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About Snowmobile Tours in Iceland

Snowmobiling is a popular activity in Iceland, made possible by the country's great number of glaciers and wide snowy plateaus. On snowmobile tours, you explore some of Iceland's most dramatic landscapes while intimately connecting with the country's arctic features. 

1. What landscapes can I expect to see on snowmobile tours?

Snowmobile tours generally take place on top of glaciers, although the locations vary. Such high elevations often present sweeping panoramas of the surrounding scenery.

2. How fast can the snowmobiles go?

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

3. 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.

4. 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, and you must have been driving for at least one year. 

5. 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 travelling with a friend who can prove that he is licensed to drive, you can always enjoy the tour on the passenger seat.

6. Do you need a motorcycle license?

No, a motorcycle license is not necessary.

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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. 

10. 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.

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Snowmobile Tour on Vatnajokull Glacier

4.7 average rating | 14 reviews

Snowmobile Tour on Vatnajokull Glacier

Amazing and unique experience riding a snowmobile to the top of the glacier! Had a blast learning how to use the snowmobile and the views were amazing. Our guide was incredibly generous and made sure we were riding safely. I would definitely do this again and recommend it as a must-do when visiting south Iceland.

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Affordable Golden Circle & Snowmobiling ​Day Tour

4.6 average rating | 41 reviews

Affordable Golden Circle & Snowmobiling ​Day Tour

It was super fun! Gold circle tour was a little bit too rushing but overall it was good. The best part is snowmobiling! It would be better if we could ride it by ourselves in an area just to take cool pictures. Still love it anyway!

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Affordable Golden Circle & Snowmobiling ​Day Tour

4.6 average rating | 41 reviews

Affordable Golden Circle & Snowmobiling ​Day Tour

it was a bit short for each stop for golden circle; snowmobile on glacier is amazing, but my boyfriend complain the guide was too slow, haha

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Highlands Super Jeep Tour | Langjokull & The Secret Lagoon

5 average rating | 1 reviews

Highlands Super Jeep Tour | Langjokull & The Secret Lagoon

This was a really awesome day. A lot of driving, but Einar our guide made it terrific. We stopped at a number of really cool sights that were not necessarily on the tour but were on the driving route so we stopped for a short look. My two boys absolutely loved the trip, not just the snowmobile and secret lagoon excursions but also getting to each of those locations. The snowmobile adventure was awesome and getting there in Einar's monster truck was just as fun! the roads were closed and impassible for a normal vehicle, but the monster truck with Einar driving took it in stride. The roads were covered in snow and it was difficult to see where to drive but Einar was an expert. Once at our snowmobiling destination we had a blast. There was very little visibility with the blowing snow, but with the guides, our hour on the sleds was great. Not even cold with all of the gear they provide. My son even left his snow pants in the house on the glacier and they brought them back into Reykjavik for us the next day to pick up. Once we left the snowmobile excursion we were off to the secret lagoon but first we had to go back through the snow covered terrain that we crossed to get to the glacier area. Once again, we loved that part just as much in the monster truck. We made a short stop to get pizza on the way to the hot spring. The pizza was very good and the people at the restaurant were super friendly. Then it was off again to the secret lagoon in Fludir. We arrived and it was dark and raining which made it all that much more fun with the cold rain falling as you floated in the 100 degree pool. After an hour at the hot springs we made our way back to our hotel in Reykjavik. Overall I would rate this trip five stars. The kids loved it and so did we. Einar was a great guide and he made the trip as great as it was with his fun personality and humor (and his choice of music while driving). I would recommend this trip to anyone, and if you can, I would ask to have Einar as a guide!!

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Ultimate 10 Day Adventure | Highlands in Winter & Ice Caves

4.9 average rating | 12 reviews

Ultimate 10 Day Adventure | Highlands in Winter & Ice Caves

This was an awesome tour. However, the weather doesn't always cooperate and the Landmannalauger tour was cancelled due to storm conditions. Also, we couldn't reach parts of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula due to the weather and we were on Plan X as our guide made sure that we still got to see some pretty awesome things on the tour in place of the things we were missing. We hiked to the top of a crater - it was so windy we thought we would blow off but that was the highlight of the trip for my son. Embla, our travel agent, was great at getting us alternate tours and finding us a hotel room in Reykjavik when the Landmannalauger tour was canceled. Even though we were so bummed it was canceled we knew that that is to be expected with winter weather in Iceland and you just have to go with the flow. I know that Guide to Iceland is just arranging tours for us with other tour companies, which we could have done on our own, but I was sooooo glad we went through Guide to Iceland. We were notified by email that our Landmannalauger tour (scheduled for the following day) was canceled due to weather when we stopped for lunch and had access to wifi. I then forwarded the email to Embla right away. After that we had cell reception and wifi maybe only 10 minutes for the rest of the day until we got back to our hotel at 8pm. If we had booked our tours ourselves, we would have gotten back to our hotel and would have had to find hotel rooms for the following two nights on our own. It was a good feeling knowing I didn't have to worry about it because Embla was taking care of it while we didn't have cell/wifi service. We were still able to do a one day Golden Circle/Snowmobile tour and a one day South Iceland ATV tour of black beach (that was my favorite part of the trip). The ice cave and the snowmobile tours were extremely crowded. I actually enjoyed Snæfellsnes Peninsula a lot because it was very quiet and not crowded. We didn't see one other tour bus while we were up there. All in all a fabulous vacation and I will definitely be back to Iceland. I highly recommend Guide to Iceland.

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Ultimate 10 Day Adventure | Highlands in Winter & Ice Caves

4.9 average rating | 12 reviews

Ultimate 10 Day Adventure | Highlands in Winter & Ice Caves

Bonjour à tous, Nous avons réservé ce voyage très à l'avance, environ 8 à 9 mois. Le jour J est arrivé et nous avons à fond profité de ce voyage juste extraordinaire. Durant ces quelques jours en Islande, nous avons eu pas mal de malchance. Beaucoup de séjours annulés à cause du temps. Cependant, GuideToIceland a été au TOP ! Notre agent a su tout de suite rebondir sur ces événements et nous trouver des alternatives plus que satisfaisantes. Et oui, on a goûté aux météos Nordique :D Enfin voilà, un très grand merci à cette agence de voyage que l'on recommande fortement ! Professionnel et honnête sont les deux mots qui qualifierait selon nous le mieux GuideToIceland!!

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Affordable Golden Circle & Snowmobiling ​Day Tour

4.6 average rating | 41 reviews

Affordable Golden Circle & Snowmobiling ​Day Tour

If you want to feel alive go to Iceland. If you REALLY want to feel alive go snowmobiling. This was one of the best days of my life. Surrounded by the most stunning landscape and the most lovely people we embarked on this trip. From the very start Hushen (our guide for the day) was so helpful, his gentle tones telling you bits of information about what was going on, what to expect and general facts about Iceland and living there. Enough time was given at each stop but don't dally as its quite a tight schedule. Even though the Gysers weren't popping when we went past they manged to get some time to see them on the way back so nothing was missed. As for the Snowmobiling, I have never had so much fun on a Glacier, lots of snow (in fact a whiteout) but safety was ensured at all times. What a wonderful day! Then on the way back they asked where you needed to be and dropped you off at the front door, no problem was to big or small for them to fix. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone. Put it on your bucket list. Brilliant.

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Affordable Golden Circle & Snowmobiling ​Day Tour

4.6 average rating | 41 reviews

Affordable Golden Circle & Snowmobiling ​Day Tour

Had a great time on tour. Driver was pleasant and knowledgeable of Iceland. Snowmobile guides were very professional and fun to be around. I def recommend this tour

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Snowmobile Adventure at Langjokull Glacier

4.8 average rating | 16 reviews

Snowmobile Adventure at Langjokull Glacier

This was the most amazing experience! Thrilling and exhilarating - the perfect way to spend my 40th Birthday! Right from the start in the Monster Tour bus, up into the Highlands and then on to the Snow Mobiles. We were lucky enough to have our own guide due to a large group that had come together. Our guide was really lovely, gave us some great info on the Glaciers and Iceland and clearly loves what he does too. Highly recommend.

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Snowmobile Tour on Vatnajokull Glacier

4.7 average rating | 14 reviews

Snowmobile Tour on Vatnajokull Glacier

The best tour I had in Iceland. This is my first time driving a skidoo and I love it. The scenery on the glacier is great, even though we came from Canada and saw those white staff a lot in our winter :) The tour guides are great too.

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Snowmobile Tour on Vatnajokull Glacier

4.7 average rating | 14 reviews

Snowmobile Tour on Vatnajokull Glacier

It was a wonderful experience

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Great weather and experience!

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Affordable Golden Circle & Snowmobiling ​Day Tour

4.6 average rating | 41 reviews

Affordable Golden Circle & Snowmobiling ​Day Tour

Perfect

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Snowmobile Tour on Vatnajokull Glacier

4.7 average rating | 14 reviews

Snowmobile Tour on Vatnajokull Glacier

Fantastic time with these guys.

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Affordable Golden Circle & Snowmobiling ​Day Tour

4.6 average rating | 41 reviews

Affordable Golden Circle & Snowmobiling ​Day Tour

It was an extraordinary experience. Everyone visits Iceland should join this tour. It will take you to a whole new level when travelling in Iceland. Our tour guide, John is the best guide and never let you down. The arrangement was good that allow us to have a good time in Iceland. TRUST ME! Join it WITHOUT hesitation.

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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.

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