May - October
2 ½ hours
The Glacier Kayak tour gives you a chance to experience Sólheimajökull glacier in a unique way. Kayaking by the glacier is an amazing experience in Iceland that you should not miss! Located on the South Coast, this excursion is a great addition to a self-drive trip in this region of the country.
The tour starts at the Sólheimajökull glacier parking lot. There you will meet up with you experienced guide and the rest of your group. You will be supplied with drysuits and your guide will assist you with gearing up for the tour. You will also get a safety briefing before walking out on the glacier lagoon. Your guide will also show you some basic kayaking techniques. On this tour, you will kayak in sit-on-top kayaks which are easy to steer. You do not need any previous kayaking experience to participate in this tour.
Once out on the lagoon, you will experience the majestic features of the lagoon and Sólheimajökull glacier. As you paddle on the calm surface of the lagoon, you will be able to take in the incredible landscape that surrounds you. Your guide will lead you around the glacier and in between the icebergs that float on the lagoon. You will also learn more about the glacier and its environment.
For a full day by the glacier, you can combine glacier kayaking with a glacier hike on Sólheimajökull.
This tour is operated by one of our trusted partners.
The meeting point for this tour is at the Sólheimajökull Parking Area. You can click “How To Get There” for a map and directions to the parking area.
Please be on location 20 minutes before the scheduled departure for your tour.
No, this is a meet-on-location tour.
The tour is 2.5 hours in total.
You should dress according to weather and keep in mind that it can get cold by the glacier, and the weather can change quickly. Wear warm clothing and bring an extra pair of warm socks.
You will be supplied with a drysuit before the kayaking experience.
Hiking boots and rain gear can be rented at booking, at additional cost.
No, due to safety reasons the age limit on this tour is not flexible. The minimum age for this tour is 12 years.
Reservations can be canceled 24 hours prior to departure without penalty. Cancellations received less than 24 hours prior to departure are non-refundable.
Cancellations must be submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be mindful of possible time zone differences. Iceland is in the GMT time zone and cancellations must be submitted at least 24 hours before departure in Icelandic local time (GMT).
If you do need to cancel your tour, we recommend that you contact us as soon as possible.
The meeting point for this tour is at the parking area by Sólheimajökull. Please be there 20 minutes before your scheduled tour.
It takes about 2,5 hours to drive here from Reykjavík, and about 45 minutes if you are driving from Vík.
Directions to the Sólheimajökull parking area:
From the West (Reykjavík): 6 km after Skógar, you turn left (just after the bridge) onto road 221 and then follow road 221 for about 5 km to the Sólheimajökull Café parking area. (Expected 20 – 30 min. for this part).
From the East (Vík): 3 km after you pass road 222, you turn right (just before the bridge) onto road 221 and then follow road 221 for about 5 km to the Sólheimajökull Café parking area. (Expected 20 – 30 min. for this part).