Join us on this marvelous snowmobiling tour on one of the gems in the South, the Eyjafjallajokull, and experience it in nothing less than a spectacular way. An extraordinary experience, this tour is the perfect opportunity for the thrill-seekers to have a good dose of adventure. Safe enough for the beginners and adventurous enough for the experienced drivers, this snowmobiling tour atop the Eyjafjallajokull Glacier awaits your arrival with bounds of new experiences and gorgeous landscapes to make your tour as perfect as anything can be.
Eyjafjallajokull Glacier - About the Location
Your snowmobiling tour will take place on one of the small-sized glacier-cum-volcanoes in the country. What makes Eyjafjallajokull Glacier special is its notorious nature. Eyjafjallajokull Glacier is a stratovolcano, a term used to describe the tall and conical shape of a volcano. Eyjafjallajokull Glacier is known in the whole country for its extremely active self in the year 2010. The activity in this volcano was so high that scientists got worried about an upcoming eruption. The eruptions of the Eyjafjallajokull Glacier started on March 20th in the year 2010 and lasted till August. The initial eruptions were on the lower scale of destructive but they picked the tempo in April which finally required the evacuation of the people living nearby. The eruption released a lot of volcano ash in the atmosphere which took several years to clear up. A sudden appearance was made by a lightning bolt in between the eruption amid the cloud of volcanic ash which earned the whole phenomenon the nickname, “dirty thunderstorm”.
A place which reeks of disruptive, dramatic, and truly terrific beauty, Eyjafjallajokull Glacier is perfect to take on any activity whatsoever if you are someone who would love to experience what is like to stand on a thick sheet of ice that houses a now-dormant but a volcano which has been active enough to take the volcano Katla head-on. Not to mention Eyjafjallajokull glacier also powers up many prominent waterfalls of the south including Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Skogafoss waterfall, and Kvernufoss waterfall. Needless to say, the views you will see when atop the glacier are unmatched in beauty.
Proceedings of the Tour
Your journey will start at the base which is located near Gljúfrabúi by Road 249. You can also choose to opt for the custom pickup and drop at your desired location if you like. You will meet your tour guide at the base who will then explain the whole process to you along with the safety procedure of the tour. After the introduction and induction, your guide will help you put on the snowsuit along with other protective equipment like helmet and gloves. Next comes hopping on a super jeep and head on to the slopes and then up to the place where snowmobiles are stacked.
The tour may last anywhere between 2 to 4 hours. The snow is quite thick and easy to access in winters so the lessened driving shortens the overall duration of the tour to 2 hours. But summer season brings in the need to drive higher up the glacier to reach the snow which makes the whole tour duration somewhere around 4 hours. Either way, you will get a full 1 hour to enjoy snowmobiling no matter the season or the driving time so that you have plenty of time to get a nice enough dose of thrill and adventure.
Experienced and qualified glacier guide
1 hour snowmobile ride
Glacier Super Truck transport to/from the glacier
Snowmobile per two persons
Helmet and balaclava face mask
Eyjafjallajokull Glacier volcano
Westman Islands / Vestmannaeyjar views
What to bring
Good to know
A valid international driver’s license is required to drive a snowmobile.
There are two people sharing a snowmobile on this tour. It is possible to book a single ride on the snowmobile when booking the tour.
Shared ride is when two people share one snowmobile. Each snowmobile can take 1-2 people at a time.
- It is mandatory to book a single ride on the snowmobile for groups with odd number.
You will be on the snowmobile for around 1 hour.
This tour is suitable for both single travelers, groups and families.
- It is possible to have a pick up in Reykjavik, Hella, Hvolsvöllur, Selfoss, & Vík for extra price – see booking engine.
- It is possible to book this tour as a private tour. The minimum passengers for a private tour is 3 persons.
We recommend that you arrive at the meeting point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time.
Interesting locations in the area
Hotels & Restaurants
Most frequent questions and answers
Pick up is not included in the tour but you can book pick up from Reykjavik, Hella, Hvolsvöllur, Vík & Selfoss for extra price.
If you book pick up, please be at your assigned location. You can find the pick up time at your voucher.
Here you should wait for your guide to arrive.
Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
Driving time to Gljúfrabúi Base from Reykjavík is around 1 hour & 45 minutes in good road conditions.
We always recommend to book as soon as you are ready especially if you have a strict travel schedule or a large group. This is a small group tour so it gets fully booked pretty quickly. It is easy to change or cancel 48 hours before departure by emailing us. Tours can also be purchased the day of as long as there are spaces available.
Wear warm clothes. Pick clothing according to weather that day. We advise that you dress in layers.
If the tour gets cancelled, for example due to weather, we will let you know as soon as possible and you can choose between rescheduling the tour or receiving a full refund.
You do not need previous snowmobile driving experience.
Your guide will provide easy to follow operating instructions.
However, you do need a valid Driving License if you intend to drive. If there are two of you, only one of you needs to bring a Driving License but if you both bring one, each of you can take a turn at driving.
Yes, you can. The plus side to being a cold country is that our glaciers are here all year around and we can go snowmobiling in every season.
We provide you with everything you need for a safe and comfortable ride.
We provide you with an overall, a balaclava, goggles, gloves and a helmet. This Equipment is all included in the price of the tour.
The minimum ratio for this tour is 2 people per tour. If you are traveling solo, you can contact us and we can see if there are other bookings on your requested date.
We do not recommend women who are pregnant to participate in our snowmobile tours. If you are traveling in a group, you are welcome to travel with them and stay at our base camp while the group goes on the snowmobile tour.
We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 2 days or less before event