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Glacier Wonderland Ice Cave Experience

Glacier, Hot Spring, Ice Tunnel & Waterfall

Day tour from Reykjavik to visit the man-made ice tunnel in Langjökull, Iceland's 2nd largest glacier, ride in a super truck and visit some famous attractions.

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This mesmerizing tour into a man-made Langjökull ice cave will put you in touch with the heartbeat of the glacier. See lava fields, Hvalfjörður, hot springs and incredible waterfalls, then take off in the Monster Glacier Truck for an incredible magic carpet ride to the ice tunnel near the peak of Langjökull glacier. Langjökull is the second largest glacier in Iceland and a real glacier wonderland. This tour will keep you busy exploring some of Iceland’s absolute highlights from day to night!

  • Availability

    All year

  • Duration

    9-10 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    No minimum age

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    28.599 ISK

Tour highlights
Langjökull - Iceland's 2nd largest glacier
Man-made Ice Tunnel
Deildartunguhver - Europe's most powerful hot spring
Hraunfossar Waterfall
Husafell (Lunch)
Þingvellir National Park (summertime only)
Kaldidalur mountain road (summertime only)
Included
8 Wheel Monster Truck Ride
Entrance Fee to the Ice Tunnel
English Speaking Driver/guide/audio Guidance
Guided Tour from Reykjavik
Beautiful Sights

This tour puts the Ice in Iceland, literally. Our Ice Cave tour takes glacier exploration to a whole new level.
We will depart from Reykjavik and take you to Iceland’s second largest glacier, Langjökull. This man made ice cave is Iceland’s newest attraction and your chance to venture into a world of glacial ice!

This tour really will take you into the magical wonderland of the glacier; but first some amazing sightseeing. We head out to Hvalfjörður, a scenic fjord surrounded by mountain peaks, the name means ‘whale fjord’. There is much to see around the area, we will visit a farm, Sturlueyki, before going to Deildatunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. You will also see the incredible Hraunfossar waterfalls, many thousands of rivulets emerge, literally through the lava of the Hallmundarhraun lava field. Hraunfossar means ‘Lava Falls’, we check out some stunning lava formations in the area. Another stunning waterfall will be visited named Barnafossar. Next we will be  stopping at the village of Reykholt to see Snorralaug, the hot spring pool where the lawyer, historian and saga writer, Snorri Sturluson bathed.

After a lunch at a café in the picturesque area of Husafell it is onwards to Langjökull, the second largest glacier in Iceland. At the edge of Langjökull you will step aboard our ice terrain vehicle, the Monster Truck. The huge windows give fabulous views as you travel softly over the ice to the man-made Ice Cave close to the pinnacle of the glacier. It feels like a magic carpet ride on the roof of the world. There are incredible ice formations, deep moulins delving into the ice, ice layers, and great labyrinths of sharp crevasses. You will get about 50 minutes to explore the features of the ever-changing and always moving glacier.  

Into the glacier – although the ice cave is man-made there are always changes fashioned by nature. Inside you will see natural ice formations which are evolving and also much older ice, learning how snow has amalgamated into layers of ice is fascinating. Deep inside Langjökull´s 953 km2 of ice you get a snapshot of how the glacier developed and various kinds of ice and snow.

The journey back will take you through some Highland scenery including volcanoes, mountains, black sand deserts, and glaciers. You return to Reykjavík at around 20:00 in the evening – the weather in Iceland can influence schedules and close some highland routes.

After a full day and evening of adventures, we will drop you off in the city.


Pick-up Information

Pick up: For those who have chosen to be picked up in Reykjavík, the pick-up time is at 08:30 am. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is greatly appreciated!
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.


Practical Information

Remember to bring: Warm clothes, including a waterproof / warm coat and suitable footwear (even in summer)


Please note

The Kaldidalur mountain road is only accessible during summer season (June 15th – September 15th)

Thingvellir national park is only visited during summer season (June 15th – September 15th)

How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

Here you should wait for your guide.

Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.

View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.

After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Special Tours, has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time).

Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.

All of our tours are guided in English.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.

For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.

 

What should I wear on our glacier trip in Iceland?

Iceland is known for colourful weather. It can sometimes show you all 4 seasons in one day.

Dressing for this sort of weather can be a challenge so we always recommend dressing in layers.  3 or 4 upper layers are highly recommended such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof windbreaker.

Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet.

Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflecting off of the glacier.

You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours. If you do not own a pair then we rent out good hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers.

Do I need to bring a backpack on a glacier trip in Iceland?

We recommend bringing your own backpack on our full day or 1/2 day tours. It’s great to carry a small lunch and some extra clothing.

Can I bring my camera along on a glacier tour?

You can bring your camera along, and you should definitely bring one since the setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.

I am pregnant, can I still join a glacier hike?

This is, of course, a personal choice, we have often had pregnant women on our trips. We recommend you take a close look at our trip description and difficulty rating, they will hopefully give you a better idea. It is also good to contact your physician, pregnant women’s health can be quite different. Feel free to contact us if you have further questions or concerns.

Do I need to bring a lunch with me on the glacier tours?

We do not provide lunch on any of our trips, so we recommend you bring your own lunch (for the longer trips), snacks and a bottle of water (you can refill it on the trip).

What are crampons?

Crampons are metal spikes that we attach to the soles of your hiking shoes, these enable you to walk on the glacier ice without slipping.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures glacier tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified glacier guide on every glacier tour that we offer.

What equipment is provided when taking part on a Glacier Hike?

When glacier hiking you will be provided with an ice axe, harness and helmet. This will help you to complete the tour safely.

Why are there glaciers in Iceland?

When snow stays long enough in one place it turns to ice. Over long periods of time, the ice layers up becoming huge blocks called glaciers. As there is a lot of snow in Iceland,  it forms to create ginormous glaciers that sweep across huge masses of land. Iceland is home to Europe’s largest glacier named Vatnajökull. This Glacier Guide will also tell you everything you may want to know about Glaciers.

What if it is raining?

Rain is not uncommon in Iceland. However, we do not let the rain stop our tours. This is why having appropriate clothing is very important to keep you warm and dry. Nature is not something that we can control and therefore we need to adapt to the weather. If your safety is compromised by going on the tour, we will cancel and you will be fully refunded.

Where can I find more information to prepare me for my Glacier Hiking tour?

This guide to Glacier Hiking includes all the information you might need when preparing for a glacier hike.

Does the ice cave always look exactly the same?

Ice caves are ever-changing natural phenomena that are only accessible during winter when the temperature drops well below zero, so the water from the rivers that run underneath the glacier freezes and leaves us with this phenomena to explore. Each year, new caves are formed in different locations. We will visit the best available naturally formed ice cave during this tour and the cave we visit is chosen based on conditions and safety each time.

What should I wear on our glacier trip in Iceland?

Iceland is known for colourful weather. It can sometimes show you all 4 seasons in one day.

Dressing for this sort of weather can be a challenge so we always recommend dressing in layers.  3 or 4 upper layers are highly recommended such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof windbreaker.

Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet.

Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflecting off of the glacier.

You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours. If you do not own a pair then we rent out good hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers.

Do I need to bring a backpack on a glacier trip in Iceland?

We recommend bringing your own backpack on our full day or 1/2 day tours. It’s great to carry a small lunch and some extra clothing.

Can I bring my camera along on an ice cave tour?

You can bring your camera along, and you should definitely bring one since the setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.

I am pregnant, can I still join a glacier hike?

This is, of course, a personal choice, we have often had pregnant women on our trips. We recommend you take a close look at our trip description and difficulty rating, they will hopefully give you a better idea. It is also good to contact your physician, pregnant women’s health can be quite different. Feel free to contact us if you have further questions or concerns.

Do I need to bring a lunch with me on the ice cave tours?

We do not provide lunch on any of our trips, so we recommend you bring your own lunch (for the longer trips), snacks and a bottle of water (you can refill it on the trip).

What are crampons?

Crampons are metal spikes that we attach to the soles of your hiking shoes, these enable you to walk on the glacier ice without slipping.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures ice cave tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified glacier guide on every ice cave tour that we offer.

Where can I find more information about Ice Caves?

The Ice Caves in Iceland are truly magical. If you want to learn more about them this information page on Ice Caves will be a great help.

Disclaimer
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

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Glacier Wonderland Ice Cave Experience | Average rating: 5/5 based on 2 customer reviews


"We tried a few companies during our travels in Iceland and I must say artic adventures was the best one" | 5 stars By Danny Kong 31/01/2018
We tried a few companies during our travels in Iceland and I must say artic adventures was the best one. Guides were super helpful and was there to help whenever we needed something. The day was perfect and I would recommend them to my friends. Just want to say thank you for giving us a wonderful send off as our trip was booked on the day before we flew home.
"Wonderful winter excursion" | 5 stars By Belinda Halonen 12/03/2018
I enjoyed a beautiful, wonderous, and memorable trip to Iceland thanks to our guide, Pall Asgeir Asgeirsson! I learned much about the history, culture, and geography of Iceland. Stopping to see the Icelandic horses, stopping to see the hot springs and the magnificent waterfalls, and walking into the glacier! Wow! What an experience. This tour was a great overview of Iceland. We went far and due to travel and weather we couldn't hike for long but on my next trip I know where to go and I know how much time I will need! I had a beautiful experience and recommend the tour to all.
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