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West Iceland Tour & Into the Glacier Ice Cave

A Journey Through Iceland’s West Coast and a Famous Ice Cave Adventure in Langjokull

Explore the treasures of West Iceland and venture into the world’s largest man-made ice tunnel in Langjökull Glacier!

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On this West Iceland tour unlock the secrets to the picturesque and rural region. Witness Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring, before meeting Icelandic horses up close and personal. Fall in love with roaring waterfalls! Next, step into the heart of Europe’s second-largest glacier. If you seek fresh adventures, this tour will get your pulse racing!

  • Availability

    All year

  • Duration

    12 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    6 years

  • Ratio

    1:19

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    24.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Hvalfjörður Fjord
Borgarfjörður Fjord
Sturlureykir Horse Farm in Reykholt
Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
Hraunfossar Waterfall
Barnafoss Waterfall
Langjökull Glacier
Included
Pick-up & Drop off in Reykjavik
Top-notch naturalist guides
Sightseeing in Borgarfjörður Fjord
Langjokull ice cave tour in Iceland
Free Wi-Fi on board

Sightseeing in Borgarfjörður

Your West Iceland tour starts with pickup from Reykjavik. Once everyone is on board, we’ll head to Borgarfjörður, a gorgeous fjord in western Iceland. On the way we’ll pass through Hvalfjörður, another scenic fjord surrounded by towering mountains. Get your fill of picture-perfect scenery before we reach our first stop, Deildartunguhver.

Deildartunguhver is Europe’s biggest hot spring, gushing out about 180 liters (48 gallons) of boiling water per second! A footpath leads to the spring where you can witness Iceland’s geothermal powers up close. Take a walk around the hissing vent and feel giant clouds of steam. Also look for a rare type of fern, Blechnum Spicant, that only grows here.

We’ll then stop at Sturlureykir Horse Farm where you can take a selfie with Icelandic horses, one of the purest horse breeds in the world. Sturlureykir prides itself on being the first farm in Iceland heated by hot spring water.

Next discover Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls. Hraunfossar, also known as the Lava Falls in Iceland, is one of the country’s most unusual waterfalls. Marvel at thousands of rivulets streaming out of Hallmundarhraun Lava Field. Then witness Barnafoss, also known as Children’s Falls. Your guide will tell you the spooky folktale of how this cascade got its name. 

Into The Glacier Ice Cave Tour

After lunch in the town of Húsafell, prepare to go inside a glacier. We’ll hop on a monster truck and drive close to the top of Langjokull, where Into the Glacier’s ice cave resides. Explore surrounding glacial landscapes along the way.

Unlike other ice caves in Iceland, the one in Langjokull is man-made and stretches 500 m (1,640 ft) below the surface of the ice. It’s the world’s biggest man-made ice cave.

Inside the cave, see glacial ice that’s been forming for hundreds of years. Explore a long, LED-lit tunnel and separate halls, including a frozen chapel. Brilliant blue ice begs for your attention, so don’t forget to bring your best camera!

The Langjökull Into the Glacier Tour takes about an hour.

If you’re visiting Iceland in winter, you may see the Northern Lights on our way back to Reykjavik. Fingers crossed!


Pickup & Drop Off Information

  • Pickup starts at 9:00 a.m. You’ll be picked up from your selected location in Reykjavik. Pickup takes up to 30 minutes so your patience is appreciated. 
  • We’ll drop you off in Reykjavik at around 20:00 (8:00 p.m.)

Practical Information

  • Iceland is famous not only for its wondrous landscapes but also for its unpredictable weather. Make sure to dress in layers and don’t forget to bring sturdy hiking shoes. 
  • This tour is family-friendly and suitable for all skill levels.

 

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 Elding 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 summertime).

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.

Can the guide advise if I am eligible for rescheduling the tour and/or a refund?

No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.

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.

 

How does carbon offsetting work?

We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.

The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us.

Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk, and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.

Does the ice cave always look exactly the same as on the pictures?

The caves are in a constant change so they might look different from what you see in the picture. Air temperature, sunshine, precipitation, geothermal activity, and many other factors cause significant changes in the formation of the ice caves and this process is exclusively controlled by Mother Nature.

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.

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