Into the Glacier with Lava Caving

Into the Glacier with Lava Caving
Viðgelmir lava cave is very accessible, even for those daunted by the idea, due to its vastness and wooden walkway.
The chapel in the Ice Tunnel in Langjökull glacier is a heavenly place to wed.
The guides at Langjökull glacier will show you through the Ice Tunnel while telling you stories all about it.
Guides will introduce you to the wonders of the ice cave in Iceland.
The Ice Tunnel is perfectly safe to explore.
A combination of incredible nature and the hard work of people have turned the interior of Langjökull glacier into one of Iceland's most unique attractions.
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Immerse yourself in the world beneath the surface of Iceland’s incredible landscapes on this combo tour that takes you inside a glacier and into a lava tube. This tour is a must for the adventurous, and those seeking to make the most of the unusual and fascinating experiences Iceland has to offer.

You will be picked up from Reykjavík in the morning, in a bus equipped with an ‘In-Bus Audio Guide’; this will allow you to listen to commentary about your surroundings in 10 different languages. The bus also has wifi and USB chargers, as well as an onboard guide who is happy to answer your questions.

This vehicle will drive you through the beautiful landscapes of West Iceland, to the foot of the mighty Langjökull glacier. Here, you will switch into a specially modified super-jeep, perfectly designed for ascending the steep, icy slopes. As you travel to the mouth of the tunnels, the Icelandic Highlands will unfold around you, so keep your camera in your hand for these awe-inspiring landscapes.

The ice-tunnels into Langjökull are incredibly unique; they were carved by hand and machine into the sturdiest part of the glacier, meaning that they are accessible all year and safe to enter. Nowhere else in the world can you take a similar tour, making this a truly once-in-a-lifetime excursion.

For an hour, you will be guided through the stunning blue channels. An experienced English-speaking guide will lead you throughout, telling you all about how the glaciers formed, the science behind them, and what future they face. The path is well-lit and open, and the ground is smooth, making for a journey that is as comfortable as it is fascinating.

After exploring the ice-tunnels, the super-jeep will take you back to base-camp, where your old bus is waiting. From here, it will take you to the lava cave Viðgelmir. Viðgelmir, formed in an eruption in the 10th Century, is the largest of its kind in Iceland, at 1600 metres long, and (at its most open) over 15 metres high and 16 metres wide.

You will be provided with a helmet and light before entering the lava-tube. Because it is so open, Viðgelmir is easier to traverse than other lava caves (although you can still expect uneven ground beneath your feet). Your guide will take you through at a comfortable pace, telling you about the cave’s formation and fascinating history; they will also draw your attention to the cave’s most amazing features, such as its vivid colouration, its stalactites and its stalagmites.

After a thorough exploration, you will get back on the bus and be whisked to Reykjavík for an evening return.

Immerse yourself in the hidden worlds of Iceland’s glaciers and lava caves. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Activities: Caving, Super Jeep, Sightseeing, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: West Iceland , Highlands, Reykjavík, Langjökull, Víðgelmir
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 07:30.

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

  • Pick up and drop off

  •  Tour to the ice caves on Langjokull glacier with a specially modified glacier vehicle

  • Entrance into the glacier

  • Guided tour to Víðgelmir Lava

  • English speaking driver/guide

  • Free WiFi in glacier vehicles

  • Drop off at your hotel in Reykjavik

  • In-Bus Audio Guide in 10 languages

  • Safety gear

  • Lunch

What to bring:
  • Warm Clothes

  • Sturdy boots

  • Water bottle

  • Camera

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This was a great (long) day out. Guides were friendly and professional throughout, really helpful and knowledgeable. Thoroughly recommend it! The glacier was so beautiful and the lava tunnel was fascinating.
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Great tour, amazing view from the top of the glacier. Into the Glacier guides trying to make it as fun as possible, joking around all the time :-) Very cool to be inside the glacier and look at all the layers of ice formed there. The lava cave is much bigger than lava tunnel at Raufarholshellir although you can't get too close to the lava itself (unlike in Raufarholshellir) - I guess this is for protection from tourists collecting souvenirs. Also very easy to walk, wooden platforms and no walking on the stones (just a small part at the beginning). The only thing I'd change is audio-guide, didn't use it - I'd rather listened to the real guide telling stories than sitting in the headphones with the device.
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This was SO COOL. Easily the most interesting excursion we had on our trip. The glacier was magnificent and the tour guides were all excellent-- funny, good with kids, and took just enough time explaining things. The lava tunnel was amazing and our tour guide was a geologist with tons and tons of knowledge to share. This is a must do while in Iceland!
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