Highlands of Iceland
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Our most recommended Highlands of Iceland Sightseeing Tours

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobiling

1. 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.

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Langjökull: Monster Truck Ride and Amazing Crystal Ice Cave

2. Langjökull: Monster Truck Ride and Amazing Crystal Ice Cave

Take a ride and monster truck across the Langjökull Glacier to find the brand new, and never before seen, Crystal Ice Cave. Witness this special glacier cave, notable for its size and amazing beauty. Get adventurous and step on the second-largest glacier in Iceland. Arrive at Basecamp Skjól and board the Sleipnir, the largest and safest glacier truck available. Drive along this formidable glacier for 40 minutes in maximum comfort, with leather seats, skyline windows, and even bathrooms. Spend an hour at the Amazing Crystal Ice Cave, and view the magical ice-ceiling that resembles a brilliant blue river. Look through the translucent ice, and feel as if you are surrounded by blue-hued quartz jewels.

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From Reykjavik: Langjökull Glacier Ice Cave Tour

3. From Reykjavik: Langjökull Glacier Ice Cave Tour

Depart Reykjavík early and head to Langjökull Glacier. Upon arrival, marvel at the 953-square-kilometer land of ice (the second largest glacier in Iceland). You will travel aboard a new bus equipped with computer tablets in each seat for your convenience. Make use of the GPS-sensitive in-bus audio guide (available in English, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Japanese, Korean, Chinese Mandarin and German), along with a USB charger and free Wi-Fi. Then, get ready to stand on top of a vast ice-cap and descend into the icy netherworld of a glacier. You will journey to the ice cave aboard a huge, specially-modified 8WD truck. Discover a man-made tunnel of ice in a remote area of the glacier at the very heart of Iceland. Listen as your guide explains how global warming has started to impact the glacial environment. Then, go on an amazing journey deep within the glacier, and see and feel the stunning blue-hued ice up-close as it's in constant motion. Until very recently, what lay beneath the surface of Langjökull Glacier was a mystery. Sometimes, with vision and determination, bold ideas can become a reality. The realization of the seemingly crazy notion of boring an ice tunnel deep into the glacier only became possible through the combined efforts of Iceland's top engineers and geophysicists. Once inside, experience temperatures that are usually around 0 degrees Celsius or 32 degrees Fahrenheit. Continue into the Borgarfjörður Valley and see the stunning mile-long waterfall of Hraunfossar as it gushes through a wall of lava!

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From Gullfoss: Langjökull Ice Cave and Snowmobile Tour

4. From Gullfoss: Langjökull Ice Cave and Snowmobile Tour

Park your car at Gullfoss Café amongst the monster trucks and super jeeps. Meet your driver and begin your journey to Iceland's glacial highlands, from Gullfoss to Langjökull glacier. Enjoy the scenery on the way. Watch the massive machinery eats through the impassable road. Upon arriving, step into the glacier hut to collect snowsuits and other accessories for warmth during the snowmobile ride. The guide will explain how to operate the snowmobile, which is easy to navigate. After the introduction, choose your snowmobile and wait for the guide to signal to go.  Ride along the glacier with good visibility to emerge surrounded by lava-formed rock mountains. A total whiteout is always a possibility, and often more fun. The ride will take you to the newly discovered ice cave with a custom-built entrance for ease of access all winter long.  Building access to this mysterious world of ice creates a safe environment and highlights the natural beauty of the ice cap from within. Explore every corner of the cave with your guide. Head back to the glacier hut and take the monster truck for a return ride through the snowy terrain to Gullfoss.

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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. 

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Reykjavik: Tailor-Made 10-Person Exploration Tour

6. 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.

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Húsafell: Langjökulll Glacier Ice Cave & Northern Lights

7. Húsafell: Langjökulll Glacier Ice Cave & Northern Lights

Hop aboard a glacier truck and experience an ice cave from the inside. Enjoy the rare sight of blue ice at the heart of an ice cap glacier on this half-day trip.  Gear up in warm overalls and board a specially-modified glacier truck for the drive up to the cave entrance. Head inside the glacier with your guide. Marvel at the man-made tunnel. Look in wonder as ice is lit up from behind by glowing hues, allowing you to see the layers that have formed over many years. Walk with your guide through the glacier's corridors and learn about geology and the history of glaciers, including how they are formed and how they move. Then, stand at the top of the glacier to take advantage of the perfect spot to catch the Northern Lights in action.

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From Reykjavik: Golden Circle Private Full-Day Trip

8. 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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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.

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Reykjavík: Crystal Ice Cave and Golden Circle Adventure

10. 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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What people are saying about Highlands of Iceland

It was amazing! It was snowing and cold but that ultimately added to the experience. We got to stop at all the places, though more time to see each would have been better, but they had to be brief so we could fit it all in! The snowmobiling was brilliant, could not recommend more.

Wow. Just wow. Amazing. Definitely worth doing this tour. Tour guides were very friendly and fun. Absolutely must do this experience, if you are in Iceland.

The guide was very helpful and knowledgeable. Spent a lot of time on the bus but the wait was worth it.

The tour guide was very informative and friendly. Each stop was better than the last. Well worth it

To do absolutely !!!! Top organization and magnificent site !!!