Southern Region, Iceland
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Skaftafell Ice Climb and Glacier Hike

1. Skaftafell Ice Climb and Glacier Hike

Experience what it feels like to walk on ice on a hike across the outlet glacier of Vatnajökull. Brave Europe's largest glacier to get breathtaking views of the Skaftafell area. Learn how to put on and walk in your crampons and learn the basic techniques of ice climbing. Meet your guide at the Skaftafell Terminal to collect all the necessary safety equipment. Gear up with your harness, crampons, ice axe, and helmet, then jump aboard the shuttle bus for the 10-minute ride to the glacier. Challenge gravity as you climb up walls of ice, and hike around the glacier. Learn how it was formed, and its fascinating history, including its recent use as a film location for movies such as Interstellar, Batman Begins, and the epic TV series Game of Thrones.

Sólheimajökull Ice Climb and Glacier Hike

2. Sólheimajökull Ice Climb and Glacier Hike

Defy gravity on an exciting ice climb and hike across the Sólheimajökull Glacier, the outlet glacier that was featured in Chasing Ice, the award-winning documentary about climate change. Meet your certified guide at the Sólheimajökull Glacier parking lot to collect all the necessary safety equipment, including crampons and ice axes. Hike towards the outlet glacier and get ready to face the challenge of the climb. Don't worry if you have never walked on ice before, as your guide will show you all you need to know to successfully conquer the body of dense ice. Learn all the basic techniques of ice climbing, and hear about the history and formation of the ever-changing glacier. Follow your guide to the perfect climbing location, and watch as they set up the ice-climbing system before you climb up the icy walls under their safe guidance.

Sólheimajökull Ice Climbing Tour

3. Sólheimajökull Ice Climbing Tour

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. 

Private Ice Climbing at Sólheimajökull

4. Private Ice Climbing at Sólheimajökull

The outlet glacier is a rugged, raw and an ever changing environment of ancient frozen water, breathtaking to behold. Start the day with a peaceful walk up towards Sólheimajökull glacier.  After a short but very important demonstration on how to properly use the glacier equipment, head up the riddled outlet glacier ready for your climb. Walking between deep crevasses, amazing ice formations, jagged ridges and spine-tingling sinkholes, feel the vastness of this stunning landscape. Spend a good amount of time trying out various ways of ice climbing in a fun and educating way while you take in the amazing scenery surrounding you. This gives you the perfect opportunity to get that glacier climbing photo you've always wanted.

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What people are saying about Southern Region, Iceland

My husband and I had an awesome day on the glacier. We spent around 4 hours on the glacier and our climbs were selected by our guide that suited our level of ability. Our guide Bergur was very knowledgeable, experienced, and great at showing us (beginners) the basics of ice climbing. Would highly recommend Bergur and North Ice Expeditions to those wanting a great climbing experience!

insane! Don't hesitate... just do it. The combination of ice climbing and the glacier walk is certainly great. Make sure that your clothing is waterproof because of the changing weather and the snow/ice.

Amazing experience! Our guide Thrim was really calm and cool throughout. He gave us lots of information about the glacier and taught us how to ice climb! Would totally recommend!

Fantastic experience! Our guide, Alex, was great and took time with the climb and the hike to ensure we were able to enjoy all that the glacier had to offer!

We had a great time. Our instructor was brilliant and made sure we felt comfortable. It was tough but so rewarding. I’d definitely recommend it.