Located to the southwest of Myrdalsjokull icecap, the Solheimajokull is one of the coolest trekking spots around the world- quiet literally! The glacier is about 11 kilometres long and around 2 kilometres wide and is loved for its easy yet rather engaging topography. The river Jokulsa is fed by this glacier and is known to emit Sulphuric acid – giving it the nickname of ‘the stinking river’!
You can find naturally formed ice sculptures, huge ridges and deep crevasses torn out into the glacier but what truly makes it wonderful is learning about the behaviour of the glaciers.
With global warming being the most crucial concern on the planet, the icecaps in Iceland are one of the the most studied spots on earth. From the period between the 1930’s and 1970, the glacier retreated by more than 900 meters and in 1995, it advanced by 495 meters with an increase in its thickness by 100 meters of ice! Today, a trek here is more than just numbers and gives you a reality check of just how the issue has grand repercussions. For nature lovers, the trek offers the loveliest view you will ever find and for the humble visitors, it is quiet an experience to see the vastness that nature has to offer if we try our best to preserve it. Curious fact: did you know if the climate keeps getting warmer at the current rate, these glaciers will be completely lost in the next 100-200 years?
Solheimajokulll Travel Tips
- Opting for a tour is the best and safest way to explore to the Glacier. Do contact a local organisers for the same.
- You will need to carry your own warmers and heavy duty shoes. Usually, the gear required for the glacier walk is included in the tour price. However, it is advised that you call the organisers well in advise and cross check.
Entrance Ticket Details For Solheimajokulll
- Call up the local tour operators for tour prices along with rental gear.
- Call up the local tour operators for tour timings.
- Recommended time of arrival: 9.00 am – 11.00 pm
How to Reach Solheimajokulll
- By renting a Car/ Bike
- Call up a local tour operator for more information to see if they arrange transportation to the base of the glacier where the tours usually start.
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