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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.

Pearl Tour Golden Circle Super Jeep Tour & Snowmobiling

5. 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

6. 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 Gullfoss: Glacier Rush on Langjökull Glacier

7. 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. 

Reykjavík: Crystal Ice Cave and Golden Circle Adventure

8. Reykjavík: Crystal Ice Cave and Golden Circle Adventure

Visit the newly-discovered Ice Cave on Langjökull Glacie with this day trip from Reykjavík. Ride in Sleypnir, the largest glacial truck in the world. Head to Þingvellir national park and see the geyser area. Marvel at Gullfos waterfall and Kerid crater lake. Be picked up in Reykjavík and enjoy a scenic trip in a Mercedes bus. Transfer to the powerful Sleypnir truck to get to the Crystal Ice Cave. Admire the range of colors in the massive translucent cave. Continue to see some of the sights in the Golden Circle. Travel to Þingvellir, which is the national park where Iceland's first parliament was once established. Walk among the bubbling hot springs in the Geyser area. Gaze up at natural power of Gullfos waterfall. View Kerid, a blue lake nestled in a green volcanic crater.

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based on 214 reviews

This is a "just show up and have a great time" activity. You can book the tour directly from the provider, or, I noticed, it can be included in other tours. We easily booked directly. Come dressed normally for the weather -- at the base camp you will be fitted with warm overalls, gloves, and shoe coverings appropriate for snowmobiling on the glacier. The mountain bus trip to the base camp is part of the fun. The actual ride follows the leader in a line, but it is still fun to have control of your own snowmobile and to experience the thrill of blasting across a glacier at the top of the world.

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!

Well organized group activity. You should not miss if you have time.