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Húsafell: Langjökulll Glacier Ice Cave Tour

1. Húsafell: Langjökulll Glacier Ice Cave Tour

Experience Iceland’s second-largest glacier from the inside and enjoy the rare sight of blue ice at the heart of an ice cap glacier on this half-day tour.  All tours depart from Húsafell, from where you will catch a shuttle to the Glacier Base Camp, Klaki. You will meet a professional guide and gear up in warm overalls if needed, before boarding a specially-modified glacier truck for the drive up to the cave entrance. Arriving at the cave entrance, head inside the glacier with your guide. The man-made Langjökull Glacier Tunnel is a wonder to behold. The ice is lit up from behind by glowing hues, allowing you to see the layers that have formed over many years. Your guide will walk with you through the glacier's corridors where you will have a chance to learn about geology, the history of glaciers, how they are formed and how they move.

From Gullfoss: Langjökull Glacier Snowmobile Tour

2. From Gullfoss: Langjökull Glacier Snowmobile Tour

Meet your guide by the dramatic Gullfoss waterfall for the start of a snowmobile tour of Langjökull Glacier, available for individuals and groups alike. Transfer to the base camp on the east side of the glacier to equip yourself with a snowmobile and experience the landscape from a different perspective. The adventure is an ideal choice for those with their own transportation, but want to top off a Golden Circle adventure with something special. Professional guides will take you into the Icelandic highlands to give you the most amazing views of the majestic glacier and its surroundings. Grab some lunch at the Gullfoss Café before you transfer to the base camp by monster truck. Travel through scenery that is relatively new compared to much of the rest of the world’s terrain. Look at a sparsely settled countryside with only a few signs of commercial activity. Upon arrival at the base camp, receive the appropriate equipment such as helmets, overalls, overshoes, gloves and a hat. Get detailed instructions from the friendly, fun-loving guides, and learn how to operate the snowmobile before you ride off into the winter wonderland.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobile Tour

3. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobile Tour

Explore the Golden Circle on this day trip from Reykjavik. Learn facinating information from your audio guide as you visit sites like Þingvellir National Park, Strokkur geyser, and Gullfoss Waterfall. Ride on the ice fields of Langjökull Glacier on a snowmobile tour. Depart Reykjavík early to catch the morning sun in a new bus equipped with computer tablets in each seat. Use the GPS-sensitive, in-bus audio guide, available in 10 languages, to learn more about the sights you will see, and stay connected with the on-board USB chargers and free Wi-Fi. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir National Park, the birthplace of the longest-running parliament in the world. Discover where the great continental plates of America and Eurasia have dramatically pulled apart to create a rift valley, clearly visible on the shores of Iceland´s biggest lake. Continue to Geysir Hot Springs to discover the home of the original geyser. Experience the trembling ground and see the super-heated water erupt skywards from the spouting Strokkur geyser every few minutes. Then, take a leisurely walk down to Gullfoss Waterfall. Hear the thundering roar of the glacial Hvítá River as it cascades down 32 meters on 2 levels into a narrow canyon. Marvel at the pristine nature of the central highlands aboard a custom-made super truck. They can drive across the rough, snowy terrain thanks to their enormous tires. Drive to the snowmobile base camp at the foot of Langjökull Glacier. Then, ride across the eternally-frozen snow and ice fields of one of the biggest glaciers in the world on a guided snowmobile tour.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobiling

4. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobiling

Board the bus at the BSI Bus Terminal and drive off to experience the different geothermal landscapes of Iceland's legendary Golden Circle. Stop at Þingvellir National Park, known for its exceptional beauty and historical importance as the site of the world's first parliaments. Continue into the hot springs area of Geysir, before driving to Langjökull to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime adventure activity! Take control of a snowmobile – or travel as a passenger – to explore the vast white ice cap of Langjökull for an hour. Make your way back to Reykjavík via the spectacular Gullfoss Waterfall and gaze in wonder as the Hvítá River thunders into a 32-meter deep canyon.

From Reykjavík: Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Day Trip

5. From Reykjavík: Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Day Trip

Marvel at Strokkur geyser, Þingvellir National Park, and Gullfoss waterfall with this group day trip from Reykjavík. Go to a local farm and soak in the Secret Lagoon hot spring. After your pick-up in Reykjavik, head to the first stop at Þingvellir National Park. Visit this park where the first parliament of Iceland was established. Walk from Europe to North-American, as the park is between continental tectonic plates.  Continue to the the Strokkur geyser which erupts every 5-8 minutes. Drive to Gullfoss, the golden waterfall. See the Langjökull glacier, if it is a clear day. Admire the Icelandic use of geothermal energy at Friðheimar Tomato Farm. Stroll through the greenhouse and purchase a nice meal at the farm. Enjoy a swim through steaming 38-40° Celsius water at the Secret Lagoon. Take in the natural surroundings as you bask in the relaxing water. 

Pearl Tour Golden Circle Super Jeep Tour & Snowmobiling

6. Pearl Tour Golden Circle Super Jeep Tour & Snowmobiling

Begin your tour at Thingvellir National Park, one of Iceland‘s most significant historical sites. It‘s the home of the country's first parliament which was founded in 930 AD and is the oldest extant parliamentary institution in the world. From Thingvellir, head inland towards the highly active Geysir hot spring area, with it's boiling mud pits and spouting hot springs. Continue on to Gullfoss, one of Iceland's most powerful waterfalls. Located on the Hvítá river, the waterfall is fed by the Langjökull glacier and plummets down 32 meters in two stages into a rugged canyon. Top your day off with a drive towards Langjökull glacier, where you will drive a snowmobile and dash across the snowfields while gazing at the peaks and ice surrounding you. 

From Reykjavik: Hot Spring and Snowmobile Tour

7. From Reykjavik: Hot Spring and Snowmobile Tour

Experience the natural wonders of Iceland as you glide over snowfields on a snowmobile and soak in the hot springs. Drive through the Geysir Hot Spring area with its boiling mud pits and spouting hot springs. Then, head straight toward Langjökull Glacier for a snowmobile tour across Europe’s second-largest glacier. Finally, stop near the small village of Flúðir. Ease into a secret outdoor lagoon, a natural hot spring, for a luxurious bath to soothe all your cares away.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Tour with Kerid Volcanic Cater

8. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Tour with Kerid Volcanic Cater

Travel through the famed Golden Circle route on this tour from Reykjavik to Thingvellir National Park, the Geyser geothermal area, Gullfoss waterfall, and the lake at the Kerid volcanic crater. Uncover the natural beauty of Iceland with some unexpected stops along the way.  Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from your accommodation and sit back and relax as you take in the stunning serenity of the Icelandic countryside on the the way to the UNESCO World Heritage site at Thingvellir National Park. Discover the historical l importance of this park. After seeing some of the crystal-clear lakes and volcanic terrains in Thingvellir. Continue to the Geyser geothermal Area in the Haukadalur valley to see one of the oldest geysers in the world.  Head to Gullfoss waterfall which flows from Langjökull, the second-largest glacier in the country. Capture pictures of waterfall from a viewpoint before driving to the Kerid volcanic crater lake. Admire the contrast of the blue lake with the dark lava rocks around it.  Take a walk along the crater before returning to your accommodation in Reykjavik.

Reykjavik: Tailor-Made 10-Person Exploration Tour

9. Reykjavik: Tailor-Made 10-Person Exploration Tour

Travel the country at your own pace on this luxurious private Jeep tour. Tailor the itinerary to your needs and desires and go wherever you want, when you want. This tour is perfect for any free-spirited adventurers that wish to travel in style and comfort. This tour will not only provide you with a large 4x4 Super Jeep, specially built to handle the rough Icelandic terrain, but also a personal guide that will spend a full day taking you across this marvelous country.  You can go snorkeling in the morning, see the glaciers at midday, and reach the Blue Lagoon by the late afternoon. You will also have the chance to explore a lava tube cave, walk behind a waterfall, and see the magnificent Highlands, all the while keeping your base in Reykjavík. With this tour, whatever is possible to do within 12 hours will become a reality. The spacious Super Jeep will pick you up in the morning, at which point the day is yours. Your luxurious vehicle’s capabilities when it comes to alternative terrains means you have the option to see more sights than on the standard bus. There are also no other guests to delay or rush you, outside of those that you choose to bring along.  If you are not sure where you want to go, your expert guide can help you make up an itinerary to the most popular places or take you away from the crowds to unique locations that most visitors will never get to see. Just tell them your wishes, and they will plan accordingly. You'll be surprised just how much of this island you can see in a day.

From Gullfoss: Glacier Rush on Langjökull Glacier

10. From Gullfoss: Glacier Rush on Langjökull Glacier

Your friendly and fun-loving guide will give you instructions on how to operate the snowmobile and go over the safety procedures before you set off into the winter wonderland. For this tour, you will be with the most skillful and professional guides.  Travel faster and further than on the other tours and experience more. Your professional guide will tailor your trip according to the weather and the terrain. Experience the glacier as the locals do on their own performance machines. You will be provided with a powerful snowmobile, a three-cylinder 1000cc machine with approximately 140 horsepower. These snowmobiles have more than double the displacement offered on the other tours. These performance snowmobiles are single seated mountain machine monsters capable of handling all snowy terrains. They are best suited to those who have some recreational vehicle experience. 

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 668 reviews

Great tour guide, enough time to discover everything. The tour was with a very small group, the tour guide shone with knowledge about the locations and Iceland. He also gave tips for our upcoming rental car tour. The locations of this tour are all stunning in their own right and were not too crowded at the time of our visit

I recommend. Beautiful views, a lovely day to end in Secret Lagoon. Everywhere there are prepared paths, routes to watch. A visit to a tomato farm with a tomato menu - interesting and tasty :) Very friendly service.

Brilliant tour. Glorious weather making each stop just magical. The snowmobiling was great funny if just a tad scary. So glad we did it. Combining the 2 tours was perfect.. golden circle is stunning.

Amazing activity! Golden circle is great but snowmobile is just incredible, I strongly recommend taking an extra snowmobile. It'll cost 15.400 ISK for both but worth every penny in my opinion!

Great fun - highlight of my trip. Instructor David, the driver Jose and staff all around made it a fantastic experience. Would highly recommend!