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Mýrdalsjökull Glacier

Mýrdalsjökull Glacier

Vík í Mýrdal, South Iceland

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.

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Snowmobiling Experience on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
Snowmobiling Experience on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
star-4.5
$211.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A great glacier experience
We had a good time. Felt very safe. The tour could have/should have been longer but we had some slower people in the group and I think the weather was coming in.
Aamer_J, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Vik

star-5
Best Tour Ever!
Michael_H, May 2022
Snowmobiling Experience on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
Amazing experience, the guides are amazing and entertaining! Would love to do this all over again! A very special thank you to all the guides, they made the experience enjoyable and safe!
star-5
Do this!!!
Jill_W, Apr 2022
Snowmobiling Experience on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
Could not recommend this experience more! From beginning to end, fantastic!!! Professional staff, great equipment, incredible views… just perfect!
star-5
Epic!!!!!!!!
Sandra_S, Apr 2022
Snowmobiling Experience on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
Everything about this trip was amazing. The guides. The journey up to the snowmobiles. The weather was on our side too and riding the snowmobile was epic. Not forgetting the chance to stand on a glacier covering an active volcano. Strongly recommend. Worth every penny and ticked off several of my bucket list items in one hit 😀
star-5
Don’t miss this!
Babs_L, Apr 2022
Snowmobiling Experience on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
Lukas was our guide and did a great job. The only down part was that we wanted to go again as soon as it was over. Don’t miss this!
star-5
What a fantastic experience!
LYNN_M, Apr 2022
Snowmobiling Experience on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
What a great trip-possibly the highlight of our trip to Iceland. We had Lukas as our guide- he was great and was really informative when we stopped each time. We were so lucky with the weather-we were above the clouds and the scenery was stunning. The glacier was huge so we were able to go really fast! The equipment we were provided with was of really good quality. A great day and one we’ll never forget!
star-4
Great trip, even with the snails
Chad_H, May 2022
Snowmobiling Experience on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
Breathtaking views and awesome experience getting to ride the snowmobiles up to view the glacier. My only feedback and reason for not giving 5 stars would be to consider choosing the line order or splitting the groups into “slow” and “not slow” lanes. Some riders seemed very very timid and drove at a snails pace meaning everyone behind had to go very slow as well. There were mult times I had to stop completely to wait for those in front to move along. This took away some of the fun and feeling of adventure, but the experience was still very cool.
star-5
WHAT AN EXPERIENCE!
Jessica_K, Jan 2022
Snowmobiling Experience on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
WHAT AN EXPERIENCE! I like to consider myself as well travelled, and this was by far the best thing both myself and my partner have ever done. The team make you feel super safe and relaxed. They provide you with a big snow suit, helmet and also snow boots if you need them. You get so much time on the glacier driving around too, I was shocked at just how much. One guide drives in front of the group and another behind to make sure everyone is safe which was great. The views from up there and the thrill of driving/being driven around on the back are undesirable! THIS IS A MUST ON YOUR ICELAND ADVENTURE!
star-5
Amazing thrilling...
Amy_O, Oct 2021
Snowmobiling Experience on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
Amazing thrilling snowmobile ride, far wilder than we expected! Lucas was our guide and he was fantastic!! Opportunity to stop halfway and take some photos / videos which are wild!
star-5
Great fun on top of Katla
Robert_T, Oct 2021
Snowmobiling Experience on Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
The snowmobile ride on the glacier was one of our favorite parts of our trip to Iceland so far. We did the 2:30 PM trip with Simion from the base camp near Vik. It was my wife & I riding one snowmobile (me driving). It started with signing in and getting geared up. They gave us snowmobile suits, gloves, a barclava, & a helmet. We used our own hiking boots. I always get a little concerned on these types of excursions because I am a 3xl American guy and I often have trouble finding gear that fits when THEY supply it, but the 2xl snowsuit actually fit quite well. Next we took the trip up to get to the snowmobiles which was quite fun-we all boarded a large all terrain bus type of vehicle and headed up to the glacial area. It was about a half hour ride and quite scenic as Simion guided the bus through some rough terrain. At the snowmobile spot, we were given a tutorial by Simion on the basic snowmobile controls (On/Off, Kill, gas, brake in addition to principles of “weight shifting” going into the turns, etc. After 5 minutes of that we were off. First part of the ride was very slushy and watery. Most of the trip was also very snowy with poor visibility due to fog and snowy-windy conditions but it was still a lot of fun. Simion was excellent as a guide, and vey good at making sure everyone had a safe enjoyable trip. I would definitely recommend the excursion and also maybe perhaps you will have better weather than we did too.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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