Ice Cave Safari - Glacier hike and visit a stunning natural ice cave and then drive to Jökulsárlón for a tour of the Crystal Ice Cave - When booking this tour you save 25% off the total price!
Join us for an incredible full day glacier fiesta – visit two stunning glacier caves and enjoy a glacier hike for sensational glacier day in Vatnajökull National Park. Hike to an ice cave high on Falljökull, a glacier tongue of Vatnajökull glacier, then drive to Jökulsárlón for an exciting tour of the Crystal Ice Cave. This is the best glacier cave experience ever!
Unfortunately, this tour will not be operated again until November 1st 2018. If you are looking for an Ice cave tour, we highly recommend our Katla Ice Cave Tour from Vík. Please have a look at our glacier tours in the Vatnajökull Glacier area.
November - March
Meet on location
Skaftafell / Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
- Tour highlights
- Small Group Experience
- Vatnajökull - Europe's Largest Glacier
- Visit a Natural Ice Cave
- A Guided Glacier Hike
- Visit to the Crystal Ice Cave
- Super Truck Ride to the Crystal Ice Cave
- Certified glacier guide
- Crampons & All Other Glacier Gear
- Glacier Hiking on Falljökull Glacier
- 2 Ice Cave Tours Guided in English
- Transfer to and from the Crystal Ice Cave
On this combo ice cave tour you visit two ice caves and enjoy a glacier hike. You get a 25% reduction on the total price!
You meet us at the Glacier Guides booking office at the Skaftafell National Park car park. Please note, you need to get to the booking office at least 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time. Our friendly guides will greet you and make sure you have all the gear you need for your glacier hiking and ice caving adventure tour. The drive to Falljökull glacier only takes 15 – 20 minutes, this glacier is an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, and stunning ice scenery will be all around you. Your guide will show you how to use the crampons and other gear and give you a safety briefing before leading you onto the ice. You will hike through magnificent scenery, quite high up on the glacier, to a completely natural ice cave. We give you time to explore all the cave has to offer, around 15 to 20 minutes, taking a couple of totally unique photos inside the cave is an absolute must. We then hike across the rugged ice-landscapes of the glacier for 15 to 20 minutes, returning to the start point of your great adventure.
Ice caves can only be visited in the winter season when the temperature drops to well below zero, the rivers which flow under the glacier freeze then, leaving wonderful ice caves for us to explore. Exciting new caves form each year in different locations, as the winter progresses the features inside these caves continue to evolve and change. We always choose the best caves to visit, our choices are based upon the conditions and safety considerations each time.
You now need to drive to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon car park for episode two of your grand glacier day! The distance is 56.6 km (35.17 mi), in good conditions the drive takes 45 minutes and check in is 15 minutes before your tour starts. Safetravel gives road condition and weather warnings for the whole country.
The Crystal Ice Cave in Vatnajökull National Park is incredibly stunning, everywhere you feast your eyes there are amazing shades of blue ice and ice formations. We meet you at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon then drive you to the glacier. We issue your glacier gear and you are ready, you will be wearing a helmet, so it is good to bring a non-bulky hat to wear under it.
Stepping inside this cave is a real glittering crowning glory moment! Blue light radiating through solid ice is so special, adding greatly to the adventurous atmosphere inside the cave. You get about 45 minutes to explore the majestic wonders inside the cave, so you can take photographs and explore at your own pace! Of course, your guide will tell you all about the cave and how this incredible ice-cavern was fashioned by the hand of nature! We will then drive you back to Jökulsárlón where we picked you up. This tour has it all – glacier hiking, visits to two stunning ice caves and magnificent Vatnajökull scenery!
What to bring: Warm layers, waterproof top layer, headwear, gloves, scarves and hiking shoes.
What if I don’t own all of these clothing items?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process.
You must arrange your own transport to Skaftafell for your first ice cave tour and glacier hike. Check in is 30 minutes prior to the departure time. You will then need to drive yourself to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon ready for your tour of the Crystal Ice Cave. Check in is at least 15 minutes before the departure time.
The Into the Glacier tour departs from the Glacier Guides booking hut in Skaftafell National Park and is up to 3 hours in duration. It involves hiking for approx. 1-1,5 hours, up on Falljökull Glacier visiting a beautiful ice cave along the way. During the tour participants go higher up on the glacier than the Crystal Ice cave tour and therefore the ice is thicker in the cave making it a little less blue.
Your guide will take the time to explain to you the scenery that you are seeing and tell you all there is to know about glaciers.
The into the Glacier tour is a combination tour of glacier hiking and ice cave exploring.
The Crystal Ice Cave tour departs from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and is up to 3 hours in duration. A large off-road jeep will take you to a relatively large ice cave located on the bottom of Breiðármerkurjökull Glacier. This tour offers you the chance to venture inside the crystal ice cave and take photos of its picturesque crystal surroundings for up to 40 minutes. You will then jump back on the jeep which will return you safely to the same location that you started at.
This tour doesn’t include any hiking, it includes exploring the ice cave and offers you the opportunity to take photographs from inside the cave for up to 40 minutes. The ice cave is very beautiful, which makes it very popular with many other operators and tourists, for this reason very reason it is therefore likely that you will be sharing the location with other groups.
If you are looking for a tour that combines a visit to an ice cave with glacier hiking then Into the Glacier is the tour for you.
If you are looking for a tour that will take you directly to an ice cave for some great photo opportunities inside an ice cave then the Crystal Ice Cave tour is the tour for you.
This is a great question. We would like to ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pick-up time as you could be our first pick-up.
Please be at your assigned pick-up location from the start time of your pick-up and 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.
View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.
No, absolutely not. Due to safety reasons, it is strictly prohibited. If we suspect that participants are intoxicated we will prohibit them from joining the tour.
Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Special Tours, has been a favorite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time). Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs (the hot spring part is particularly popular with the kids:)). Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
We recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland, we actually recommend that whenever and whereever you travel you take out a good travel insurance, as world travelers ourselves it has saved us money and aggravation many times.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.
All of our tours are guided in English.
Iceland is known for colorful weather. It can sometimes show you all 4 seasons in one day.
Dressing for this sort of weather can be a challenge so we always recommend to dress in layers. Dress is 3 or 4 upper layers such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof wind-breaker. Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet. Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflection off of the glacier.
You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours. If you do not own a pair then we rent out good hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers.
We recommend bringing your own backpack on our full day or 1/2 day tours. It’s great to carry a small lunch or some extra clothing.
You can bring you camera along, and you should definitely bring one since the setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.
This is, of course, a personal choice, we have often had pregnant women on our trips. We recommend you take a close look at our trip description and difficulty rating, they will hopefully give you a better idea. It is also good to contact your physician, pregnant women’s health can be quite different. Feel free to contact us if you have further questions or concerns.
We do not provide lunch on any of our trips, so we recommend you bring your own lunch (for the longer trips), snacks and a bottle of water (you can refill it on the trip).
Crampons are metal spikes that we attach to the soles of your hiking shoes, these enable you to walk on the glacier ice without slipping.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified glacier guide on each trip glacier tour we offer.
We have several ice cave tours, for example, Snowmobile & Ice Cave, Crystal Ice Cave and Into the glacier. The length of time spent in the ice cave varies with each tour and can be from 15-45 minutes approximately. However, there will always be enough time for you to explore the cave and take photographs.
Ice caves are an ever-changing natural phenomena that are only accessible during winter when the temperature drops well below zero so the water from the rivers that run underneath the glacier freezes and leaves us with this phenomena to explore. Each year new caves are formed in different locations. We will visit one naturally formed ice cave during this tour and the cave we visit is chosen based on conditions and safety each time.
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.