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Glacier Snowmobiling & Ice Caving on Vatnajokull

Snowmobiling & Natural Ice Cave Exploring on Europe's Largest Glacier

Explore Europe’s largest glacier on a full-throttle snowmobiling tour and top it off with a visit to a natural ice cave!

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This awe-inspiring glacier snowmobiling and ice caving experience is truly something else. Take an adrenaline-filled ride across Vatnajökull, Europe’s most voluminous glacier before stepping into one of its incredible creations, a crystal blue ice cave. This tour has it all, the adventure of a snowmobiling ride, the idyllic views of a glacier and the natural wonderment of an ice cave!

The expert guides are with you throughout the experience giving you all the fun facts of the area and making you feel safe when leading you on this tour of a lifetime.

  • Availability

    Jan. - Mar.

  • Duration

    ~ 3 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    No

  • Meet on location

    Yes

  • Min. Age

  • Departs from

    Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

  • Departs from Overwrite

    Jokulsarlon

  • Price from

Tour highlights
Snowmobiling on a Glacier
Vatnajokull Europe's largest Glacier
Super Jeep Ride
Natural Ice Cave
Expert Guides
Included
Super Jeep Ride
Snowmobiling Ride
Ice Cave Visit
All Necessary Gear
Expert Guides

The tour will begin at “Hollywood’s favorite” the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, that has been made famous in movies such as Lara Croft: Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie and two James Bond films; A View to a Kill and Die Another Day. There you will meet your friendly guide who will go over the relevant safety information and make sure you are well informed and ready for the unusual adventure ahead. Once everyone is ready and geared up it’s time to jump into the Super Jeeps and head for the glacier. The scenery is intensely beautiful and well worth keeping the camera out!

The path you are taking has been greatly influenced and affected by Iceland’s incredible natural forces and you will be able to see traces of it on the way.

Vatnajökull is not only the largest glacier in Iceland but the whole of Europe and takes up 8% of Iceland’s landmass. It is the largest dominator in Vatnajökull National park and hosts Iceland’s highest summit, feeds the famed Jökulsárlón Glacier lagoon and creates stellar natural Ice Caves every winter. All along the brims of the forceful glacier, you will find outlets each with their own name and character some of the better-known ones are Falljokull, Skaftafellsjokul and Svinafellsjokull. It’s most famous volcano is the stratovolcano Oraefajokul.

Once up to the glacier base the guide will give you a briefing on how to operate the snowmobiles and once everyone is comfortable and geared it’s time to hit the vast ice-lands.

The thrilling ride across the glacier is truly a memorable one with, gliding on the ancient ice in an empty expanse of crispy snow and with nothing but natural views surrounding you.

As we go further up onto the glacier our views will change and vary from rugged rock formations to deep valleys and depressions – there will be towering peaks popping up as we go along and the every changing terrain is sure to amaze you. The guide will be there every step of the way explaining and telling tales of the surroundings, giving you a great insight into life in Iceland.

When we have found the narrow passage to the ice caves there is nothing left but to let the glacier top the adventure off with the grand finale – a natural blue ice cave in the middle of nowhere on a volcanic island in the Atlantic ocean! This is the mesmerizing artwork of the frozen ice and light working together in creating the most heavenly of views. Once again your guide will tell you all there is to know about the creation and ways of the Ice Caves and leave you with wisdom to share along with the stories of your adventures in Iceland!

What does meet on location entail?

Meet on location means travelling to the location of the tour yourself and then meeting our tour guides rather than being picked up and taken to the location.

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.

 

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 5XL. 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 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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