Glaciers, which cover about 10% of Iceland's surface, are enduring objects of fascination to Icelanders. Traversing glaciers is generally done on snowmobiles, Super Jeeps, skis, dog sleds, or by foot. In hiking tours, participants often wear crampons and walk a set distance apart in single file, fastened to each other with ropes and safety harnesses; some tours also involve wielding ice axes or rappelling (aka abseiling) into crevasses. Snowmobile tours can be tamer than expected, proceeding single-file with the slowest driver setting the pace. Advertised prices assume two persons per snowmobile; riding solo may cost extra.

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Be advised: Glaciers can be very dangerous. 

Tour Operators

Several companies offer glacier tours that start in Reykjavík and often tie in sightseeing and other outdoor activities. Langjökull, Iceland's second-largest glacier—and the glacier closest to the capital—is a popular and convenient destination. The Activity Group slips snowmobile rides on Langjökull into some day-long Super Jeep sightseeing tours.

Iceland Rovers offers 11-hour Super Jeep trips, with a four-person minimum, from Reykjavík to Mýrdalsjökull, where you can choose between a glacier hike (26,900kr/$430/£215) and an hour on a snowmobile (32,700kr/$/523£262). A very similar tour led by Mountain Taxi, Trönuhrauni 7, Hafnarfjörður (tel. 544-5252; www.mountaintaxi.is), takes 9 hours and costs 30,800kr/$493/£246), with a stop at the bird sanctuary of Dyrhólaey.

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The Super Jeeps reach some beautiful, remote spots inaccessible to regular cars, but you can save lots of money by renting a car for the day and driving to Mýrdalsjökull, where local tour operators lead glacial hikes and snowmobile rides. If you'd rather not drive, Arctic Adventures offers well-priced tours with transport from Reykjavík. 

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.