Day tour from Reykjavik to visit the man-made ice tunnel in Langjökull glacier and spectacular sites.
This mesmerizing tour into a man-made Langjökull ice cave will put you in touch with the heartbeat of the glacier. See lava fields, Hvalfjörður, hot springs and incredible waterfalls, then take off in the Monster Glacier Truck for an incredible magic carpet ride to the ice tunnel near the peak of Langjökull glacier. Langjökull is the second largest glacier in Iceland and a real glacier wonderland. This tour will keep you busy exploring some of Iceland’s absolute highlights from day to night!
This tour puts the Ice in Iceland, literally. Our Ice Cave tour takes glacier exploration to a whole new level.
We will depart from Reykjavik and take you to Europe’s second largest glacier, Langjökull. This man made ice cave is Iceland’s newest attraction and your chance to venture into a world of glacial ice!
This tour really will take you into the magical wonderland of the glacier; but first some amazing sightseeing. We head out to Hvalfjörður, a scenic fjord surrounded by mountain peaks, the name means ‘whale fjord’. There is much to see around the area, we will visit a farm, Sturlueyki, before going to Deildatunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. You will also see the incredible Hraunfossar waterfalls, many thousands of rivulets emerge, literally through the lava of the Hallmundarhraun lava field. Hraunfossar means ‘Lava Falls’, we check out some stunning lava formations in the area. Another stunning waterfall will be visited named Barnafossar. Next we will be stopping at the village of Reykholt to see Snorralaug, the hot spring pool where the lawyer, historian and saga writer, Snorri Sturluson bathed.
After a lunch at a café in the picturesque area of Husafell it is onwards to Langjökull, the second largest glacier in Iceland. At the edge of Langjökull you will step aboard our ice terrain vehicle, the Monster Truck. The huge windows give fabulous views as you travel softly over the ice to the man-made Ice Cave close to the pinnacle of the glacier. It feels like a magic carpet ride on the roof of the world. There are incredible ice formations, deep moulins delving into the ice, ice layers, and great labyrinths of sharp crevasses. You will get about 50 minutes to explore the features of the ever-changing and always moving glacier.
Into the glacier – although the ice cave is man-made there are always changes fashioned by nature. Inside you will see natural ice formations which are evolving and also much older ice, learning how snow has amalgamated into layers of ice is fascinating. Deep inside Langjökull´s 953 km2 of ice you get a snapshot of how the glacier developed and various kinds of ice and snow.
The journey back will take you through some Highland scenery including volcanoes, mountains, black sand deserts, and glaciers. You return to Reykjavík at around 20:00 in the evening – the weather in Iceland can influence schedules and close some highland routes.
During wintertime some of the roads are closed and therefore we will need to go the same way back (not the full circle). There on you guide will take you to the most likely location to spot the Northern Lights that evening. The guides take the weather forecast and their experience into account when deciding on which area to visit. Hopefully, we will find them but remember that the Northern Lights are natural phenomena so unfortunately, we cannot guarantee a sight.
After a full day and evening of adventures, we will drop you off in the city.
Remember to bring: Warm clothes, including a waterproof / warm coat and suitable footwear (even in summer).
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