West Iceland & Langjokull Ice Tunnel | Day Tour

Hraunfossar waterfall trickles out of a lava field, and is mightily impressive.
Deildartunghver is well-known to be the highest-flowing hot-spring in Europe.
Þingvellir National Park, one of the sites of the Golden Circle sightseeing route, is visited on this tour.
Hraunfossar waterfall sits next to Barnafoss waterfall, but is much less violent.
Icelandic horses are found in West Iceland, pictured here basking in the midnight sun.
The Northern Lights in Þingvellir National Park, dancing over a ravine known as Silfra.

See the sites of West Iceland and explore the world’s only publicly accessible ice tunnel, carved into Langjökull glacier. This tour is a great combination of sightseeing and adventure.

You’ll be picked up from Reykjavík first thing in the morning, and set out on your exploration of Iceland’s west. Your exact itinerary will be decided on the weather and conditions of the day but should include at least the sites mentioned below.

You might start by heading north, to see the waterfalls of Barnafoss and Hraunfossar. In spite of the fact that you can walk between them in mere minutes, they are vastly different. Barnafoss thunders down a narrow, plunging canyon, rushing around twists and bends, while Hraunfossar trickles gently out of a wide lava field, making for a much more serene site.

Near these falls is a fascinating geothermal area, Deildartunguhver. This is Europe’s highest flowing hot spring, and there are many walkways where you can admire the steaming waters and vividly coloured earth, stained by elements rising from the crust.

The tiny village of Reykholt is within easy reach of these hot springs and has a lot more history than its humble facade may suggest. This was the home of legendary medieval writer Snorri Sturluson, without whom we would have virtually no knowledge of many European monarchs at the time, nor of the intricate tenants of the Old Norse Faith.

Reykholt is close to Langjökull, where you will go on your ice tunnel adventure. You will change vehicle into a monster truck, a vehicle able to scale the mighty glacier's steep, icy slopes, and make your way near to the summit. The highland views unfolding around you will no doubt stay with you for life.

Once at the ice tunnel, you will take an hour-long walking tour through its channels and rooms. This feature, unlike the ice caves, was made by hand and is the world’s only place where anyone can walk into a glacier throughout the year.

After admiring the craftsmanship, the vivid blues, and the interesting sections of the tunnel, such as its chapel, you will continue on your journey. Your final major destination is Þingvellir National Park, usually only visited on Golden Circle or snorkelling tours. This is one of three of the country’s National Parks, and the only UNESCO Site on the mainland.

Þingvellir is located directly between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, which has led to incredible formations in the park, such as dramatic ravines and wide lava fields. This is also a historical location, being the site of Iceland’s parliament from 930 AD to the 19th Century.

With all these sites explored and marvelled over, you will make your return journey to Reykjavík.

Explore the west of Iceland and adventure into the ice tunnel. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Feb. - Dec.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Activities: Super Jeep, Sightseeing, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: West Iceland , Reykjavík, Þingvellir, Hraunfossar, Deildartunguhver, Þingvallavatn, Reykholt, Barnafoss, Langjökull, Ice Tunnel
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 09:00

  • English speaking guide

  • Pick up

  • Food

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

Good to know:

Note that some of the sites may be weather dependent and thus the route is subject to minor changes.

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West Iceland & Langjokull Ice Tunnel | Day Tour

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