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Glacier Walk Tours on Sólheimajökull

Glacier walk is a great glacier adventure where you can try for yourself how it feels to walk on ice. We walk on Sólheimajökull glacier (a part of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier) on the south coast of Iceland. Only about 5 minutes walk from the parking area to the glacier.

Sólheimajökull glacier is part of the fourth largest glacier in Iceland. On the ice field we will see the raw and stunning landscape of the glacier with cravasses, ridges and multiform ice production.  The glacier walk do not require no special skills.  The tour can be enjoyed by people of all levels in good health.  We will provide all the safety equipment needed for the glacier walk and after a lesson in ice walking we will head onto the glacier to experience this unique environment.


There are dark tephra bands in the ice but much dirt is also present at the margins, sediments of glacial origins, carried from the inside bottom layers of ice to the glacier surface by ice flow. As in all glaciers, the flow is a combination of basal sliding and internal deformation if the ice mass. The lagoon and flat ground moraine in front of the glacier is very recent.

Glacier Walk - Sólheimajökull Discovery

Amazing glacier tour. Experience the feeling of walking on the glacier ice of Sólheimajökull glacier

Duration
~ 2.5 hours
Skill level
Easy
Departure from
Sólheimajökull
Price from: 11,900 ISK
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Glacier Walk - Sólheimajökull Exploration

Walk on the pure ice of Sólheimajökull glacier, where you will see crevices, sink holes and ice ridges

Duration
3 - 3.5 hours
Skill level
Moderate
Departure from
Sólheimajökull
Price from: 15,990 ISK
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Glacier Walk and South Coast

South coast, waterfalls and glacier walk day tour from Reykjavík

Duration
11 - 12 hours
Skill level
Moderate
Departure from
Reykjavik
Price from: 19,990 ISK
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Sólheimajökull Glacier Walk and Ice Climbing

Glacier Walk and Ice Climbing tour on Sólheimajökull Glacier. Only available as a private tour for groups with up to 6 participants. 

 

Duration
3.5 - 4 hours
Skill level
Moderate
Departure from
Sólheimajökull
Price from: 127,000 ISK
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ATV and Glacier Walk Combo

1 hour ATV tour followed by a Glacier Walk on Sólheimajökull

Duration
5.5 hours
Skill level
Easy
Departure from
Mýrdalsjökull
Price from: 24,900 ISK
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Glacier Walk and Kayak Combo Tour

Glide on a kayak on the Sólheimajökull glacier lagoon then go on a Glacier Walk on the ice field above

Duration
5.5 hours
Skill level
Easy
Departure from
Sólheimajökull
Price from: 22,490 ISK
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About Sólheimajökull Glacier

The Sólheimajökull glacier flows south from Mýrdalsjökull glacier in an U-shaped valley. The glacier is about 15 km long, 1-2 km wide. Under the ice cap of Mýrdalsjökull is a 650-700 m deep caldera which extends down to 650 m altitude. Sólheimajökull flows down from one of the passes in the caldera at about 1050 m altitude, between Hábungu and Goðabungu.

The head of the glacier is about 1000 m altitude and the glacier margin goes down to the lowlands around 100 m above sea level. The sole of the glacier lies 50 m below sea level. Sólheimajökull glacier is very sensitive to changes in climate. From Sólheimajökull flows the river Jökulsá on Sólheimasandi. East of the river is the Sólheimasandur (outwash sand plain) and west of the river Skógasandur (outwash sand plain).

The glacier is a "spill-over" from the high ice cap. Glacier ice flows, rather rapidly, through a breach in the caldera rim. The surface has a typical crevasse pattern and the ice thickness varies from a few dozen metres at the snout to maybe 200-300 m at the valley head.

Glacier Walk Tours from Reykjavík

You can enjoy a Glacier Walk Tour as a day tour from Reykjavík where we pick you up at your accommodation. The tour takes us along the south coast, past Eyjafjallajökull glacier - and on to our base at Sólheimajökull. After providing you with the necessary safety equipment and a short lesson in ice walking we head onto the glacier.

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