From Mýrdalsjökull

ATV & Glacier Hike Combo

Venture on an exhilarating ATV ride to Sólheimasandur's iconic DC3 Plane Wreck, paired with a captivating hike on the spectacular Sólheimajökull glacier - an unbeatable combo offering exceptional value!

Tour code: AG304

ATV & Glacier Hike Combo

Quad-biking through black sands and a glacier hike on Sólheimajökull

On this great-value combo tour, you start with an ATV/Quad-bike tour along the black sands of the South Coast and then explore the famous Sólheimajökull glacier on foot.

You start your day at Mýrdalsjökull Base Camp, where you meet your guide and get prepared for the ATV tour. Your expert guide will lead you down to the black sands of Sólheimasandur, where you will visit the famous and photogenic DC3 Plane Wreck. The ride itself is guaranteed to get your adrenaline up, and the views will leave a lasting memory!

After your ATV ride, your next destination is Sólheimajökull Base by Sólheimajökull Glacier. The drive between the two destinations only takes about 10 minutes, and you will receive detailed driving instructions on the voucher if you book the tour.

At Sólheimajökull, you will meet your glacier guide for the day, who will get you prepared and accompany you on an epic glacier hike. After brief safety instructions, you step onto the glacier, where you will explore the many unique and ever-changing features and ice sculptures.

During the hike, your guide will educate you about the glaciers' formation, history, and role in the future of climate change. No technical skills are needed for this tour, and all necessary equipment will be provided.

Please note: All drivers must be 17 years of age or older and have a full, valid driver's license. According to Icelandic law, a learner´s permit, tractor, or motorcycle license is insufficient. Single riders and groups with odd numbers are required to book a single-ride ATV. This tour is "meet on location" only.

Tour Overview

  • Meeting point

    Mýrdalsjökull Base Camp

    Meeting point

    The tour starts at Mýrdalsjökull Base Camp and the second activity will take place on Sólheimajökull. You must travel between the base camps by yourself.

  • Group size

    Up to 15 per guide

  • ATV + Glacier Hike

    2 hours & 2.5 hours

  • Language

    English

  • Difficulty

    Easy

    Difficulty

    Accessible to all people in good health.

  • Availability

    All year

  • Duration

    7.5 hours

  • 10

    Minimum age:

    10 yrs

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Tour Highlights

Included

  • Experienced and qualified guides
  • ATV per two persons
  • Insulated overall
  • Glacier safety gear
  • Tea, coffee, water and access to restrooms at Sólheimajökull

Not Included

  • Rain gear (for glacier walk)
  • Hiking boots (for glacier walk)
  • Extra pair of socks

Optional Extras

  • Solo ride on ATV
  • Rain gear (for glacier walk)
  • Hiking boots (for glacier walk)

Tour Map and Itinerary

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ATV & Glacier Hike Combo

MAP & ITINERARY

First tour: ATV

ATV Adventure on a Black Sand Beach

The meeting point for your ATV tour is Mýrdalsjökull Base Camp by Icelandic Mountain Guides, located 9 km East of Skógar and 23 km West of Vík. The distance from Reykjavík is 160 km, and the driving time is about 2,5 hrs. Take Road #222 and drive about 1,2 km to Mýrdalsjökull Base Camp (see road map). See the location on Google Maps.

Please be ready 30 minutes before departure time.

At the base, you will get a safety briefing and be equipped with a helmet and an insulated overall. You then head toward the Black Sand Beach for a 2-hour exploration. Your ATV tour ends where it began, at the Mýrdalsjökull Base Camp.

Second tour: Glacier Walk

An Easy Glacier Walk on Sólheimajökull Glacier

Your second tour departs from our Sólheimajökull Base by Sólheimajökull glacier. You must get there on your own. First, you drive back to Road #1, turn right and drive for 3 km before turning left to Road #221. From there, the drive to our Base Camp is 5 km. See the location on Google Maps.

It takes approx—10 minutes to drive the whole way. Please be ready for your second tour at least 20 minutes before departure; you have one hour to spare between tours.

At Sólheimajökull Base, you meet your certified glacier guide and get the necessary glacier gear (crampons, ice axe, and harness). When your group is ready, you walk down to the glacier's edge, which takes about 15 minutes.

After a safety briefing, your guide will lead you around the glacier tongue, with stops at the most impressive sights. You will see deep crevasses, tunnel and cave formations, and a spectrum of ice ranging from deep blue to white to pitch-black ice.

At the end of the tour, you head back to shore and walk together to Sólheimajökull Base where you can enjoy complimentary tea and coffee.

  • First tour: ATV
  • Second tour: Glacier Walk
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Practical Information

We always recommend to book as soon as you are ready especially if you have a strict travel schedule or a large group. It is easy to change or cancel 24 hours before departure by emailing us ([email protected]). Tours can also be purchased the day of as long as there are spaces available.

There are no official addresses on our meeting points but you can see directions and GPS points if you click the map above.

Before we head to the glacier for the tour we need to get everyone fitted with the equipment, crampons and harnesses. The crampons need to be adjusted to each persons shoe size so it is important that people arrive 20 minutes before so everyone is ready at the departure time.

Sólheimajökull is in the south and is closer to Reykjavik, Skaftafell is in the south east and much farther away. The tours we offer on both locations are very similar, only operated on different glaciers so you can choose the one that best fits your travel schedule.

  • Light hiking shoes with a rigid sole work well for short trail walking in Iceland.
  • Other clothing should be picked according to weather that day. We advise dressing in layers.