The tour starts with an introduction to the equipment and safety rules needed to explore the glacier, then we take a short walk across the pitch black volcanic ash and sands towards the frozen glacier tongue that is Sólheimajökull outlet glacier. As you walk along the valley which the glacier filled only a few years ago, your certified glacier guide will show you how the glacier is retreating at a rappit rate, almost before you very eyes. At the glacier edge we lace up our crampons and following the guide you will explore this rugged, raw and ever changing glacier.
The glacier hike is an adventure like no other, and is now only available in very few parts of the world. You will see how the primal elements shape and affect glacier, creating mesmerizing labyrinths of ice ridges and deep v-shaped crevasses that criss-cross and scar the surface of the ice. Not to mention the big sink holes, called “moulins”, that sometimes have drilled their way through the glacier, all the way to the black sands below, draining the melt water of the ice in water slides and little waterfalls. The glacier also carries with it the ashes of volcanic eruptions from the distant and not so distant past, you might even be lucky enough to be able to collect a little sample of the Eyjafjalljökull volcanic ash from 2010.
The hiking part of the tour is about 2 hours with 1-1.5 hours spent on the glistening glacier.
Please meet your tour guide at Sólheimajökull Parking Lot.
The distance from Reykjavík is approximately 158 km (98 mi).
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