Iceland is home to glacier wonders, and one of the most popular activities tourists do here is hiking through mountains and caves of glaciers. These hikes are suitable for all levels, from novice hiker to experienced. One way of seeing more of Iceland's wonder is by taking a glacier hike. Plenty of hiking tours are offered in Iceland. Listed below are the best glacier hikes that allow visitors to see Iceland in a whole new way:
10 4 Hour Glacier Hike In Skaftafell
One of the most accessible hikes in Iceland is the 4-hour hike to Vatnajokull, where hikers will have a chance to see the largest glacier in Europe. The walk starts in Skaftafell with professional guides and highly trusted tour operators. Along the way, hikers will view the highest peak in Iceland, the Hvannadalshnukur. The tour is available throughout the year with no booking fees; the terms start from $83 per adult, with skilled and amiable guides.
9 Hike In The Ice Cave Of Vatnajokull Glacier
The perfect way to see a new perspective of Iceland is by taking a hiking tour to Vatnajokull Glacier's Ice Cave. Here, hikers will explore the heights of glaciers and their depths through the caves. The time would take up to 4 hours of the hike, which departs from Skaftafell and has an easy trek. The safety guide provides an informative talk before stepping to the glacier to ensure that the hikers won't get in danger.
8 Glacier Walk – Solheimajokull Glacier
Located in the southern area of Iceland is the Solheimajokull Glacier, an outlet glacier from Mýrdalsjökull. The hike would take from three to four hours, and just like the hikes mentioned above, its level of difficulty is also easy. The tour operator would pick up the hikers from the capital of Iceland. Tourists will see the blue ice and different ice formations along the walk. The tour is available all year round, and the price starts at $66 per adult.
7 Hike In Iceland’s South Coast
One of the most popular areas in Iceland is its South Coast, where most of the top attractions in the country are situated. The tour is only available every September to April and provides free WiFi with a minibus ride because it would take up to 16 hours of hike and trek. Attractions hikers will experience include South Coast Waterfalls, Skogafoss Waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Black Sand Beach, Solheimajokull Glacier, and many more. The hike will end by watching the Northern Lights.
6 Blue Ice Glacier Hike
This hike will bring every hiker to another level with four to eleven hours of trek. Hikers will start from the capital of Reykjavik, where the tour operator will pick them up. The hike difficulty is moderate, and the minimum age for hikers is fourteen. The hike features the Solheimajokull Glacier, the waterfalls, and the highlight would be the ice climbing at the top of Solheimajokull Glacier. The hike’s price starts at $154 per adult.
5 Closer Hike With Iceland’s South Coast
This hike will give tourists a closer look at Iceland, a personal and up-close experience with nature through the senses. This hike is also perfect for the family, and for kids as young as eight years old. Along with the hiker, tourists will get a chance to visit Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Hekla Volcano View, The Black Beach, Eyjafjallajokull, and Solheimajokull Glacier. The duration of the hike is from eleven to twelve hours which departs from the capital.
4 Jokulsarlon Glacier Hike
An easy hike to Skaftafell National Park will also give tourists a new way of Iceland experience. Before getting to the national park, hikers will get a chance to try kayaking in Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and enjoy crystal clear icebergs. Along with the tour is an experience with Fjallsjokull Glacier and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon with the help of experienced guides. The hike departs from Skaftafell and Jokulsarlon and would take six hours. The minimum age for hikers is fourteen, and the price starts at $154 per adult.
3 Glacier Grand Slam
A more personal experience with the glaciers is what the Grand Glacier Slam can offer hikers. It includes a zodiac boat ride in the glacier lagoon where passengers can touch the icebergs. This hike would take the tourists to glacier walks, glacier lagoons, and Vatnajokull. The hike departs from Jokulsarlon/Fjalls Arlon and would take seven to eight hours. This glacier hike will surely make the tourists experience more of Iceland's magical glacier wonder.
2 Snaefellsjokull Glacier Hike
A challenging hike to the summit of Snaefellsjokull will bring any hiker into another level of Iceland's wonder. This hike combines glacial and volcanic adventure, making it more exciting and unique. After reaching the summit, hikers will see a panoramic view of the Westfjords, the capital city of Iceland, and the entire Snæfellsness peninsula. The duration of the hike is from six to seven hours which departs from Arnarstapi and must be a maximum group of eight persons.
1 Glacier Action in Breiðamerkurjökull
This tour will take tourists to another level with its way and uniqueness. It is named "Glacier Action" because hikers will get to ride a snowmobile, which is a must to do when visiting Iceland. This adventure starts from a glacier walk in Breiðamerkurjökull and will end up in Vatnajökull through the snowmobile. This hike is perfect for enjoying a more active tour in Iceland with its mesmerizing scenery. The walk takes place in the southeast area of the country and has a moderate level of difficulty.