Mýrdalsjökull Glacier

Mýrdalsjökull is Icelandic for “Mire Valley glacier”. Mýdalsjökull is a glacier in the south of Iceland North of Vík & next door Eyjafjallajökull. The Fimmvörðuháls pass is a hiking route between the two glaciers.

Glacier activities take place either on an accessible tongue called Sólheimajökull or via a mountain road close to Sólheimajökull which ascends the mountain to a low part of the glacier.

The dome shaped glacier covers a large strato volcano named Katla. The volcano has a diameter of 6 mile caldera & she usually erupts every 40–80 years. Katla’s previous eruption was in 1918. Scientists continuously monitor the volcano. Katla is close to the Eyjafjallajökull volcano which erupted in April 2010 causing travel disruptions around the world.

Locals feared traveling across the plains in front of the glacier before the number 1 highway was completed, because of the regular glacial floods called jökulhlaups. The glacial flood after the Katla volcanic eruption of 1918 extended the beaches by 3 miles.

Mýrdalsjökull is a very wet location, with regular precipitation of rain or snow each year.

Myrdalsjökull glacier hike
Your can experience how it feels to walk on ice on this Glacier walk. The hike is on Sólheimajökull glacier (part of Mýrdalsjökull glacier) in South Iceland. We walk around 30 – 40 minutes from our base to the glacier tongue. We give you a lesson in ice walking and a safety briefing before we walk onto the glacier. Experience this unique environment with crevasse, moulins and ice ridges.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Physical: moderate
  • Glacier walk includes
    – English speaking guide
    – Helmet
    – Crampons
    – Ice axe
    – Safety equipment

    You need to bring
    Bring warm layers (e.g. fleece or woolen sweater) and waterproofs. Hiking shoes are vital.

    Cancellation policy
    Fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 2 days or less before event

    Solheimarjökull glacier walk
    Glacial landscape are highly dynamic. We hike on Solheimarjökull and experience crevices, moulins and black volcanic sand cones. Sometimes we have the chance to see into the moulins or caves.

    The ice is blue and clear in winter. The surface can be covered in snow. During Summer, the ice is whiter and volcanic ash is visible as it makes pattern in the glacier landscape.

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Physical: Easy
  • Glacier walk includes
    – English speaking guide
    – Helmet
    – Crampons
    – Ice axe
    – Other safety equipment

    What do I need to bring?
    Bring warm clothing and waterproofs with sturdy walking shoes

    Cancellation policy
    100% fee if cancelled 2 days or less before event

    South coast and glacier hike
    This tour takes you along the South coast of Iceland to the Sólheimajökull glacier. The tour starts with a Reykjavik hotel pick up. Sólheimajökull glacier is a part of Myrdalsjökull glacier. Mýrdalsjökull glacier, is 600 km2. Mýrdalsjökull is the home of Katla Volcano and is one of the biggest in Iceland.

    After the glacier walk we will stop at the Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls.

  • Duration: 9 hours
  • Physical: Easy
  • Please note: Minimum age requirement: 10 years
  • Tour includes
    – Pick up at hotels in Reykjavík
    – Transport
    – Driver guided South coast sightseeing tour
    – English speaking guide
    – Helmet
    – Crampons
    – Ice axe
    – Safety equipment

    You need to bring?
    Bring warm layers (e.g. fleece or woolen sweater) and waterproofs. Sturdy shoes are important.

    Cancellation policy
    100% fee if booking is cancelled 2 days or less before

    Private ice climbing
    This activity includes Ice climbing on Sólheimajökull glacier. The glacier guide will issue glacier equipment and show you how to use it. Then you walk onto glacier with its incredible ice forms, ridges, and moulins. We will find a perfect location for Ice climbing, then everybody will have an opportunity to climb on the ice. This is your chance for a unique exploration of Iceland.

  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Physical: Easy
  • Included on the tour
    – Helmet
    – Crampons
    – Ice axe
    – safety equipment

    You need to bring
    Warm clothes, waterproofs, hat, gloves and lunch. Hiking shoes are recommended!

    Cancellation policy
    Fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 2 days or less before event

    Important
    Minimum age is 10 years

    Private ice climbing
    This is a chance to hike on one of Iceland’s most famous glacier tongue at Sólheimajökull. The glacier is on the South coast of Iceland and we guide you through its amazing features. We hike up the easily accessible slopes and experience ice formations and crevasses. Our experienced glacier guides will show you how to use the safety equipment necessary for glacier hiking.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Physical: Easy
  • Included on the tour
    – Helmet
    – Crampons
    – Ice axe
    – safety equipment

    You need to bring
    Warm clothes, waterproofs, hat, gloves and lunch. Hiking shoes are recommended!

    Cancellation policy
    Fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 2 days or less before event

    Important
    Minimum age is 10 years

    South coast and glacier walk
    Spend the day glacier walking and sightseeing along the South Coast. We explore the South coast and the Sólheimajökull glacier with crevices, sinkholes and ice ridges. All safety equipment and training is provided on site. You will be Approx. 2 hour on the glacier. We also stop at the beautiful Skógafoss & Seljalandsfoss waterfalls.

  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Physical: Moderate
  • The sightseeing and glacier tour includes English speaking guides.

    Tour includes
    Pick up in Reykjavik 30 min. before the tour starts and drop off.
    Guided tour on the Bus and then guided tour with the glacier guides.

    You need to bring
    Dress warm waterproof and warm layers, hat, gloves and sturdy walking shoes.

    Please note
    *Dress extremely well, preferably waterproof and warm clothing and a hat, gloves, good walking shoes *Glacier walk does not require any special skills and can be enjoyed by people with normal fitness and in good health.
    *The minimum age is 10 years.

    Cancellation policy
    Fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 1 day or less before event

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