Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
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AllanSeeToh
Singapore, Singapore395 contributions
Couples
This is a glacier that you could walk right onto it without having to join a guided glacier tour. The only setback is that without the crampons/axes (that guided tours would provide) you couldn't really go too far up the glacier as it's too slippery. Having said, the initial portion (edge) of the glacier is flat enough to venture a fair bit with just normal shoes, and offers great views of the glacier. Excellent for those whom had never explored glaciers before. If coming from the west (on ring road), soon after passing skogafoss, look out for road#221 on the left. Then travel onto #221 (gravel road) for a few minutes before reaching the first carpark that has the office of a glacier tour company. If required, you could continue driving straight pass the office and come to a 2nd car park at end of #221. This 2nd car park is slightly nearer to the glacier (could save u 5-10min of walk compared from the first carpark).
Written July 14, 2014
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cmr352
Vancouver, WA88 contributions
Couples
My husband and I had a rental car for our recent trip to Iceland. We spent one day exploring the south shore on our own. I have to say that I was a little confused about how to find the road to this glacier and we missed the turn the first time we went by. After leaving Reykjavik you drive quite a ways, passing through several towns, before coming to your first waterfall that is seen from the road. Then you pass the second waterfall (Skogarfoss). Not long after that, there is a single lane bridge and the turnoff (221) is immediately to the left. We missed it because we were focused on the one lane bridge and other traffic. It is an easy drive to the parking lot and an easy walk to the glacier. We were there at the end of Feb. so it was chilly and the trail was slick. There was no coffee shop or anything like that in the area. We had packed crampons (cheap from Walmart) just for this purpose. They worked perfectly!! We were able to walk easily onto the glacier and got amazing pictures with the beautiful blue colored ice. A tour group had arrived ahead of us so we had to kind of hold back and wait for them to pass through but I didn't mind because it made me feel better knowing that we were probably in a fairly safe place! After the glacier we headed towards Vik to the black sand beach (there are actually two great turnoffs for this, just look for the looped square "area of interest" symbols to know where to turn off roads the in Iceland) and then headed back to the city. It was such a great day and I enjoyed doing it on our own rather than with a tour!
Written March 5, 2015
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Sanjaya Wijeyekoon
Bournemouth, UK607 contributions
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We arrived in Keflavik and hired a car (Budget pre-booked online in the UK) and drove down to Vik over a few hours. We had a tour booked for the next day with Icelandic Mountain Guides but as we approached Vic we noted a sign on the road turning away from the coast indicating the turn off to the Myrdalsjokull Glacier 'car park'. Our tour was supposed to begin from the 'car park' and hence we thought we would see how it was to travel. The road was narrow and very rough, about 4 KM long and really designed for 4 wheel drive vehicles. Nevertheless we went along in second gear mostly and slowly allowing faster cars to pass by. At the end there was a small car park of sorts and a small cafe. A short walk allowed you get directly onto the glacier tongue which was incredible. Much of the structure was stained black presumably from the volcanic eruption of 2010. We walked about 3 Km over somewhat rough ground - boots and walking pole would be handy. We did not go on the ice on this occasion but many people seemed to be happily walking on it without crampons.
Written July 3, 2012
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Fernando Rees
Dubai, United Arab Emirates827 contributions
Couples
Fantastic place, a world of lava and ice! We visited it on summer, and could witness the melting ice and icebergs flowing towards the sea. Very impressive! Inspiring but sad. Make sure to dress some windproof clothes, as even on a warm sunny day the wind was surprisingly strong and cold.
Written August 15, 2016
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traveling_smiles
Longmont, CO503 contributions
Family
We didn't hike on the glacier but we did visit an ice cave accessed from one tongue of the glacier and the intensity of the blue ice above and all around us was phenomenal. The smoothness of the ice and the waves formed in it combined with the quiet of being within the cave made for a highlight of our trip.
Written March 13, 2015
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TRC3
Reading, UK197 contributions
Friends
There's no need to take a snowmobile or pay for a glacier walk to experience this impressive natural feature, unless you especially want to. There are two tracks to the glacier - the one nearest to Vik leads to the activity centre where you can pay for the experience, the one nearer to Skogar leads to walking trail you can take alone. The track is a couple of km of bumpy unmade road but we managed it in a Group A hire car without incident. The ridges are more comfortable if you drive fairly fast, but try to avoid the potholes!
At the end of the road is a café with toilets (there's a fee for non-customers), a car park and an information panel about the glacier and surrounding areas. The path to the glacier is beside the information panel and quite easy to walk in trainers. We had not originally planned to visit the glacier but it turned out to be a highlight of our trip to Iceland. Early in the morning there were no other visitors and it was perfectly serene and beautiful. Personally I'd rather experience its natural beauty than rip across it in a snowmobile, but each to his own!
Look out for the natural ice arch, which is particularly beautiful.
Written August 21, 2014
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redeco
Warren, MA9,387 contributions
Myrdalsjokull is a very large glacier just above Vik on Iceland's south coast. Tour companies can take you up here in all-terrain vehicles for a camp-over, but most who get to spend time on the ice access the glacier via a finger-like extension named Solheimajokull which is visible from the main coastal road and is accessed by a dirt road that runs about two and a half miles to the tip of the glacier. The road is open in good weather.

I had the experience in March of 2007 of trying to reach the glacier, but being stopped by a snow drift just a half mile short of the site. Last week, I was able to access the glacier easily. My expectations were of bright white ice and very cold conditions, but surprise...the ice was sooty and dirty at the tip with lots of fissures and melting spots and the temperature was mild. Underneath the ice was a flow of glacial melt water that ran down to the river behind us. A spot of blue ice was a highlight for us. However, another traveler told us that the blue ice had only appeared that day. It wasn't visible the day before. I'm afraid that this glacier is melting quickly and receding every year.

My group spent a pleasant half hour on the glacier's edge exploring without proper equipment, so we didn't venture too far. But the visit was a highlight of my trip to Iceland. The stop is included on Reykjavik Excursions' South Coast tour to Vik and you can access the same via car. I highly recommend a visit here.

A path leading to the glacier is easy-walking for those who are more challenged. They can see a lot without actually stepping on the glacier. Be careful; this area is outside of cell phone range.
Written May 31, 2009
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Qualala
25 contributions
Friends
Myrdalsjökul is a very nice glacier, which is very easily reachable from road 1. You don't need any 4x4 vehicle to get to the glacier and once you parked your car, it just takes a 10-15 minutes walk.
It's really worth a stop !
Written July 8, 2016
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rosy c
Hartford, CT25 contributions
Family
Approach road is now paved and easy drive to parking lot. A 10 min walk will take you to the glacier tongue. You can touch the glacier caves for nice photos. There is Bath room facilities.
Written June 12, 2016
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Soph_Explore
Hertfordshire, UK152 contributions
Couples
As you are driving past it is easy to miss and just go on to the next waterfall, that's a mistake!
A short walk from the cafe and the car park (5-10 mins) you will see the mouth of an incredible glacier, the scale is massive! You can see many people heading off on glacier hikes and going snowmobiling, even if you are not going on a tour, just pop by and have a look, it's spectacular.
Written November 23, 2015
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