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Sólheimajökull Ice Climbing Tour

4.9 / 5

14 reviews

Activity provider: North ice

Sólheimajökull Ice Climbing Tour

Activity provider: North ice

From US$ 193.31 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

Highlights
  • 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

Know before you go

  • 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

4.9 /5

based on 14 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    5/5
  • Value for money
    4.8/5

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The best experience ever! It’s by far the best thing we’ve done in Iceland. I would recommend it to anyone and the guide was amazing and friendly. The small group is better than any other tour! There were only 3 of us and so we got 4 goes at climbing each and one of those was down an ice hole. This is a must!!! :)

November 27, 2022

We had a great half-day out on the glacier with our guide. He was very experienced and we enjoyed the smaller group setting which allowed us to get to know one another. We spent the first part on a route just learning how to ice climb and then we did another route where we were lowered into a crevasse. I’m an experienced rock climber and my girlfriend is not — we both really enjoyed the tour and got a lot out of it. The tour also taught us a lot about climate change impacts on the glacier which we really appreciated. We’d look into a longer tour the next time we’re in Iceland - definitely recommend!

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September 16, 2022

We had the most amazing time with this ice climbing experience! We definitely hit the jackpot with North Ice. They’re a small operation, and created an experience which didn’t feel touristy at all. I don’t know if we got lucky or if their groups are always small, but it was just my partner and I with our guide. He started by introducing us to the equipment (harness, crampons, ice pick) then we hiked onto the glacier. We were the first ones there (started earlier than other groups) so we got to discover the wide expanse of ice entirely empty. Our (super friendly!) guide gave us a science/history lesson about the glacier’s formation, then a demonstration on how to climb. He lowered us down into a crevasse one by one for us to climb back out. We did this twice, then went further on the glacier as groups were starting to arrive and did another wall twice. We finished with one last climb out of a hole with the most beautiful clear ice and little waterfall. All in all, we had such a blast!

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September 13, 2022

Product ID: 195401