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.
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.