Into the glacier
SEE THE GLACIER! STAND ON THE GLACIER! GO INTO THE GLACIER!
“An unforgettable opportunity to explore the magical and mysterious netherworld of Langjökull glacier, as well as see some beautiful Icelandic nature.”
We depart early from Reykjavík city and get the crisp morning view of our destination, the Langjökull Glacier. Langjökull is 953 sq/km, making it the second-largest glacier in the country.
Step onboard our all new bus fleet, equipped with computer tablets in each seat. On the tablets, you can use our GPS Sensitive In Bus Audio Guide, available in 10 languages: English, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Japanese, Korean, Chinese (Mandarin) and German. So if you wish to know interesting facts about Iceland and the places you will visit on the tour in a language you are comfortable, that is very possible. Onboard there is also an English speaking host ready to answer further questions you may have about the tour and the area.
You soon discover that in Iceland everything is possible – before you know it you find yourself standing on top of a vast ice-cap, ready to descend into the glacier and explore its icy netherworld.
To get to the Ice Cave we ride in a huge specially-modified truck. The Ice Tunnel and Cave are man-made and located high up in a remote area of the glacier in the very heart of Iceland. Your guide will explain to you how global warming has now started to impact on the glacial environment.
Your Ice Cave guide will then take you on an amazing journey, deep within the glacier where you can see the stunning blue-hued ice. The glacier is in constant motion and here we can literally see that movement first hand.
Until very recently what lay beneath the surface of Langjökull was a mystery. Sometimes with vision and determination, bold ideas can become a reality. The realization of this seemingly crazy notion of boring an ice tunnel deep into the glacier only became possible through the combined efforts of the country´s top engineers and geophysicists. The temperature inside the glacier is usually around zero degrees Celsius or 32 Fahrenheit.
Back on the surface, we jump aboard the welcome warmth of the glacier truck. We eat lunch at the stunning Hotel Húsafell and then we continue our tour of the Borgarfjörður valley. We get to see Hraunfossar, a beautiful lava waterfall almost a mile long gushing through a wall of lava.
- You will be traveling in a coach that holds approximately 40-65 people, but is very spacious and comfortable. It is featured with lavatory facilities as standard. The bus offers free wifi and USB charging ports.
- Lunch is not included, but we will stop at Húsafell where you will have a chance to buy food and drinks and use the restrooms if needed. You will have a chance to eat at the Húsafell Bistro after exiting the ice cave.
- Teenagers (12-15 years) 50% discount. Children (0-11 years) free
- Available all year round (depending on weather)
- There is no minimum number of participants and no age limit for this tour
- Bring with you: Dress according to weather. In Iceland it is always wise to dress in warm, waterproof clothes. Weather changes can be sudden so expect the unexpected. Bring a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good outdoor shoes are recommended.
- Duration: 10-11 hours
Please show up at our Reykjavik Terminal (located at Skógarhlíð 10) 15 minutes prior to the departure time. We kindly ask you to be ready at your pick up point with your voucher, either in digital or printed form. If you have booked a hotel pickup with Smartbus™, please be at your chosen pickup location 30 minutes before the departure of the tour. Look for the Green Smartbus™ which will be outside your accommodation at within the 30 minutes of pickup.
- Day trip from Reykjavik to the unique Langjökull Glacier
- 1 hour guided Ice Cave tour with necessary safety equipment
- Knowledgeable local guide
- Tour in a specially modified glacier vehicle on Langjökull Glacier.
- Waterproof one-piece suite and boots if needed. Provided by the Into the Glacier team.
Terms and conditions
FRIENDLY CANCELLATION & REFUND POLICY
Full refund if canceled due to weather. Cancellation fee can be withheld if canceled with short notice.
- 1-day notice: 100% charge
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
Dress according to the weather. In Iceland, it is always wise to dress in warm, waterproof clothes. Weather changes can sudden so expect the unexpected. Bring a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good outdoor shoes are recommended.
In-Bus-Audio-Guide: We recommend that you bring your own headphones, simply because they will fit you best. It is also great for the environment. If you don’t have your headphones, with you or forgot to bring them, no worries we sell earphones on board.
- Langjökull Glacier is the second biggest glacier in Iceland after Vatnajökull Glacier. Langjökull is the home of the unique glacier cave and a paradise for snowmobile and super-jeep lovers. Langjökull (Icelandic for “long glacier”) is the second-largest ice cap in Iceland (953 km2), after Vatnajökull.
- Ice Cave of Langjökull is an ice tunnel and the caves are located high on Europe‘s second-largest glacier, Langjökull. You will get an amazing opportunity to explore the glacier and see it from the inside.
- Húsafell is a farm and church estate. It is the innermost farm in Borgarfjörður, not far from Reykholt. Húsafell is a hub of various types of tourist visiting, with a swimming pool, golf course, a multitude of lakes. This is where we will have our lunch break.
- Hraunfossar & Barnafoss waterfalls where crystal clear water emerges from the volcanic rock lava field and falls down into Hvitá (white river)
Tours depart from the Reykjavik Terminal located at Skógarhlíð 10. Please be sure to arrive 15 minutes prior to departure along with a printed or digital copy of your ticket/voucher.
If you have booked a hotel pick up with SmartBus™, please be at your chosen pickup location 30 minutes before the departure of the tour. Look for the Green SmartBus™ which will be outside your accommodation within the 30 minutes of pickup.
At Húsafell, the Into the Glacier team will transfer you to their base camp and then up and into the ice cave with one of their massive off-road vehicles. These were previously NATO missile launchers which have been repurposed as transport vehicles. The Into the Glacier team also has one-piece waterproof suites that you can borrow for the duration of the ice cave tour.
Ice Cave of Langjökull
After getting into one of the large off-road vehicles necessary for driving on the snow and ice on the glacier, you will head up to the entrance of the Ice Cave. This is a short 35-45 minute ride to the top of the glacier, from which you will descend into the ice cave to witness the wonders of Iceland’s second-largest glacier from the inside. Once you arrive at the entrance to the ice cave, you will walk down into the man-made glacial cave and spend about 1 hour walking around the 500-meter cave.
After returning down from the glacier cave, it will be time to have lunch at the Húsafell Bistro. They have a delectable buffet with various salads options, traditional Icelandic meat soup, vegetable soup, and all you can eat pizza. The perfect place to warm up and enjoy a nice lunch after enjoying the Langjökull Ice Cave.
Hraunfossar & Barnafoss
After a short lunch at Húsafell, you will have an option to head to these two waterfalls, a site that is not to be missed. Crystal clear water emerges from the volcanic rock lava field and falls down into Hvitá (white river), a beautiful turquoise glacial river steaming from the Langjökull glacier. Although these two waterfalls cannot compete with Gullfoss for size, their beauty and uniqueness are sure not to disappoint. This will be the last stop before returning to Reykjavik.