Glacier Snowmobiling from Gullfoss
PARTNER TOUR – HANDPICKED ESPECIALLY FOR YOU
All year round you can experience the thrill of speeding over the surface of the Langjökull glacier. The sensation cannot be described by words. You will simply have to try it yourself.
Just seeing a glacier is amazing. Imagine how much fun it is to actually get up onto it, touching the snow and then getting to ride a snowmobile over its surface! Super trucks are used to reach the glacier, which means this tour is available all seasons.
The tour leaves from the Gullfoss parking lot, so if you are an early riser this is the perfect add-on to your Golden Circle route. Just be sure to leave Reykjavík early enough to be able to enjoy all the highlights of the Golden circle and be on time for the scenic and fun snowmobiling tour.
If the combination of the Golden Circle and snowmobiling sounds good to you, but you don’t have a car, we also have guided minibus and super truck tours that take you to the Golden Circle before you go snowmobiling.
YOU HAVE TO
Have a valid driver’s licence to drive the snowmobile.
Be 8 years or older to ride in the back of the snowmobile.
Around 4 hours (1 hour snowmobiling)
Good hiking or winter boots.
Warm outdoor clothing.
One hour snowmobile ride.
2 persons per snowmobile.
Super truck from Gullfoss to the glacier.
About this tour
You meet this tour at the upper parking lot at the breathtaking Gullfoss waterfall (see more detailed driving instructions below). The tour starts at 12:30 and you have to be there at least 15 minutes earlier to meet with the guides. So, aim for no later than 12:15.
From there, the super jeep will take you up onto the Langjökull glacier, which is Iceland’s second largest glacier (the ice cap covers around 950 km²). That is a lot of snow! The views from Langjökull are incredible as it is rimmed in with other glaciers, volcanoes and mountain ranges.
At the mobile glacier base camp, you will be provided with the necessary snowmobile gear and your certified glacier guide will show you how to safely operate a snowmobile. Then your adventure begins as you get to ride the snowmobile over the endless white surface. The sensation is exhilarating and the hour you spend speeding on the glacier will pass quickly.
You have to have a valid driver’s license to drive the snowmobile. However, anyone eight years or older can ride as a passenger.
If you don’t want to share your snowmobile with anyone else and you want to have all the fun of driving it you can pay an extra fee for a single ride (by choosing participants – solo on a snowmobile).
Please note that If you are traveling solo you must book as a single rider. The same goes if you are a group of an odd number (3,5,7 etc), one person must book as a single rider.
Driving from Reykjavík to Gullfoss directly takes around 1.5 -2 hours; please make sure you calculate enough time for your drive.
If you intend to visit the Golden Circle with all its amazing sites before meeting your guide at 12:15 at Gullfoss, it’s recommended that you leave Reykjavík no later than 7:00 in the morning.
What to bring
You will get overalls, gloves, warm headwear and a helmet on site, but you will have to take care of the rest yourself. The most important item is good winter or hiking boots, as you will be treading on snow/ice (well, that’s what glaciers are made of, after all), so that you will not get wet and cold. Sunglasses are also a necessity since the sun reflects from the ice. You should also wear warm clothing (underneath the overall), thermals underwear and a warm sweater. It’s pretty cold on the glacier and you do not want to have the cold affect your experience.
Although your snowmobile ride is only about an hour, the whole tour takes up to four hours. Bringing lunch or snacks is therefore a good idea.
The Fine Print
- Cancellation received more than 48 hours prior to departure: 90% refund.
- Cancellation received less than 48 hours prior to departure will be charged full price.
A minimum of 48 hours’ notice of cancellation is required for a 90% refund. If cancellation is made after these time limits pass no refund is given. 10% of the price of your trip is non-refundable, this percentage reflects the cost of booking and preparing your trip.
All snowmobile trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. The tour operator does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking the trip stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.
A few words about the weather and conditions:
All adventure trips and outdoor activities are weather and condition dependent and the operator reserves the right to change your itinerary or cancel your trip with your safety in mind. Please keep in mind that Iceland is and will always be Iceland, the weather changes fast here in the north and with it conditions change. The guides are specially trained to deal with changing conditions and their number one priority is to make decisions with your safety in mind. Please be aware of this and respect your guides authority to do so. This is especially valid for winter travel in Iceland.
Alcohol and drugs:
Our partner reserves the right to refuse participation to clients they believe are under the influence of alcohol or drugs, in such circumstances, no refunds will be made. The guides reserve the right to refuse participation to any customer whose conduct or manner is likely to cause offense, upset or put other passengers in danger.
Suitable for most people in fair condition. You have to be able to walk on uneven surface and hike for at least 2 – 3 hours at a slow pace, with breaks. Trails are generally of good quality and glacier travel at a relatively low angle.
Suitable for those in good condition who are able to walk for about 4 hours at a low or moderate pace. Trails are generally of good quality and glacier travel at a relatively low angle.
For someone in good hiking condition and with experience of hiking. Trails generally in fair conditions but some parts of the tour might be off track. Glacier/snow travel can be on uneven ground with challenging sections. Increased distance. We recommend guests have the ability to cover 12km a day on rugged trails and snow.
For someone in very good hiking condition. Trails generally in fair conditions but large sections of the tour might be off track. Glacier/snow travel on uneven ground with some challenging sections.
Increased distance. We recommend guests have the ability to cover 20km a day on uneven trails and snow. A significant increase in elevation and some technical difficulty should be expected.
This tour is a Partner Tour
What this means is that this tour is not operated by I Heart Reykjavík but one of our trusted partners that we have carefully chosen to help you get the most of your stay in Iceland.
We are very selective with the companies we choose to work with because we want you to have the best experience possible during your Iceland adventure. We would never recommend anything to you that we wouldn’t recommend to our own family and friends.