While the south is certainly spectacular from "below” nothing beats experiencing it from "above”!
Snowmobiling on top of Eyjafjallajökull glacier is an extraordinary experience and a once in a lifetime experience.
This tour is the perfect length of time for 'first-time riders' and individuals looking for a scenic, fun-ride, exploring and experiencing the wilderness, the glacier and the breathtaking views over south Iceland.
In perfect conditions the jaw dropping view includes Westman Islands, the whole south coast all the way to Ingólfsfjall and even a big part of the highlands!
The tour starts from our base, Gljúfrabúi by Road 249. After a short briefing where your guide takes you through safety procedures we dress up in a snow suit and helmet and hop into our modified Super Jeep. We then drive towards Eyjafjallajökull and up it's slopes, onto the glacier base where we keep our snowmobiles.
The duration of the tour varies from season to season since we drive up to the ever changing snow-line to reach our snowmobiles but the snowmobiling itself is about 1 hour.
In winter time it is easier to reach snow so the tour is about 2 hours, but in the summer time we need to drive higher to reach the snow-line, then the tour can take up to 4 hours.
Note: Price is without Pick up or Drop off.
You can add Pick up and/or Drop off from 2.500 ISK per person.
Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, head-wear, gloves and lunch. Appropriate hiking boots/shoes are required.
1 hour snowmobile ride, insulated cover-all, helmet and snowmobile balaclava face mask. We provide you with everything you need for a safe and comfortable ride. ‘Shared ride’ is when two people share one snowmobile. Each snowmobile can take 1-2 people at a time. If you book ‘shared rides’ only and bookings are in odd numbers you will need to buy one single ride, be sure to book this correctly in the booking process below. If this is not booked correctly, we will charge the extra fee on location.
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Day 1: Reykjavík – Landmannalaugar area
We depart from Reykjavík in the morning and start heading to the Landmannalaugar area. When we have reached the mountains, our expert snowmobile guide will give you a snowmobile briefing, before we head out on to explore our winter wonderland. We’ll show you how to play safely in the mountain terrain while you explore some amazing sledding areas.
After a few hours of riding we will reached our mountain hut in the Landmannalaugar area, Hrafntinnusker. The hut on Hrafntinnusker, Hoskuldarskali, was built in 1977 at 1027 meters above mean sea level, the house is geothermally heated the whole year round.
Our hut at Hrafntinnusker is named after Obsidian which is a naturally occurring volcanic glass formed as an extrusive igneous rock. It is produced when felsic lava extruded from a volcano cools rapidly with minimal crystal growth.
In our traditional hut our guide will cook a traditional mountain BBQ before we head off to bed and rest for our next snowmobiling day.
Day 2: Landmannalaugar area – Reykjavík
Now the sun has come up and our day continues. After a nice breakfast our expert snowmobile guide will lay out the plan for our second day in the in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve in the Highlands of Iceland. Fjallabak Nature Reserve was established in 1979. The Nature reserve is 47.000 hectares and is over 500 meters above sea level. The land is mountainous, sculptured by volcanoes and geothermal activity, covered by lavas, sands, rivers and lakes. So, no worries there is still a lot of treasures to explore in this vast mountainous area.
After a nice day of snowmobiling we will start to head on towards our pick-up vehicle, which will drive us to Reykjavík.
We expect to be back in Reykjavík in the evening.
Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, head-wear, gloves, lunch and/or snacks. Appropriate hiking boots/shoes are required.
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Advanced snowmobile riders! Are you looking for some major excitement and want to ride where the pros ride?
Then this is the tour for you – our advanced snowmobile trip on paths only the pros ride!
Day 1: Airport pick up
We’ll pick you up at the Airport and start our journey to your accommodation where your Highland adventure for the next 6 days begins.
4 full days of Snowmobile adventure
We love to ride! It’s not a job, it’s an adventure. We’ll take you where the locals ride!
If you’re an experienced sledder and want to test your ability while exploring new terrain, let us take you where we ride on our days off.
We’ll show you how to play safely in the mountain terrain while you explore some amazing sledding areas. This is not a follow-the-leader type trip; we’ll take you on an adventure! Each day your experienced guide will take you out for an advanced snowmobiling expedition.
Depending on weather and ground conditions, our guide will decide where it’s best to go each day. By doing this, we can offer you the best day possible of snowmobiling adventure. You’re guaranteed to find the best snow and least crowded trails!
All our guides are fully trained in First Aid and Avalanche Terrain and Rescue.
Groups are kept small, 5 sleds per guide so the trip moves right along.
Day 6: Activity day - Reykjavík
Since we make weather and ground conditions decide where it’s best to spend each snowmobile day, we’ll find on our last day an activity depending on those circumstances. Whether it’s hiking, sightseeing or a nice long geothermal bath, we’ll do something fun! Hence, marking the sixth and final day as an activity day before we arrive to Reykjavík capital.
Please check our equipment list in FAQ´s.
– Snowmobile (single ride) – Insulated cover-all – Helmet – Snowmobile balaclava face mask
– Lunch and snacks for the day Note: Price does not include accommodation. Please contact us for accommodation recommendation and we will advice you on where it is best to stay. Note: There is a 20 year´s age limit for this tour.
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The south coast of Iceland truly is a must visit. With its contrasted nature and endless sightseeing opportunities and activities. It is hard to imagine that this area was covered with a thick layer of ash from Eyjafjallajökull volcano during the 2010 eruption, for miles the visibility was only a few yards!
On this tour we along with our friends at Basecamp Iceland provide you with a top of the line personal service, guided by professional local guides, we only operate small group sizes for you to enjoy the serenity of the glacier far away from the big bus destination.
Pick up starts in Reykjavík, from there we drive on road 1 towards our base by Gljúfrabúi waterfall. There we also visit the famous Seljarlandsfoss waterfall.
Our heavily modified super jeep truck then takes you for an adventurous ride up the Eyjafjallajökull towards our top of the line snowmobiles that provide you an exclusive access to the glacier volcano.
After an unforgettable snowmobile adventure we stop by at a nearby local restaurant for a lovely lunch before continuing our journey south. On our way you get to observe various waterfalls and troll like rock formations. You'll also get to explore the farmlands that were most affected by the eruption in 2010 with a stop at Þorvaldseyri farm before turning back to the city from Skógarfoss waterfall.
We then returning to Reykjavik just in time for dinner around 6 pm but with a check in on the black sand beaches along with some other carefully selected stops that were left out on the way south that morning.
‘Shared ride’ is when two people share one snowmobile. Each snowmobile can take 1-2 people at a time. If you are booking shared rides only and bookings are in odd numbers you will need to buy one single ride, be sure to book this correctly in the booking process below. If this is not booked correctly, we will charge the extra fee on location.
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Adventure seekers! Are you looking for some major excitement and want to ride in the Icelandic Highlands?
Then this is the tour for you – our Exclusive Highland Snowmobiling tour!
We show you how to play safely in the mountain terrain while you ride some amazing areas. This is not a follow-the-leader type trip; we’ll take you on an adventure. All levels of ability are welcome. Depending on the weather and ground conditions each day, our skilled guide will decide where it´s best to go on that day. By doing this, we can offer you the best day of snowmobiling adventure. So, come and join us for an adventure where you can enjoy all the beauty, which Iceland has to offer.
**You can also send us a special request and/or some basic information and we'll customize the perfect trip for you.**
Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, head-wear, gloves, lunch and snacks. Appropriate hiking boots/shoes are required.
– Snowmobile single ride – Insulated cover-all – Helmet – Snowmobile balaclava face mask – Light lunch is included
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We dedicate ourselves to providing outstanding personalized service in customizing tours and accommodating pre-designed tours according to our customers needs and wishes.
All adventures and glacier tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Southcoast Adventure does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. All customers are to realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.
Suitable for most people in fair condition. You have to be able to walk on uneven surface and hike for at least 2 – 3 hours at a slow pace, with breaks. Trails are generally of good quality and glacier travel at a relatively low angle.
Suitable for those in good condition who are able to walk for about 4 hours at a low or moderate pace. Trails are generally of good quality and glacier travel at a relatively low angle.
For someone in good hiking condition and with experience of hiking. Trails generally in fair conditions but some parts of the tour might be off track. Glacier/snow travel can be on uneven ground with challenging sections. Increased distance. We recommend guests have the ability to cover 12km a day on rugged trails and snow.
Only a few of our trips are defined as Demanding. Hence most of our tours are rated Easy, Moderate or Challenging. Demanding tours are for someone in very good hiking and physical condition. Trails generally in fair conditions but large sections of the tour might be off track. Glacier/snow travel on uneven ground with some challenging sections. Increased distance. we recommend guests have the ability to cover 20+ km a day on uneven trails and snow. A significant increase in elevation and some technical difficulty should be expected.