Glacier Wonderland - Into the Glacier - EI24
See the majestic world inside a glacier - Adventure day tour
Welcome to the glacier wonderland. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to see the majestic world inside the heart of Langjokull Glacier with your own eyes. This tour allows you to understand the meaning behind the name ICE-land, as you get to go inside of a glacier and witness 2500 years of ice sculpted by the hand of nature. A monster truck will transport you to the entrance of the ice tunnel. On the way to the glacier you also visit many beautiful sites, such as lava fields, hot springs, and waterfalls. This is the closest you can get to experiencing the Ice Age.
Operated in a minibus
Small groups and personal service
29 900 ISK per adult
Teenagers (8-15): 50% off
Age limit: 8 years
Duration: ~ 11 hours
Pickup time: 09:00 - 09:30
Available: Apr - Sept
Max group size: 18 persons
Glacier Wonderland - Winter: is available at 11:00 from 1st Oct - 15th Apr, click here.
Included: Reykjavik hotel pick up, guided minibus tour, transport on the glacier by Monster Glacier Truck, and guided tour in the ice tunnel.
Excluded: Lunch (we will stop at a diner / restaurant)
Bring with you: Warm clothes, hiking shoes, packed lunch (we will also stop at a diner / restaurant).
Map of the route: See here below, or click here.
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Note: The route of this tour varies from one season to another due to road conditions in the highlands. Every season has it´s own points of interest and your guide will inform you of the route we will take on the day of your tour.
We start the journey from Reykjavik and head towards the beautiful fjord Hvalfjordur. Hvalfjordur is directly translated into “Whale Fjord” and the fjord carries that name because of the large number of whales in the surrounding water.
Driving to the glacier
As we start heading towards the glacier, we make stops at a few great locations. Our first stop is at Sturlueyki, a farm located in a geothermal area. We also make stops at the hot spring Deildatunguhver and at Reykholt village where we visit Snorralaug Bathing Pool, and we stop.
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In 1907 Sturlureyki became the first house in Iceland to use geothermal steam for cooking and heating. Since then, many facilities in Iceland use natural steam, such as geothermally powered greenhouses.
We continue our trip to the hot spring Deildatunguhver. Deildatunguhver churns out 180 liters of boiling water per second (a rate of flow that tops all other European hot springs). Some of the water from the hot spring is used for heating purposes, and it is piped to nearby towns of Borgarnes and Akranes.
Next up is the remarkable historical site Reykholt. Reykholt used to be the home to the medieval scholar and author Snorri Sturluson, who lived there from 1206 until his assassination there in 1241. Reykholt is also home to the medieval bathing pool, Snorralaug. Snorralaug is the oldest man-made structure in Iceland, and one of the oldest pools on earth.
We continue our journey onto the stunning Hraunfossar Waterfalls. Hraunfossar is a series of waterfalls that stream over a distance of about 900 meters. Hraunfossar are in the lava field Hallmundarhraun, which was created with a volcanic eruption close to the year 930. Hraunfossar waterfalls pour into Hvita River from ledges of less porous rock in the lava.
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Literally a stone's throw upstream from Hraunfossar, is another waterfall called Barnafoss. Barnafoss directly translates into The Waterfall of the Children, and its name comes from an accident which is said to have taken place here in times gone by. But now we have a new and safer bridge over which we will walk to Hallmundarhraun lava field.
Hallmundarhraun lava field was formed by a giant eruption close to Langjokull glacier around the year 930. It is highly likely that the first Vikings settlers in the area, saw the molten lava flow during the formation of these giant lava caves. The Hallmundarhraun lava field covers over 242 sq. kilometers and has a volume of around 9 cubic kilometers. At over 52 km long it is one of the biggest lava fields on Earth (in historical times). It consists of several large tubes, amongst them are some of Iceland’s longest lava tubes.
We stop for lunch in the beautiful area of Husafell. Husafell is a lovely wooded lava area, with many summer houses all around. After lunch we visit one of the shattered collapsed lava pits of Hallmundarhraun. The lava here has both a more numerous and more sizable shatter rings than any other lava field on Earth.
Ice Tunnel & Monster Truck
From Hallmundarhraun we travel to Langjokull glacier – one of the largest glaciers on this planet. By the fringes of the glacier you board a huge monster truck that will take you up to the ice cave at almost the glacier’s peak – here you will enter another world inside the astounding depths of the glacier.
Exploring the inside of the ice tunnel gives you a rare opportunity to follow the formation of a glacier. Normal snow has formed into layers over time, these crusts of snow slowly amalgamate into glacial ice: imagine capturing a freeze frame of Mother Nature’s work. This sub-glacial level world of snow and ice is buried deep inside the mighty 953 km2 glacier.
We will spend around 50 minutes exploring the elaborate tunnels, crevasses, moulins (glacier mills), waterways, ice layers, and spaces between them. Traveling into the glacier gives you first-hand experience of the different types of snow and ice, and the process of the glacier evolving. It is truly a magnificent experience.
On the way back to Reykjavik, we get to see some of the best of what the highlands of Iceland have to offer. We will see glaciers, mountains, volcanoes, and black deserts. Our guide will drop you off at your accommodation, and hopefully you enjoyed this legendary journey of cultural history and geological importance.
About the return trip ...
As we return from the glacier, we travel along the Highland Track of Kaldidalur. Kaldidalur is an excellent example of the beautiful and barren Icelandic highlands; black deserts with summers so short that only the hardiest vegetation survives. Enjoy the stunning mountains and glaciers in every direction.
On our drive back to Reykjavik, we should have a great view encompassing Langjokull and Thorisjokull glaciers, the shield volcano “OK”, and Geitlandsjokull mountain. When we get closer to Thingvellir National Park we should see the shield volcano Skjaldbreidur, the original shield volcano which was formed in a huge eruption 9000 years ago. Skjaldbreidur directly translates to “Broad Shield” and it coined the name because of its resemblance to a Viking shield laying on the ground.
The following tours are great in combination with this tour, if you have more days to spare: