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Glacier Hiking on the South Coast of Iceland
Get ready for a glacier adventure on Sólheimajökull glacier. Breath taking views from the glacier hike over the beautiful south coast.
✅ Solheimajokull Glacier.
✅ Marvel over crevasses, ridges and snowscapes.
✅ Breathtaking views of the South Coast.
Available: All Year.
Duration: 3 hours.
Time on the ice: 60 to 90 minutes
Minimum age: 10 years.
Meeting point: Solheimajokull glacier parking lot, Sólheimajökulsvegur, 871 Vík. You will find a white van next to our guide.
Group size: Maximum 12 people per group.
What to bring:
This glacier tour is for anyone looking to experience one of the natural wonders of the earth. Sólheimajökull glacier is an outlet glacier of Mýrdalsjökull, the 4th largest glacier in Iceland. Underneath the glacier is the active volcano Katla, one of the largest in Iceland, which erupted last time in 1918.
We will start the tour with meeting up with the guide in the Sólheimajökull parking lot. You will get all necessary equipment for the hike: crampons, ice axes, harnesses and helmets. When you are ready, we 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, 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 it’s 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 volcanoes under every glacier in Iceland it is common that eruptions are leaving 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.
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