Snowmobiling in Iceland: All You Need to Know
With close proximity to the Arctic Circle, deep volcanic activity, and a myriad of snow-capped glaciers, snowmobiling in Iceland is breathtaking. While it all sounds very exciting, you probably also have a lot of questions.
Is it safe? What do I need to bring? Where can I go snowmobiling? This ultimate guide will answer all your questions about snowmobiling in Iceland, including the necessary gear, safety precautions, and best places to snowmobile in Iceland.
About snowmobiling in Iceland
Snowmobiling in Iceland has been a mode of transportation ever since the ‘30s. Icelanders use it to reach remote and often snowed-in places, where other means of transportation simply are unable to enter. Also, snowmobiles are used by Iceland’s mountain rescue teams to help out adventurers caught in bad weather.
The mode of transport is so dear to Icelanders that they even have a special snowmobiling slang. For example, snowmobilers call each other “sledheads”, refer to their vehicles as “snowscooters”, and call the act of snowmobiling simply “‘biling.”
Hooked already and want to try out ‘biling in Iceland? Book a snowmobiling tour and start your adventure now!
Booked a tour already? Here’s a list of the snowmobiling gear you’ll be provided on the tour:
- Helmet. A helmet will protect you from the wind, cold, and in case of accidents.
- Snowmobile suit. We provide a one-piece suit before your ride.
- Balaclava and gloves. Balaclava and gloves will keep you warm during chilly rides.
What to wear when snowmobiling
- Layers to keep you warm. Since you’re not going to be moving much, it’s important to stay warm under the suit. Warm wool or fleece layers easy to remove or apply will help you out in case you get hot or cold.
- Hat, scarf, and gloves. These are not provided by us, however you should definitely have them!
- Sturdy boots. If you don’t have boots, you can rent them from us upon booking.
- Hand warmers. These are not necessary but definitely helpful if you tend to have cold hands.
Best Months for Snowmobiling in Iceland
Since snowmobiling requires snow, many think that it’s a winter sport. Thanks to the Arctic climate, snowmobiling in Iceland is possible all year round! During the winter, combine it with a Northern Lights hunt. During the summer, combine it with a dip in the Secret Lagoon.
Snowmobiling in Iceland in July
Snowmobiling in Iceland in July provides all travelers with slightly more freedom. You can access glacier base camps by yourself as opposed to being picked up from Reykjavik or any other location. Hence, less time needed for the tour and cheaper prices. During the summer, base camps invite everyone who wants to try out snowmobiling in Iceland in summer but, of course, you need to book a tour first.
Snowmobiling in Iceland in October
October is one of the best months to visit Iceland. Everyone is gone after the summer rush, the winter festivities have yet to start, and the bad weather isn’t due for another month or so. You’re guaranteed to beat the crowds at all the sights and book all the tours you want.
Snowmobiling in Iceland in October is also a delight. Especially due to having slightly milder weather than in December and longer days than in November.
Snowmobile in Iceland in November
Snowmobiling in Iceland in November can turn out to be a special experience for all adrenaline junkies. Once the darkness of November hits the sky, there’s a high chance to see the Northern Lights! Witnessing this breathtaking phenomenon on top of the biggest glaciers in Europe is a bucket-list adventure.
Best Places to Snowmobile in Iceland
Eleven percent of Iceland’s landmass is covered with glaciers, so no wonder it’s one of the best countries in the world for snowmobiling. The best places to snowmobile in Iceland are Langjokull (the “long” glacier), Vatnajokull (Europe’s largest ice cap), and Myrdalsjokull Glacier, with its hidden volcanic system underneath. Read more about the best places to snowmobile in Iceland here.
Snowmobiling Tours in Iceland
Decided you want to try out snowmobiling? Join one of our tours on Langjokull, Vatnajokull or Eyjafjallajokull Glaciers and explore the Land of Fire and Ice. Combine the thrilling ride with the Northern Lights, Secret Lagoon or ice caving for an ultimate once-in-a-lifetime experience!
Combo snowmobiling tours:
- Snowmobiling and ice caves. The tours take place on Langjokull Glacier, the second-largest glacier in Iceland. Our glacier snowmobile and natural ice cave tour takes you across the icy expanse and into a natural ice cave in the depths of the glacier. You can also try out our glacier snowmobile and man-made ice cave tour and explore a man-made ice cave, the only one of its kind in the world!
- Snowmobiling, the Golden Circle and Northern Lights. Our Golden Circle, snowmobiling & Northern Lights tour also takes place on Langjokull Glacier. On the tour, you’ll go around all the best Golden Circle sights as well as out into the Icelandic backcountry for Northern Lights show.
- Snowmobiling and Secret Lagoon. There’s nothing better than a relaxing soak in a natural hot spring after a day of exhilarating fun on the glacier. For this ultimate experience, book our snowmobile and Secret Lagoon tour.
Other snowmobiling tours you might like:
- Snowmobiling on a volcano. Iceland is the only place in the world where you can ride a snowmobile on top of a volcano! Our Eyjafjallajokull snowmobiling tour takes you across a glacier that hides a notorious secret underneath — the infamous Eyjafjallajokull Volcano that caused mayhem in European airports in 2010.
- Snowmobiling on Vatnajokull Glacier. Vatnajokull Glacier is the largest ice cap in Europe and tops many adventurers’ bucket lists. Our Vatnajokull snowmobiling tour takes you atop the glacier where breathtaking views of Iceland’s South Coast open up.
What to wear when snowmobiling in Iceland?
Wear warm fleece or wool easy-to-remove layers. It’s always good to have an extra fleece to put on if you’re cold. Also, hand warmers are lifesavers. Slip them in before the ride and your hands will be instantly warm. Good, sturdy shoes will also go a long way.
How old do you have to be to drive a snowmobile?
You need to be 18 years old and over with a valid driver’s license to drive a snowmobile. Passengers, however, can be as little as 8 years old.
Is there a weight limit for snowmobiling?
There are no weight restrictions, yet you have to be able to fit in our snowmobiling suits. The sizes vary from XS to 5XL.
Can pregnant women go snowmobiling?
We strongly recommend that pregnant women refrain from snowmobiling.
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