Sólheimajökull Glacier Panorama Trail

  • Availability

    June - September

  • DURATION

    6 ½ hours

  • Difficulty

    Challenging

  • Pickup

    No

  • Minimum Age

    12 Years

  • Price

    ISK 17.900

Tour Highlights:

  • Panoramic views of Sólheimajökull
  • Views over black sand beaches & coastline
  • 6 Hour hike in the dramatic landscape

Included:

  • Professional guidance
  • Safety equipment
  • Glacier truck transport

The Sólheimajökull Glacier Panorama Trail Tour

This unique tour takes you on an extended hike by Sólheimajökull glacier, the so-called panorama trail. As the name suggests, this tour offers a more challenging tour in this beautiful area where you can enjoy amazing panoramic views.

This tour departs from the Sólheimajökull glacier parking lot. There you will meet up with your guide and travel mates for the day. You will board a special glacier vehicle which will transport you to the start of the trail by the roots of Mýrdalsjökull glacier. If the weather is good, you might see the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano in the distance. The trail you will be hiking lies above and along the Sólheimajökull outlet glacier. You will hike this trail from its starting point to its end at the glacier’s terminus. The trail is mostly downhill. Please note that this is not a glacier hike, but you will be hiking a trail by the glacier.

As you hike along the trail, you can enjoy spectacular glacier views. You will also see black beaches and the Atlantic coastline. As you take in the panoramic views, you can clearly see how glaciers and volcanic activity has shaped our island for thousands of years. If you are lucky, some of the local sheep might come to say hello! After an invigorating hike along the panorama trail, you will return to the Sólheimajökull glacier parking lot.

Looking for a shorter glacier hike on Sólheimajökull? Check out the Sólheimajökull Glacier Exploration Tour.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the meeting point for this tour?

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.

Can pick up and drop off in Reykjavík be added to this tour?

No, this is a meet-on-location tour. If you don’t have a car but would like to go on a glacier walk on Sólheimajökull, you might be interested in the Take A Walk on the Ice Side day tour from Reykjavík.

What is the duration of this tour?

The tour is about 6.5 hours in total, of which about 6 hours are spent on the trail.

What is the group size on this tour?

The guide to guest ratio on this tour is a maximum of 14 guests per guide.

How difficult is this tour?

This tour is moderate to challenging in difficulty. It should be accessible to all those who are in good health, are doing some sport regularly and who are used to all-terrain walks. You need to be able to do 2-6 hours walking in a day, without carrying much luggage.

What should I wear on this tour?

You should dress according to weather and keep in mind that it can get cold up on the glacier, and the weather can change quickly. Wear warm clothing, rain gear, and hiking boots.

Hiking boots, hiking poles and rain gear can be rented at booking, at additional cost.

Is lunch included in this tour?

No, lunch is not included in this tour and we recommend that you bring a packed lunch along with snacks such as energy bars. There are no services along the trail where you can purchase lunch.

We also recommend that you bring a refillable water bottle. You should also carry a small bag in your pocket or backpack where you can collect your trash, you can dispose of it in a bin once you get back to the parking lot.

Is the age limit on this tour flexible?

No, due to safety reasons the age limit on this tour is not flexible. The minimum age for this tour is 12 years.

What is the cancellation policy for this tour?

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 info@iat.is.

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).

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