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Small Group Glacier Experience from Solheimajokull Glacier

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

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
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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
Sólheimajökull , Sólheimajökull, 871, Iceland

Departure Point: Parking lot by Solheimajokull Cafe Address: GPS 63°31’00.48″N, 19°22’00.12W(WGS84)

This activity will end right where it started.
  • 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
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Arctic Adventures
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • 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.
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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.
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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.

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  • "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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star-5
A must-do in Iceland
Kimberley_R
, Aug 2022
My husband and I went on this in August 2022. Wow!! While it was an exhilarating experience, it still felt very safe. Our guide Nicole was the best! She made sure everyone was following and was there to help us get our safety equipment on. She was funny, friendly and knowledgeable. We were so lucky that it didn’t rain. My favourite part was getting to drink the fresh water from the glacier while doing a push up. Apparently it rains 350 days a year on the glacier. I highly recommend this tour for anyone with a moderate fitness level. It’s not difficult. tips - there are no real washrooms only portapotties at the bottom of the glacier and no food options so bring your own snacks.
star-5
Amazing experience
Maksim_K
, Aug 2022
Nicole (I hope I spell it right) was amazing. It is so great to see people who enjoy what they do and want to share it with others. Glacier has to be on your list if you are in Iceland.
star-5
Everything is amazing,...
Jeronimo_L
, Aug 2022
Everything is amazing, the tour, the sightseeing it worth every penny. Is a must during your stay @iceland.
star-5
Amazing!
Christine_B
, Aug 2022
Fabulous experience! . First off, note I am not the not the most avid adventurer, so wasn’t quite sure what I was signing up for! I was a bit nervous but my guide (sorry can’t recall her name - that’s her in the photo) was amazing - totally calming which made my experience great! Loved it and Coming from NYC - this was truly a natural wonder!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great family activity
Bethany_Z
, Jul 2022
Great experience for the entire family! The guides were helpful and kind. This was a highlight of our trip!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Good for the fit and young
Jason_K
, Jul 2022
Our guide Francesco was very patient and friendly throughout the whole journey. There is a good fifteen minute walk uphill (light grade) before getting to a downhill walk to put on crampons, then walk another little ways before you are on ice. Amount of time on actual glacier will depend on if your group can easily keep up with the guide or not. Also, arriving early as directed doesn't seem necessary since we spent a good amount of time waiting for everyone to show, sign medical waivers, get fitted for crampons, get other equipment, etc. before setting off. If you are not in good shape, not comfortable with walking uphill/downhill at a good pace, are not confident with walking on a glacier in crampons, it would be good to reconsider this activity. We ended up in a group with three folks that were around 70 years old and the majority of our time was spent either waiting behind them while our guide helped them move along throughout the whole journey, or waiting ahead of them while our guide went back to help them move along. Advice for the staff: 1. Be sure to check that all crampons have full-length straps before handing them off. One of mine had torn and was too short to tie, but thankfully Francesco had a spare that he used to temporarily repair mine. 2. Split groups into slow/medium/fast paces instead of arbitrary division into three groups. That way slow folks can stay together and be happy while faster folks can also stay together and be happy. In general, nobody over 65 (unless in great shape) or that struggles walking up/down steep grades should go on this activity. 3. Be more conscious of tour completion times. Our tour ended way over the indicated time and we had to rush onward to complete next activities because of the very slow members of our group that our guide was helping. Despite the frustrations with members of our tour group preventing us from having much time at the top of the glacier, we still had a good time.
star-5
Great experience!!
Seema_N
, Jul 2022
We had a great time! The tour was conducted by Arctic Adventures. Well organized and started right on time. Meeting point was at the yellow school bus like the instructions said. We had an awesome guide Francesco who showed us how to get the equipment on and how to use them. He helped us all through the hike! Our ages ranged from 11-55 and varying hiking abilities. We all managed fine! It was a great experience. Definitely recommend it!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Our guides Pavel and...
Chris_S
, Jun 2022
Our guides Pavel and Monica were very attentive, fun and informative We loved everything they shared with us and would return again. Highly recommend!
star-5
wonderful experience
barthuyghe
, May 2022
It was our first experience on a glacier and everything went super well. We were expected at the yellow bus in the parking lot. We got the necessary equipment. The guide was very professional and especially made us aware of safety. Very nice experience
star-5
Recommend for fun adventure!
Kate_B
, May 2022
We had so much fun on the arctic walk! This was a perfect adventure for our honeymoon and convenient if you are traveling on the south coast. We would highly recommend!
star-5
Awesome
Denise_C
, May 2022
Seeing the gletsjer with awesome guide Nicole. She had Nice stories and know alot about the gletsjer.
star-5
The glacier was amazing....
Tim_G
, Apr 2022
The glacier was amazing. Great stopping points for informative facts and questions. Guide was very helpful with gear and safety. No worries throughout. If you have reasonable balance, this is very doable. If always looking for handrails, not for you.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great hike!
Matthew_M
, Mar 2022
Gaia (our guide) was great! She was super personable and taught us a lot about the glacier and Iceland in general. The glacier itself is great and the hike really allows you to get up close and personable.
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0/10
Kori_H
, Mar 2022
We ended up not even doing the tour. We were in the parking lot well before the tour started. Our tour started at 1:30- I went up to the yellow bus as the directions state at 1:00. The instructions on the bus read that if your tour starts at 1:30 then be there at 1:30. But, online the instructions say to be there at least 15 minutes early to get everything ready. So at around 1:15 I got out of our car again because I saw a guide- asked her what we should do and she said if your tour starts at 1:30 then meet here at 1:30. Went back in the car. A group from reykavich drove in on a van around 1:25- they started helping all of them get ready for the tour. At 1:30 we got out of our car and stood right by everyone else getting ready looking around for a guide and no one was helping us. At 1:45 we still were not acknowledged so, we decided to leave due to no help from anyone and honestly did not feel welcome. We had to pay full price because they would not give us a refund and they stated we were late… Completely untrue. We did do a glacier cave hike tour the day before with Guide to Iceland and would highly recommend them again at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Everyone there was very helpful and pleasant to be around.
star-5
A Trek Across Heaven
Ameer_A
, Jan 2022
The most memorable part of the experience was how great my tour guide Steven was! He was very educational on glaciers and really took his time to make sure everyone was served.
star-5
A Memorable Experience! Highly Recommended!
brianwgiles
, Jan 2022
Had a great time hiking on the glacier. Our guide was knlowedgabwle and committed to safety at all times. All equipment was provided, the price was right, and we got some terrific views at the top.
star-5
A must do in Iceland, you will not regret it!!!
Torsten_B
, Jan 2022
It is really exciting to hike on the glacier, knowing that the ice is thousands of years old. It is amazing how the different weather conditions shape the glacier. Our tour guide Francesco waited for us in the morning to give us a good introduction to the rules how to behave and what to do in case of any unforeseen circumstances/situations. He really took care of all the participants needs and kept the pace relatively to the average condition of the group. He explained a lot about the glacier on a few stops on it. Foto stops were also nicely considered and all in all we felt very save with him. At this point many thanks to Francesco for that really unique experience on our last day before returning home.
star-4
Great but could be improved
Amy_G
, Nov 2021
We really enjoyed the Glacier Hike with Simon and are so glad we did the tour. There were some things that could be improved however. The getting ready period is very long - be prepared to stand in the cold for over an hour as part of this. It also wasn't really a 'small group' there were 16 of us in our group. It felt like we missed out on more time because of the size of the group. If you're keen to get a really in depth glacier experience I would definitely advise a private group - we think it would be worth the money to get more time for this incredible experience. Despite this, we still had a great time and would certainly recommend it regardless.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
An Iceland Adventure Must
Ross_P
, Nov 2021
We booked quite late on to this glacier experience as a final thing to do for our holiday. As someone with no climbing experience and who is scared of heights, I was a bit hesitant. The trip started off slow, getting geared up and having safety briefs but the experience itself was incredible. The walk went a significant distance onto the glacier giving the most incredible views. The provided equipment and instructors meant we felt really safe and secure and able to fully enjoy the experience. The guide was fab giving us great details and really completing the experience. The best three hours! I wouldn’t recommend to everyone.
star-4
Great view from the top...
Martina_M
, Nov 2021
Great view from the top of the glacier, knowledge and friendly guide, felt safe at all times. Highly recommend! 😊
1 traveler found this review helpful

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