Walk through Ice and Fire
PARTNER TOUR – HANDPICKED ESPECIALLY FOR YOU
This tour offers you the wonderful experience of bathing in a natural hot spring and walking on a glacier! Two items to cross off your bucket list combined in one amazing tour.
The tour takes you hiking up to the geothermal active valley of Reykjadalur where you can soak in a hot spring and then to a glacier walk on Sólheimajökull glacier. The hot springs and the glacier are not the only thing you will see on this tour. It also includes stops at two of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland: Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. A whole day packed with activities and beautiful vistas.
Not suitable for children younger than 10 years old.
12 hours total (5-6 hours active).
A towel and a swimsuit.
June 1st – August 31, Tuesday – Sunday
Pick up from Reykjavík.
About this tour
This tour starts with a pick up in Reykjavík at 8:30 (note that pick up can take up to 30 minutes). You will take a short bus drive over the mountain pass to the small town of Hveragerði. In the mountains right behind the town lies a remarkable valley with a high geothermal activity. The easy hike up to it takes you past hot springs, mud pools and you’ll see steam rising from the ground. In the valley you will find a warm stream, perfect for bathing in.
When you have relaxed in the natural hot stream, it’s time to continue the journey through the south shore which will bring you to two of the most picturesque waterfalls in Iceland: Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. The drive continues past Eyjafjallajökull glacier to the final destination of the day, Sólheimajökull glacier. There you will get the amazing opportunity of taking a walk on the glacier. Getting in touch with the glacier by standing and walking on it is an experience you don’t want to miss. It’s an easy hike that rewards you with sights such as ice sculptures, ridges and deep crevasses on the glacier.
What to bring
For any outdoor activity in Iceland you need to be sure to dress warm enough. This is especially important when you are going on a hike on a glacier. You will get the necessary glacier safety equipment on location but you should bring warm clothing (e.g. thermals, warm wool or fleece sweater), rain gear, gloves and hiking boots. You also need to bring a swimsuit and a towel if you are going to take a dip in the wonderful hot spring.
Boots and rain gear can be rented from the tour operator, but you will have to book them in advance.
Lunch or snacks are not included in this tour so you should definitely bring your own lunch or buy it on the way. It is a long day and a big part of it spent outside hiking, so you will probably be hungry.
The tour includes a free pick up at or near most hotels and hostels in down town Reykjavík. Please refer to the second step of the booking process to choose the best pick up location. The pick up starts at 8:30 and you have to be ready at your pick up location by then even though you might not be picked up until 8:50.
- Cancellation received more than 24 hours prior to departure are fully refunded.
- Cancellation received less than 24 hours prior to departure will be charged full price.
This partner reserves the right to alter tours and itineraries due to weather or road conditions. All programs can be changed or cancelled at any moment during the trip to assure the safety of the clients and staff. No responsibility is accepted for losses, expenses due to delays, changes of flights, or other services or because of strikes, accidents, sickness, damage, negligence, weather, war, changes in schedules, or other similar causes. The partner does not assume responsibility for accidents or death that can be traced to the participant´s negligence, acts of third parties or exterior circumstances such as weather, natural occurrences, war or other similar causes.
See here our full terms and conditions.
All complaints must reach the partner within 5 days from departure from Iceland. Otherwise, possible compensation is not valid.
Accessible to all people in good health.
Accessible to all those in good health, who are doing some sport regularly, and who are used to all-terrain walks. 4-6 hours walk per day, without much carrying.
Suites those that are physically active and have some background in basic traveling in mountainous terrain with a backpack. 6-7 hours walks per day.
Demanding some effort and certain endurance. Good health and some hiking experience is required. 6-8 hours walk per day. Often involves carrying your own gear.
Only suitable for people physically and psychologically prepared for highly engaging experience. Expedition level. Often involves carrying your own gear.
This tour is a Partner Tour
What this means is that this tour is not operated by I Heart Reykjavík but one of our trusted partners that we have carefully chosen to help you get the most of your stay in Iceland.
We are very selective with the companies we choose to work with because we want you to have the best experience possible during your Iceland adventure. We would never recommend anything to you that we wouldn’t recommend to our own family and friends.
Comments from previous guests
“One of a kind expereince”
A MUST do when visiting Iceland.
We accidently boarded the wrong vehicle, but our tour guides took the extra effort to find us. We were a small group of 15, which we appreciated very much.
The very nice tour guides took us with their Monster Mercedes to the base camp where we were equipped with warm overalls, helmets and gloves. Then we went on to the glacier and get on our snowmobiles. All very new and well maintained equipment.
It was exhilarating ride across the stunning beautiful scenery. A the middle of the tour they gave a wonderful surprise. I'm not disclosing their well kept secret - it is well worth to go with this tour because of it.
Recommendation: Please wear closed shoes, best are boots or trekking shows. You can wear sneakers, but you'll get wet feet.
OK, snow mobiling isn't a "city" thing, so this was an excellent chance to do something way out of the ordinary for a Californian. The entire staff was energetic and thorough. They got us suited up quickly and did an excellent briefing on how to handle the snow mobile safely. There were 10 of us, and we were zipped along at a good pace, approaching 60 km/hr, over wide expanses of snow and up to the glacier. The weather wasn't the best, foggy and rainy, but never felt like it was dangerous and there were plenty of guides accompanying our convoy. The weather cleared a bit for the second half of the ride and the views were spectacular.
An amazing experience! We booked a double snowmobile and had a great time. The guides picked us up at the Gullfoss cafe and drove us to the base camp. There we got dressed up in warm clothing and after a thorough introduction of the snowmobiles, we were ready to go. Lucky as we were, the clouds disappeared and we enjoyed clear blue skies during our tour. Halfway we stopped at an ice cave and the guides shared a lot of interesting facts and information. It was a unique experience which I would definitely recommend.
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