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Mýrdalsjökull Glacier Tours

Covering more than 270 square miles (700 square kilometers) and reaching a thickness of as much as 2,460 feet (750 meters) in places, this vast glacier is Iceland’s fourth largest. It sits atop the active Katla Volcano, which has erupted many times over the centuries, spewing meltwater, rock fragments, and ash into the air.
 
The Basics
With unstable ice, crevasses, and changeable weather conditions, the Myrdalsjokull Glacier can be dangerous to explore solo. For these reasons, most visitors go as part of an organized guided tour from Vik or Reykjavik. Many glacier experiences take place on Solheimajokull glacier, an easy-to-access section of the larger Myrdalsjokull Glacier.
 
Choose between Super Jeep tours, snowmobiling excursions, guided glacier hikes, and ice climb adventures that take place on the vast ice cap, or quad bike rides around the base of the glacier. Longer tours typically incorporate other south coast attractions, such as Eldhraun lava field, the town of Vik, Skaftafell National Park, the black-sand Reynisfjara beach, and Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Avoid venturing onto the Myrdalsjokull Glacier on your own, as conditions can be treacherous.
  • No prior experience is required for most glacier hiking, ice climbing, and snowmobiling tours.
  • Specialist equipment is typically provided on guided tours, though waterproof hiking boots are recommended.
  • Because of the uneven surfaces and difficult to navigate terrain, Myrdalsjokull is difficult for wheelchair users to access.
 
How to Get There
Myrdalsjokull Glacier is located in South Iceland, just west of the town of Vik. The only way to get there is by car or organized tour. Take route 221 leading off from the Ring Road (Route 1). A car park is located at the end of the road. From there, it’s a short hike of approximately 0.6 miles (one kilometer) to the glacier’s edge.
 
When to Get There
Tours run to Myrdalsjokull Glacier year-round. Snowmobile tours are available throughout the year, while ice cave tours usually take place from October through April. Summer is Iceland’s peak tourist season, but even then, Myrdalsjokull never feels crowded. Try and pick a clear day to visit, as this is when the blue ice and other colors of Myrdalsjokull are most striking.
 
Iceland’s Other Glaciers
The Land of Fire and Ice is home to many slow-moving glaciers. In fact, some 10 percent of the country is covered by glaciers. Other notable examples include Langjokull, Iceland’s second-largest glacier, and Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier, which sits atop the most active volcano in Iceland, Grimsvotn.

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South Coast Private Tour from Reykjavik with 1 hour of Snowmobiling on a Glacier, Reykjavik, null
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South Coast Private Tour from Reykjavik with 1 hour of Snowmobiling on a Glacier

Experience the vast expanse of Iceland’s southern coastal plain with one hour of snowmobiling in this option packed tour.

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

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Southern Iceland Glaciers, Waterfalls and Beaches Day Tour, Reykjavik, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Southern Iceland Glaciers, Waterfalls and Beaches Day Tour

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Adventure through the dramatic landscape of Iceland during this full-day tour of the southern coastline. Explore lava fields, icebergs, and glaciers with help ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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Snowmobiling Experience on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier, Vik, Day Trips
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Snowmobiling Experience on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier

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Location: Vik, Iceland
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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South Coast of Iceland - Private Day Tour from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Ski & Snow
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South Coast of Iceland - Private Day Tour from Reykjavik

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Waterfalls and glaciers, some of the greatest sights in Iceland. This tour goes through the lowlands of south Iceland with their diverse landscapes of lush ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $166.32
Quad Bike Tour from Vik, Vik, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Quad Bike Tour from Vik

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On this tour you can get in touch with the raw black lava sand landscape by the south coast. Unforgettable experience of conflicting landscapes where the ...  Read more

Location: Vik, Iceland
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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South Iceland Tour from Reykjavik with Snowmobile Adventure, Reykjavik, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours
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South Iceland Tour from Reykjavik with Snowmobile Adventure

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Join this guided day tour of the south coast, that combines sightseeing and action. Included in the tour is a 1 hour thrilling snowmobile trip on ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavík, Iceland
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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South Coast Glacier Tour from Reykjavik with Live Guide and Touch-Screen Audio Guide, Reykjavik, ... 
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South Coast Glacier Tour from Reykjavik with Live Guide and Touch-Screen Audio Guide

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Discover the natural beauty of Iceland on this 11-hour south coast glacier tour from Reykjavik. Delve into the Icelandic countryside and listen as your ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $168.81
Hot Springs and Glaciers Day Trip from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Hot Springs and Glaciers Day Trip from Reykjavik

On this small-group day trip from Reykjavik, you'll get to hike around beautiful hot springs, take a dip in the warm, natural waters and then take a hike on ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

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Snowmobiling on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Snowmobiling on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier from Reykjavik

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This exciting snowmobiling adventure takes you to the top of the spectacular Mýrdalsjökull glacier, where you will have a breathtaking view of South ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $321.00
Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing Small-Group Adventure from Reykjavik, Reykjavik, Day Trips
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Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing Small-Group Adventure from Reykjavik

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Embark on an adventurous journey from Reykjavik to Iceland’s Sólheimajökull Glacier. Your expert guide will take you glacier hiking and ice climbing ...  Read more

Location: Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $235.17

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