Join us on a West Iceland tour. Еxplore Langjokull Glacier, the second-largest ice cap in the country, along with its hidden ice cave.
Duration: 12 hours
Departs From: Reykjavik
Group maximum: 1:19
Available: June - May
Age limit: No limit
- Langjokull Glacier
- Sturlureykir Horse Farm
- Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
- Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls
- Pick-up & Drop off in Reykjavík
- Guided Tour in a Minibus
- English Speaking Tour Guide
- Tour of the Borgarfjörður Area
- Into The Glacier Ice Cave Tour
- Free WiFi on Board Your Bus
Bring with you:
Sturdy shoes and warm socks. Warm clothing and waterproof outer layers. Hat and gloves. Sunglasses and a camera.
What to Wear:
Regardless of the season, you should always wear warm layers and have an extra layer of insulation in your backpack in case it gets cold. Good hiking shoes are essential when hiking on Icelandic terrain. Some clothing items are available to rent during the booking process.
Pickup and Drop-Off:
Pickup starts at 9:00 a.m. We return to Reykjavik at approximately 8 p.m.
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Your tour along West Iceland will begin when we pick you up from Reykjavik. The pickup starts at 9:00 a.m., so be ready at your chosen location ahead of time. Pickup can last up to half an hour, so your patience is greatly appreciated!
Driving Through Borgarfjörður
Once everyone is on board the minibus, we’ll head towards Borgarfjörður. This fjord in western Iceland has been inhabited since Iceland was first settled. Many Icelandic Viking Sagas take place on the fjord and it was also home to Egill Skallagrímsson, a famous poet and farmer who lived there from 904 to 995 CE.
Deildartunguhver - Europe’s Most Powerful Hot Spring
The first stop on our West Iceland tour is Deildartunguhver. Deildartunguhver is Europe’s most powerful hot spring, producing over 40 gallons (180 liters) of 212 °F (100°C) water per second. The hot water from the hot spring is used to heat the nearby towns of Akranes and Borgarnes. The pipe leading to Akranes is almost 39mi (64 km) long, the longest in Iceland. If you’ve taken a shower within a 40 mi (65 km) radius, the water came definitely from Deildartunguhver Hot Spring!
The area surrounding the hot spring is dotted with tiny steaming hot springs and lush vegetation. A wooden path will safely lead you through the yellow and green moss fields straight to the best spots. Make sure you have your camera ready to shoot some amazing pictures!
Sturlureykir Horse Farm
Next we continue toward Sturlureykir horse farm. The farm is famous for breeding world-class horses and is loved by locals and travelers alike. Here horse lovers can pet, feed, and take pictures with horses. You can also rent them for a jaunt in the surrounding areas.
The farm where horses reside was the first farm in Iceland to use hot spring water for heating. The hot spring is also used to bake famous Icelandic underground-baked rye bread called Rúgbrauð.
Hraunfossar and Barnafossar
After an hour’s visit to the farm, we’ll continue our trip to Hraunfossar and Barnafossar Waterfalls. Hraunfossar Waterfall was formed during a volcanic eruption under Langjokull Glacier. The water drops down a lava wall, which is a part of Hallmundarhraun Lava Field. Streaming through the porous lava rocks, the waterfall stretches almost 2952 ft (900 m) in width.
Not far away you’ll find Barnafossar Waterfall. Fed by Hvita River, the waterfall also flows out of a lava field. Local legend has it that two mischievous boys drowned in the waterfall as they tried to cross it.
After snapping a few pictures of the waterfalls, we’ll head for lunch.
The second half of our day takes place under Iceland’s second-largest ice cap. This ice cave tour in Iceland leads you through a man-made ice cave. It lies in the depths of Langjokull Glacier and takes you through glacial tunnels made up of 500-year-old ice and snow. The Into The Glacier Ice Cave Tour will take about an hour, during which you’ll explore different layers of glaciers, learn about the history and formation of Iceland’s ice caps, and take breathtaking photos.
If you’re traveling during the winter season, you have a high chance of spotting the Northern Lights on our way back to Reykjavik. We’ll return to the capital around 8 p.m.
Map - (click to enlarge)
We reserve the right to change the itinerary and the mode of transport or cancel the tour, according to weather or road conditions, or circumstances beyond our control.
Please note that the duration of the tours may vary according to weather and road conditions.