7. Vik: Guided Glacier Hike on Sólheimajökull
Feel like you are on top of the world with this day hike that will get the adrenaline pumping. This glacier hiking tour begins when you arrive at the base camp at the foot of Solheimajokull. Solheimajokull is an outlet of Myrdalsjokull, one of the country’s largest ice caps, and is perfect for adventurers due to its accessible slopes, incredible formations, and striking views. Please be sure to arrive with hiking boots- athletic sneakers may not fit the glacier crampons. Your friendly, expert guide will be waiting to dress you in a harness, helmet, and pair of crampons and equip you with an ice ax. They will then brief you on the equipment and route before leading you around the murky glacier lagoon to Solheimajokull’s snowy surface. Worry not about the dangers of glacier hiking in Iceland, as your guide knows how to navigate this otherworldly terrain safely and is trained to deal with all potential circumstances. All aspects of Iceland’s ice caps are breathtaking. The colors are striking, with untouched white snow veined with black ash from past eruptions and brightened by dazzling blues. Formations such as glistening icicles, towering ice walls, deep crevasses, and sometimes even winding ice caves are around each corner. As you hike, you can refill your water bottle in pure freshwater streams as it melts. The higher you ascend, the more spectacular the views will become. In clear weather, you’ll be able to look over dramatic mountains, the Westman Islands, the black sands of the South Coast, and stunning lava landscapes. Your guide will tell you how glaciers form and why Iceland is so renowned for them. They will also talk about the dangers they face and how you can help protect them for future generations. You are also welcome to ask them any questions about the ice caps or life in Iceland, and they can take photos of you and your group at the most picturesque spots. The Team at David the Guide is a small family of adventurers, with a passion for sharing our love of Iceland's natural beauty. We appreciate you booking with us, and look forward to meeting you and having an adventure.