Glacier Wonderland & Northern Lights - EI25
Enter the famous ice tunnels & look for the dancing lights
This is an adventure you shouldn‘t miss – to explore inside another world, inside the core of Langjokull glacier with your own eyes, a 2500 years old, second largest ice cap in Iceland. We will be transported in a monster truck up to the tunnel‘s entrance which is at 1200 m above sea level. On our way there, we will make many stops at interesting places, for instance at historical and geothermal areas.
Operated in a minibus
Small groups and personal service
29 900 ISK per adult
Teenagers (8-15): 50% off
Age limit: 8 years
Duration: ~ 12 hours
Pickup time: 11:00 - 11:30
Available: Oct - Apr
Max group size: 18 persons
Deildartunguhver & Reykholt geothermal area
Monster truck ride
Inside the tunnels
Northern lights search
Glacier Wonderland - Summer: is available at 9:00 from 15th Apr - 30th Sep, click here.
Included: Reykjavik hotel pick up, guided minibus tour, transport on the glacier by Monster Glacier Truck, guided tour in the ice tunnel and a northern lights tour.
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). Spikes which fit over your shoes to give extra grip on ice.
Map of the route: See here below, or click here.
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Note: Due to weather and limited daylight during winter time the itinerary can vary between days. Our guides evaluate circumstances and take the best informed decision possible. During winter our return trip will be the same as on our way there, due to road conditions in the highland over winter season.
The journey takes us up on the glacier, away from everything else. Here, Iceland is definitely the appropriate name for this island. This trip is probably the closest you get to experiencing the Ice Age!
We leave Reykjavik and head on to Hvalfjordur ( e. Whale fjord), which got the name from all the whales relaxing in it. It is 30 km long and was once a part of the ring road, but since 1998, when the tunnels were built, it has been a lot more quiet around there.
Driving to the glacier
On our way up to the glacier we will make different stops. The places we will visit are Deildartunguhver, Reykholt and Snorralaug geothermal hot spots and historical sites and the waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. If we have more time we could also stop at Sturlureyki farm and the lava field Hallmundarhraun.
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Deildartunguhver our first stop, is a hot spring which spouts out about 180 litres of boiling water per second (fastest rate flow of European hot springs). The water is utilized for heating up the nearest towns, Borgarnes located 34 km away and Akranes, 64 km away.
Reykholt will be the second stop but the place is of great historical importance, Snorri Sturluson an author and medieval scholar lived there from 1206 – 1241. We will explore the ancient at the site including the medieval bathing pool Snorralaug, which is the oldest man-made structure in Iceland and one of the oldest pools on earth.
Next we will visit Hraunfossar, a series of beautiful waterfalls formed around the year 930. It happened due to rivulets streaming out of the lava field Hallmundarhraun and spread over about 900 metres. The name Hraunfossar translates into Lava waterfalls.
Just next to Hraunfossar we find another waterfall named Barnafoss (e. The waterfall of the children). Its name derives from a sad story; there was an accident said to have taken place there a long time ago. There was a natural bridge over the waterfall and two small children living on a nearby farm fell to their deaths crossing the river on the bridge. Afterwards their grieving mother had the bridge destroyed.
Ice Tunnel & Monster Truck
From Barnafoss we will head on to the glacier Langjokull – this lands second largest glacier, after Vatnajokull.
At the edge of the glacier we will bord the huge monster truck that will take us up all the way to the tunnel‘s entrance which is located really high on the glacier, almost at its peak. The tunnel is human made but designed so you can follow the formation of a glacier. From normal snow to glacial ice you can see the layers formed over time. It‘s magical to see. This sub-glacial level world of snow and ice, is buried deep inside the mighty 953 km2 glacier.
We will stay in the tunnel for about 50 minutes exploring them to the fullest, the crevasses, moulins (glacier mills), waterways, ice layers and spaces between them. This will give you first hand experience of the different types of snow and ice, and the process of the glacier evolving.
Northern Lights Tour
Many of the roads in the highland are closed during winter. Therefore we will need to go the same way back down to the main road. From there your guide will take you wherever there is the highest chance of catching the magical northern lights.They take the weather forecast and their experience into account when deciding on which way to go. Hopefully you will find them but note that the northern lights are a natural phenomena so unfortunately we can't turn them on as we would love to. Afterwards you will return back to your accommodation, and hopefully you enjoyed this legendary journey of cultural history and geological importance.
Read about important winter information
The following tours are great in combination with this tour, if you have more days to spare: