Into Ice and Lava

From: € 302
Duration: ~ 11 hours

Iceland is known for the elements that shaped it: fire and ice. Experience them in action from caves formed by volcanic eruptions to the ancient glaciers that carved out the landscape you now see. Created by Iceland’s top geophysicists and engineers, the manmade cave into the Langjökull ice cap provides a rare glimpse into the interior of a glacier. From ice to fire, the flip side of this tour is a trip to Víðgelmir, a remarkably large lava cave formed 1100 years ago by an eruption from under Langjökull

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Highlights

  • Marvel at the icy landscape as we ascend Langjökull in a tricked-out glacier truck
  • Journey deep into the heart of an ice tunnel and see the age-old ice from the inside
  • Explore the massive, 1100-year-old Víðgelmir lava cave
  • Walk where a river of molten magma flowed and formed the cave

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)
  • Exploration of ice cave (45-60 min) with expert guide
  • Exploration of lava cave (60-90 min) with expert guide
  • Necessary gear for ice caving: crampons (traction straps for your boots), waterproof coveralls
  • Necessary gear for lava caving: helmet and headlamp

Tour Itinerary

Much of Iceland’s striking beauty comes from the tremendous natural powers that formed it: volcanic eruptions and glacial movements. On this tour you'll get an underground look into both these phenomena. On Langjökull glacier we’ll explore the ice cap from the inside by way of a manmade tunnel. And at Víðgelmir we’ll venture into what has proven to be one of the world’s finest and largest examples of a lava tube cave.

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 bring us up the snow-covered ice cap.

Into the Glacier
Reaching the entrance to the ice cave, we start 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 heading back to Húsafell where lunch is available for purchase.

In the Footsteps of Lava 
Our final stop before returning to Reykjavík is Víðgelmir cave, one of Iceland’s largest lava caves and certainly one of the greatest displays of the country’s volcanic heritage. Created by lava flowing underground during an eruption in 900 CE, the bizarre cave formations and remarkable colors are almost otherworldly in their hues and textures.

Víðgelmir is large enough to accommodate a platformed walkway and lights, making it easily accessible for all ages, including young children. And with our knowledgeable guides leading the way, everyone can be sure to have a safe and memorable journey into Iceland’s volcanic underworld, which lasts from 60 to 90 minutes.

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 ice cave is consistently at 0°C (32°F)
  • Bring your own headphones for onboard audio system (headphones are also available for purchase onboard)

Restrictions

  • Not suitable for children under the age of 4 years.

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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

302 11 hours
Tour ID: AH802

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Easy to use except for finding the hotel pick up from the list. Would recommend to others.

18 April, 2019 • by Mrs Helen Prowting

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