer take you over them and close enough to discover their interesting features. With this tour, take an easy glacier hike to see ice formations, crevasses, and water cauldrons that you’d miss just stopping for a look. Your climbing crampons are provided, and the guided hike is offered 2-3 times a day so it’s easier to fit into your schedule.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Small Group Glacier Experience from Solheimajokull GlacierHiking

Small Group Glacier Experience from Solheimajokull Glacier

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Take an unforgettable walk on pure ice on this guided glacier hike experience on Sólheimajökull in south Iceland. Accompanied by a professional guide, set off from the foot of Sólheimajökull, a frozen tongue of solid ice, and thrill at the experience of walking across the frozen valley. Put on your crampons and discover natural ice formations, crevasses, shafts and ridges as you learn about the formation and history of this frozen wonderland.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Kayaking on the Sólheimajökull Glacier LagoonNature and Wildlife

Kayaking on the Sólheimajökull Glacier Lagoon

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Secure your spot in advance, and see the Sólheimajökull Glacier from a different perspective on this guided kayak tour. After dressing in the included dry suit, learn the basics of kayaking before paddling out behind your guide into the lagoon. Observe the glacier landscape as you glide around the icebergs anchored in the lagoon.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Solheimajokull Glacier 3-Hour Small-Group HikeWinter Sports

Solheimajokull Glacier 3-Hour Small-Group Hike

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Spend a half day hiking around southern Iceland's Sólheimajökull glacier with a small group on this tour. Follow your hiking guide over the rugged terrain and learn about the glacial formation as you walk. All necessary equipment included.
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  • 3 hours
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Day Trip to Iceland's Beautiful South Coast from ReykjavikDay Trips

Day Trip to Iceland's Beautiful South Coast from Reykjavik

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Iceland’s south coast is one of the country’s scenic wonders, but often overshadowed by the Golden Circle sights. This full-day trip from Reykjavik covers it in detail, showcasing its lava landscapes, waterfalls, glaciers, and beaches. In addition to visiting the Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, walk up close to the Sólheimajökull glacier, and admire the black cliffs and rocks at Reynisfjara and Dyrhólaey. A stop for lunch (own expense), and hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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Sólheimajökull Ice Climbing and Glacier WalkWinter Sports

Sólheimajökull Ice Climbing and Glacier Walk

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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.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 hours
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Small-Group Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing on Sólheimajokull GlacierWinter Sports

Small-Group Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing on Sólheimajokull Glacier

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Designed to delight travelers with an adventurous spirit, this 4-hour tour gives you the chance to climb and hike on the colossal Sólheimajökull Glacier. In a small group of no more than 10, you’ll conquer the glacier’s frozen curves and crevasses, and admire unique ice formations and jagged ridges. Refine your climbing skills on an ice wall and receive personalized attention from your guide in an intimate group.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing Small-Group Adventure from ReykjavikDay Trips

Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing Small-Group Adventure from Reykjavik

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Explore the surreal landscape of Iceland's Solheimajökull Glacier during this day trip from Reykjavik. Join your guide for ice hiking and climbing on top of this ancient ice formation, enjoying spectacular views of its constantly changing blend of colors and shapes. Then make a stop at the thundering Skogafoss waterfall, one of the country’s largest waterfalls. Your glacier adventure includes an expert glacier guide, introduction to ice climbing, round-trip transport from Reykjavik as well as all necessary safety gear needed.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Private South Coast Tour from ReykjavikFull-day Tours

Private South Coast Tour from Reykjavik

Avoid crowds and the hassle of traveling in a large group. This private tour offers a more personalized experience of Iceland's stunning south coast. Visit the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss; the black sand beach of Reynisfjara, and Sólheimajökull glacier.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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From Reykjavik Port: South Coast Small Group Shore ExcursionBus Tours

From Reykjavik Port: South Coast Small Group Shore Excursion

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Iceland’s South Coast is famous for its waterfalls, glaciers, black sand beaches, and quaint villages. Leave behind the cruise ship for the day and venture from the Port of Reykjavik to the village of Vik at the southern tip of the nation. The small-group, guided tour makes it possible to squeeze in stops at all of the top attractions, including many that are skipped on large bus tours.
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  • 9 to 11 hours
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Volcanic And Glacial Private South Coast TourFull-day Tours

Volcanic And Glacial Private South Coast Tour

Private tour around the most beautiful locations in the south of Iceland. Extra breaks if time permits. Our experienced guide will make this a experience that you will not forget.
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  • 10 hours
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SuperSaver: Small Group South Coast, Waterfalls & Glacier Hike and Northern Lights Adventure from ReykjavikWinter Sports

SuperSaver: Small Group South Coast, Waterfalls & Glacier Hike and Northern Lights Adventure from Reykjavik

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Make the most of your time in Iceland on this full-day tour from Reykjavík that combines multiple activities. See the highlights of the south coast, including Seljalandsfoss waterfall best known for the fact that you can walk behind it, and the black-sand beach of Reynisfjara. Embark upon a glacier walk across Solheimajokull and learn about the glacier, formations, and movements, and conclude your tour by hunting for the northern lights in the countryside surrounding Reykjavík.
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  • 16 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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