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“Solheimajokull Glacier Walk”

Icelandic Mountain Guides
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Icelandic Mountain Guides is Iceland's premier adventure tour operator. The company was established in 1994 by four young outdoor enthusiasts with a passion for nature, travel and environmental advocacy. These pioneers aimed to introduce the wonders of Icelandic nature to travelers from all over the world. We started by offering Glacier Walks in Skaftafell and later on Solheimajokull glacier. Hiking, backpacking and other adventures and expeditions in Iceland and Greenland soon followed. Today, Icelandic Mountain Guides offers adventure tours ranging from short day tours to longer multi-day expeditions in the great outdoors in both summer and winter. So whether it is the exploration of the icescapes of glaciers and ice caves, crossing of impressive highlands, trekking in the extraordinary rhyolite massifs or hiking in fascinating valleys, our aim is to Make Every Moment an Experience.
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

We booked the Solheimajokull Glacier Walk through Extreme Iceland, but it wound up being with the Icelandic Mountain Guides. What a great few hours! I highly recommend a glacier walk for anyone that wants to see and learn about a glacier up close. Our guide was very knowledgeable, spoke perfect English (and other languages) and was accommodating to the array of comfort levels on the trip. While it was a relatively easy walk, some people were more comfortable on the ice than others. Cramp-ons and ice axes were provided. Our walk was about 3 hours, and I wouldn't recommend doing anything shorter - this way we got a great feel for the ice, a nice long walk, and had a blast!!

3  Thank angie1135
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

We booked this excursion through a package with Icelandair. I was not sure what to expect, or if it would be good or terrible because it was such a great deal. I was so pleasantly surprised. We had a fantastic experience. Our guide, Hulda, picked us up at our hotel in Reykjavik in a super jeep, and we headed off with another jeep full of people. We drove out of Reykjavik and ended up on a desolate black sand beach. It was dark, but so beautiful. This was March 1, so it was not warm, but we dressed appropriately, so it was not uncomfortable at all. On the beach, we got to speak with our guides, admire the beauty of the black sand against the waves, and just take it all in.

From the beach, we then went to the lobster feast. This was a highlight of our entire trip. We were in a big room with long tables for communal dining. We enjoyed getting to know some of our fellow travelers. The drinks were not included, so keep that in mind, but the prices weren't too high. The lobster was FANTASTIC. They are smaller than what we are used to in the US, but the flavor was fantastic, and we got to eat a ton of them. Probably one of the better meals I've ever had. The sides were great too, but the lobster was SO good.

As we were finishing up, the guides were getting excited, because there was some activity outside. It started to feel a little bit like we were in the movie Twister as everyone bundled up and ran out to the jeeps. We then went chasing through the night trying to find the best places to view the Lights. It was incredible. We were told that these were not the greatest lights, and our guide was disappointed that they weren't better, but for us, who have never seen the Northern Lights, it was fantastic. The couple in our jeep with us was very cold the whole time and rarely got out of the jeep, but we spent long stretches of time outside at each spot gazing at the sky and taking it in. It was very enjoyable and memorable. If you are a person that tends to get cold very easily, really dress warmly for this. We were wearing long underwear under our jeans, with hiking boots, fleeces and jackets and hats and we were comfortable.

We did not a have a tripod, so didn't get great pictures of the lights. If you hope to photograph them, don't forget your tripod as you need to leave the shutter open for 30-40 seconds.

This was a great experience. Getting to see the Northen Lights was obviously the goal and we were lucky enough to see them, but had we not, the beach and dinner was still great and I'd recommend it! Hulda was a great guide. She had a lot of great information abotu Icelandic history and culture, and about the Northern Lights. We had a lot of fun!

Thank Beth M
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Reviewed February 28, 2013

we booked this tour as part of a package with Icelandair.It was a very wet day and we all got soaked through walking to the glacier, but it was well worth it. We were given crampons and ice picks and were able to see sink holes and crevices. The landslips and rock falls on the way back were a little scary with big boulders falling down the opposite mountain! The waterfalls were amazing with a huge volume of water thundering over them, a real experience of Iceland in the raw! The presentation about the volcanic eruption was fascinating and it was great to meet the lady who lived in the farm nearest to the volcano and hear her first hand experiences. The lamb soup and bread meal was very welcome and tasty. It would be lovely to comeback again and experience the trip in better weather, but Iceland is not a theme park and I feel we certainly experienced a taste of the real Iceland. Our guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable and drove like a maniac!

Thank Jan M
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

Thanks to Mountain Guides we went on a private glacier walk with our kids (6, 8 and 8 y.o.) and had amazing experience. Our guide Maria made everything possible to make our tour safe and enjoyable. We saw blue ice holes, crevasses, volcanic ash, drank glacier water and walked in our crampons on steep ice surfaces. Plus, we mad stops at the waterfalls on the way back. Experience of a lifetime.

14  Thank place17
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Like many of the other reviewers, we booked the Glacier Hike & Northern Lights tour through IcelandAir.

I want to start out by saying my only complaint is how small the van was. The van seated 12, when it probably would have been more comfortable with 8. This becomes a huge factor after the glacier hike which I will explain below.

I think the first thing to point out that a lot of fellow travelers didn't realize is how long of a drive it is from Reykjavik to the glacier. You drive for about an hour and stop for lunch at a place that is similar to truck stop convience stores in the US. The food is expensive if you order from the grill and the cheeseburger I had was awful. My suggestion is if you can stop at a supermarket the night before, and pick up a sandwhich and a bag of chips to take with.

From the lunch stop, it is probably close to another hour before you reach the glacier. This whole time our guide was really great with keeping up with informative dialogue and was quick to answer any questions we had.

When we got to the glacier it was POURING the entire tour. Nonetheless, the guide was really great and treated it as if the sun was shining. So I didn't feel like we were at all shorted due to the weather. The tour is really great and many opportunities for pictures. I would have appreciated a couple of more opportunites for photos or the guide offering to take pictures for us, but I have had this in the past on other tours.

This is where the small van became a HUGE problem. All 12 of us were soaked through, and because we were crammed in, there was no room to remove some of our outer layers to get out of the wet clothes unless you wanted to shove them under your feet.

Since it was February, but the time we were able to visit the waterfalls, it was becoming dark and cold. Since we were all wet, only about half the people got out of the van and those who did were quick about their picture opportunites. Which ironically was a blessing because I have been on other tours were tourist take their sweet time and delay the rest of us.

The volcano museum we stopped at was really well done and the movie they played was really informative. By the time we got there, we had essentially merged with another group and the building wasn't very large. Again, if we weren't wet, I am sure many people would have milled around outside, easing the crowding.

The dinner was an experience. I think it was worth the experience, even though the food wasn't wonderful. The dinner consists of a basket of rye bread, soup, and a dessert made of blackberries and Styr (yogurt).

Since it was raining, the cloud cover made it impossible to see any Northern Lights.

Thank Jessica K
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