Into the Glacier | Ice Tunnels and Snowmobiling on Langjokull Glacier

Into the Glacier | Ice Tunnels and Snowmobiling on Langjokull Glacier
Into the Glacier | Ice Tunnels and Snowmobiling on Langjokull Glacier
The Ice Tunnel of Langökull Glacier has a chapel where people get married.
Langjökull glacier is Iceland's only glacier you can go inside throughout the year.
The ice tunnels of Langjökull are fun for the whole family.
The colours of Langjökull's ice tunnel defy imagination.
Into the Glacier | Ice Tunnels and Snowmobiling on Langjokull Glacier
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Experience the ancient ice of Langjökull glacier in two completely different ways, with an exhilarating snowmobile and a fascinating exploration of the ice tunnels. This tour should appeal to anyone who wishes to pack as much into their holiday as possible, and seeks to witness Iceland from a unique perspective.

This tour begins at our Base Camp, where your snowmobiles and guides are waiting for you. To access the camp, a four-wheel-drive vehicle is recommended; if your car does not have this feature, you can instead be picked up and taken there from the nearby settlement of Húsafell for a small fee. 

Once your group is gathered, you will put on the equipment provided (a helmet, set of overalls, and gloves) and be introduced to your snowmobile. You need a valid driver’s license to operate one yourself but can ride as a passenger if you lack one. After a quick safety briefing, you will start your adventure.

Flying across the ice-cap of Langjökull is indescribable. The thrill of the rush, the gleaming beauty of the snow, and the views of the Highlands unfolding beneath you all make for an experience that you will never forget. You will explore the surface of the glacier before being escorted to the mouth of the ice tunnels. Unlike ice-caves, which only open at the base of glaciers during the coldest months and rely on favourable weather to be safe to enter, the ice tunnels were carved into the sturdiest part of the glacier by hand. This means they are open throughout the year, completely safe, and unlike anything else in the world.

The experience of walking into a glacier in this fashion is something usually reserved only for scientific experts. You will be guided down Langjökull’s channels, marvelling over the blue ice that surrounds you. Because of the way the tunnels were carved, the ground is flat and traversing it is easy.

Your guide will talk to you all about the formation of, the science behind, and the threats to the ice-caps as you walk. Once this tour inside the tunnel  is complete, you will drive back to the base-camp on your snowmobile. After this tour you have fully immersed yourself in one of the most unique parts of Iceland’s nature.

Don’t hesitate to explore Langjökull in two completely different ways. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 2,5 hours
  • Activities: Snowmobile, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Húsafell, Langjökull
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 10:00. 12:30,

Pickup price 2,000 ISK.
  • Experienced guides

  • Admission to ice tunnels

  • Snowmobiling tour

  • All safety equipment

  • Transfer to and from Reykjavík

  • Transfer to and from Húsafell (can be added during booking)

What to bring:
  • Warm, waterproof clothes

  • Sturdy boots

  • Camera

  • Water bottle

Good to know:

Please note that everyone intending to drive a snowmobile must have a valid drivers license.

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Receptionist at the car park - super fun and friendly. Driver of the monster truck was initially a little reserved but warmed as we went along. We were two English travelers with a work group from an Icelandic bank of a couple of dozen people. For this reason we had a separate guide to tell us about the snowmobile, and then we joined a separate Into the Glacier tour once we got there, that was being conducted in English by Ásdís, so that the bank could have their tour in Icelandic rather than have to have it all in English just because of us two! At the base camp we were equipped with padded overalls, buffs (neck tubes) to keep, gloves and helmets, and overboots if required. So we were plenty cosy enough. The helmet fitter was friendly and conscientious - an excellent feature in a safety equipment disher-outer! - and super encouraging about my attempts with Icelandic! I felt that we missed out a bit with our snowmobile instruction, although it was perfectly adequate to them be able to use the vehicle, the Icelandic group's tuition was much longer and clearly more entertaining. Our guide was Belgian and although helpful, did not go out of his way to make additional conversation about the trip, the area, or anything else. The snowmobiling itself was fun, just about a five minute drive trying to stick to the tracks of the vehicle in front of you (at a reasonable distance) attempting to control this beast of a machine that really just wanted to do its own thing! The Into the Glacier tour was great. I had been in two minds, we really want to see a natural ice cave but visiting in May means we're saving that for another time. But I'm so glad we went, Ásdís the guide made it so interesting. Yes, the basic premise is the man made cut tunnels in the surface of the glacier (rather than natural caves which are underneath the glacier) but the real interest lies not only in the beauty of the ice regardless, but all the natural features which happily happen to be included, like a moulin, crevasses, a pool that won't freeze, and a fantastic tunnel at the bridge with ice stalagmites and-tites, blue ice and new ice, a bar, a chapel with beautiful acoustics (& an Icelandic love song solo from your guide if you're lucky, if there isn't a brave singer among you to try it themselves!) And then there is a lot of educational info passed on in an entertaining way by your guide. Grips to pull on over your boots are included as the floor can be very slippery in places (& wet in others so waterproof footwear is ideal!) The tour takes about an hour. Then it's back to the snowmobiles for a short trip up to the summit of Langjökull for the fabulous view up there. If you only want a quick go on the snowmobile, this is a great bit to have swapped riders for. And then it's about a 7 minute ride back down to the base camp to disrobe (& in our case, enjoy a Viking bjór og samloku courtesy of the bank party!) Skal! And then back on the monster truck back to the car park. I recommend visiting the beautiful hraunfossar while you're in that area too. The trip is not cheap (none of the snowmobiling ones are) but we found it thoroughly enjoyable and were super glad we did it.
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It's a must-do activity when visiting Iceland. It is an amazing and unforgettable experience. When driving a snowmobile in the vast and whole white glacier under the clear blue sky, there is a thrilling and stunning feeling flowing through my heart. Into the ice tunnel of the Langjokull Glacier is another once in a lifetime experience, The guide will let you understand how difficult of this man-made tunnel is built and the power of the glacier. Really, really recommend, never regret!
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