Iceland's Most Popular Glacier Tours

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A picture taken from the inside of the glacier Sólheimajökull, an ice cave
Inside Sólheimajökull

Iceland has a lot of ice. Out of the many highly rewarding activities in Iceland, getting up close and personal with one of its many iconic glaciers must come very high up on the list for anybody.

There is a plethora of amazing glacier tours to choose from in Iceland, whether you are staying for a shorter or longer time. Here are a few of the best glacier tours that take off from three different locations in Iceland:

Departing from Reykjavík:

Sólheimajökull – Easily completed in a day trip, the Sólheimajökull glacier tongue is one of the most popular glacier tours. A historic site with ice that is centuries if not millenia old, surrounded by a majestic backdrop of natural ice sculptures. The Sólheimajökull glacier tour also entails beautiful scenery of the immense Eyjafjallajökull volcano (of the 2010 eruption ) as well as the gorgeous Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. The Take a Walk on the Ice Side Glacier Walk on Sólheimajökull is not strenuous and is accessible to most travelers in good health.

As mentioned, Sólheimajökull is actually a glacier tongue that is technically a part of Mýrdalsjökull. Mýrdalsjökull is the fourth-largest glacier in Iceland and is located in the southern part of the island. Mýrdalsjökull’s icecap covers Katla, an active volcano.

In winter you can easily combine two of Iceland's highlights by going on a Glacier Hike tour and hunt for the Northern Lights all in the same tour.

Departing from Solheimajokull:

Sólheimajökull  If you are driving around yourself, follow Route 1/Ring Road from Reykjavik and take a left on route 221 after Skogar. There you will find a Glacier tour base where and you can hop on a tour, which run daily. The Solheimajokull glacier tongue extends from the amazing Mýrdalsjökull glacier. You can explore the eclectic mix of vibrant blue glacial ice, waterways, and cauldrons on a glacier hike on Solheimajokull. This tour has a low difficulty level and is accessible to most hikers in good health.

Departing from Skaftafell:

Jökulsárlón & Falljökull in Skaftafell – Jökulsárlón is a glacial lake in the southeastern part of Iceland, located right outside Vatnajökull National Park. It developed into a lake as a result of melting glaciers, and has recently become the island’s deepest lake, with a maximum depth of 256 meters at the calving point with Breiðamerkurjökull. Jökulsárlón has appeared in several Hollywood films such as A View to a Kill, Tomb Raider, Die Another Day, and Batman Begins. Get up close and personal by going on a blue ice glacier hike on the picturesque Falljökull glacier tongue (which is part of the Vatnajokull glacier), followed by a boat tour on a glacier lagoon. This glacier tour has a low difficulty level and is accessible to most in good health.

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