Solheimajokull Glacier
Solheimajokull Glacier
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Lying just off the Ring Road, Solheimajokull is one of Iceland’s most accessible glaciers. It's just a short five-minute walk from the carpark to the glacier lagoon, and another 10 minutes to reach the glacier wall itself. Admire the otherworldly glaciers, but note that you shouldn't venture onto the glacier without the proper equipment and a guide. The best way to explore the glacier is on a guided hike or even on an ice-climbing tour. Solheimajokull can be seen and hiked all year round; visit from November to March when you'll be able to venture into an ice cave. – Tripadvisor
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  • 1957
    Ottawa, Canada830 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent views!
    Part of our organized tour, we stopped at one’s Iceland’s most accessible glacier. It is a short 5 minute walk from the parking lot to the glacier lagoon and a 10 minutes walk to reach onto the glacier. However without proper equipment and a guide, it is not recommended. We stood at the lagoon, admired the views and took many pictures.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 2, 2023
  • VinnieLondon
    Doha, Qatar12,738 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bracing walk and views
    Worth the 2.5 hour drive from Reykjavík..but scary history of the glacier erosion/melt over recent years. A brisk 15 minute incline walk to the glacier viewpoint but you can walk to the glacier edge safely after another 5 minute walk. Best to take proper walking gear and waterproofs as even in May it was a cold and bracing walk. You can also book a glacier walk but definitely book with a professional tour company. There are pay on entry restrooms in the car park.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 13, 2023
  • Kritsana P
    Rayong, Thailand1,885 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glacier
    Solheimajokull Glacier is located along the southern region of Iceland's famous Ring Road. It’s easy to access 6 km from number 1 highway. After parking, walking around 1 km you can see the glacier. It’s able to walk on the glacier, however you need to walk with guide.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 8, 2023
  • nadi
    Israel1,282 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Even if you don't intend to walk on the glacier go to the edge
    I found it very impressive. I did not intend to walk over the glacier but my impression was great. You see it from short distance but you see many parts that broke from the glacier and they are floating on the water. Simply great and a short easy walk.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 12, 2023
  • Michael K
    London, United Kingdom532 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great but retreating phenomenon of nature
    This is a tongue of the large Myrdalsjökull Glacier, stretching out towards the sea, but in overall retreat since the 1930s. As you drive towards it you at first are at the side of a river that flows from its melt water, then the deeply scarred valley where it once sat, till eventually you reach its tongue. It is retreating a little each year. You can get fairly close to it on a platform; only organised groups with a trained leader can go right up to it or on it. It is striated with black from the debris is has picked up over the years. It is an impressive yet also challenging sight, as it so eloquently highlights the consequences of global warming. Very moving to stand before this great and ancient phenomenon of nature. NB; you have to pay to use the toilets here.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 3, 2023
  • Bandit-One
    Lucerne, Switzerland10,044 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Bigger and better than expected
    This glacier here was a great attraction and a lot bigger and better than we assumed. We visited it on our own without a tour, since we didn't plan to walk on it, only enjoy the area, the views and a short walk to see the glacier up close. There's a huge parking lot. Costs a small fee. There's also a visitors center with infos, tours and public toilets. From here a trail leads to the viewing platform. From there you still can continue until you reach the glacier tongue. You can so close until you really can touch it. All without a guide or tour. You can take a few steps on it right at the tongue. But after a few meters you shouldn't go further on your own. A tour or guide and the right gear will be needed from there. But for us that was enough to really enjoy and appreciate this glacier. It's massive, on the pics it looked a lot smaller. It's just a beautiful sight with the mountains in the back and the glacier with its lake. Some ice is drifting in the lake, a very pretty sight. Together with the black sand it makes a unique and amazing sight. After the visit we didn't follow the path back but walked along the lake and then the river to get back to the visitors center. Not many folks around. Very nice.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 25, 2023
  • Toni B
    Asbury Park, New Jersey7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Our best trip in Iceland
    My husband and I had a mindblowing experience hiking this glacier. We were in Iceland for our wedding and honeymoon and this was the best day trip we took in the 10 days we were in Iceland. The weather could have been better but that's nothing to complain about, haha. It's Iceland!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 11, 2023
  • AlvinosKyperounda
    Kyperounta, Cyprus457 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a great Glacier you can visit for free, even if it makes the local guides angry
    This is an excellent place to see the Glacier for free without paying through the nose some guides who do not do anything more than provide you with Crampons and helmets you can buy yourself. We visited the place by ourselves and walked to the glacier. A guide of a tour of 15 people who were paying like 250 euro each for this, was kind of angry with us and said that we should have an axe and a strap around the waist in order to go up. He said that because he wanted to find an excuse to the 15 paying customers who were feeling uncomfortable seeing us doing the tour free of charge.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 30, 2023
  • Marinerpeeps
    Colorado Springs, Colorado13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A good hike rewarded with amazing views.
    Took this hike as part of a 3 day tour from Reykjavik. Exceptional experience from the safety briefings all the way thru the moderately strenuous hike up and back. We had Michele leading our group, and her passion and energy kept even the slowest members (basically me) of our group forging onward, only to be rewarded with amazing views and amazing memories. An experience well worth the efforts.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 18, 2024
  • HROxon
    Oxford, United Kingdom877 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great stop with amazing glacier views
    With self drive very easy to get to near Skogafoss and the Plane Wreck. About a 10 minute drive off the ring road. Large car park with pay toilets. Parka App parking payment (phone reception weak we had to drive to a far corner of the car park to be able to pay via the app). Great 10 minute walk to glacier viewing area with amazing views, glad we made the detour.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 14, 2024
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Wendy121212
Belgium140 contributions
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Aug 2022 • Family
I’m glad I went on the glacier, but you really need to be prepared. Nr 1: do not believe what the sites & travel agencies say, this is NOT for all ages. You really need to be reasonably fit to do this activity. Nr 2: this is no walk on a glacier, it’s very physical. You will have to wear crampons on your shoes, go up & down parts of ice around the glacier before actually reaching it. Nr3: it’s important to have the right equipment, do not buy things from decathlon, buy all water proof equipment in Iceland (pants, jacket, ski gloves, backpack) if windy you may even want to wear ski glasses. Nr 4: bring extra warm clothes & leave them in the car/bus.
The information on the various travel agencies website is misleading. 9 times out of 10 it will be raining on the glacier with strong winds therefore waterproof clothes is very important. I would recommend this activity if you are fit & have the right equipment. A few in our group had to wait in the bus because it was clear they could never climb up. Those that did go were completely wet, I mean all the clothes, items in their bags, wet & frozen. I would not recommend this for children below 15 or adults over 60 unless you’re really fit.
Written August 11, 2022
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Travel_Addict_Cyprus
Michigan1,196 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Another impressive sight on the South Coast, Sólheimajökull is one of the many outlet glaciers of the mighty icecap of Mýrdalsjökull. Sólheimajökull is easily accessible; you get off the Ring Road and drive for about 4 km to the parking lot. You can hike right up to the glacier; it takes about 15 minutes depending on your pace. Simply spectacular and awe inspiring! One of my most favorite stops on the South Coast.
Don't miss it!
Written February 20, 2020
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Gfinger
Na34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We saw time lapse of this glacier receding in the 'Chasing Ice' documentary but nothing prepared us for the vast space which the glacier had dominated until recently. The glacier itself was amazing and our guide (Maria from Glacier Guides) was the best guide ever! She made sure we knew how to stay safe on the glacier and gave us plenty of history while showing a lot of respect and love for the glacier. Highly recommend this glacier and this tour or one of the longer ones!
Written March 22, 2020
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Lei Z
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
It was a lifetime experience! Honestly, the weather didn't accommodate well. It was raining so heavy and most people in the group were soaking wet after the three hours glacier hiking. That's why you should equip with waterproof clothing. But our guide Wei was saving this trip by his knowledge about the glacier and his helpfulness to every team member. Highly recommend! Be fully prepared and you will never be disappointed with the view up there!
Written August 14, 2022
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Marianne T
Levittown, PA11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We wanted to thank Vderan for the wonderful experience we had on our hike with him. He made the experience extremely memorable from beginning to end. My husband Sal is diabetic, and he talked to him before the hike to go over the specific demands of the tour. His concern and expertise in reviewing all the safety issues before we started hiking demonstrated his highly qualified experience in this type of activity. He was extremely informative as he explained all the history and current events happening with the glaciers in Iceland, which helped all of us to understand the intensity of the trip. His very casual and delightful personality made every minute fun and exciting. You are lucky to have such a highly qualified employee with your company, who will surely make future visitors happy to schedule tours with you. We will certainly recommend your company to our friends and family due to the amazing trip with had with Vderan.
Written February 12, 2020
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Prabir G
Kolkata (Calcutta), India3,060 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
A. Opening Hours : Open always
B. Entry Ticket: Free entry
C. Location : 165 km from Reykjavik, about 2
                        and half hours drive. 20 minutes
                        walk from the bus stop to the
                        Glacier
D. Travel mode : Part of Southern Iceland tour
   
        Sólheimajökull is an outlet glacier of the larger Mýrdalsjökull ice cap which lies atop the Katla caldera. It sits near the town of Vík í Mýrdal, a popular tourist location . The glacier is melting rapidly owing to warmer annual temperatures due to climate change. The glacier is about 15 km long.
        I visited this on 20th Mar'23 as part of our Southern Iclsnds Tour from Reykjavik.  Fir tourists, this is the only option, since Iceland is notoriously for its almost absent public transport system. It was very windy and cold day. With temperatures at -2° and wind speed of 50 to 60 km per hour, it was quite a challenge. The view is absolutely stunning. In winter month , you can't walk on glacier or climb up the highlands on the side , since icy steps are dangerous and you need special shoes and gears for handling this. At the end of the 15mibutes walk we reached the glacier mouth. There is a viewing deck there, where you get a complete view of the glacier and the stream that is created at its mouth.
A must visit spit in Iceland

                     
                       
     
Written March 22, 2023
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HeardItBothWays
Easton, PA2,370 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
My husband and I visited Sólheimajökull Glacier while exploring Iceland's South Coast. This glacier has an easy path alongside the lagoon in front of it. The glacier is absolutely beautiful and it was interesting to see a few pieces of ice floating in the lagoon in front of it. There were also plenty of waterfalls around, including one that is visible above/behind the glacier.
Written October 15, 2021
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Jill S
Chicago17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
We did the Glacier Walk with Icelandic Mountain Guides and this was our favorite activity in Iceland. Sign-in and equipment distribution take place in a warm building. Guides were patient and helpful with suiting up. They were very informative and helpful. (Note that you are not supposed to walk on the glacier without crampons and other equipment, so I would not attempt it without guides). They took photos for groups several times throughout the experience. The glacier is BEAUTIFUL. The information shared by the guides about its movement and changes throughout the year and over time was interesting (and alarming). A winter visit was spectacular!
Written January 18, 2023
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Michael K
London, UK532 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This is a tongue of the large Myrdalsjökull Glacier, stretching out towards the sea, but in overall retreat since the 1930s. As you drive towards it you at first are at the side of a river that flows from its melt water, then the deeply scarred valley where it once sat, till eventually you reach its tongue. It is retreating a little each year. You can get fairly close to it on a platform; only organised groups with a trained leader can go right up to it or on it. It is striated with black from the debris is has picked up over the years. It is an impressive yet also challenging sight, as it so eloquently highlights the consequences of global warming. Very moving to stand before this great and ancient phenomenon of nature.
NB; you have to pay to use the toilets here.
Written November 3, 2023
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glagoljas
Philadelphia, PA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Very impressive natural site and interesting experience walking on glacier. We did not join a tour, and so we did not walked too far inside the glacier, which would require special equipment. But even a short walk on the edge and a bit inside that we took was very satisfying and informative. If you don't want to commit to a several-hour guided hike (we didn't), you can still walk on the glacier for a little while. Just be careful and don't go off the path, as the many signs will warn you!
Written July 9, 2022
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