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Sólheimajökull Ice Climbing Tour

4.8 / 5

6 reviews

Sólheimajökull Ice Climbing Tour

From US$ 212.99 per person

Explore one of the best places to try out ice climbing in Iceland on a day trip from Reykjavik.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Icelandic
Small group
Limited to 5 participants

Experience

The experience
  • Experience the true nature of Sólheimajökull glacier
  • Enjoy the south coast of Iceland
  • Learn the basic ice climbing skills and explore the glacier
  • See Skógarfoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls
Full description
Begin at the Sólheimajökull parking lot where you are provided with the glacier gear required for the trip. Then undertake a 15-minute hike on a gravel road to the base of Sólheimajökull. At the base, you will be shown how to put on and use the gear. Once on the glacier, you climb on an easy ice wall to learn the basic skills and techniques of ice climbing. After that, you will try to climb in three different locations on the glacier, either at a nice wall or a hole (called a mulan) that you can get into and climb back up.  Sólheimajökull is a small outlet glacier coming from the Mýrdalsjökull ice cap. This is one of the closest glaciers to Reykjavík and takes about 2 hours and 20 minutes to drive there. Mýrdalsjökull, the mire valley glacier, is an ice cap in the south of Iceland. It is to the north of Vík and to the east of the smaller ice cap Eyjafjallajökull. Between these two glaciers is Fimmvörðuháls pass. Its peak reaches 1,493 meters (4,898 foot) and in 1980 it covered an area of 595 kilometers squared (230 square miles). The icecap of the glacier covers an active volcano called Katla. The caldera of the volcano has a diameter of 10 kilometers (6 miles) and the volcano erupts usually every 40 to 80 years. The last eruption took place in 1918. Scientists are actively monitoring the volcano, particularly after the eruption of nearby Eyjafjallajökull began in April 2010. 
Includes
  • Glacier gear including harness, crampons, helmet, and ice axe
  • Local guide
  • Transport
  • Waterproof jacket or trousers
  • Hat or gloves
  • Food or drink
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Drive east on road number 1, pass the towns of Hveragerði, Selfoss, Hella and Hvolsvöllur. Continue on road number 1 over a long single file bridge then make a left turn after the bridge to road number 221. Continue on this road to the end and you will arrive at the parking lot.

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Important information

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  • This tour is a beginner or introduction level so no special skills are needed
  • It is recommended to bring lunch or snacks
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 6 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5

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We had a great ice climbing tour! Our guide, Bergur, was very friendly, knowledgeable, and fun! We had a couple of climbs in 3 different areas. It was beautiful and a lot of fun. There was no pressure from our guide and he was very helpful and patient when we got a bit stuck! Highly recommend!

October 15, 2021

Amazing experience. Started off on a simple sloping wall and softer ice with great ability to apply learning 20-30ft. To a nice wall more solid tough ice and higher. And ended in a crevice in glacier that was an amazing picture moment. Was quite challenging. Glacier is always changing. Guide was amazing and this experience made my trip to iceland.

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October 15, 2021

The tour was really great. We had a small group en our guide was fantastic. We could ask anything to him, and he answered everything really interesting and nice. He also told nice thing about the glacier en you saw he had some real passion in his job. I did the tour together with my girlfriend and it was a personal experience. It was really good, not a big group who walks around 10 minutes around the glacier en than go back. Really worth the money. Unfortunately, due to the bad wetter we had to stop because the wind was way to hard. Anyway we had a great tour! Goodjob!

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December 25, 2019

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