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From Gullfoss: Langjökull Glacier Snowmobile Tour

1. From Gullfoss: Langjökull Glacier Snowmobile Tour

Meet your guide by the dramatic Gullfoss waterfall for the start of a snowmobile tour of Langjökull Glacier, available for individuals and groups alike. Transfer to the base camp on the east side of the glacier to equip yourself with a snowmobile and see the landscape from a different perspective. The adventure is an ideal choice for those with their own transportation, but want to top off a Golden Circle adventure with something special. Professional guides will take you into the Icelandic highlands to give you the most amazing views of the majestic glacier and its surroundings. Grab some lunch at the Gullfoss Café before you transfer to the base camp by monster truck. Travel through scenery that is relatively new compared to much of the rest of the world’s terrain. Look at a sparsely settled countryside with only a few signs of commercial activity. Upon arrival at the base camp, receive the appropriate equipment such as helmets, overalls, overshoes, gloves and a hat. Get detailed instructions from the friendly, fun-loving guides, and learn how to operate the snowmobile before you ride off into the winter wonderland.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobile Tour

2. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobile Tour

Explore the Golden Circle on this day trip from Reykjavik. Learn facinating information from your audio guide as you visit sites like Þingvellir National Park, Strokkur geyser, and Gullfoss Waterfall. Ride on the ice fields of Langjökull Glacier on a snowmobile tour. Depart Reykjavík early to catch the morning sun in a new bus equipped with computer tablets in each seat. Use the GPS-sensitive, in-bus audio guide, available in 10 languages, to learn more about the sights you will see, and stay connected with the on-board USB chargers and free Wi-Fi. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir National Park, the birthplace of the longest-running parliament in the world. Discover where the great continental plates of America and Eurasia have dramatically pulled apart to create a rift valley, clearly visible on the shores of Iceland´s biggest lake. Continue to Geysir Hot Springs to discover the home of the original geyser. Experience the trembling ground and see the super-heated water erupt skywards from the spouting Strokkur geyser every few minutes. Take a leisurely walk down to Gullfoss Waterfall. Hear the thundering roar of the glacial Hvítá River as it cascades down 32 meters on 2 levels into a narrow canyon. Marvel at the pristine nature of the central highlands aboard a custom-made super truck. They can drive across the rough, snowy terrain thanks to their enormous tires. Drive to the snowmobile base camp at the foot of Langjökull Glacier. Then, ride across the eternally-frozen snow and ice fields of one of the biggest glaciers in the world on a guided snowmobile tour.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobiling

3. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobiling

Discover the rugged beauty of Iceland's Golden Circle aboard a climate-controlled bus with this tour from Reykjavik. Visit sights like Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir area, and Gullfoss Waterfall. Feel the thrill of riding a snowmobile over the Langjökull glacier.   Board the bus at the BSI Bus Terminal and drive off to experience the different geothermal landscapes of Iceland's legendary Golden Circle. Stop at Þingvellir National Park, known for its exceptional beauty and historical importance as the site of the world's first parliaments. Continue into the hot springs area of Geysir, before driving to Langjökull to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime adventure activity. Take control of a snowmobile or travel as a passenger to explore the vast white ice cap of Langjökull. Stay warm protective clothing during your trip. Make your way back to Reykjavík via the spectacular Gullfoss Waterfall and gaze in wonder as the Hvítá River thunders into a 32-meter deep canyon.

Reykjavik: Silver Circle, Canyon Baths, and Waterfalls Tour

4. Reykjavik: Silver Circle, Canyon Baths, and Waterfalls Tour

Start in Reykjavik and head to Borgarnes, the gateway to West Iceland. Make your first stop at Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe, which is so strong that it provides hot water and power for the locals for miles around. Spend some time walking amongst the steaming clouds of vapor. Move onto Hraunfossar, also known as the "Lava Waterfalls." Take in the sight from several viewing platforms and see how the water stretches for nearly a kilometer over ancient lava fields, with meltwater from the Langjokull glacier pouring into the Hvita river. Just a few yards away is Barnafoss, also known as “the waterfall of the children,” named after the tragic tale of two local children. Your next stop is Husafell, a breathtaking woodland oasis and a historical site with traditional turf houses and even some “elf huts” to delight the children, too. See intriguing works by local artists, as well as the famous “Lifting Stone of Husafell.” From Husafell, be transported in 4x4 cars further inland to the Deildargil Canyon, where you’ll see Langifoss, a towering two-tiered waterfall off the beaten path and which few people know of. Continue to the highlight of the tour, the Canyon Baths, for a traditional Icelandic hot spring experience at a sustainable, remote location found deep in the magnificent Hringsgil canyon. Bathe in 3 geothermally-heated stone pools of varying temperatures (30-41°C or 86-105°F), along with a cold-water pool and a cooling waterfall. Feel relaxed in the peaceful atmosphere, thanks to the limited capacity of 20 visitors at a time. Imagine what it was like for the early settlers to bathe in the same way. Make your final stop at Reykholt, which used to be the medieval home of Snorri Sturluson, a famous Icelandic historian and chieftain. Visit Snorralaug (Snorri’s Pool), another traditional natural hot spring, where locals have bathed since the 12th century. From there, return to the capital city, after a day of wonder and exploration in the wilds of West Iceland.

Pearl Tour Golden Circle Super Jeep Tour & Snowmobiling

5. Pearl Tour Golden Circle Super Jeep Tour & Snowmobiling

Begin your tour at Thingvellir National Park, one of Iceland‘s most significant historical sites. It‘s the home of the country's first parliament which was founded in 930 AD and is the oldest extant parliamentary institution in the world. From Thingvellir, head inland towards the highly active Geysir hot spring area, with it's boiling mud pits and spouting hot springs. Continue on to Gullfoss, one of Iceland's most powerful waterfalls. Located on the Hvítá river, the waterfall is fed by the Langjökull glacier and plummets down 32 meters in two stages into a rugged canyon. Top your day off with a drive towards Langjökull glacier, where you will drive a snowmobile and dash across the snowfields while gazing at the peaks and ice surrounding you. 

From Reykjavik: Hot Spring and Snowmobile Tour

6. From Reykjavik: Hot Spring and Snowmobile Tour

Experience the natural wonders of Iceland as you glide over pristine white snowfields on a snowmobile tour. After your thrilling outdoor experience, sit back and relax in a natural hot spring and regain your strength. Feel like a local on this outdoor excursion. Drive through the Geysir Hot Spring area with its boiling mud pits and spouting hot springs. Then, head straight toward Langjökull Glacier for a snowmobile tour across Europe’s second-largest glacier. Finally, stop near the small village of Flúðir. Ease into a secret outdoor lagoon, a natural hot spring, for a luxurious bath to soothe all your cares away.

From Gullfoss: Glacier Rush on Langjökull Glacier

7. From Gullfoss: Glacier Rush on Langjökull Glacier

Your friendly and fun-loving guide will give you instructions on how to operate the snowmobile and go over the safety procedures before you set off into the winter wonderland. For this tour, you will be with the most skillful and professional guides.  Travel faster and further than on the other tours and experience more. Your professional guide will tailor your trip according to the weather and the terrain. Experience the glacier as the locals do on their own performance machines. You will be provided with a powerful snowmobile, a three-cylinder 1000cc machine with approximately 140 horsepower. These snowmobiles have more than double the displacement offered on the other tours. These performance snowmobiles are single seated mountain machine monsters capable of handling all snowy terrains. They are best suited to those who have some recreational vehicle experience. 

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What people are saying about Highlands of Iceland

We travelled in a mini bus that holds 19 but we only had 16. Nicole from Nice Tours was our driver guide & she was not only very informative but she also sang & was very funny. There are few tours that I have seen that cover the Silver Circle & I am glad we picked this one. The countryside was beautiful & we were lucky to have a mostly sunny day. Hraunfossar Falls is absolutely stunning. The small restaurant there served us great Sweet potato soup & they have other foods to choose from but not a great variety. I wasn't too impressed by Deildartunguhver but everything else was interesting. This tour had at the end a choice of either going to the Canyon Baths or a Lava cave. We chose Husafell Canyon Baths and Ollie was our great guide for that part. It is remote & peaceful & a down hill walk to get to them. Also, there is a limit to the amount of people that are allowed in at a time so it was just us. This was an awesome tour & if you get Nicole as your guide you will be very happy.

I usually don’t write reviews, but this one deserved. My snowmobile tour was canceled so I’m talking about the golden circle tour only.I went on a tour the day before with a different company and it wasn’t as nearly as engaging and funny as this one. I have to thank Yoyo the tour guide who was freaking hilarious and extremely knowledgeable with his Phd in Norse Sagas and Vikings. He is an awesome storyteller and the amazing views on the bus were accompanied by interesting facts delivered in an engaging and funny way. He gave also insider tips and recommendations for things to do in Reykjavík and around Iceland that shaped my road trip for the days to come.

Both Karen and Tareq were great guides. Very insightful and approachable. The tour was thorough and interesting and the guide even drove us down to the lower parking site of the waterfall to see a part of the waterfall we had missed.

Everything went fine. Our guide Ismael was very friendly and told a lot about Iceland, nature and the sights. The places we visited were beautiful. Everything went well with pick-up and return. We can highly recommend this tour.

The tour was very well organized. We got all the equipment we needed. The guides were great! Overall a highly recommended activity!