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Glacier Ride – Snowmobiling on Langjokull Glacier

Snowmobiling adventure tour on the Langjökull glacier with express transfer from Reykjavík.

Trip level: 2 (out of 5) easy
Guaranteed departures: from Reykjavik, Wednesdays and Saturdays between 12.00 and 12.30, 15 May-11 September; from Gullfoss upper car park daily at 12:30
Duration: 7-8 hours
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Driving a snowmobile is exhilarating and great fun. With accelerator and brake but no gears, snowmobiles (also known as snowscooters) are easy to drive. All you need is a driver's licence and a sense of adventure - the snow, views and thrills are courtesy of Iceland!

It's hard to imagine a more exciting place for a snowmobile excursion and glacier tour. Set at the western edge of the uninhabited highlands, 50 km long Langjökull is Iceland’s second biggest glacier, covering an area of 953 km². Up to 600 m thick, its white dome rises to 1450 m above sea level. That's a lot of ice! What's more the smooth surface and gentle slopes make it idea for snowmobiling. The glacier is most easily accessed just north of Geysir and Gullfoss, so you can easily combine your snowscooter adventure with the natural wonders of the Golden Circle route.

Departing from Reykjavík you'll head straight for Langjökull. There will be short stops at the rafting base camp and Gullfoss waterfall before climbing to the highland plateau, where a rough track leads to the edge of the ice.

Arriving at our mobile glacier base camp you'll be kitted out with a snow suit, waterproof boots, gloves and helmet. The specially trained glacier guides will do a safety briefing and instruct you on how to drive a snowmobile, which isn't difficult, but a few handy tips will help. Then it's time to rev up and set off with the guide for a thrilling one-hour tour on the ice. If you're lucky with the weather, the views from the flanks of Langjökull are quite staggering. Steep Eiríksjökull glacier, rises to the west, while the dome shaped Hofsjökull glacier and rugged Kerlingafjöll mountains are ranged to the east. The Glacier Ride is a scenic and fun glacier tour, easily available from Reykjavík every day during summer.

If you are staying at one of the many hotels and guesthouses in the city centre then your pick up for your tour will be at 12:00 from our outdoor shop “Cintamani Center” at Laugavegur 11. The shop is located in the heart of the old city centre.

Price includes: transportation between Reykjavik OR Gullfoss and Langjokull, protective clothing and insulated shoe/ boot cover, one hour of snowmobiling on the Langjökull Glacier based on two persons sharing a snowmobile.
Optional Supplement: for sole use of snowmobile add 4.000 ISK per person.
Minimum number: 2 persons
Age limit: 8 years as a passenger on the snowmobile. Children 8-12 years old get 50% discount.
Please bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing. We provide all the necessary equipment, including snow suit, insulated shoe/boot covers, gloves and helmet.
Special skills required: Anyone driving the snowmobile must have a valid driving licence with them. No prior knowledge of the sport is required.
Not included: Refreshments

IMPORTANT NOTE: all glacier trips are dependent on weather and glacier condtions.

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If you are driving yourself you have to be at Gullfoss Waterfall upper car park park 15 min before your departure time (either at 9:30 or 14:30 depending on your booking) to meet your guide for the tour. Driving from Reykjavík takes around 90-110 min to Gullfoss, driving non stop at the maximum speed rate of 90 km per hour. If you intend to visit the Golden Circle with all its amazing sites before meeting your guide at 14:30 at Gullfoss, you will have leave Reykjavík no later then 9:00 AM. 
Price: 21.990 ISK per person from Gullfoss (See directions below)

Express Route: drive road no. 1 east from Reykjavík (towards Hveragerdi). Once you are passed Hveragerdi take a left turn just before the town of Selfoss and drive up road no. 35 (direction Geysir). Drive road no. 35 for approx. 50 min until you reach the intersection of road no. 35 and road no. 37. Turn right here and keep driving on road no. 35. Continue past Geysir hot springs for a further 10 minutes until you arrive at Gullfoss. Ignore the first turning to the falls lower car park and continue for a futher 200m to the upper car park, cafeteria and souvenir shop.

Golden Circle Route: drive road no. 1 north from Reykjavík. Just outside Mosfellsbær suburb turn right on road no. 36 (direction Thingvellir). Drive to Thingvellir National Park and make a sight seeing stop there. From Thingvellir keep driving road no. 36 for 10 minutes, then turn left up road no. 365 (direction Laugavatn). Drive for 25 minutes until the junction at the lakeside village of Laugavatn, where you turn left onto road no. 37. Drive for 25 minutes until you reach Geysir hot springs and stop there for sightseeing. Continue past Geysir hot springs for a further 10 minutes until you arrive at Gullfoss. Ignore the first turning to the falls lower car park and continue for a futher 200m to the upper car park, cafeteria and souvenir shop.

All glacier and adventure trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to there own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realise that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.