Snowmobiling Tour

Snowmobile Tour in Iceland on Vatnajökull Glacier | IS-FS1311

Guided Snowmobile Adventure on Iceland's Largest Glacier

About Tour

Hop on a snowmobile and veer off of the tourist track to explore Europe’s largest glacier!

Highlights

  • Guided Snowmobile Ride
  • Exploring Vatnajökull Glacier
  • Vatnajokull National Park
  • Majestic views of Europe’s biggest glacier

Join us for a spine-tingling snowmobile ride on Europe’s largest ice cap. Snowmobiling in Iceland on Vatnajökull is unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. This massive glacier is home to Iceland’s highest mountain peak and some of its most active volcanoes, creating spectacular cinematic landscapes. Traverse one of the world’s most stunning ice sheets and take some great stories home with you!

Meeting points:

From May to October, meet us at the dairy farm of Flatey, 38 km (24 mi) West of Höfn and 42 km (26 mi) East of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.

From November to May, meet us at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon 30 minutes before the stated departure time.

  • Small group
  • Expert guides
  • Trusted Tour Operator
Availability March - Nov
Duration ~3 hours
Departs From Flatey Farm
Minimum age 8 (drivers min 18)
Difficulty Easy
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No

From

24 500
Per Adult
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What's Included

Included

  • Guided snowmobile ride
  • Two person snowmobile
  • Solo rider bookable with extra fee
  • Snowmobile gear

What to bring

  • A valid driver’s license to drive the snowmobile
  • Good hiking or winter shoes
  • Warm outdoor clothing and thermal underwear
  • Headwear and gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Packed lunch

Not Included

  • Meals

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Itinerary

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Information

Hit the ice on an unforgettable snowmobile ride on Vatnajokull. Our guided adventure tour is a perfect introduction to Europe’s biggest glacier. We’ll zoom past towering mountains and massive glacier tongues on this epic day out on the slopes.

Riding snowmobile with raised hands

Your exhilarating  Vatnajokull Glacier snowmobile ride meets at the designated meeting point (please note that this changes depending on the season). We kindly ask you to be there 30 minutes before departure time.

We’ll begin by gearing up in well-insulated snowmobile suits and helmets. Then, your expert glacier guide will give you a safety briefing and show you how to operate the snowmobile before we embark on a thrilling ride. If you’re wondering, “Are snowmobiles difficult to drive?” -- trust us when we say you’ll crack it in a second. It only takes a few minutes to get used to the vehicle.

Once you start the engine, prepare to be awestruck by one of the most surreal landscapes on the planet! Surrounded by towering peaks, vast valleys, and rugged terrain, the glacier can only be described as breathtaking. Vatnajökull has an "easy" activity level rating for snowmobiling, so it’s the perfect introduction to Iceland’s icy wilderness for beginners and experts alike.

highest mountain peak of Iceland

Not for nothing did Vatnajökull feature in the James Bond film A View to Kill and fantasy TV series Game of Thrones. Its unparalleled eerie beauty, wind-buffeted peaks, and giant sea of glinting white snow make the landscape look like another planet.

Situated in Southeast Iceland, Vatnajökull stretches 8,100 km² (3,127 mi²) and covers more than 9% of Iceland’s land, making it the largest glacier in Iceland and Europe. The average thickness of the ice reaches up to a whopping 400 m (1,312 ft)!

Today, this mammoth ice cap is a part of the Vatnajökull National Park, which was established in 2008 to safeguard Iceland's precious nature. Vatnajökull feeds into countless rivers and glacier tongues. It’s responsible for a large portion of Iceland’s attractions, including the celebrated Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. During the tour, your local guide will tell you fascinating natural and historical stories about the majestic glacier.

Vatnajökull is also home to Iceland’s highest summit, Hvannadalshnjúkur. You’ll have a chance to feast your eyes on this beautiful, pyramid-like structure. Beneath Vatnajökull sit some of Iceland’s most active volcanoes. While you probably won’t see any volcanic eruptions, the vast, wintry expanse of the glacier will send shivers down your spine!

  • A valid driver’s license is required to drive a snowmobile.
  • If you don’t possess a license, you can join the tour as a passenger.
  • Children aged 8 years old and above can ride as passengers on a snowmobile. Just make sure that they stay comfortable and warm!
  • We provide all the necessary equipment for your snowmobile adventure but make sure you bring warm outdoor clothing and sturdy shoes.

The tour is designed for two persons sharing a snowmobile. If you want to ride alone on a snowmobile, you can book a solo snowmobile for 6.000 ISK extra. Also, when booking odd numbers, please choose the option “solo rider.”

If you wish to have a solo snowmobile but do not have a valid driver's license then you can book an extra guide to operate your snowmobile for an additional 40.000 ISK. Please contact us for further information and booking.

FAQ

Still got questions about the tour? Hopefully you will find the answer here.

You do not need a previous snowmobile driving experience. Your guide will provide you with operating instructions that you can easily follow.

However, you must have a valid driving license if you intend to drive the snowmobile.

Yes, Iceland is a cold country so our glaciers are here all year around and we can go snowmobiling in every season.

We do not have weight restriction but participants need to be able to fit in our winter overalls. The largest size we have is 5XL. Same goes for the physical level, the tour is listed as a moderate level and therefore anyone in average physical condition should be able to complete the tour without trouble.

We will provide you with an overall, a balaclava, goggles, gloves and a helmet.  

First and foremost warm clothing.

Upper body: Thermal shirt and a fleece or a thick sweater over.

Lower body: Warm pants.
If you get easily cold, also thermals.

Shoes: It’s best to wear boots as it’s pretty cold on the glacier and they can get wet.

NOTE: You need to bring a lunch or some snacks. Lunch is not included in the tour.

Yes, if traveling solo you will need to purchase the single ride extra fee. 

The age limit is 8 years old, of course in company with a guardian.

We do not recommend women who are pregnant to participate in our snowmobile tours. If you are traveling in a group, you are welcome to travel with them and stay at our basecamp while the group goes on the snowmobile part of the tour.

No, full drivers license is required to ride a snowmobile.

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