INTO ICE AND LAVA

Price from kr 39,990 approx € 283

DURATION

11 Hours

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Go on a magical journey deep inside a man- made Ice Cave and visit the largest Lava Cave in Iceland. An unforgettable experience. All in one day!

ICE CAVE & LAVA CAVE: DYNAMIC DUO

We leave early from Reykjavík for our Langjökull Glacier Ice Cave and Víðgelmir Lava Cave adventure!

You soon learn that in Iceland everything is possible as you step aboard one of the huge specially-modified monster trucks and drive up the glacier to the ice cave. Before you know it you find yourself standing on top of an ice cap and about to begin your descent down below the surface of glacier to explore what lies beneath.

The ice tunnel or ice cave is a man made glacier cave high up in the remote highlands of Iceland. Your guide will explain how global warming has begun to affect the glacial environment and take you on a magical journey deep within the glacier. You get to see stunning blue 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 and until very recently what lay beneath the surface of Langjökull was a mystery.

After our ice cave tour we get back on board the glacier truck and head back down. We eat lunch at Hotel Húsafell and then go on to explore the mightiest lava cave in Iceland, Víðgelmir.

Your cave guide will show and explain the amazing features of the cave, e.g. the  wonderful colours, lava stalactites and stalagmites etc. The unique wooden walkway with railings and remotely operated lighting make this an easy tour for almost anyone.

This tour is family friendly and ideal for kids. After our adventures we take a scenic route back to Reykjavík.

DETAILS ON INTO ICE & LAVA

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
Bring with you: 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: 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

WHAT'S INCLUDED:

1 Hour guided tour of the Ice Cave and all necessary safety equipment
Caving equipment
Knowledgeable local guide
In-bus audio guide with a choice of languages
Transfer in a specially modified glacier truck on the glacier.

Itinerary

  • Starting off in Reykjavik from our Reykjavik terminal at Skógarhlíð 10 we will depart for Húsafell, a 1hr and 45min ride. Once we reach Húsafell you will have a chance to use the restroom and to grab some light refreshments.
  • At Húsafell, the team from Into the Glacier provide you with waterproof gear you need and will take you up to the Langjökull glacier within one of their ex-military off-road vehicles. This is approximately a 45 min ride.
  • Once you arrive at the entrance to the ice cave, you will walk down into the man made glacial cave and spend about 1 hour walking around the 500 meter cave. 
  • After the walk through the cave you will return to Húsafell where we will take you to the lava tunnel, you will spend about 1.5 hours exploring Iceland's mightiest lave tunnel.
  • Following the lava tunnel we will pick you up and we will return to Reykjavik. 

This tour is 11 hours long including travel time and the time you spend at each location. 

Total distance covered: 340 km or 210 mi

Itinerary

Reykjavik Terminal

The starting point for Reykjavik Sightseeing Tours. Reykjavik Terminal, Skógarhlíð 10, 105 Reykjavik.

• Tours depart from the Reykjavik Terminal located at Skógarhlíð 10. Please be sure to arrive 15 minutes prior to departure along with a printed or digital copy of your ticket/voucher. 
• If you have booked a hotel pickup with Smartbus™, please be at your chosen pickup location 30 minutes before the departure of the tour. Look for the Green Smartbus™ which will be outside your accommodation at within the 30 minutes of pickup.

Húsafell

Húsafell is the small base camp the Into the Glacier, which is the company that built the ice cave in Langjökull.

At Húsafell, the Into the Glacier team will be taking you up and into the ice cave with one of their massive off-road vehicles. These were previously NATO missile launchers which have been repurposed as transport vehicles. The Into the Glacier team also has one-piece waterproof suites which you can borrow for the duration of the ice cave tour. 

Ice Cave at Langjökull

The entrance to the Ice Cave is atop the Langjökull glacier.

After getting into one of the large off-road vehicles necessary for driving on the snow and ice of the glacier, you will head up to the entrance of the Ice Cave. This is a short 35-45 minute ride to the top of the glacier, from which you will descend into the ice cave to witness the wonders of Iceland's second largest glacier from the inside. 

Víðgelmir cave

The Lava Tunnel at Víðgelmir is Iceland's largest and most spectacular lave cave.

The Lave Cave is a family friendly tour and offers everyone the chance to enjoy the colors and stunning beauty of the tunnel. With a walkway through the tunnel, you will be able to comfortably move through the large chambers and enjoy the amazing colors and rock formations that are lite up. Along the way, a local guide will discuss the volcanoes, the formation of this magnificent cave, and all the unique lava structures along the way.

Lava Cave Viðgelmir Entrance

Important information

Please show up at our Reykjavik Terminal (located at Skógarhlíð 10) 15 minutes prior to the departure time. Please be ready at your pick up point with your voucher, either in digital or printed form.

You will be traveling in a coach that holds approximately 40-65 people, but is very spacious and comfortable. There is no bathroom on the bus but there will be plenty of stops where facilities can be used. The bus offers free wifi and USB charging ports.

Lunch is not included, but we will stop at Húsafell where you will have a chance to buy food and drinks and use the restrooms if needed.

What’s included

  • In bus audio guide with a choice of 10 languages (English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Finnish)
  • 1 hour guided Ice Cave tour with necessary safety equipment
  • 1 hour guided Lava Cave tour with necessary safety equipment
  • Knowledgeable local guide
  • Tour in a specially modified glacier vehicle on Langjökull Glacier.
  • Waterproof one-piece suite and boots if needed. Provided by the Into the Glacier team.
  • Admission into the Víðgelmir lava cave including helmet and head lamp.

What do I need to bring

For the In-Bus-Audio-Guide: Bring your own headphones. Otherwise headphones are available for purchase in every bus from our hosts. 

For your comfort: Since you will be entering an ice cave which is at  0° Celsius or 32° Fahrenheit we recommend not only warm clothing, but also waterproof clothing as well. Waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves, and warm socks/waterproof shoes are essential for staying warm and dry during the visit into the ice cave.

Lunch: After the trip to the ice cave, you will only have a short break before heading to the lava tunnel so it is a good idea to bring some snacks or lunch for the way. Along the way we try to stop so that you have a chance to buy some food or drink along the way.

Friendly cancellation & refund policy

Full refund if cancelled due to weather. Cancellation fee can be witheld if cancelled with short notice.

  • 1 day notice: 100% charge
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