Arctic Adventures offers incredible snowmobiling tours on the awe-inspiring Langjökull and Vatnajökull glaciers (and even one on Eyjafjallajökull!). Squeeze in a bite-sized express glacier ride in an afternoon, or go all out on our all-day snow & glacier expeditions. Snowmobiling day tours are operated every day, all year.

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Why Iceland is Perfect for Snowmobile Trips

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With its year-round snowy slopes and expansive wildlands, Iceland is an ideal destination for adrenaline hunters. For the ultimate thrill, hop on a snowmobile atop some of the biggest glaciers in Europe! Zooming along at lightning speed in a sea of smooth-white snow is an unforgettable experience. There’s nowhere better to appreciate Iceland’s uninterrupted natural beauty and stillness than from the top of our Arctic snowmobiles, which can reach speeds of up to 70km per hour.

Our snowmobile guides are some of the most qualified adventurers in the country with years of experience leading groups on the slopes. Each of our tours is handcrafted to ensure that our guests stay safe and informed while having loads of fun! Whether you’re a real pro or a newbie testing out your metaphorical snow legs, we’ve got your back. The best part is that you don’t need to have any experience whatsoever to enjoy yourself on our snowmobiling trips. So don your gear and let’s hit the slopes!

Our snowmobile tours operate all-year-round. In the summer, temperatures are milder and days are longer, especially in June when the midnight sun gives us more time to explore. In the winter, you can combine a snowmobile afternoon with a hunt for the Northern Lights. There’s nothing quite like admiring the dancing colors of the Northern Lights above the vast emptiness of a winter wonderland.

There are several ways to get to the base camps at Langjökull and Vatnajökull. Our guide can pick you up from Reykjavik near your hotel, or you can meet up on location at the Gullfoss Cafe, behind the Gullfoss Waterfall, or at the basecamp itself.

For most tours, we’ll drive a minibus. To get to Langjökull basecamp, we’ll need to hop aboard a massive Super Jeep. Our Super Jeeps have been outfitted with tough engines and huge 4x4 wheels to access the highlands in West Iceland.

Once we arrive at our glacier basecamp, you’ll be outfitted with all the necessary gear and a top-notch vehicle. Your guide will run you through the safety instructions.

While guests of all levels of experience are welcome, we just ask that you have a valid driver’s license and are over 18 years old. Remember to stay alert, sober, and be responsible for your own actions. When riding on the slopes, follow the rules given to you before departure. They exist to keep everyone safe and having fun. The most important rule to remember is to drive behind your guide in a single line.

At last, it’s time for your awesome snowmobile ride! We’ll ride out for an hour tour on the middle of the glacier, on pure and untouched slopes. As snowmobiles in Iceland can go up to 70km per hour--more powerful than most standard issues--drive with caution. Don’t pull the throttle too hard or you’ll end up running aground in a snowfield.

It’s an exhilarating experience like no other--and yes, it can be a bit daunting if you’re not used to it, but don’t worry. Our guides will take care of you and give you all the required gear to instill the confidence to master the glacier.

After an hour driving through the white slopes, we’ll return to basecamp and heat up with some tasty hot drinks and cookies. Once we’ve rested a bit, we’ll climb aboard the Super Jeep and head back to the starting point.

At the basecamp, we’ll provide all the safety equipment: overall suits, gloves, helmets, and glasses. Overalls are usually polyester onesies.

Dress warmly, in comfortable but flexible layers, and be sure to wear sturdy hiking shoes. If you’ve forgotten your hiking boots at home, we can provide overshoes.

We highly recommend that you use our special snowmobile gloves even if you’ve brought your own. All of our snowmobiles have an interior heating system for the handles so your hands aren’t at any risk of freezing.

Don’t forget your lunch and your camera! Just be aware to only take photos when off your snowmobile.

All of our snowmobiling tours are available for everyone above 8 years old. Children can be passengers while only adults over 18 years old with a valid driving license are allowed to drive.

Which Snowmobile Tour is right for me?

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Choosing the right snowmobile tour for you depends a lot on how much time you have. You can grab a day tour from Reykjavik, or combine the snowmobiling with one of our other attractions like the Golden Circle. If you have more time, head out farther to the East near the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, meeting us on location at Vatnajokull, the biggest icecap in Europe.

Vatnajokull is the largest glacier in Europe, covering about 8% of Iceland’s entire landmass! With 8,100 sq km (3,127 sq mi) and over 30 smaller outlet glaciers, that’s a large playground! As the main landmark of Vatnajökull National Park, the wild landscapes of towering mountains and snow-smothered plains are an unparalleled experience.

In the park, you can also hike on a glacier, check out the glacier lagoon, investigate an ice cave, or trek out on hiking paths. Vatnajökull is also home to the tallest peak in Iceland beneath the ice, Hvannadalshnjúkur, a whopping 2,200 meters tall (7,218 feet). Because of its distance from Reykjavik (approx. 260 km), we ask that you meet us on location in Vatnajokull National Park.

Snowmobile on Vatnajokull

 

Langjokull. At a massive 953 sq km (368 sq mi) length and 500 meters height at some points, Langjokull is Iceland’s second largest glacier and the base for most of our snowmobile tours.

We recommend combining your ride with a magical visit to an ice cave within the glacier. Witness the majesty of sparkling blue ice up close and capture some breathtaking photos. Take note, the ice cave part of the tour is only available from November until June.

Our Langjokull tours are from Reykjavik, Gullfoss, or the Langjokull basecamp. Situated in West Iceland, they’re easily combinable with a Golden Circle tour to Thingvellir National Park and beyond.

Glacier Snowmobiling from Gullfoss or Reykjavik

 

Eyjafjallajokull. After earning world recognition in 2010 following its massive eruption, Eyjafjallajokull became a hotspot for adventure seekers. This gigantic ice cap is perfect for rides across glacier tongues in breathtaking natural beauty.

As soon as we approach the glacier, you’ll be struck by its magnitude--a pristine stretch of snow dotted with rock formations and ice sculptures. As we push deeper into the icy wilderness, be prepared for some incredible views of South Iceland’s lowlands and the deep-blue Atlantic Ocean.

Eyjafjallajokull Glacier Snowmobiling

The average snowmobile tour takes anywhere from 2-5 hours, depending on whether we pick you up in Reykjavik or you’re able to meet us at the base camp. If you're combining it with one of our other fantastic attractions, we offer tours that range from 4 hours to a jam-packed 16-hour thrill ride.

Typically, two passengers will share one snowmobile. If you’re traveling solo, with an odd number of people, or simply want to operate your snowmobile solo, you must book a solo snowmobile tour at an added cost.

If you don’t have a valid driver’s license, you can book an additional guide to operate your snowmobile. Please contact us for further information and booking.

FAQ

Still got questions about snowmobiling? Find the answer here!

YES! A valid international driver’s license in Iceland is a must. Provisional driver’s license or a learners permit is prohibited. Those without a driver’s license will have to travel in the passenger's seat.

It can reach a speed of 42 mi/h (70 km/h).

Crampons are metal spikes that we attach to the bottoms of your hiking shoes. With them, you’re able to hike on the glacier.

Once you arrive at the location, we’ll provide everyone with an overall suit, gloves, warm headwear, and a helmet. Make sure you’re wearing warm first and middle layers under the suit. One thing to note is that you have to be able to fit into our overalls. The biggest size we have is 5XL, which is: chest 52.7” (134 cm), waist 45” (115 cm), leg length 38.5” (98 cm.)

Unfortunately, due to safety precautions, we don’t recommend our snowmobile tours for women who are more than 3 months pregnant.

Unfortunately, no. You are welcome to bring your own packed lunch or buy it at a cafe at the meeting point. Please note, that some meeting points might not have a cafe.

Your safety is very important to us, however, the natural forces that operate in Iceland are a bit unpredictable. To bring you back safe and sound, we reserve the right to change the itinerary or routes based on the weather forecast or due to other unforeseen circumstances.

Our cancellation policy can be found here.

You will not be able to take pictures while on the move, however, when we stop, you can use whatever device you have to take pictures or video. If you’re bringing a Go Pro, make sure you have all the fittings necessary if you want to mount it on a helmet.

Yes. Glaciers and their features, like ice caves, change and shift constantly. Ice caves are usually only accessible during the winter when the river flowing beneath the cave freezes and we’re able to explore these natural wonders on foot. The frozen river creates a different kind of cave every winter.

Bring additional warm clothes in case you get chilly during the tour. Also, good hiking shoes are essential. If you don’t have them, you can rent them when booking the tour. And last but not least, bring your camera to catch those spectacular views! Also, if you feel like you might get hungry during the tour, pack a small lunch or snack.

Unfortunately, due to safety precautions, we don’t tolerate the consumption of alcoholic beverages before or during our tours. If we see that you are inebriated, you will be asked not to participate.

Yes. We recommend bringing a backpack with some warm clothes, lunch, and a thermos with a beverage of your choice.

Yes. Snowmobile tours are available all year long.

The snowmobile is designed to be shared by two people. If you’re traveling alone or with an odd number of people, you should purchase a single ride supplement.

Yes. You can email us at info@adventures.com for more details

Yes. All snowmobile tours are guided by a certified glacier expert.

Eyjafjallajokull, Langjokull, and Vatnajokull.

Yes. Once the tour is finished, we’ll head back to the meeting point of the tour.

Yes. There are restrooms in the cafes close to the glacier. You’re more than welcome to use them, however, during the ride, there will be no bathroom breaks so we strongly recommend using the toilet prior to the tour.

All children above 8 years old are allowed to ride on the back of the snowmobile with one of their parents present at all times.

No. You don’t need any previous experience. Our expert guides will teach you how to drive a snowmobile.

If you want to drive a snowmobile, you have to be at least 18 years old and hold a valid driver’s license. Otherwise, all children above the age of 8 and those without a valid driver’s license will have to travel in the passenger's seat.