Glacier tours and caving: walk on the wild side!
The Icelandic landscape is peppered with breathtakingly beautiful glaciers and caves. The largest glacier, Vatnajökull, is one of Europe’s largest and covers 8% of the entire country country.
Various companies in Iceland offer tours and recreational activities for visitors to enjoy the very best the country – and its natural wonders – have to offer.
One such company is Summit Adventure Guides, based in the Snæfellsjökull National Park in West Iceland. They offer a range of mountain activities around the famous Snæfellsjökull glacier, made famous in the Jules Verne novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
As well as skiing, mountaineering, Northern Lights and ‘glamping’ tours, Summit Adventure Guides specialise in glacier walking and hiking tours and caving activities at the nearby Vatnshellir caves.
Popular at this time of year is the company’s Midnight Sun Summit Tour, which takes the intrepid explorer up to a height of 1,000 m by snowcat, followed by a hike up the remaining 400 m (of altitude) in the midnight sun up to the summit of Snæfellsjökull glacier.
If ice is not your thing, Summit’s Vatnshellir cave tour is a 45-minute adventure into the entrails of an 8,000-year-old lava tube created by a volcanic eruption from a nearby crater.
Summit’s basic caving tour costs ISK 3.250 (approx. €24), while glacier hikes start from ISK 10,900 (approx. €78). Private tours on some of the company’s higher-end options start at ISK 89,000 (approx. €640).
Many Summit products are targeted towards small-group experiences and they welcome enquiries for customised tours.