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Glacier Snowmobile & Ice Cave tour from Reykjavik

Snowmobiling on Langjokull Glacier & Exploring a Natural Ice Cave

Ride a snowmobile on Langjökull Glacier and visit a totally breath-taking natural Langjökull ice cave on this amazing day tour from Reykjavik.

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An exciting snowmobile adventure tour on Langjökull, Iceland´s second largest glacier and a visit to a totally magical natural ice cave. This is the ultimate glacier tour from Reykjavík – experience all that Icelandic glaciers can offer!

This tour offers a pick-up from Reykjavík. We also offer the same tour with a meet on location at Gullfoss Snowmobiling & Ice Caving from Gullfoss

  • Availability

    Oct. - Jun.

  • Duration

    ~ 8 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    8 years

  • Ratio

    1 per 6 sleds

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    34.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Snowmobiling
A Visit to a Natural Ice Cave
Langjökull Glacier
Super Truck Experience
Included
Pick-up from Reykjavík
Snowmobile Ride
Visit to a Natural Ice Cave
Necessary Snowmobiling Gear
Super Truck Experience

Your snowmobile and ice cave adventure starts when we pick you up in Reykjavik. You are driven through the very attractive South Iceland countryside to our snowmobile base camp at Langjökull Glacier. Your certified glacier guide will provide overalls, helmet and all the gear you need, give you a safety briefing and a few straightforward snowmobile driving instructions. You are then ready to ride – driving a snowmobile is easy but feel free to ask any questions before you roar off. Your stunning 1 hour snowmobile ride will take you across Langjökull Glacier, the second largest glacier in Iceland, rising to 1450 m above sea level. Feel your excitement and adrenaline soar! Your snowmobile tour on Langjökull will feel like a magic carpet chase across the roof of a majestic white land. Langjökull is known as ‘The White Glacier’, glaciers are predominately white but Langjökull is just so incredibly white. Make the most of the journey but feel your spine tingle in anticipation as you approach the natural ice cave – you will not be disappointed.

Before winter comes our glacier guides begin their exciting search for the new Langjökull Ice Cave. All ice caves are really special but some are more special than others! This year our Langjökull Ice Cave is a totally spellbinding stunner – we can absolutely promise you that this is the best ice cave yet. Remember, this is ‘The White Glacier’, well, our Ice Cave displays the most amazing bright jewel blue ice imaginable. The ice-ceiling above you resembles a brilliant blue river, the ice is so exceptionally translucent, it seems as though you are surrounded by pure blue-hued quartz crystal jewels. The ice around this ‘blue river´ is white, bearing very unusual subtle gray ‘zebra striping’, formed from the ash layers of various volcanic eruptions. You get about 15 minutes to explore and photograph the cave and to enjoy the rare and precious crystalline blue beauty of this amazing natural ice cavern.

Outside, your trusty snowmobile is waiting. Skimming across Langjökull you journey back to the Snowmobile Base Camp.  At the end of your spectacular full day snowmobile and ice cave adventure we will drive you back to Reykjavík, dropping you off where we picked you up.


Pick-up information

This tour includes pick-up from your accommodation or a nearby authorized meeting point in Reykjavik. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.


Practical information

What to bring: Warm layers, weatherproof top layer, headwear, gloves, scarves and sturdy hiking shoes. Warm overalls are provided.
We recommend that you bring a packed lunch along as well.


 

Please note

The price of the tour is for one person when sharing a two-person snowmobile. Please choose the solo ride option when booking in odd numbers. Also, if you want to ride alone on the snowmobile select the “solo on a snowmobile” option. For solo or odd number of bookings, you must book a solo snowmobile for 6.000 ISK extra.

If you wish to have a solo snowmobile but do not have a valid drivers license then you can book an extra guide to operate your snowmobile for an additional 40.000 ISK. Please contact our sales desk for further information and booking.

I'm pregnant, am I able to participate in one of your snowmobile tours?

Due to safety reasons we do not recommend women that are already 3 months pregnant to participate in our snowmobile tours.

How long is the snowmobile tour?

Approximately 8 hours in total, 1 hour on the snowmobile.

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.

How do I get to Reykjavik from Keflavík International Airport?

The drive from KEF airport to Reykjavik takes around 45 minutes. If your flight is delayed, please call our customer service team to go over what options you may have.

These are the two most common ways to get from the airport to Reykjavik city:

Airport Shuttle

The cheapest and most convenient way of getting to and from Keflavik International Airport. The shuttle drops you off at the BSI Bus Terminal downtown or takes you all the way to your hotel or the closest drop off location. If you’re arriving on the same day as your tour departures we highly recommend to pick BSI Bus terminal as your pick up location.

Book your airport transfer in Iceland.

Taxi

The quickest way to get to Reykjavik city is by a taxi. The taxis can drop you off at any of our pick-up locations. Taking a taxi is always more expensive than the airport shuttle.  

For further information about getting to and from Keflavík International Airport.

How is the weather/climate in Iceland?

There is a saying in Iceland, if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes. This might sound like a joke but it is strangely true! Thanks to the beloved Gulf Stream, our country enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate, this means refreshing summers and fairly mild winters. So basically, Iceland maintains a surprisingly moderate temperature all year around. For further information about the weather in Iceland and how to dress for it.

If your tour includes a glacier activity it’s very important to dress appropriately. Dress in 3 or 4 upper layers 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 reflection from the glacier.

You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours.

What is tipping like in Iceland?

Tipping is not a requirement in Iceland although it is permitted and is well received in most cases.

What is internet access like in Iceland?

Iceland is a very high-tech country and we actually have one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the world. Many restaurants and cafés, especially in Reykjavik, have free Wi-Fi access, so if you have a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone you can get Internet access almost anywhere. All of our vehicles also have free Wi-Fi.

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.

Should I bring mosquito repellent when traveling to Iceland?

Here is the plus side to a cold country like Iceland. No dangerous insects survive here! Iceland has about three areas where some mosquitoes have now settled but nothing you will have to worry about on our tours. So, to sum it up, no you will not need any repellant!

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 is it like to drive in Iceland?

Driving in Iceland can be tricky for two different reasons. The first being the weather conditions, especially in the winter months. The second reason is that if you’re not experienced in driving in conditions such as ice and snow then it could become dangerous.

If you are choosing a self-drive tour or to meet on location then make sure you have checked the driving conditions to make sure it is safe. At road.is you can find all the latest updates about travelling around Iceland. You should still check in the summer months just to make sure there is no storms or other types of weather warnings.

What type of safety can be expected on our tour?

Vehicles are equipped for both summer and winter driving conditions, and drivers are very experienced driving in difficult conditions.

Before starting any of the activities, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their activity. The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.

Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.

Do I need any insurance before going on an Arctic Adventures tour?

As with any and all world travel, we strongly recommend having travel insurances that can provide cover if you need to cancel your travel reservation with short notice. We also recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland.

Useful numbers and services

Emergency number 112

Police 444-1000

Medical assistance 1770

Dental Emergency 575-0505

General Information 1819

Weather forecast www.en.vedur.is

Road conditions www.road.is

If I have never driven a snowmobile before, can I still participate?

You do not need previous snowmobile driving experience. Your guide will provide easy to follow operating instructions.

However, you do need a valid Driving License if you intend to drive. If there are two of you, only one of you needs to bring a Driving License but if you both bring one, each of you can take a turn at driving.

Can you go on a snowmobiling tour in the summertime in Iceland?

Yes, you can. The plus side to being a cold country is that our glaciers are here all year around and we can go snowmobiling in every season.

Are there any weight restrictions for the snowmobiling tours?

We don’t exactly have a weight restriction but participants need to be able to fit in our winter overalls. The largest size we have is 3XL. As for the physical level, the tour is listed at the level moderate and anyone in average physical condition should be able to complete the tour without any trouble.

Are their any places to use the toilet at the glacier snowmobiling base camp?

Yes, we have toilets at the base camp where the tour starts that you are more than welcome to use before and after. Unfortunately we cannot offer any bathroom breaks during the tour itself.

What clothing is provided for the snowmobile ride on Langjokull glacier?

We provide you with an overall, a balaclava, gloves and a helmet. This Equipment is all included in the price of the tour.

What do I need to bring for my snowmobiling ride on Langjokull glacier?

First and foremost warm clothing.

Upper body: Thermal shirt and a fleece or a thick sweater over.

Lower body: Warm pants.
If you get easily cold, also thermals.

Shoes: It’s best to wear boots as it’s pretty cold on the glacier and they can get wet.

NOTE: You need to bring a lunch or some snacks. Lunch is not included in the tour.

I am traveling by myself, do I need to pay the single ride supplement?

Yes, if traveling solo you will need to purchase the single ride extra.

Is there an age limit to go snowmobiling on Langjokull glacier?

Yes, there is, safety is always our number one priority and after looking closely into this the age limit was set to 8 years, of course in company with a guardian.

I'm pregnant, am I able to participate in one of your snowmobile tours?

Due to safety reasons, we do not recommend women that are already 3 months pregnant to participate in our snowmobile tours.

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 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.

I want to learn more about Ice Caves, is there any information to help?

It is a great idea to gain more knowledge about Ice Caves before your tour. They are amazing natural wonders and here is where you can find everything you need to know:

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 Snowmobile & Ice Cave tour from Reykjavik | Average rating: 4.8/5 based on 16 customer reviews


"Great day!" | 5 stars By Ingrid Muxworthy 27/01/2018
I did this tour with my mum and brother so I went on the snowmobile solo and felt very well prepared by the guides (I had never been on a snowmobile before)! The whole day is very well organised and although we got a bit stuck in the snow on our way back to Reykjavik this only lasted 10 minutes and added to the experience! Great day trip!
"Fantastic tour" | 5 stars By Rebecca Capps 30/01/2018
The tour guide was really friendly, kind and had a fab sense of humour. The snow mobiles are easy to drive and everyone stays together the whole time. The cave was amazing although I did feel there was maybe a few too many people on the tour but only because it was a little cramped in the cave. The clothes they give you are really warm and we never felt the cold even though it was snowing a lot. I would highly recommend this tour as it was great fun. You need you bare in mind that you are on the snowmobile for an hour and although this does not sound ling you may ache a lot the day after, so keep this in mind when deciding what day to do this. Great tour Definately would do it again
"Best Ice Cave Tour Experience" | 5 stars By Zhen 02/02/2018
You will be briefed about how to operate. then got to ride the snowmobile 20 mins each way, going and returning from the Ice cave! Dont be scared and push that thorttle button hard!
"This tour was great! " | 4 stars By Kylie 07/02/2018
This tour was great! The tour guide was hilarious and kept us well informed what we were doing and what was expected. The only downside was it was cold on the first bus, especially on my feet! All the people around me felt like they had frost bite on their toes. Then when we actually got the snowmobiles, you weren't around to ride them around, we just had to go straight to the ice cave and back in a single file, slow line. Overall the views were beautiful and the service was wonderful.
"Thoroughly enjoyable!" | 5 stars By Tony Ancell 25/02/2018
Thoroughly enjoyable!
"Highlight of my trip" | 5 stars By Raj 01/03/2018
I was saddened by the fact that I couldn't see the northern lights. However, the snowmobile adventure blew my mind. It was beyond my wildest dreams. My wife and I had a pure blast. I know it's a little pricey but it's worth every dollar. DO IT. You won't regret it.
"Would recommend this to anyone" | 5 stars By David Jackson 01/03/2018
A very enjoyable day out. I would go again and would recommend this to anyone
"We had so much fun snowmobiling and the ice cave was very interesting" | 5 stars By Carolyn Dyer 06/03/2018
This was a splurge for us, but I'm super glad we did it! We had so much fun snowmobiling and the ice cave was very interesting. Part of the excitement they don't mention is the ride across the glacier to get to base camp. Our experienced guide drove us to base camp on a "road" that was melting and tricky to navigate, and their specially modified vehicles plus his skill as a driver made it fun and safe! The next day we saw in the news about a group who went on this same road who had to be rescued when their vehicle slid off the road and got stuck. Boy, was I glad we picked Arctic Adventures!
"Unbelievable tour" | 5 stars By Dave 06/03/2018
The snowmobiling and ice cave tour was unbelievably good and we really enjoyed it. Very professional and friendly staff, who managed to put the tour on, and negotiate the tricky roads, despite battling against the weather. We received detailed and prompt emails a day before the tour regarding a change to the time of the tour, which really helped. We would definitely do it again if ever back in Iceland!
"Amazing trip" | 5 stars By Robbo 16/03/2018
Snowmobiling and ice cave was awesome. Great guides, great equipment and a breathtaking trip. It was even more amazing as i proposed to my partner in the Ice Cave and she said yes!! A truly life changing adventure! Skál Robbo
"Snowmobiling" | 5 stars By Ellen Colgan 17/03/2018
Fast snowmobiles! Beautiful sunny weather. Not a cloud in the sky. Driving orientation was very clear and helpful. We loved Schuli and his cohort. (We called her H-R.) Van was warm and comforttable. Lots of laughs and education about Iceland. Thank you. Ellen and Tim.
"Great tour!" | 5 stars By Meghan Lowenfield 18/03/2018
I loved the tour! The guide was funny and knowledgeable, and everything was well organized! The snowmobiling was so much fun, and the ice cave was very cool! My only suggestion is maybe adding to this tour some golden circle sites! We passed the Gullfoss waterfall and the geyser on the way there and back, and I wish we had a few minutes to see both of those!
"So much fun!" | 4 stars By Cara M. Crownover 19/03/2018
The tour was great and we really enjoyed the snowmobile ride to the ice cave. The guides were really amazing too. We had a little hiccup because one of the other 4x4 vans broke down so we had to wait a little at one of the tour stops so that they could send a non-4x4 bus for us to take us back to Reykjavik so our 4x4 could go back up to the glacier. But it gave us all a chance to see the waterfall, which wasn't on our tour, and the company did their absolute best to get everyone going again as soon as humanly possible. It really was a first-class experience and a first class company!
"Fantastic experience, fantastic company" | 5 stars By Amy Feasey 19/03/2018
I don’t usually leave reviews but after this unbelievable experience, the phrase praise where praise is due comes to mind. I want to start by thanking our guide (martis?). Home grown, incredibly welcoming and very funny. It was my first tour in Iceland, and martis was so informative. She regaled us with tales of her youth and Icelandic culture as we drove to the glacier. Pointing out interesting sights and giving us information about the glacier. On the drive to Langjökull we stopped at gulfoss waterfall and the geysir for quick breaks, and so they could prepare the truck for off-roading through snow but martis gave us enough time to quickly check out the sites there too! Bonus! From gulfoss we then drove on the back roads and off road in our monster truck. Martis handled the truck like a badass, giving us a great experience in itself! So much fun. At the glacier base camp we’re kitted out with neon orange overalls which make for fantastic photos then introduced to our trusty steeds! After a safety briefing and a tutorial on how to drive the snowmobiles we were off. Our group was meant to be a huge group of 20+ (Made up of two tours combined) but the other group was running late so we ended up being a small group of just 12 ish with 2 guides which was great. They let the more confident ones go off quickly at the front, following single file behind a guide and the other guide stayed back with the slower less confident ones. This worked well as I wasn’t held back by the ‘slower’ ones and could go for it up front with our guide leading the way. The safety briefing explained that if at any point you get into trouble or can’t see the group. Stop where you are and they will come fetch you as they can track you on the GPS. So you always feel safe and in good hands. We had heard it was possible to flip the snowmobiles but the route was perfectly flat and great for fast long straights. Just go gentle on the turns. Half way we stop off at the ice cave which they joked they had lost due to the snow and had to re-dig out! this was stunning and a great experience. The guides take your safety seriously and ensure you don’t slip. Then we hopped back on the snowmobiles back to the base camp We were incredibly lucky with the weather, clear blue skies and breathtaking views. The next few days were rainy so I’m very glad we caught the best of the weather Thanks again martis and arctic adventures for giving us a fantastic experience. I would 100% do this again next time I come to Iceland.
"Snowmobile Ice Cave Tour" | 5 stars By Chares R. Hall 26/03/2018
Thank you Arctic Adventures for an amazing tour! It was truly one of the best days of my life. Our guide was great! He was very informative and did a great job from when we were picked up until we were dropped off. He was a wealth of information on Iceland and had a great sense of humor. It was nice being picked up right from our hotel. It was a nice scenic drive to Gullfoss. The Super Jeep ride to the snowmobile base camp was incredible in itself! The scenery while snowmobiling on the Langokull Glacier to the ice cave was amazing! The ice cave was incredible. One of the coolest things I have ever seen. Thanks again for an incredible trip that I will never forget. I would recommend Arctic Adventures to anyone who is looking for a great time in Iceland.
"Glacier and Snow Mobiling" | 4 stars By Jana Planz 26/03/2018
Great day out! Fun & action
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