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Small Group Glacier Experience from Solheimajokull Glacier

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Iceland, Iceland

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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

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.
  • Guided hike experience on Sólheimajökull glacier in south Iceland
  • All essential glacier walking equipment supplied
  • Hear about the glacier’s formation from an experienced guide
  • Put on crampons and explore this beautiful frozen tongue of ice
  • Suitable for all ages and no experience necessary
  • Walk around ice sculptures, crevasses, moulins and other natural formations
Small group guarantee
Guided glacier hiking tour on Solheimajokull Glacier
Certified glacier guide
All necessary glacier gear needed
Pick up from Reykjavik
Hiking shoes and waterproof gear (can be rented for a small fee)
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Sólheimajökull, Iceland

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please note that this tour departs from Solheimajokull Cafe. Distance from Reykjavík appoximately 164 km/101 mi
  • This tour is a small group experience limited to 15 participants per guide to ensure a more personalized experience
  • Minimum age of 8, and minimum shoe size of EUR 35.
  • This tour is operated all year round
  • You spend approximately 1-1.5 hour on the ice
  • The tour is rated as easy so no prior experience is needed
  • OPERATED BY Arctic Adventures

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Small Group Glacier Experience from Solheimajokull Glacier?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Glacier Experience from Solheimajokull Glacier.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Small Group Glacier Experience from Solheimajokull Glacier?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Glacier Experience from Solheimajokull Glacier.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Small Group Glacier Experience from Solheimajokull Glacier?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Small Group Glacier Experience from Solheimajokull Glacier.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Small Group Glacier Experience from Solheimajokull Glacier?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Small Group Glacier Experience from Solheimajokull Glacier.

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Traveler Tips


  • "It's done in stages as you need different gear for the ice, and the walk across the glacier is at a nice pace and not too strenuous." See review
  • "It is truly acceptable for unathletic types and it is not short on stunning views." See review
  • "It's not physically exerting, but only small sections are roped, so you need to be confident in your movement." See review

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Perfect day to see a real glazier
Steven_C
, Mar 2020
Really great tour and means to see a glacier. Our guide, Zacky from Scotland, was perfect. Lots of education and safety oriented. Glazier are mot place to take a leisure stroll with family as there are hidden dangers. Get a good guide and see something remarkable.
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Glacier hike
Kate_P
, Mar 2020
Our first tour was cancelled due to strong winds but the company was very accommodating in rescheduling us later that week. Our tour guides were very friendly and helpful! They were always looking out for our safety and ensuring we had a good time. We spent a while hiking on the ice and the guides made sure to point out everything that we saw. Very fun and informative! Truly a once in a lifetime experience.
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Breathtaking
cwooldridge14
, Feb 2020
It was a great experience!! The colors are beautiful and the crevasses are so neat to see up close! Loved this!!
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Unique experience
Jens0497
, Jan 2020
Great experience. Highly recommended. The guide was very fun and took good care of the group. Not that physical hard.
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Amazing experience!
albionmarket
, Nov 2019
We had a great experience on this tour. We were staying in Reykjavik, so having chosen an 11am start, we left our hotel at 8am to have plenty of time. There are a couple of other sites that you can visit en route - we stopped at the Skogafoss waterfall which is just a few miles from the glacier itself. When we arrived we met our guide who gave us the equipment we needed for the hike including crampons and a hard hat. You also get an ice pick but we were assured this was mostly to make the photos look good. First up, the walk to the base of the glacier is around 20 minutes. There we put on the crampons and had a brief intro to know how to use them effectively, and using the ice pick to help balance going up and downhill. We then started the ascent up some carved steps in the ice. The crampons take some getting used to as you have a basic level of fear of slipping as you are walking on sheet ice! Our guide, Laura, did a great job explaining the features of the glacier as we went up, stopping to take pictures at good points. There were quite a few groups on the glacier, all being guided, so it felt quite busy, but we weren't rushed at all. We reached the open part of the glacier surface, which is amazingly sheer, albeit with cracks across the surface. Without the crampons you would literally just slide off with nothing to stop you! After some time taking pictures we then started the route down, which was actually more difficult than the route up. We did the hike with our 14 and 11 year old daughters who both did great. Overall whilst this is an 'easy' hike, it does tax the nerves a little, but in a good way! It's not physically exerting, but only small sections are roped, so you need to be confident in your movement. Overall a great experience and we were so lucky with the weather which helped!
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Great experience!
noratexplora
, Sep 2019
We had the pleasure to go on a super exciting tour with our guide, Maria. She was always attentive and patient with everyone so even if you had some fears or issues, you were in good hands. I highly recommend the tour as it is something you would not be able to do in other countries.
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it was an ok excursion, did not get to see any ice tunnel mostly just walking on volcanic ash covered glacier
mnsp1964
, Sep 2019
not as exciting as I thought it would be. short walk on the glacier. did not get to see any ice tunnel mostly just walking on volcanic ash covered glacier would have done ice cave instead of glacier walk if I have known ahead
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Glacier hike
Holt R
, Aug 2018
Awesome experience and a must do while in Iceland!! Hike up the glacier, equipment provided and guide, Adam, was awesome! only negative was seeing the group scatter without rewarding our guide with a well earned gratuity! Highly recommended!!
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We had a great time. There was heavy...
Jim H
, Mar 2018
We had a great time. There was heavy snow in the hour before we started walking but we were very fortunate that while we were on the glacier the weather was clear. It was well run, we were well kitted out and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. J and S.
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Viator reviews tend to look similar...
Anthony V
, Dec 2017
Viator reviews tend to look similar and sterile to the point that I wonder if they're real. But rest assured this one is - and this tour is particularly f-ing good to borrow language I don't see in most reviews The tour works like this: meet at parking lot, get gear, walk 30m to glacier, spend 60-90m on ice, walk 30m back, return gear. Arctic Adventures was the tour operator and even though they offered the cheapest Solheimajokull experience it was just as good as every other tour I saw operating that day. I don't know why other tours charge more for the same thing. It is truly acceptable for unathletic types and it is not short on stunning views. You would think that walking for an hour on some ice wouldn't be all that interesting but this was a trip highlight. I've got some great photos and I learned a lot. We were lucky to have a particularly warm December day 3C for our 10a departure and it was comfortable in my single layer of jeans and multi layers on top with coat. The tour will rent waterproof clothing for a nominal fee but I'd consider this unnecessary unless it's raining. My wife rented pants - they smelled musty. The guide, Jo, was good and knowledgeable. I could tell that our safety was her first priority. The glacier is within easy distance of several good waterfalls and sights. With the 10 am start, even with sunset at 330p there was enough time to do this tour, go to Dyrhólaey Lighthouse, have a late sit-down lunch, and see Seljalandsfoss within the same short daylight.

Product code: 5590P32

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