Things to do in Highlands of Iceland

Our most recommended things to do in Highlands of Iceland

From Gullfoss: Langjökull Glacier Snowmobile Tour

1. From Gullfoss: Langjökull Glacier Snowmobile Tour

Embark on a day trip from Gullfoss, go on a snowmobile through Langjökull Glacier, and feel the adrenaline rush through your body. Admire the beautiful views of one of Iceland’s largest glaciers as you speed through the snowfields. Meet your guide at the Gullfoss waterfall to start your snowmobile tour through the 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. Enjoy an adventurous ride; this is an ideal choice for those with 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 a monster truck at the Gullfoss Café before you transfer to the base camp. Travel through relatively new scenery compared to the rest of the world’s terrain. Look at a sparsely settled countryside with only a few signs of commercial activity. Arrive at the base camp, and 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. Enjoy a snowmobile trip for approximately an hour with stops, and the guides carefully review the route selection daily to maximize the experience. Stop and take pictures, catch your breath, and enjoy the silence and the scenery.

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.

Langjökull: Glacier Snowmobile Trip with Guide

3. Langjökull: Glacier Snowmobile Trip with Guide

Join a 1 - hour Exhilarating Snowmobile Adventure on Langjökull Glacier! The ride takes you up towards Langjökull Glacier in a specialized Super-Jeep. It is an exciting experience in itself. After arriving at our glacier base camp, you will be provided with a snowmobile suit, gloves, balaclava and helmet for your snowmobile ride. Your professional glacier snowmobiling guide will then show you how to safely operate a snowmobile before your one-hour excursion officially starts. Langjökull Glacier is home to several enormous ice-filled volcanic craters, rimmed in by imposing volcanoes and set in the breathtaking Icelandic interior. The views from the flanks of Langjökull are quite incredible. In the distance rests Eiríksjökull glacier, the highest mountain in west Iceland, the dome-shaped Hofsjökull glacier, and Kerlingafjöll Mountain range.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Glacier Snowmobiling

4. 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.

From Reykjavik: 4-Day Blue Ice Cave and Northern Lights Tour

5. From Reykjavik: 4-Day Blue Ice Cave and Northern Lights Tour

After getting picked up from your hotel on the first day of your tour, head to the geothermal area and see the famous Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall, and Thingvellir National Park. While traveling along the Golden Circle, you will also visit a traditional farm in Hraðastaðir, where you will meet and pet local Icelandic animals such as rabbits, horses, goats, and sheep. On the second and third day, explore the famous South Coast. Along the shore, visit the famous black sand beach, Reynisfjara, and a stunning glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón, in Vatnajökull National Park. Here, explore Europe’s largest glacier and enter the crystal caves, a true masterpiece of nature. If nature allows, you may even get to witness the magnificent Northern Lights. On the fourth day, travel through beautiful Western Iceland. Here, explore the hidden gem of the West, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, also known as “Iceland in a nutshell”. Visit several magnificent and picturesque sites here: glacier-carved mountains, endless black beaches, moss topped lava fields, volcanic craters, and coastal cliffs. At the end of your tour, get dropped off back at your hotel in Reykjavik.

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.

Pearl Tour Golden Circle Super Jeep Tour & Snowmobiling

7. 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. 

Reykjavík: Guided Snowmobile Day Trip on Langjökull Glacier

8. Reykjavík: Guided Snowmobile Day Trip on Langjökull Glacier

Ride through the snowy landscapes of the Langjökull Glacier on this guided snowmobile day trip. For your convenience, hotel pickup and drop-off is provided for select accommodations in Reykjavík. Feel the thrill of taking a super truck to the base camp.  Hop aboard a spacious bus and sit back and relax on the transfer to the start of your snowmobile tour. Tackle the next part of your trip in a modified super-truck that can handle the rough terrain with ease.  After arriving at the glacier base camp, put on the provided snowmobile suit, gloves, balaclava and helmet for your snowmobile ride. Be shown by your guide how to safely operate a snowmobile before your one-hour excursion officially starts. Climb on the snowmobile with the second rider.  Explore Langjökull glacier which is home to several enormous ice-filled volcanic craters, rimmed in by imposing volcanoes and set in the breathtaking Icelandic interior. Expereince the views from the flanks of Langjökull which are quite incredible. Gaze off into the distance where Eiríksjökull glacier looms, the highest mountain in west Iceland. Admire the dome-shaped Hofsjökull glacier and the Kerlingafjöll Mountain range. Return to your accommodation and take home memories home from your exhilarating adventure. 

Reykjavik: Silver Circle, Canyon Baths, and Waterfalls Tour

9. 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.

From Reykjavík: Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Day Trip

10. From Reykjavík: Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon Day Trip

Marvel at Strokkur geyser, Þingvellir National Park, and Gullfoss waterfall with this group day trip from Reykjavík. Go to a local farm and soak in the Secret Lagoon hot spring. After your pick-up in Reykjavik, head to the first stop at Þingvellir National Park. Visit this park where the first parliament of Iceland was established. Walk from Europe to North-American, as the park is between continental tectonic plates.  Continue to the the Strokkur geyser which erupts every 5-8 minutes. Drive to Gullfoss, the golden waterfall. See the Langjökull glacier, if it is a clear day. Admire the Icelandic use of geothermal energy at Friðheimar Tomato Farm. Stroll through the greenhouse and try their delicious tomato soup. Enjoy a swim through steaming 38-40° Celsius water at the Secret Lagoon. Take in the natural surroundings as you bask in the relaxing water. 

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What people are saying about Highlands of Iceland

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 1,108 reviews

This was an excellent tour. The canyon baths were absolutely superb. I am thrilled I booked this tour to conclude my trip in Iceland. We made many stops and was able to see some beautiful landscapes and structures. I highly recommend.

Great driver very informative. The sights were breath taking and over all a great adventure.

Great experience, nothing felt rushed, transportation was seamless between both activities.

Excellent tour, viewed great places and the snowmobiling experience I would recommend.

Great trip!! amazing views and the tour guides were lovely