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Snowmobile Tours in Iceland

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One of the most popular activities in Iceland: Glacier Snowmobiling. We offer tours with pickup in Reykjavik, and meet-on-location tours for those who have a car. Don't miss out on this glacier adventure during your stay in Iceland.

Snowmobile Day Tours from Reykjavik

Join us on exciting adventure day tours from Reykjavik. Include the Golden Circle, Ice Caving or other activities.

Golden Circle & Snowmobile Tours

From Reykjavik, visit the popular Golden Circle attractions including Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir hot springs. Snowmobile on Langjokull, the second largest glacier in Iceland.

Snowmobile Tours from Gullfoss & the Base

Self-driver? Meet us at Gullfoss Café on the Golden Circle. Snowmobiling is an exciting and thrilling add-on to your Golden Circle sightseeing day. In the summer, you can also meet us directly at our base camp on Langjokull glacier.

Snowmobiling Tours in the South of Iceland

Snowmobiling tours in the south of Iceland including on Eyjafjallajokull glacier, Myrdalsjokull glacier and Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajokull.

A Guide to Snowmobiling in Iceland

Iceland’s immense natural beauty and wintry wilderness are unparalleled and absolutely magical. It is the ultimate travel destination for adventurous souls! These captivating landscapes along with the rugged and varied terrains offer unlimited options for exciting outdoor activities.

Snowmobiling is the best way to connect with Iceland's innermost arctic soul. Gliding through the endless snowfields with a roaring engine between your legs could easily be one of the most amazing adventures you have ever had!

Why is Iceland the Best Place to Go Snowmobiling?

Iceland is among the very few places in the world where you can experience the thrill of snowmobiling on the surface of a glacier. Moreover, you can do this on top of active volcanoes, as most of them are covered by glacial ice. Imagine the feeling of speeding over a glacial ice sheet that is hundreds of meters thick hiding a rumbling volcano beneath its surface! This is something you can only experience in Iceland!

Thanks to the abundance of glaciers, snowmobiling is available year-round in Iceland. It is equally awesome during summer and winter. What adds even more to the fun is that the most popular snowmobiling area on Iceland’s second-largest glacier, Lagjökull, is located a mere two-hour drive from the capital.

Moreover, it also lies close to the most beloved tourist attractions. This ultimate snowmobile base camp is found a half an hour from the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall, the superstar of the famous Golden Circle Route.

Snowmobiling in Iceland

What is a Snowmobile?

This may not be so obvious for everyone. If you are from a country that rarely has snow and does not have snow-capped mountains, you may have never heard of these vehicles.

Snowmobiles - also known as motor sleds, motor sledges, or snow machines - are defined as all-terrain vehicles (ATVs). They are specially designed for traveling on ice and snow. Instead of wheels, they have rubber tracks and are steered with skis. The machines are powered by four-stroke engines and can reach up to 150 km/h (93 mph). The normal - and safe - maximum speed on to reach on a glacier is 70 km/h (43 mph). Believe us, that is more than enough.

Riding a snowmobile feels similar to riding a quad bike (four-wheeler) or motorcycle on snow, but is even more fun! It is no wonder why people who live in snowy areas are so obsessed with these beautiful beasts. Snowmobiling is an amazingly popular hobby and recreational sport in northern countries!

Facing the white wilderness

Facing the white wilderness

The Snowmobile Culture of Iceland

Iceland is one of the many countries where snowmobiles are an important part of people's lives. We have long winters, wide frozen plateaus, and a great number of glaciers that cover an amazing 11 percent of the total land area.

Many locals own snowmobiles and use them for recreational purposes. They even have their own slang! Snowmobilers call each other sledheads and refer to their vehicles as snow scooters, while snowmobiling is often shortened to ‘biling. When winter comes, these crazy sledders bite their nails while they wait for the snow to be deep enough for a ride!

Snowmobiles also play a major role in the work of the search and rescue teams. Iceland has more than a hundred rescue teams all over the country with thousands of volunteers. The ground units own a number of snowmobiles that save many lives and help to resolve innumerable dangerous situations.

Snowmobiling in Vatnajökull glacier

Snowmobiling in Vatnajökull glacier

The Evolution of the Snowmobile

The first ever snow vehicle was invented by French Canadian Joseph-Armand Bombardier in 1916. He created a huge machine that was able to carry up to seven passengers. A few decades later, he came out with the much smaller version of the vehicle that had only two seats which people started to use for outdoor activities.

The development of the snowmobile has been quite impressive since then. The first two-seater snowmobiles had large, heavy two-stroke combustions engines. Today those have evolved into much smaller and lighter four-stroke engines. The early models had only 10 horsepower, while snowmobiles today can have as much as 200 horsepower. The rubber tracks of the original have been replaced by a special Kevlar composite.

In the beginning, snowmobiles were mainly used for cross-country transportation and practical purposes. Today, recreational snowmobiling has grown into a popular winter sport with a huge market. Hobby snowmobiles are sometimes modified and are even used for off-road racing.

The Best Place to Go Snowmobiling in Iceland

Snowmobiling is great anywhere. But Iceland offers the best opportunities for amazingly scenic rides over the country’s thrilling glaciers. Discover the wild and pure glacial terrain on the top of an ice caps that is a thousand years old and hundreds of meters thick. Feel the adrenaline pumping through your blood vessels while riding across a glacier.

Snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier

At 953 km2 (592 sq. miles), Langjokull glacier is the second-largest icecap in Iceland. Its name translates to “long glacier,” in reference to its shape. This is the glacier that is closest to Reykjavík, located within a 2-hour drive of the capital. Langjökull hides several volcanic systems under its 580-meter (1,902 foot) thick ice shield. However, there have been no eruptions for hundreds of years.

This glacier is relatively flat and is covered by snow, making it the ultimate playground for sledheads all year round!

Thanks to its exceptionally fortunate location, going on a snowmobile tour here can be easily combined with an ice cave visit or a sightseeing tour to Iceland's most amazing natural attractions. All of this within a single day!

Snowmobiler in an Ice cave inside Langjökull glacier

Snowmobiler in an Ice cave inside Langjökull glacier

Snowmobiling on Vatnajökull Glacier

With an area of 8,100 km2 (3,100 sq. mi), Vatnajökull, the “water glacier,” is by far the largest glacier in Iceland and also one of the largest ice caps in all of Europe. This giant white patch is easily visible from space as it covers 8 percent of Iceland’s land area.

Vatnajökull is home to Iceland's highest peak, the 2,110-meter (6,920 foot) tall Hvannadalshjukur. The ice sheet is 400 meters (1,300 feet) thick on average with a maximum thickness of 1,000 meters (3,300 feet). A number of volcanoes are hidden under its ice cap, the last eruption having taken place in 2014. Vatnajökull is definitely an ultimate must-visit place for everyone. Snowmobiling on top of it deserves to earn the first place slot on any adrenaline junkie’s bucket list!

Snowmobiling on Langjökull glacier

Snowmobiling on Langjökull glacier

The Best and Cheapest Snowmobile Tour Options

Landmannalaugar: Multi-day Snowmobiling and Northern Lights Tour

For the dedicated adventurer who wants the best possible experience, we highly recommended going on a multi-day snowmobile tour. On this winter tour, snowmobilers will travel through breathtaking landscapes into the very heart of the country. In the middle of the uninhabited Icelandic Highlands, they will sleep in mountain huts and bathe in natural hot springs while admiring the Northern Lights. After leaving the deserted tundra behind, snowmobilers will jump into a Super Jeep to visit the most spectacular sights along Iceland’s famous Golden Circle Route. This tour could be easily named the best snowmobile tour in Iceland!

Eyjafjallajökull and Vatnajökull Snowmobile Tours

Why not ride a snowmobile over a volcano that erupted just a few years ago, disrupting the air traffic of all of Europe? For those with a crazy bucket list full of insane items to cross off, an Eyjafjallajökull snowmobile ride will surely have a place at the top!

If you are a maximalist, Vatnajökull is the tour for you. Go snowmobiling in Europe’s largest ice cap, in its largest national park, underneath Iceland’s tallest mountain, on top of volcanoes, and on an ice sheet that ranges from hundreds to thousands of meters thick. Vatnajökull is the ultimate superstar of Icelandic glaciers!

Snowmobile Day Tours: Ice Cave, the Golden Circle Route, and Northern Lights

For those who have time limitations and are looking for half-day or one-day trips, the best choice is to combine a snowmobile adventure on Langjökull with another thrilling natural attraction, of which there are countless in the Langjökull area. This could be a spectacular blue ice cave, an erupting geyser, a giant waterfall, or a fissure between the continents, just to mention a few attractions that can be found on the famous Golden Circle Route. Beginning in September, the magical Northern Lights can be a highlight of your tour.

The Cheapest Snowmobile Tours

The quickest and cheapest way to go snowmobiling in Iceland is available for those who have a car and drive themselves around Iceland. You can meet the tour operators at the Gullfoss café or directly in the base camp. Note that to get to the base camp by yourself, you will need to have a 4X4 car that is permitted to be driven on F-roads (unpaved mountain roads). If you do not have this kind of car, choose the Gullfoss pickup.

Snowmobiling on Eyjafjallajökull glacier

Snowmobiling on Eyjafjallajökull glacier

What a Snowmobiling Tour Is Like

Depending on which tour you book, you will either be picked up near your hotel in Reykjavík or you will meet your guide at the location. If you chose a tour with pick up, it is most likely that a large Superjeep will take you to the glacier basecamp.

Here, you will be geared up with all of the necessary equipment. Hood, helmet, safety glasses, warm overalls, and gloves are provided. We strongly recommend wearing warm clothing that is not too tight, not too thick, but comfortable.

When you are all geared up, you will walk outside into the snow where your machine and your guide await you for safety training. First-timers will be given a driving lesson about how to operate a snowmobile. You do not need to have any experience with snowmobiles. It is enough to have a valid driving license and more than one year of driving practice. Operating a snowmobile is pretty straightforward: right-hand throttle and left-hand brake.

Safety is never to be taken lightly. You must wear your helmet at all times and keep a safe distance between yourself and the other drivers’ vehicles. The snowmobiles must drive in single file lane during the tour. Since the surface you are driving on is a glacier, it is important to not leave the line.

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