Join this tour to see and experience natural wonders that are almost almost out of this world! Sólheimajökull is an outlet of Mýrdalsjökull, the 4th biggest glacier in Iceland. It is known for being the glacier of fire and ice because of all the ashes covering and mixing up with glacial ice, like dragon ice from Game of Thrones. Underneath lies the active volcano Katla, which erupted last time in 1918.
First you will meet your guide in the Sólheimajökull parking lot and get all necessary equipment for the hike: crampons, ice axes, harnesses and helmets. Then you will hike for about 15 minutes to the ice itself to get the blood flowing and warm up for the hike. Arriving at the glacier your guide will explain to you how to put on the crampons, a traction device out of steel which is attached to your hiking boots and he will talk about safety and a few important rules for the tour.
You will stay 60 to 90 minutes on the ice itself and see lots of crevasses, deep cracks in the surface of the glacier, and so called moulins, often vertical shafts in the ice which are formed by melting water finding its way into fissures and cracks. In the beginning of the walk you will be aware of lots of ash on the ice. Since we have volcanos under every glacier in Iceland it is common that eruptions leave big amounts of volcanic deposit right on the glacier. This ash is shaping the landscape of the glacier.
Your guide will introduce you in detail to the history of the glacier and tell you how the ice is formed on top of the mountains and how global warming is affecting the melting of this glacial outlet. It is featured in detail in the 2012 documentary Chasing Ice, an award-winning investigation of climate change.
Tour departs at 09:30 hrs and 13:00 hrs.
Please show up 30 minutes before your scheduled tour.
How to Use
Upon purchase of the ticket, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subjected to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.
Parking lot of Sólheimajökull
Meet your guides there 15 minutes before you scheduled time.