Sólheimajökull is the closest easily accessible large glacial outlet to Reykjavík and a popular stopping point on the Ring Road. Sólheimajökull is 8 km long and is the longest tongue of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier.

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You can walk around the lake, which is formed by the melting glacier, and walk on solid ground up to the level of the end of the glacier tongue, where you can get great views of the glacier.

It is not possible to climb the glacier directly without a guide, but there are several agencies that offer tours (including equipment rental) of the Sólheimajökull glacier and the ice caves. Prices range from 14 000 isk and trips usually last 2-4 hours. Walking tours on the Sólheimajökull glacier are offered by Adventures.com.

How to get there?

The glacier is very accessible by car, there is an asphalt road (No. 221) leading to the lake, which turns off the main ring road No. 1, 3 km away.

From Reykjavík, Sólheimajökull is 165 km away (see route map) and can be ideally combined with a stop at the nearby DC-3 plane wreck, Reynisfjara beach or Skógafoss waterfall.

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