Southern Iceland – Sólheimajökull Glacier

The beautiful Sólheimajökull Glacier near the south coast of Iceland is about 8 km /5 miles long and up to 2 km / 1.2 miles wide making it the fourth largest glacier in Iceland. It is an outlet glacier of the Mýrdalsjökull ice cap and ends in a lagoon at the base of the glacier.

Sólheimajökull Glacier and its icy lagoon Iceland
Sólheimajökull Glacier and its icy lagoon

The winter’s day I hiked up to the glacier was a cold and windy one but my guide and I steadily made our way along the icy trail towards the glacier. We had a sideslip here and there just to keep it interesting. There is nothing like sliding uncontrollably on a trails edge, uncertain if you are about to take a tumble-down the slippery slope to keep you nice and alert!

Sólheimajökull Glacier Iceland
Follow the trail to the glacier and great views
Sólheimajökull Glacier Iceland
Sólheimajökull Glacier
Sólheimajökull Glacier Iceland
A stunning icescape
Sólheimajökull Glacier lagoon Iceland
Sólheimajökull Glacier lagoon

Wouldn’t you know it, a light snow storm hit immediately upon arriving at the glaciers edge. There was some rain too!

 

Sólheimajökull Glacier in a snow storm iceland
Sólheimajökull Glacier in a snow storm
Sólheimajökull Glacier in a snow storm
Blue ice
Sólheimajökull Glacier in a snow storm
Here comes the snow!

This really gave me a true taste of Iceland in the middle of winter! As you can see by the smile on my face I wasn’t too worried as the surrounding icescape was a stunning place!

Sólheimajökull Glacier Iceland
In the snow at Sólheimajökull Glacier
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