Best Places to Snowmobile in Iceland

|November 13, 2019
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There are three main glacial areas on the island that are appropriate for snowmobiling. Read on to find which one is perfect for you.

Among all the ultimate adrenaline thrills you can try in Iceland, riding a snowmobile caps the top! But before you head out onto the snow, you need to find the best place to snowmobile in Iceland.

First hand experinces from Snowmobiling and Ice Cave tour on Langjökull, Iceland

There are three main glacial areas on the island that are appropriate for snowmobiling. Read on to find out whether Langjokull, Vatnajokull, or Myrdalsjokull Glacier is right for you.

Langjokull Glacier

The first prime snowmobile spot, Langjokull, is an easy drive from Reykjavik and from the Golden Circle. Langjokull, whose Icelandic name means “long glacier,” stretches out over a huge part of West Iceland — over 953 sq km of highlands, to be exact.

Langjokull is Iceland’s second-largest glacier after Vatnajökull. The ice sheet is thick even for Iceland, reaching up to 500 meters at some points. Within the ice are several ice-filled volcanic craters, ice valleys, and massive fields of snow that stretch out over the horizon.

Hopping on a snowmobile will reward you with gorgeous vistas of this wintry wonderland and the country’s largest table mountain, Eiríksjökull.

With its vast plains of ice and snow, the glacier is a bit of a playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Take an unforgettable adventure out on the slopes, surrounded by mountains and snowfields as far as the eye can see.

Langjökull Glacier is the most popular location for snowmobiling tours, in no small part thanks to its proximity to Reykjavik. If you have a rental car, you can meet our snowmobile guides at their camp. It takes about 2.5 hours to drive from Reykjavik to the base camp where most of our Meet on Location tours start.

Langjökull is great if you’re staying in Reykjavik and looking for a snowmobile day trip. Snowmobiling on Langjokull also makes a fantastic combo with another day tour, like the Langjokull ice cave, Northern Lights, or the Golden Circle.

Bring together the best of Iceland’s amazing sights — Gullfoss, Thingvellir National Park, Geysir, and aurora borealis — in one action-packed day trip from Reykjavik.

To join a snowmobiling tour in Langjokull, select your pick up from Reykjavik or meet us at our Langjokull base camp or Gullfoss Cafe by Gullfoss Waterfall.

Vatnajokull Glacier

Vatnajokull is the biggest ice cap in Iceland and one of the biggest in Europe. Vatnajokull National Park contains many sights, but chief among them are the most majestic glaciers in the whole country. You’ll also be rewarded with panoramas of beautiful valleys and ice-capped peaks.

Vatnajokull, whose name means “the river glacier,” is actually one massive ice cap that hides many peaks, volcanoes, ice sheets, and running rivers. There are many active volcanoes under Vatnajokull that sometimes rumble, like Bardarbunga and Grimsvotn. Every so often, tremors shake the Earth and cause glacial floods in the region.

Here you’ll also find Iceland’s tallest peak, Hvannadalshnjukur, which towers 2,200 meters high (more than 7,000 feet!).

The entire ice cap covers around 8% of Iceland’s total surface area and boasts the Guinness record for “World’s Longest Sightline.” It’s said that the glacier can be seen from Slættaratindur, the Faroe Islands’ highest mountain — more than 500 km away!

Rev up your snowmobile on top of this icy wilderness! The beauty of Vatnajokull is rarely so accessible anywhere else on Earth. Explore this ghost-white world from the back of a snowmobile and set your heart racing.

Choose Vatnajokull for your snowmobiling adventure if you’re traveling around Iceland. Maybe you’re driving around the South Coast or you’ve joined a multi-day tour that includes Jokulsarlon and Reynisfjara black sand beach.

To join a snowmobiling tour in Vatnajokull, meet us at our base camps at Flatey or Gljufrabui Base (depending on the tour).

Myrdalsjokull Glacier

Solheimajokull glacier melting as a result of climate change and global warming, Iceland

Last but not least is Myrdalsjokull, the snowy slopes that cover Iceland’s famous Katla Volcano. This ice cap’s Icelandic name means “mire valley glacier,” which doesn’t really do justice to its huge blue fields or ash-streaked ice.

Myrdalsjokull lies just north of the town of Vik and is the southernmost glacier in Iceland. At around 600 sq km, it’s the fourth-biggest glacier in Iceland and conceals many incredible ice caves that change with each passing year. The famous Fimmvorduhals Pass runs between Myrdalsjokull and Eyjafjallajokull.

Snowmobile adventures on Myrdalsjokull are filled with breathtaking panoramas of the South Coast. The tour gives you a full one hour to explore the glacier’s snowfields with amazing panoramas. Zip by on your snowmobile and don’t forget your camera!

Choose Myrdalsjokull Glacier for your snowmobile tour if you’re looking to combine it with other South Coast attractions. It’s conveniently located close to Vik, Reynisfjara black sand beach, and Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls.

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