Hike a glacier

Most travellers visiting Iceland for the first time have a list of ‘essential’ activities and it has to be said that Glacier Hiking features highly on that list.


Photo by The Icelandic Mountain Guides

The good news is that the outlet glaciers from the ice caps on the South Shore are easily accessed and provide a whole host of glacier activities, ranging from easy hikes that can be adapted to suit almost everyone, all the way up to more extreme glacier adventures.

The duration of the shorter hikes is around 2½ – 3½ hours where you get a fantastic introduction to the magical world of glaciers, with their own water systems, crevasses, dirt cones, glacier mice, moulins and possibly ice-caves.


You can book your adventure in the Hotel Rangá reception, or by email at hotelranga@hotelranga.is.

If you are traveling in the area of the icecaps Mýrdalsjökull and Vatnajökull (the biggest icecap in Iceland and the third largest in the world), you should not miss the opportunity to join a glacier hike. The tours are operated on the outlet glaciers of the ice caps, i.e. Sólheimajökull, an outlet glacier from Mýrdalsjökull and Falljökull and Svínafellsjökull, outlet glaciers in the Vatnajökull National Park in the Skaftafell area.


Glacier Hiking is one of the most popular activities for guests staying at Hotel Rangá and a variety of Glacial experiences can be arranged and tailored to suit both groups and individual travellers.