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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.

The guide will set up a climbing rope and you will learn how to ascend a vertical wall using ice axes and crampons.

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!

Locations visited
Solheimajokull Glacier
Myrdalsjokull Glacier
Troll Expeditions
Overview
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.
Highlights
  • Ice-climbing and glacier-walking tour in Sólheimajökull
  • Climb and hike across the Sólheimajökull glacier with your guide
  • Marvel at the many geological features you find
  • Includes all climbing and safety equipment
  • Choose a 12pm or 1pm departure
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people ensures a personalized experience with your guide
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
One of my trip highlights!

Just being on the glacier was an amazing sight and experience. But learning to ice climb was one of the best parts of my whole trip! I tend to have some issues with heights, but our guide Michael was patient, positive and it was easy...More

1  Thank scubagirldr
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
MICHAEL!!! let us climb high above!!!!

Michael, It’s me “Sōng-gong man”!! Sorry for my late review. Your tour was the best experience of my Iceland trip. You leaded us well and took care of all the tour members even if he or she is slow pacer or small-minded one. Thank you...More

1  Thank 필식 강
Reviewed 6 August 2018
Awesome adventure!

This trip was awesome! And was the definitely the highlight of my trip. Took the Ice Climbing and Galcier walk with Sigurpall (Siggi). Sigurpall was super knowledgeable about the area and a brilliant guide, super friendly and fun. I would definitely recommend booking with him!...More

1  Thank Sunny S
Reviewed 31 July 2018 via mobile
surpassed expectations

I arrived to the island early in the morning. the drive to the glacier was gorgeous and i had to keep my head on a swivel to absorb all of the awesomeness. I was fortunate enough to have sigurpall as my guide. he got the...More

2  Thank H3435DJjeffm
Reviewed 23 July 2018
Amazing once in a lifetime experience!

This was one of the best days of our trip! The Trolls were incredible in providing us with all the equipment and knowledge we needed to walk on the glacier, no one in our group had done it before and by the end we were...More

Thank Elly L
Troll Expeditio... I, Director of Sales at Troll Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2018

Hi Elly, Thank you for such a nice review! :) We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed the tour on the glacier so much! Come back soon for more adventures :)

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