Solheimajokull Glacier Walk, IcelandAfter our amazing road trip in Snaefellsnes Peninsula in the West Island, we headed to the South Coast for a fun glacier adventure.  We enjoyed the amazing sights of the glaciers in Iceland everywhere we turned and we thought that the best way to enjoy them is to be upclose and personal with one of them.

Volcanic ash and ice in Solheimajokull Glacier Walk, Iceland

Glacier field meeting volcanic slope.

We signed up for a glacier hike in Solheimajokull, the glacial tounge of Mýrdalsjökull, Iceland’s fourth largest ice cap. Snoozing beneath this ice cap is Katla, one of Iceland’s biggest volcanoes.  Iceland is indeed a land of fire and ice! 

Solheimajokull Glacier Walk, Iceland

Glacier sprinkled with volcanic dust.

Solheimajokull Glacier Walk, IcelandOur guide Tom from Iceandic Mountain Guides giving us instruction on how to use our safety equipment on ice.  

Solheimajokull Glacier Walk, Iceland

 We were provided with crampons and ice axe and we were all set to explore the ice field. 

Solheimajokull Glacier Walk, Ic


Solheimajokull Glacier Walk, Iceland

A group of hikers on the slope.

Solheimajokull Glacier Walk, Iceland

Another group on their way up.

 Although it was cloudy and raining on and off, we had great time exploring this  wonderland of ice scuptures, glacial crevasses, ice caves and ice walls.

Solheimajokull Glacier Walk, Iceland

Ice sculpted by nature.

Solheimajokull Glacier Walk, Iceland

Meandering through valley of ice sculptures.

Crevasse in Solheimajokull Glacier, Iceland

Glacial Crevasse

Ice Tunnel. Solheimajokull Glacier Walk, Iceland

Entering an ice tunnel.

Ice Tunnel, Solheimajokull Glacier Walk, Iceland

Inside an ice cave.

Solheimajokull Glacier Walk, Iceland

Standing next to a towering ice wall.

Solheimajokull Glacier Walk, Ic

Hikers making a beeline to exit the glacier.

It started to get dark by 4:00 pm on a winter day and we had to leave the glacier before it got completely dark.  Despite the rain and short day light, we had an amazing glacier experience and was one of the highlights of our time in Iceland.  


Travel Notes:
  • We booked this trip with Extreme Iceland but our guides were provided by Icelandic Mountain Guides. The guides were very professional and seasoned mountaineers and we recommend their services. Transport to the glacier, crampons and ice axe  are included in the trip cost. It also included traditional Icelandic dinner at a farmhouse and norther light hunting, 
  • This activity is rated “easy.” However, we don’t consider it a walk in the park even though it was not our first time we wore crampons and walked on ice.  We don’t recommend it for those with ankle or knee problem and to those with poor balance. There are some steep uphill and downhill strides that will be very challenging to tackle if you have one of these issues. We saw a woman with a bad knee and one that was not in so good shape; they struggled going up and down and had to hold on to their guides. 
  • This activity can be done all year round. 


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73 responses to “Iceland: Glacier Walk on Solheimajokull

  1. The colors of the ice, the tunnels and shapes sculpted by nature are incredible! Thanks to you, Marisol, another place has just been added to my must-go-to list 😉
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    • Marisol

      Hi Alex, our pleasure. I’m glad you added it to your list. It’s a place you and your camera would be happy to explore.

    • Marisol

      It truly was a lot of fun. Thanks.

  2. I’m surprised its labeled as easy if you saw people hanging on to their guides. I’m not sure how I would do on an ice hike. I’m so uncoordinated, I’ve been known to trip over my own feet! Still, it looks like an incredible experience and I can see why it was one of the highlights during your trip to Iceland. The colors are beautiful.
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    • Marisol

      Hi Tonya, I think when they rated it easy they omitted to mention that it was easy for those who are in decent shape. And those people in poor shape probably assumed that because it was rated easy it was supposed to be a walk in the park. But yes, it was an incredible adventure and a true Icelandic experience.

    • Marisol

      Hi Jackie, glad you enjoyed the photos. It truly was an adventure. If you don’t think this is for you, Iceland has a lot more adventures that it can offer you.

    • Marisol

      Thanks Rachel. It truly was a great adventure.

  3. Andrea

    You are so privileged to be travelling all the uncommon and spectacular! I haven’t seen many posts like yours and i am sure it is not easy. Actually, i got scared just even looking at your photos. Thanks for that tour, i am sure i will not do that in this lifetime.

    • Marisol

      Hi Andrea, were very thankful for the priviledge and we deeply wish that you wlll also enjoy the same priveledge in this lifetime. Keep the hope high:)

    • Marisol

      Hi Molly, it truly is. Thanks.

    • Marisol

      Hi Lauren, thanks! Glad you enjoyed the photos.

  4. genie

    What an amazing adventure Fifteen years ago I would have been right up there with you all, but not now. Now, I would be scared to death. That crevasse was spooky. I am so glad you all had such a wonderful trip and that you shared your photos with all of us. I can live vicariously through you all now that I am up in years. genie

    • Marisol

      Hi Genie, but you had those all those wondrous years and you have your beautiful granddaughter Eloise to enchant you. I’m sure you have had amazing adventures in your days that we would be jealous of:)

  5. Margy

    What a wonderful experience. I have a friend that love everything Iceland and would love to travel there. – Margy
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    • Marisol

      Hi Margy, I hope you can join friend in Iceland soon:)

  6. Oh gosh! The glacier walk looks spectacular! The colors in the photo on the slopes is amazing!! SOO glad I found ya through the Travel Tuesday link-up!

    • Marisol

      Hi Elena, the glaciers are actually a lot more spectacular in person. I hope you get to see it for yourself someday:) Thanks for dropping by.

  7. Lady Fi

    What a magical experience!

  8. This looks so amazing, we were going to do a Glacier hike in NZ but never got the chance. Iceland is a little closer now! Will have to look into it.
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    • Marisol

      Hi Danielle, iceland is much more closer, You definitely have to do it. Have fun!

  9. Wow, that looks like such an incredible experience! your photos are amazing and really capture the moment :)

    • Marisol

      Hi Michelle, it truly was an amazing experience. Thanks for the visit.

  10. Leigh

    That looks like great fun despite crummy weather. Sometimes all you have to so is dress properly for it and then once you’re out in it, it’s actually fine. I have climbed Mt Rainier where we had to rope up, wear crampons and use ice axes. Hard but so rewarding. One of the best hikes of my life was a spring climb of Mt Quandry in Colorado. We climbed for several hours and then sat on our rears & with the help of our ice axe glissaded several thousand feet down in about 5 mins. You couldn’t wipe the smile off my face.
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    • Marisol

      Hi Leigh, you’re right as long as you’re dress properly you’re fine. That’s why I love Gortex! I can’t live without it! I got exposure to rain, wind and snow when I was climbing Kilimanjaro but I was layered up in high performance clothes and Gortexed up from head to toe and the elements didn’t bother me a bit. Your Mt. Quandry hike sounds a lot of fun It sounds like the hike I did in Mt. Cotopaxi in Ecuador. We were roped up, and with the use of crampons and ice axe and slid down part of the way. It was challenging but I’d love to do it again. So thanks for letting me know about Mt. Quandry. I’ll look into it.

  11. Agness

    I just can’t imagine how cold it must have been there, but it is all worth the experience. Amazing, this is what I really want to do in the future. The glacier walk is on my bucket list and you made it – something incredible! I admire you two!
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    • Marisol

      Hi Agness, thanks! it was cold but bearable if you’re property geared up for it. I hope you get to do the glacier walk sometime soon. It’s a lot of fun and deserves to be in your bucket list.

  12. Romer Galang

    Hey, this looks amazing! This is what Bruce wants to do in Antarctica!

    • Marisol

      Hi Oggie, really? It would be a great honeymoon destination for you guys. We’d love to join you!

  13. That looks amazing. We did a similar one in N.Z. but the weather seemed a lot warmer on ours. I agree it is not that easy. Having a volcano beneath is an interesting twist!
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    • Marisol

      Hi Jan, I’m sure your NZ experience was just as spectacular. It was not the first time we walked with crampons but we still didn’t find it easy.

  14. What an incredible experience. The ice sculptures and caves look beautiful…I love the blue of the ice.
    It certainly doesn’t look like an easy walk but one that I’d love to do never the less!
    Best wishes for a great Xmas and New Year
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    • Marisol

      Hi Jenny, it’s not that easy but really doable if you’re in good physical condition. I’m pretty sure you will enjoy it.

    • Marisol

      Hi Denise, thanks! I guess it helped that it was not sunny at all.

  15. ahhhh ICELAND! How much I miss thee! I was there back in the Christmas of 2009, for about a week. Such amazing, eerie landscapes! Like a totally different planet. I visited a glacier but only walked along the edge: we didn’t go on an ice walk. Will have to next time I’m there! because I definitely plan to come back: absolutely loved it there.

    -Maria Alexandra
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    • Marisol

      Hi Maria, I don’t know of anyone who went to Iceland and didn’t love it. We plan to go back ourselves. And yes, you have to experience the glacier walk when you return.

  16. I especially like the photos of you in the ice tunnel, and that glacier ice is certainly a distinctive shade of blue. Can you only hike this glacier with a guide? We once went glacier hiking by ourselves in Canada, and there were signs all over the place that you could fall into a crevasse at any moment. I like that they gave you crampons and axes. That same Canada trip, we went hiking in an Ice Canyon with regular winter shoes, and I thought I’d slip and slide my way to injury. As it is, my ankle’s been wonky ever since I hurt it at boot camp a few years ago, so I’m not sure if this glacier hike is in the cards for me anymore.
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    • Marisol

      Hi Michelle, guides are required for this glacier. The surface is solid ice and wearing crampons is a must. Also there were some areas that are not safe to wander around which we wouldn’t know if we didn’t have a guide. I hope your ankle heals and get to do this fun activity someday.

    • Marisol

      Thanks Eileen. Iceland has one of the unique landscapes we have ever seen.

  17. Wow – those ice tunnels look amazing. And the bluish color of the ice is so beautiful. Iceland looks like a truly unique place to explore. I can’t wait to make it there one of these days!
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    • Marisol

      Hi Dana, you should definitely put Iceland on your list.

    • Marisol

      Hi Sandy, it really was a fun adventure. We were wearing trekking shoes that are designed for hardy terrain including ice and a pair of thick high performance socks. They’re breathable on warm weather but keeps in the warmth when its cold.

    • Marisol

      Hi Noel, it real was a cool adventure:)

    • Marisol

      Hi Jo, it wouldn’t been scary without our guide. But he kept us in harm’s way telling us where not to venture.

  18. oh wow! I could only dream of doing a trip like this! I wish I was 30 years younger and fitter! Amazing! Thankyou for taking us along. I love following your travels.
    Happy travels, have a wonderful Christmas, and thank you for stopping by my blog this week.

    • Marisol

      Hi Jill, thanks! With all those crazy road trips and camping you have been doing you couldn’t have fooled me about your fitness level. I’m pretty sure you can still try this activity. Happy travels to you, too. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  19. Freya

    I have done exactly this same hike last November, it was a lot of fun :)
    Did you also climb the ice wall?
    Ice land is very beautiful and there are many fun things to do, great photos !
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    • Marisol

      Hi Freya, really? We were probably there almost at the same time. We wanted to do the trip with the ice wall climb but we decided on this one because it included northern light hunting. Yes, there’s so much to do! For a country that small we thought we would cover a lot for our week stay but we felt we barely scratched the surface
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  20. How awesome and cool! :) You and Freya’s post make me want to go back to Iceland during the winter and “maybe” do this. I’m not a big fan of cold weather but I’m willing to try. I know my husband would love to do this. It looks so fun and what an amazing experience. Love those pictures of the ice caves and sculptures. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and Keith. You guys make adventurous things like these look so fun and inspiring.
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  21. Kira S.

    Hi Guys, wow! What an adventure! I love the ice tunnels and all the ice sculptures. How wonderful to experience this nature. What’s next?

    • Marisol

      Hi Kira, glad you enjoyed the post. Come back on next post for more Iceandic adventure:)

    • Marisol

      You’re welcome Peter. And we’re living vicariously through your sunny and delicious experience in Koh Samui.

  22. So cool (literally!) that you got to do this! I have horrible balance so I’m not sure if I could do this, but I loved looking at your photos and experiencing this vicariously through you. Also, after our experience up in the mountains of Nepal, I don’t know if I can handle the cold weather any more (shhhh… they might take away my Canadian passport!). I REALLY loved the photos of you guys going through the ice tunnels!
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    • Marisol

      Hi Steph, thanks! We really enjoyed the experience. The cold wasn’t really that bad if you’re dressed appropriately. I think you’ve been way to spoiled in the warmth of Southeast Asia but I’m sure you’ll get accustomed back to Canadian cold:)
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  23. Marisol, Jim and I are leaving for Iceland for a drive around in a few weeks, so I’m back checking out all your Iceland posts. If you have any hints or ideas, we’d love to hear them. We did glacier walking quite a bit in Alaska, but I don’t know those tall blue walls are so pretty!
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    • Hi Corinne, sorry for the delayed reply;. I was away and just catching up. I’m so glad to hear about your forthcoming visit to Iceland. We enjoyed Iceland but I’m sure you’ll have a better time as the weather will be much better when you go. Driving around on your own should be fine by this time. If you want to try the glacier walk, I think it will be worth it. We found the glacier walk unique from others that we did because of the natural ice sculptures and the ice walls.
      I definitely recommend a drive to Snaefellsness Peninsula. It was spectaculer during the winter; I can imagine how much more in spring/summer; Plus there’s a lot more to see and do there outside of fall/winter.
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