We leave early from Reykjavík and catch the crisp morning view of the Langjökull Glacier where the Ice Cave is situated. Langjökull is 953 sq/km, or the second largest glacier in Iceland.
You soon learn that in Iceland everything is possible – before you know it you suddenly find yourself standing on top of an Ice Cap and about to begin your descent down below the surface to explore what lies beneath.In order to get there we step aboard a huge specially-modified truck.
The Ice Tunnel or Ice Cave is a man made glacier cave situated high up in a remote area in the heart of Iceland. Your guide will explain how global warming has begun to affect the glacial environment. Once there, your expert guide will take you on a magical journey deep within the glacier. You get to see stunning blue-hued glacier ice and wonderful glacier formations.
The glacier is in constant motion and we can witness that movement of nature itself firsthand. The temperature inside the glacier is usually around zero degrees Celsius or 32 Fahrenheit. Until very recently what lay beneath the surface of Langjökull was a mystery. Sometimes bold ideas can become a reality, but the realization of creating this fantastic Ice Cave was only possible through the dedication and expertise of Iceland´s top engineers and geo physicists.
Afterwards we get back on board the glacier truck and head back down. We eat lunch at the stunning Hotel Húsafell and then go on to explore the mightiest lava cave in Iceland, Víðgelmir. Víðgelmir is just shy of 1600 metres / 5250ft making it one of the largest lava caves in the world. Your guide will show you and explain the amazing features of the cave, e.g. the wonderful colours, lava stalactites and stalagmites etc.The lave field was formed during a destructive eruption in the 10th century that originated under Langjökull.
During the eruption some of Iceland’s natural pearls were created, such as Barnafossar and Hraunfossar. The cave is mentioned in a written sources dating back to 1398, and evidence of a human presence dating back to the Viking Age (983-986) were discovered in 1993. The Lava Cave tour is extremely family friendly, thanks to our all new signature walkway and feature lighting. Afterwards we take a scenic routeback to Reykjavík.
Price & Availability: See booking window on right. Teenagers (12-15 years) 50% discount. Children (0-11 years) free Available all year round (depending on weather). Min: No minimum number of participants Age limit: No In-Bus-Audio-Guide: We recommend that you bring your own headphones, simply because they will fit you best. It is also great for the environment. If you don’t have your headphones, with you or forgot to bring them, no worries we sell earphones on board. Duration: 10-11 hours
Free tour pick up from your accommodation in Reykjavík
1 Hour guided tour of the Ice Cave and all necessary safety equipment
Knowledgeable local guide
In-bus audio guide with a choice of languages
Transfer in a specially modified glacier truck on the glacier.
What do I need to bring?
Dress according to weather. In Iceland it is always wise to dress in warm, waterproof clothes. Weather changes can be sudden so expect the unexpected. Bring a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good outdoor shoes are highly recommended.
In-Bus-Audio-Guide: Bring your own headphones. Otherwise we sell earphones for ISK 500.-