Crystal Ice Cave
Ice cave tour from Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Explore a stunning crystal ice cave in Europe's largest glacier Vatnajökulll.
A fantastic winter experience in Vatnajökull national park in the Southern part Iceland.
Just imagine, standing inside an ancient glacier and everywhere you look there are different shades of beautiful blue colors and natural creations. This stunning phenomenon is a must see for anyone visiting Iceland during wintertime.
November 10th - March 31st
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Crystal ice cave
- Vatnajökull - Europe's largest glacier
- A guided visit to an ice cave
- All necessary glacier gear needed
A visit to a crystal cave is a once in a lifetime experience. The blue light seeping through the dense ice is unique and it gives the cave an adventurous atmosphere. This is definitely a must see for all and especially photographic enthusiasts! We pick you up at Jökulsárlón Glacier lagoon and drive to the edge of the glacier where we gear up and get ready for the caving. Once inside the Crystal cave, you will have about 45 minutes to explore its wonders at your own pace. Please be sure to dress in warm and preferably water resistant clothing and good hiking shoes. We recommend that you spend the night in the vicinity of Vatnajökull because the road and weather conditions can be unpredictable during the winter in Iceland. We also offer two and three-day tours with departure from Reykjavik that include the crystal cave.
Crystal Ice cave tour departs from Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon wich is located 379km from Reykjavik which means, at least, four and a half hour drive from Reykjavik in best conditions. We recommend that you stay close to the glacier lagoon for one night, either before or after you visit the Ice cave. Please make sure to follow weather and road conditions before you take off – the weather can be totally different just out of the city. Safetravel gives warnings for the whole country.
What to bring: Warm and waterproof jacket and pants, hiking boots and headwear and gloves.
What if I don’t own all of these clothing necessaries?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. We do not rent gear from location.
*There is no guaranty that our group will be alone in the cave, as the same cave is used by more tour operators. If you are looking for a more exclusive experience we recommend the Into the Glacier tour.
From 15th of December to 15th of January daylight in Iceland is limited. We would like to make it very clear that during this time our 14:30 and 15:45 departures will take place as darkness falls, and you will be visiting the Crystal Ice Cave in the dark. The advantages to visiting the ice cave at this time include a less crowded experience and of course, beautiful blue ice photographic opportunities! We also provide powerful head torches allowing you to light your way safely to, from and inside the ice cave.
Please note that ice caves are an ever changing natural phenomenon and, therefore, unpredictable. We will visit one ice cave during the tour and the choice of a cave is based on conditions and safety.
Skaftafell is located about 330 kilometers from Reykjavík. See map for directions.
The Into the Glacier tour departs from the Glacier Guides booking hut in Skaftafell National Park and is up to 4 hours in duration. It involves hiking for approx. 3 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.
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.
We can rent out good hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers for all of our trips.
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 and we have also gladly refunded our guests that had booked well in advance of finding out the happy news. 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.
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.
Price from 19.990 ISK per person.
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We did the crystal cave tour, and it was AMAZING. I hate tours, but this one was really worth the trip to Iceland. The guides were friendly and professional, the places breathtaking. The drive on the fresh snow was lots of fun, the ice cave one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen.