Into and Above the Glacier

From: $ 335
Duration: ~ 11 hours

The adventure of a lifetime awaits you at the Jaki basecamp in the Húsafell area where you mount a snowmobile and travel up Langjökull glacier to the spectacular ice cave, where you will descend into the heart of the ice cap and explore the glacier from the inside

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Highlights

  • Marvel at the icy landscape as we ascend to base camp in a glacier truck
  • Ride up Langjökull glacier on a snowmobile from Jaki base camp
  • Journey deep into the heart of an ice tunnel and see the age-old ice from the inside
  • Admire the unusual Hraunfossar lava-field waterfalls

Inclusions

  • Round-trip transportation
  • Expert local guides
  • In-bus audio guide with a choice of 10 languages (English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean and Finnish)
  • Snowmobile ride (30-45 min) with expert guide
  • Exploration of ice cave (45-60 min) with expert guide
  • Necessary gear for snowmobiling: helmet, gloves & insulated coveralls
  • Necessary gear for ice caving: crampons (traction straps for your boots), waterproof coveralls

Tour Itinerary

With a significant portion of its land mass covered in glaciers, Iceland is a country packed with sub-zero adventures and this tour is no exception. Riding a snowmobile on a majestic glacier to reach the impressive man-made wonder of the ice tunnel deep into the ice cap truly is a once-in-a-lifetime journey!

The Scenic Route to the Inland West
We begin our journey through the scenic mountains and valleys of West Iceland. Heading northwest from Reykjavik we eventually turn inland towards the charming Húsafell area with its ancient Birch forest and small village. There we will transfer to the massive off-road trucks that will take us to the edge of the glacier.

Adventures on Ice
The trucks will drop us at Jaki base camp at the edge of Langjökull glacier, where the snowmobiles await and the glacier adventure begins. After suiting up with the necessary equipment and a safety briefing from the snowmobile guide, we start our adventure up the glacier. 

Snowmobiling is the ultimate way to explore the icy wonderland of the glacier. You can expect a ride of about 30 minutes as we journey up the snow-covered cap, which offers a rare photographic opportunity of a unique landscape.

Into the Glacier
At the end of our ride, we step off the snowmobiles and begin our exploration into the heart of the ice cap with an expert glacier guide. Stretching several hundred metres into the glacier, the ice cave presents the most brilliant shades of crystalline blue within its many tunnels and caverns. 

Our expert guide will give us an inside look (literally!) into how the glacier was formed and also how the country’s top geophysicists and engineers came together to create this unique tunnel into the glacier. We will take between 45 and 60 minutes to explore this extraordinary cave before returning to Húsafell where lunch is available for purchase.

Waterfalls of the West
On our way back we will make one last stop to see two of West Iceland’s most renowned waterfalls. Hraunfossar is a series of waterfalls at the edge of a lava field, where glacier water emerges and trickles down into the Hvítá river, giving it an eerie blue glow. And like much else in Iceland, Barnafoss has a harrowing story behind its name, which you will learn at this final stop before we return to Reykjavík.

Please note

  • Keep yourself warm and dry! Warm under layers, such as fleece or wool, and footwear appropriate for hiking are essential as well as a waterproof jacket, pants, headwear and shoes.
  • The temperature inside the cave is consistently at 0°C (32°F).
  • Two people per snowmobile
  • A valid driver’s license is required to operate the snowmobile
  • Bring your own headphones for onboard audio system (headphones are also available for purchase onboard)

Restrictions

  • Children under the age of 6 years not permitted on snowmobiles

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Pickup Info

Please present your electronic travel voucher / ticket at the time of tour departure. 

Tour departure point
This tour departs from Terminal at Skógarhlíð 10

Pick up and drop off
Pick up from hotels, guesthouses and designated bus stops starts 30 minutes before the tour departure time stated on your voucher.

Check in at the Terminal is 15 minutes before the tour departure time stated on your voucher.

Need assistance?
Our call centre is open 24 hours every day of the year. This means that whenever you need, there’s always someone from Gray Line Iceland available to assist. Call: 354 540 1313 or e-mail: iceland@grayline.is

$ 335 11 hours

Rating & Reviews

Excellent fun

   

Excellent service, coach in good condition and clean. Driver safe. Tour guides knowledgeable and friendly

16 April, 2019 • by Mrs Claire Horner

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