Explore a stunning crystal ice cave in Europe's largest glacier Vatnajökull.
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.
If you wish to visit add a glacier hike to your ice cave experience see Into the Glacier tour.
Or if you are looking for a natural ice cave to visit in spring or summer see The Ice Cave Under the Volcano.
November 10th - March 31st
Meet on location
Jokulsárlon Glacier Lagoon
- Tour highlights
- Crystal ice cave
- Vatnajökull - Europe's largest glacier
- Ride in a super truck to the glacier
- A guided visit to an ice cave
- All necessary glacier gear needed
- Guided tour in English
- All ice caving equipment
- Transfer to and from the Crystal Ice Cave
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. You will be wearing a helmet so a smaller hat is definitely recommended for it to fit underneath the helmet.
After we have explored the cave we will start making our way back to the location where you were picked up.
Warm and preferably water-resistant clothing along with good hiking shoes are very important so you can enjoy the tour to its fullest.
We recommend that you spend the night in the vicinity of Vatnajökull because the road and weather conditions can be unpredictable during winter in Iceland. We also offer two and three-day tours with departure from Reykjavik that include the crystal cave.
The Crystal Ice cave tour departs from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon which is located 379km from Reykjavik which means, at least, 4.5 hours drive from Reykjavik in best conditions. Staying close to the glacier lagoon for one night, either before or after you visit the ice cave is therefore not a bad idea.
Please make sure to follow weather and road conditions before you take off – the weather can be very different just out of the city. Safetravel gives warnings for the whole country.
What to bring: Warm and waterproof jacket and pants, hiking boots, headwear and gloves.
Check-in is no later than 15 minutes before the tour starts.
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 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.
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 Elding, 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 (to be found here) are also suitable for all ages. 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.
Before starting any of our more technical trips, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their particular trip. The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.
Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.
Last we would like to underline how important it is to dress according to instructions of the tour and the weather of the day. Always read the “what to bring” very well.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routesdepending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
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.
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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"Amazing Crystal Ice Cave Tour"
The crystal ice cave was definitely one of the highlights of our winter trip to Iceland. And if you are here during the winter months this tour should be on your list of things to do. What a great experience. There were a few groups in the cave while we were there, but it was large enough that you never felt cramped. The tour guides allowed plenty of time for taking pictures and exploring the cave. So glad we included this as part of our trip. The Arctic Adventures staff were friendly and helpful. The booking process was easy. I would recommend them for this tour.
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.