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Ice Hiking in East, Iceland Show 7 activities

When making a trip to Iceland, it is hard not to pay attention to its 4,500 square miles of glacier. Ice hiking on the glaciers is practiced year-round and takes place mainly on the Sólheimajökull and Svínafellsjökull glaciers in the south of Iceland.

About Ice Hiking Iceland

When making a trip to Iceland, it is hard not to pay attention to its 4,500 square miles of glacier. Ice hiking on the glaciers is practiced year-round and takes place mainly on the Sólheimajökull and Svínafellsjökull glaciers in the south of Iceland, to which day trips are offered from Reykjavík (and Skaftafell). Sólheimajökull is an outlet glacier of the icecap of Mýrdalsjökull on the South Coast of Iceland. It is one of the most easily accessible glaciers to reach from Reykjavík, just 158 kilometres away. Hiking trips are also available onto the Snæfellsjökull glacier in the west and the Vatnajökull glacier more towards the south-east. Vatnajökull glacier is the largest glacier in Europe, covering 8% of Iceland’s landmass. 

Without exception, glacier walking or climbing should not be done without the accompaniment of a trained guide. Glacier walking tours can often be combined with other tours such as jeep safaris and boating on a glacier lagoon.

We offer a great variety of ice hiking tours in Iceland. Get detailed information below and you can book instantly online.

 

Highlights

  • Hike the Sólheimajökul glacier, easily accessible from Reykjavík
  • Visit the largest glacier in Europe, the Vatnajökull glacier
  • Combine Ice Hiking with an ice climbing adventure

Best Time to Visit

High season: June - August

Low season: October - April

Ice Hiking is most popular in high season but can also be done in the shoulder months September and May. Some of the glaciers can be accessed year-round. 

If you are looking for more outdoor adventures in Iceland, please refer to our Iceland Guide for more information.