Langjökull glacier

Langjökull is the second biggest glacier in Iceland.

Langjökull glacier is located in the West of the Icelandic highlands and is the second largest glacier in Iceland. It is a breathtaking destination offering unique adventures for thrill-seekers and nature enthusiasts alike.

Langjökull, meaning "Long Glacier," stretches over 50 kilometres and provides a stunning landscape of icy expanses, rugged terrains, and glacial features.

Langjökull Glacier is a must-visit destination for anyone travelling to Iceland. Its majestic beauty and the array of activities available make it a unique and unforgettable experience.

Whether hiking on the glacier, exploring ice caves, or riding a snowmobile, Langjökull offers something for everyone.

With a local guide, you will have an unforgettable visit to Langjökull Glacier. Several tour companies offer trips that include transportation, glacier activities, and guided tours. 



Popular activities

1. Glacier hiking

A guided hike allows you to explore the glacier on foot. You'll learn about its formation and unique features and witness stunning ice formations.

2. Ice caving

Visit the man-made ice cave tunnels and natural ice caves within Langjökull. The tunnels offer a fascinating insight into the glacier's internal structure, with mesmerizing blue ice walls.

3. Snowmobiling

Experience the thrill of snowmobiling across the vast icy expanse. Guided snowmobile tours are available, providing all necessary equipment and safety instructions.

4. Super Jeep tours

Embark on a rugged adventure with a super jeep tour, which allows you to traverse the challenging terrain and reach remote areas of the glacier.

5. Glacier snorkeling and diving

For the adventurous, snorkelling and diving in the glacial waters at Silfra, near Thingvellir National Park, offer a unique experience of exploring the crystal-clear fissures between tectonic plates.



Getting there 

By Car

From Reykjavik, it's approximately a 2-3 hour drive to Langjökull Glacier.

Take Route 1 (the Ring Road) north from Reykjavik and then Route 50 towards Borgarnes.
Continue on Route 50 until you reach Route 518, which leads to Húsafell. From there, follow signs for Langjökull Glacier.

By tours

Many tour operators offer tours to the Glacier with local guides.



When to visit

Summer (June to August): Offers milder weather and longer daylight hours, making it ideal for outdoor activities.

Winter (December to February): This period provides an authentic winter wonderland experience, perfect for ice cave explorations and snowmobiling.

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What to  bring

Dress in layers with thermal underwear, a warm fleece or woollen sweater, and a waterproof and windproof outer layer.

Waterproof hiking boots with good ankle support.

Bring gloves and a hat to keep your extremities warm.
Sunglasses and Sunscreen as the reflection off the ice can be intense, even on cloudy days.

Safety tips

Always go with a guided tour, especially if you are not experienced in glacier travel.

Listen to your guide's instructions and stay within marked paths.
Be prepared for rapidly changing weather conditions.



Nearby attractions


A charming town near the glacier, offering hot springs, lava caves, and beautiful hiking trails. 

Hraunfossar and Barnafoss

Stunning waterfalls are located about an hour's drive from Langjökull. Hraunfossar features a series of waterfalls streaming out of a lava field, while Barnafoss is known for its rapid waters and intriguing folklore.

Thingvellir National Park

A UNESCO World Heritage site where you can witness the rift between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.


West Iceland

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  • Lattitude: 64.653889
  • Longitude: -20.144722