Snowmobiling In Iceland: An Adventure

Snowmobiling In Iceland: An Adventure

Angie Diamantopoulou Author

Text by: Angie Diamantopoulou

Do you love adventure? Are you looking for an adrenaline-pumping activity to do on your trip to Iceland? Then this guide on snowmobiling in Iceland's glaciers is for you! 

Iceland is a beautiful place, with a gorgeous nature to explore. Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, the Golden Circle; all of them magical destinations for any traveler. 

But what if you want something different? What if you want something that not many tourists (or even locals, for that matter!) do? What if you want the experience of a lifetime?

Well, then you go snowmobiling on a glacier, of course!

If that sounds like something you would love to do, keep reading to find out everything you need to know about snowmobiling on a glacier in Iceland!

Before getting any deeper into our guide on snowmobiling in Iceland's glaciers, let's first take a quick look at what you can find in this blog:

  • where can you go snowmobiling in Iceland?
  • what is it like to snowmobile on a glacier?
  • what should you bring with you when you go snowmobiling?
  • which is the best snowmobiling tour in Iceland?
  • a few tips from a local!

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Our tours sell out fast! Often they are booked weeks or even months in advance, so make sure you book a spot ahead of your trip to Iceland!

where can you go snowmobiling in iceland?

snowmobiling in iceland langjokull glacier

Iceland is home to a number of glaciers. In fact, every place that ends in -jökull is a glacier (yes, Eyjafjallajökull as well!) Glaciers and ice caps cover around 11% of the entire country, but unfortunately they are rapidly melting due to climate change. One glacier in West Iceland, Okjökull, has actually lost its glacier status, and is now known as Ok. That is because much of its mass melted, and it is not big enough to classify as a glacier anymore. 

There are 11 more glaciers currently in Iceland​, with the biggest one being Vatnajökull (second biggest in Europe), which accounts for a staggering 8% of the land! The next biggest in Iceland is called Langjökull, and at 195 km³, it is considerably smaller than Vatnajökull.

As far as snowmobiling is concerned, Langjökull (pictured above) is the most popular destination. Its convenient location near the Golden Circle makes it ideal for tourists, as one can easily combine the two! In fact, we have a tour dedicated to just that, but more on that later (so keep reading)! ​

what is it like to snowmobile on a glacier?

There is no experience quite like snowmobiling on an Icelandic glacier. The landscape is unbeatable, with stunning views that you can't find anywhere else in the world! Imagine white as far as the eye can see, over slopes and mountain tops, silhouetted in the distance. It's easy to forget that you are still on Earth

The experience itself is unforgettable. Driving a snowmobile is easy and very fun, especially if you enjoy driving in general! It's quite active, as well, as you need to use your body to steer better.

There is nothing quite like zooming past a majestic, pure white landscape, surrounded by snow and ice for hundreds of kilometers.

Whether you are a fast daredevil or you prefer to take it slow and easy, the guides will make sure you have the time of your life!​

what should you bring with you when you go snowmobiling in iceland?

You might wonder what you need to bring with you when you go snowmobiling in Iceland. The whole area and activity sounds pretty cold, right? You would think you'd have to bundle up!

While that is true, the tour operators will give you everything you need to safely enjoy your snowmobile ride!

You will get a snowsuit, gloves, a ski mask, a helmet, and even shoe covers if you need them.

However, I would suggest that you wear sturdy boots, as well as warm socks to keep your feet warm. You can wear any clothes you like under the snowsuit, but comfortable, stretchy clothes like sweatpants, jeans or leggings are your best option.

As you are provided with warm clothes and gear, you don't need to worry about getting cold! The snowsuits are incredibly effective, and they will keep you warm even on the top of a glacier!​

the best SNOWMOBILE tour in iceland

glacier snowmobile tour in iceland

I am sure you are convinced by now that snowmobiling in Iceland is the best adventure you can have in this country! So, what is the best snowmobile tour you can do?

​Our snowmobile tour is the best in Iceland! We have handpicked this for you, because we believe our partners are the best at what they do! From personal service to knowledgeable guides, who will keep you safe on the glacier, our tour has it all! 

We will pick you up from your accommodation and take you up to the glacier in a Super Jeep truck (which is very fun to ride!), and from there, you will be given your equipment and taken up to the glacier! Our guides will take you around the best snowmobile routes on the glacier, and will take care of everything so that you can have an amazing time!

You will stop at the top of the glacier to take some pictures, and switch drivers if you so wish, and then head back to the city the same way!​

For those of you who have not yet seen the Golden Circle, I highly recommend ​the Golden Circle and snowmobile tour! You get the same experience, plus a tour of the Golden Circle! It is not only convenient, but also a great way to save a little bit on your trip!

a few tips from a local

Snowmobiling is a great activity for the whole family. It is also a unique way to spend some time on your vacation, and experience the Icelandic nature in the best possible way!

To make your trip even better, I have some tips for you!​

  • Follow the guides. The glacier can be treacherous, and the guides are the ones who know where to go and how to navigate them. Don't stray from the path!
  • Don't wear too many layers. I usually recommend that tourists wear several layers to keep warm. However, since you will be wearing a snowsuit, one or two layers are enough!
  • Wear a moisture-wicking base layer. You will get sweaty, and that is perfectly normal. However, you don't want to catch a cold! So, make sure that you keep as dry as possible!
  • Stay loose. Don't be rigid and don't stiffen up. The looser your body is, the easier it will be to steer the snowmobile.
  • Change drivers or get a single snowmobile ride. It's so much more fun driving the snowmobile than being a passenger! Thankfully, you can get a single ride or change drivers halfway through!
  • Eat before the tour. The cold and the activity will take a lot of energy out of you, so make sure you have eaten and have had enough water.

some final words

Did you enjoy my blog on snowmobiling in Iceland? I hope I gave you all the information you need for an unforgettable trip and an amazing adventure!

Have you gone snowmobiling? Is there anything you want your fellow travelers to know? Let me know in the comments!

And, as always, don't forget to share!​

Do you love adventure? Are you looking for an adrenaline-pumping activity to do on your trip to Iceland? Then this guide on snowmobiling in Iceland’s glaciers is for you! 


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