As we leave Reykjavik we will head towards the Solheimajokull glacier which is a spectacular ice strip that comes down from Myrdalsjokull , the fourth largest glacier in Iceland. The first stop on this tour is at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where it’s possible to walk behind this magnificent curtain of water.
Glacier Hike on Solheimajokull
After the exciting stop at Seljalandsfoss next up is the glacier hike. We will provide all the equipment for you such as crampons and ice axes and go over safety information before we set foot on the glacier. Sólheimajökull glacier is part of a bigger one - Mýrdalsjökull, Iceland‘s fourth largest glacier covering the infamous Katla volcano. We will hike there for about an hour. The glacier hike is not such a hard challenge if you are relatively fit, but depending on conditions we might need to walk for another 30 minutes before reaching the glacier itself. The hike is suitable for anyone above the age of 10 who is confident about walking on uneven surfaces.
The Black-Sand Beach and Skogafoss
After hiking on the glacier we drive to the black sand beach of Reynisfjara for a leisurely walk. This beach is famous for the stacks of basalt columns that circle the surrounding cliffs where you can also find many caves. Close to the shore you can also admire the Reynisdrangar pillars, basalt rock stacks rising directly from the ocean. According to legends these pillars were trolls turned into rock by the rising sun, after coming home late one morning from a fishing trip.
The final stop of this awesome sightseeing tour will be at the Skógafoss waterfall. If we are lucky and there’s a clear day you may be able to see the famous volcanoes, Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull. As we drive at the foot of Eyjafjallajökull you can get a sighting of the Westman Islands, rising sharply from the ocean just a couple of miles off the coast.
This is a great value tour, suitable for most people but still with a fair dose of adventure. The sights you’ll see are stunning and there’s probably nowhere else in the world where you stand on glacier, walk behind a waterfall and stroll along a volcanic black sand beach all in one day.
All glacial trips that are undertaken are the responsibility of the participants. Extreme Iceland does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. You need real hiking shoes for the glacier hike, that have a thick sole and cover your ankle. We provide the ice crampons, and they cannot be attached to normal shoes.