Exciting 2-Hour Into the Glacier Tour from Thingvellir National Park

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Summary

Tour starts
Thingvellir National Park, Selfoss, Iceland
Duration
5,5 hours
Difficulty
Easy
Languages
English
Minimum age
6 years old

Description

Enter a fascinating man-made ice tunnel after visiting one of Iceland's most celebrated national parks in this exciting into the glacier tour from Thingvellir National Park. This two-hour adventure takes travelers inside an ice tunnel leading to the heart of a glacier.

The fun begins when a friendly guide picks you up from Thingvellir National Park. As one of Iceland's most significant historical and geological sites, Thingvellir National Park holds immense cultural and natural value, earning the distinction of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Upon meeting your guide, you'll ride a minibus that will take you to the base camp near Langjokull glacier. The glacier is Iceland's second-largest, covering an area of approximately 361 square miles (935 square kilometers) and reaches heights of up to 4,757 feet (1,450 meters) above sea level.

Langjokull is also known for its ice caves, carved by the glacier's relentless movement and meltwater flow. These caves and tunnels feature blue ice and intricate ice formations that are a sight to behold. Incidentally, these ice caves can become unstable and are prone to flooding.

This concern prompted two entrepreneurs, a team of engineers, and a renowned geologist to create a man-made ice tunnel that allows visitors to go in and around the Langjokull glacier. By drilling a tunnel and connecting it to the ice cap, you now have an opportunity to go deep into the heart of the Langjokull glacier at any time of the year.

After reaching the edge of the glacier, you’ll ride a super truck that will safely take you across Langjokull. Upon arriving at the entrance of the ice tunnel, you’ll wear your crampons to gain more stability while exploring the ice tunnels. Stepping inside, the guide will take you through the tunnel that measures approximately 10 feet (three meters) tall and about 11.5 feet (3.5 meters) wide.

You'll also enter an ice cave 82 feet (25 meters) thick above and 200 feet (61 meters) thick below your feet. Interestingly, the ice tunnel moves depending on the glacier's natural movement. In turn, the ice tunnel is regularly maintained to preserve its structural integrity.

As you navigate the tunnel, the guide will explain how nature forms Langjokull's ice caves. They will also discuss the glacier's role in Iceland's ecosystem, and the ongoing impacts of climate change. You'll be surrounded by shimmering blue ice and captivating ice formations. You'll also notice soft light filtering through the glacier's crystalline walls. 

In addition, the tunnel has a built-in chapel where you can sit, rest, and take pictures. After spending time inside the ice tunnel, you'll return to the Thingvellir National Park, carrying pictures and memories of an unforgettable time inside the Langjokull glacier.

Take advantage of this golden opportunity to enter the heart of Iceland's most majestic wonders in this two-hour into the glacier tour from Thingvellir National Park. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Included

Pick-up from Thingvellir National Park
Super truck
Crampons
Entrance fees to the man-made ice tunnel

Activities

Ice Caving
Transfers

What to bring

Warm layers
Weatherproof top layer
Headwear
Gloves
Scarves
Sturdy hiking shoes

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