Highlands of Iceland
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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.

Iceland: Full-Day Jeep Tour from Reykjavik

8. Iceland: Full-Day Jeep Tour from Reykjavik

Drive across the summit of Iceland on a 9-hour scenic tour and see some of the nation’s most austere inland roads. Departing from Reykjavik in a Mountain Taxi Super Jeep, make your way towards Kaldidalur (Cold Valley), traveling alongside the western part of the Langjökull Glacier. Pause to get up close to this miracle of Mother Nature, and then veer north to stop at a lava cave named Surtshellir. Centuries ago, caves like Surtshellir were inhabited by outlaws! Today, they are simply breathtaking examples of nature at work. Feel the spray of the Hraunfossar waterfalls on your face as you watch them flowing into the glacial River Hvita from beneath tree-covered lava fields. Next, the tour drives through the historic site of Reykholt, home to Iceland’s famous chieftain and historian Snorri Sturluson. Sturluson wrote some of his greatest literature in the age of saga before he was murdered near the hot springs that are well preserved, and still used. Finally, visit Deildartunguhver, the largest and most powerful hot springs in the Northern Hemisphere, and a source of much of western Iceland’s heating needs. Your trip wraps up in Reykjavik, but not before driving alongside the scenic and colorful Hvalfjordur Fjord.

Reykjavik: Golden Circle & Langjökull Glacier on a Jeep

9. Reykjavik: Golden Circle & Langjökull Glacier on a Jeep

Your first stop will be Thingvellir National Park where the Icelandic parliament was founded over 1000 years ago. Here you can see how the earth is slowly drifting apart along the border of two tectonic plates. Afterwards visit the geysir geothermal area in Haukadalur where you can see geysers, hot springs, steam vents and eerie blue algae. Strokkur is one of the largest and most powerful geysers and erupts almost every 5 minutes. The final stop of the Golden Circle takes you to Gullfoss waterfall, which many consider to be the queen of Icelandic. Take a break and enjoy lunch at Gullfoss Café, before heading off road in jeep. The ride will take you to the highlands, rough terrain and glacier area of Langjökull (long glacier), known to be the second largest ice cap in Iceland (953 km2).  After an off-road ride, visit Faxi, a small but beautiful waterfall before driving back to Reykjavik.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Private Full-Day Trip

10. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Private Full-Day Trip

Travel the Golden Circle of Iceland by Jeep and see some of the nation’s most spectacular phenomenon. Depart from Reykjavik and drive to Thingvellir National Park, where Iceland’s ancient parliament was situated. Hike through the area to experience the dramatic mid-Atlantic ridge, before heading eastbound on the mountain road to Lyngdalsheiði. Your reward will be sublime views of the lava fields on the hills above Laugarvatn. As you drive to Haukadalur, look out for the famous Strokkur Geyser, which erupts every 5 to 7 minutes, spewing boiling water into the air to heights of 80 to 100 feet (25 to 30 meters). Explore the hot springs, before heading up to the magnificent cascades of Gullfoss Waterfall, plummeting into the white Hvita River along with glacial water. Drive to the start of the Kjölur mountain road. You will be approaching Iceland’s second largest glacier, Langjökull, where you can take optional activities, such as snowmobile rides, depending on weather conditions and the time of year. In the afternoon, make your way through the agricultural headland of southwest Iceland, through small settlements. Visit the hot springs town of Hveragerði if there’s time, before reaching Hellisheiði Plateau, one final wonder of Mother Nature on the way back to Reykjavik.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 401 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!