Take a Walk on the Ice Side – Glacier Walk with Transfer from Reykjavík
PARTNER TOUR – HANDPICKED ESPECIALLY FOR YOU
The most popular glacier tour in the book with transfer from Reykjavík – including stops at Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls.
There are many different ways to do this glacier walk, as a part of a self-drive tour or combined with some northern lights hunting, but if you don’t plan on hiring a car and you just want a simple and straightforward way to do this tour – this is your best option.
There’s something very special about putting on crampons and marching in a small group up the glacier tongue of the amazing Sólheimajökull glacier. The views from the glacier are not half bad either and you will surely have a great time!
Moderate (2). This tour is suitable for those in good health, who exercise regularly, and who are used to all-terrain walks. Not suitable for children under 10.
9-10 hours total and 2-2.5 hours on the ice (pick up starts at 08:30)
Warm clothing, rain gear, hiking boots and lunch.
Transport, guiding, services, glacier gear and safety equipment.
Boots and rain gear can be rented (1.000 ISK per item). Please include your shoe size in the special requests if you intend to rent shoes.
You will be picked up from your hotel at 8:30 am and the bus will take you towards Sólheimajökull glacier where you will be doing your hike. There experienced glacier guides will make sure you are properly geared up, providing you with crampons and ice axes if needed. You will get a briefing on how to use these tools before you head up the glacier tongue to learn more about the glaciers with all their strange formations, ridges and deep crevasses.
After the glacier hike you will head back towards Reykjavík, stopping at the beautiful Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls.
If you are pressed for time and you want to fit in the south shore and some activities into a limited time frame you kill two birds with this tour. Although you’ll miss the black sand beaches you would normally visit on the south shore you will see the amazing landscape and these two amazing waterfalls.
What to wear
This is an outdoor activity, in Iceland, so we recommend you dress warmly. Hiking shoes are recommended but if you can’t pack yours for some reason you can rent them from the guides (1500 ISK per person, advanced booking recommended to assure availability). Rain coats can be rented also if needed but since you’re pretty smart and you’ve done your research you are probably wearing your own waterproof gear already. No jeans and flip flops please!
Free pickup is offered from approved hotels, hostels and guesthouses in downtown Reykjavík
If you are staying in an AirBnB apartment or a hotel that is not included in the pickup list, it’s best if you find the next approved hotel and book your pickup from there.
If you are not sure what is the nearest pickup place, just be in touch and we’ll help you choose.
The Fine Print
- 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 reserve the right to alter routes, itineraries or timetables without prior notice, should the necessity arise. No liability is accepted for losses or expenses due to delays or changes of arrival or departure of flights or other services, injury, sickness, accident, strikes, damage, negligence, weather, war or other causes outside the control of The partner. All such losses and expenses are the personal liability of the traveler.
Pick up and drop off service
- Pick up for day tours is operated by several smaller coaches throughout the city centre up to 30 minutes before departure. Please be ready in time for your pick up in front of your hotel or guesthouse.
Main departure point for this tour is from the BSÍ Bus Terminal.
- Drop off starts after indicated arrival time. Please note that drop off locations may not be directly in front of your hotel/guesthouse dictated by actual conditions (e.g. narrow streets, coach size, roadworks, etc.).
Please note that indicated return times refer to guided tours only, drop offs and pick ups are not included. Additionally, during winter return times can vary due to weather conditions.
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.
This partner reserves the right to alter tours and itineraries due to weather or road conditions. All programs can be changed or canceled at any moment during the trip to assure the safety of the clients and staff of the partner.
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 hrs 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
“Highlight of our holiday”
This was by far and away the highlight of our holiday. The bus journey to get there was fairly long but the tour guide on the bus was very informative and made the trip much better by giving interesting facts along the way. The walk on the glacier was incredible, the views were amazing and the tour guide was very knowledgable and friendly. The group was split into smaller groups and all taken on different routes so that it felt much more personal. We stopped at interesting points - such as the ice caves - to take photos and got some fantastic photos.I would love to return and repeat the experience.
“Amazing Experience! Best tour of our trip”
My parents and I did this tour during our August trip to Iceland. The tour departed exactly on time and the drive and driver were very pleasant. The tour group was about 30 people, but we were split into groups of about 10 once we actually did the glacier walk. Our guide, Hawk, as he told us to call him, was very friendly and knowledgeable and made sure that we all felt safe. We saw so many beautiful formations that are unlike anything I have ever seen! On the way back from the walk, we stopped at 2 waterfalls which were both very beautiful. Because our tour took much longer than planned at the glacier, to make up time we did not make a food stop, so I would recommend bringing some snacks along with you.
“Amazing all around”
100% worth the day. The glacier hike was absolutely breathtaking; also superbly organized and well-facilitated by Jono, who knew his stuff and threw in just the right amount of breaks to get a breather and learn a little about the physics, history, and future of the glacier.
The stops at both waterfalls were quick but exciting. You can walk right up to within about 10 meters of Skógafoss and get a good facefull of spray (waterproof clothes advised), and walk around behind Seljalandsfoss (careful climbing the rocks, lots of hidden mud holes that will swallow your shoes).
The trip info says to bring lunch but the bus stops at a service station / grocery about a half hour before arriving at the glacier where you can pick up a sandwich or have a hot dog
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