Snowmobile Tours | Guide to Iceland

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Adventure across Iceland’s vast glacier expanses on the back of a snowmobile. Journey across Iceland’s snowy peaks with an adrenaline-pumping snowmobile tour. All qualified drivers are free to operate the vehicles themselves, while children and non-driving adults can join as passengers.

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Snowmobiling in Iceland

Snowmobiles are All Terrain Vehicles (ATV) operating on rubber tracks and steered with incorporated skis. In Iceland, they are ever popular for transportation but also for recreational purposes. If you have ever driven a quad bike, then you may already be familiar with the basic drive of a snowmobile, although you can look forward to a far smoother and serene experience.

11% of Iceland is covered in ice, and the country boasts Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull. The journey to this coveted destination is breathtaking by itself for its prodigious mountains and deep valleys. Speeding across this natural wonder on a Vatnajökull snowmobile tour is really the only way you get to genuinely experience the enormity and endless nature of this graceful giant.The West is home to Europe's second largest glacier, Langjökull. Just north of the Golden Circle, Langjökull is the most popular glacial and snowmobiling destination. Gullfoss itself it fed primarily by meltwater from this gigantic ice-cap and there is no better way to get to know Langjökull than by snowmobile. Its proximity to Reykjavík really leaves no reason not to visit Europe’s second largest glacier and snowmobiling excursions can be done in combination with a tour of the golden circle.

Glaciers are dangerous terrain especially since cracks in the ice can form crevasses which are not always visible, so it is necessary to have a guide show you the right way through the ice. Luckily enough, plenty of guided snowmobile tours take intrepid thrill-seekers zooming safely across the ice and snow.Snowmobiles do not require trails or roads and often, hitching a ride on the back of a snowmobile is the only way to access the infinitely snowy wonderlands waiting to be discovered.

The snowmobiles that you will be driving here in Iceland can reach speeds of 70km/h (44mph), guaranteeing a good flow of adrenaline complementing the breathtaking landscapes. The open-air experience of being in the driver's seat—feeling and hearing the wind rush past you as you dash through the landscapes—offers an unforgettable feeling of involvement with the stunning surroundings.

Iceland’s captivating glacial landscapes give you the opportunity to snowmobile all year round, even in the summer. The midnight sun offers you precious time flexibility as well as the stunning glow of warm sunbeams against the contrasting frozen plains.

Snowmobile tours are not just limited to exploring Iceland’s many beautiful glaciers. You can also book tours of well-known attractions in the winter, and whizz through the snow and ice in captivating areas such as on the frozen lake Mývatn.

The weather in Iceland is a keen topic for locals and an informing factor as to whether or not a tour is possible; so be prepared to be flexible. It is also necessary to mention that the Icelandic driving laws apply no differently to snowmobiles so there is a zero-tolerance policy on alcohol consumption.

Seeing your favourite attractions on snowmobile really offers an experiential involvement with the stunning landscapes Iceland has to offer all year round. Not only can you reach destinations otherwise inaccessible but you can do so whilst embracing the extreme and exhilarating sport of snowmobiling.

Frequently asked questions

On what glaciers can I go snowmobiling?

Snowmobile tours are operated on Langjökull glacier and Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Langjökull is located near Gullfoss Waterfall near the Golden Circle, while Mýrdalsjökull is located near the town of Vik along Iceland’s South Coast.

What landscapes can I expect to see on snowmobile tours?

Snowmobile tours generally take place on top of glaciers where high elevations often present sweeping panoramas of the surrounding scenery. You’ll be able to see the wonderful terrains of Iceland’s incredible landscapes from a higher altitude, weather permitting.

How fast can the snowmobiles go?

That depends on weather, ice and snow conditions and the experience of your group.

Do I need previous snowmobiling experience to join the tour?

No, the guides will teach you how to operate the snowmobile on site. It is, however, advised to read up on the rudimentary equipment.

Do you need a driver license to operate a snowmobile?

Yes, you will need to have a full international driver's license to display before your tour to the tour provider. You must also have been driving for at least one year. 

I forgot to bring my driver's license. Is a photo/email valid?

No, the driver's license must be shown before departing on the tour. If you’re travelling with a friend who can prove that he is licensed to drive, you can always enjoy the tour in the passenger seat.

Do you need a motorcycle license?

No, a motorcycle license is not necessary.

What equipment is provided?

You will be provided with everything you need to go snowmobiling in Iceland. Your guide will present you with warm overalls, a balaclava, a helmet and gloves.

Will the tour be cancelled if it rains?

Not necessarily. If a tour is cancelled because of extremely bad weather, the operator will notify you.

What is the minimum age limit for snowmobile tours?

To drive a snowmobile yourself, you must be a minimum of 18 years old. As for passengers, some operators will allow 6 year old children as passengers, while others require the child to be 12 years old. 

Do I share a snowmobile with another person?

If you booked for two people, the two of you will share one snowmobile and have the chance of taking turns driving. If you booked either alone or booked an odd number of people, you or a member of your group might be charged for a single riding fee, but the single rider will not share a snowmobile with another person.