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 humanmade 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.
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.
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This tour departs from Terminal at Skógarhlíð 10
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