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Crystal Ice Cave

Ice cave tour from Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Ice Cave Tour in Iceland | The Crystal Ice Cave

Explore a stunning crystal ice cave in Europe's largest glacier Vatnajökull.

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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.

  • Availability

    Nov. - Mar.

  • Duration

    2-3 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    No

  • Meet on location

    Yes

  • Min. Age

    6 years

  • Ratio

    1:14

  • Departs from

    Jokulsárlon Glacier Lagoon

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    18.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Crystal Ice Cave
Vatnajökull - Europe's Largest Glacier
Ride in a Super Truck to the Glacier
Included
Transfer to and from the Crystal Ice Cave
A Guided Visit to an Ice Cave
All Necessary Glacier Gear
All Required Safety Equipment
English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide
Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

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 in a super jeep 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.


Return time

You will return to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon approximately 2-3 hours after your pick-up.


Practical Information

What to bring: Warm and waterproof jacket and pants, hiking boots, headwear and gloves.


 

Please note

Check-in is no later than 15 minutes before the tour starts.

Ice caves are 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 unique 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.

How far are Skaftafell and the Glacier Guides sales office from Reykjavik?

Skaftafell is located about 330 kilometers from Reykjavík. See map for directions.

What is the difference between the Into the Glacier tour and Crystal Ice cave tour?

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, visiting Falljökull Glacier 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,  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.

I want to learn more about Ice Caves, is there any information to help?

It is a great idea to gain more knowledge about Ice Caves before your tour. They are amazing natural wonders and here is where you can find everything you need to know:

How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

Here you should wait for your guide.

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.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.

After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

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 favourite 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. 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.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

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.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

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.

How do I get to Reykjavik from Keflavík International Airport?

The drive from KEF airport to Reykjavik takes around 45 minutes. If your flight is delayed, please call our customer service team to go over what options you may have.

These are the two most common ways to get from the airport to Reykjavik city:

Airport Shuttle

The cheapest and most convenient way of getting to and from Keflavik International Airport. The shuttle drops you off at the BSI Bus Terminal downtown or takes you all the way to your hotel or the closest drop off location. If you’re arriving on the same day as your tour departures we highly recommend to pick BSI Bus terminal as your pick up location.

Book your airport transfer in Iceland.

Taxi

The quickest way to get to Reykjavik city is by a taxi. The taxis can drop you off at any of our pick-up locations. Taking a taxi is always more expensive than the airport shuttle.  

For further information about getting to and from Keflavík International Airport.

How is the weather/climate in Iceland?

There is a saying in Iceland, if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes. This might sound like a joke but it is strangely true! Thanks to the beloved Gulf Stream, our country enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate, this means refreshing summers and fairly mild winters. So basically, Iceland maintains a surprisingly moderate temperature all year around. For further information about the weather in Iceland and how to dress for it.

If your tour includes a glacier activity it’s very important to dress appropriately. Dress in 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 windbreaker. 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 from the glacier.

You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours.

What is tipping like in Iceland?

Tipping is not a requirement in Iceland although it is permitted and is well received in most cases.

What is internet access like in Iceland?

Iceland is a very high-tech country and we actually have one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the world. Many restaurants and cafés, especially in Reykjavik, have free Wi-Fi access, so if you have a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone you can get Internet access almost anywhere. All of our vehicles also have free Wi-Fi.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.

Should I bring mosquito repellent when traveling to Iceland?

Here is the plus side to a cold country like Iceland. No dangerous insects survive here! Iceland has about three areas where some mosquitoes have now settled but nothing you will have to worry about on our tours. So, to sum it up, no you will not need any repellant!

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.

For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.

 

What is it like to drive in Iceland?

Driving in Iceland can be tricky for two different reasons. The first being the weather conditions, especially in the winter months. The second reason is that if you’re not experienced in driving in conditions such as ice and snow then it could become dangerous.

If you are choosing a self-drive tour or to meet on location then make sure you have checked the driving conditions to make sure it is safe. At road.is you can find all the latest updates about travelling around Iceland. You should still check in the summer months just to make sure there is no storms or other types of weather warnings.

What type of safety can be expected on our tour?

Vehicles are equipped for both summer and winter driving conditions, and drivers are very experienced driving in difficult conditions.

Before starting any of the activities, 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 activity. 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.

Do I need any insurance before going on an Arctic Adventures tour?

As with any and all world travel, we strongly recommend having travel insurances that can provide cover if you need to cancel your travel reservation with short notice. We also recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland.

Useful numbers and services

Emergency number 112

Police 444-1000

Medical assistance 1770

Dental Emergency 575-0505

General Information 1819

Weather forecast www.en.vedur.is

Road conditions www.road.is

What should I wear on our glacier trip in Iceland?

Iceland is known for colourful 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 dressing in layers.  3 or 4 upper layers are highly recommended such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof windbreaker.

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 reflecting 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.

Do I need to bring a backpack on a glacier trip in Iceland?

We recommend bringing your own backpack on our full day or 1/2 day tours. It’s great to carry a small lunch and some extra clothing.

Can I bring my camera along on a glacier tour?

You can bring your camera along, and you should definitely bring one since the setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.

I am pregnant, can I still join a glacier hike?

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.

Do I need to bring a lunch with me on the glacier tours?

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).

What are crampons?

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.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures glacier tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified glacier guide on every glacier tour that we offer.

Does the ice cave always look exactly the same?

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.

What should I wear on our glacier trip in Iceland?

Iceland is known for colourful 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 dressing in layers.  3 or 4 upper layers are highly recommended such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof windbreaker.

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 reflecting 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.

Do I need to bring a backpack on a glacier trip in Iceland?

We recommend bringing your own backpack on our full day or 1/2 day tours. It’s great to carry a small lunch and some extra clothing.

Can I bring my camera along on a glacier tour?

You can bring your camera along, and you should definitely bring one since the setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.

I am pregnant, can I still join a glacier hike?

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.

Do I need to bring a lunch with me on the glacier tours?

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).

What are crampons?

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.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures glacier tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified glacier guide on every glacier tour that we offer.

Disclaimer
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.

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Crystal Ice Cave | Average rating: 4.7/5 based on 20 customer reviews


"Loved it!!" | 5 stars By bahouchins 20/03/2018
We had the best time on Ice Cave Tour! Our drivers and tour guide were all amazing and personable. The glacier views and cavers were so, so beautiful. Highly recommend!
"The tour was professional..." | 5 stars By Peter and Janet zeck 18/03/2018
The tour was professional and courteous handled from start to finish.
"Fun Ice Caving Experience!" | 5 stars By Callie Ackerman 15/03/2018
"Arctic Adventures provides awesome ice cave tours at a reasonable price. The tour guides are professional and knowledgeable about the tour itself and also good at answering random questions that guests come up with. We had signed up for the Crystal Cave Tour, but due to ice/snow melt it was flooded, Arctic Adventures provided a different tour for us to another ice cave. It was still a great experience and we really enjoyed the tour. I was appreciative that they did not cancel our tour, but rather find an alternative. Because of the tour I have amazing pictures of inside a glacier and on the glacial moraine - where many others will never have!
"Cave tour" | 4 stars By Omar 15/03/2018
Our crystal cave tour was changed to a different cave because of the weather conditions. they reached us on time and had an alternative (different cave). They look for our safety but also they provided a good alternative, we were afraid of doing the long haul just for nothing. We felt safe all the time and our guide took amazing pictures from us (they know the places and couple of tricks to get that amazing pic that you are looking for). The SUVs are super safe, our driver was super friendly and they stopped to take nice pictures from the glacier!!! Great guys
"Simply perfect!" | 5 stars By Aleks 13/03/2018
The experience in super smooth and joyful! Beginning from the booking up to the very end of the tour! Our guide Markus was very knowledgeable and friendly:) Gave a ton of interesting info! From an organisational standpoint, we even passed through booking amendment process, caused by unpredictable weather condition. So, had to slightly change a tour location. But even this process happened without any confusion. I do not feel you have something too improve in your workflows, just keep rocking!
"Good experience" | 4 stars By Antonio 12/03/2018
We couldn't do the Crystal cave tour because it was flooded, but we visited another ice cave, which was surprising. It was a great experience, but I think It is a little expensive.
"Amazing tour" | 5 stars By PEILIN LI 11/03/2018
We had a very nice tour in crystal blue ice cave.The guide was so nice and told us many things about how the ice cave becomes. It’s worth to have this tour.
"All staffs were very friendly, professional, and helpful" | 3 stars By Jiangdong Tong 28/02/2018
All staffs were very friendly, professional, and helpful. Great ride to and back from the cave. Learned a lot of interesting knowledges. The cave itself was a bit disappointed. Too many tourists in a small cave. Should take part in the longer excursion. The photographing stop on the way back was great.
"Ice Cave Tour was amazing!" | 5 stars By Sam Patterson 27/02/2018
Really enjoyed the tour, the drive to the ice cave was exciting and the ice cave was amazing. Well worth the time and price!
"Great Tour... but crowed" | 4 stars By Whitney Van Hise 26/02/2018
I was very impressed with the people we met from Arctic Adventures.. everyone was very professional and safe during our tour. Please note, my review has no refection on your company but more of a suggestion for all companies to work together to make this experience more special. My friend and i were very disappointed with the number of people that were in the glacier with us. I saw on the website that you have no control with the amount of tours that were in the cave with us.. however i never expected to have close to a hundred people inside. It was hard to get pictures of the small blue section and made us feel very claustrophobic. I'd like to suggest someone work with all glacier tour companies to make this more enjoyable for all visitors. Maybe: Spread out the tour times? maybe create a line outside the entrance (for all tour companies) and have an informational session outside the glacier while 3-4 tour groups are inside? and rotate out.. i know its not ideal to have a line outside.. but i honestly think it would be worth the wait to have a more private showing. Again, your company was very professional.. just the overall experience was a bit of a let down due to the amount of people inside. Thanks
"Breathtaking tour" | 5 stars By Eszter Karpati 02/02/2018
An ice cave tour is certainly a must do adventure while visiting Iceland winter time. Also, definitely not the one you should take the diy way. During our stay we hired a strong car but surely it was the best decision to rely on an experienced driver and a professional guide. We have learnt a lot about the genesis of gleciers and ice caves. Our tour guide was not only informative but also very patient and helpful while we were trying to take some pictures. Special thanks to our driver Miklos and guide Bori. You guys made our adventure really memorable.
"Ice Caving--Incredible" | 5 stars By Neal Orgain 24/02/2018
Arctic Adventures is a very professional outfit. Our guide, Oliver from England, did a fabulous job explaining everything about ice caves from what happens when there is a lot of rain (they flood and you cannot go into them) to how the caves are formed. He took many pictures of our group of four and knew how to get the right light effect to show off the blue glacier ice in the caves. The tour was very timely--a two hour tour. Our group had a great time and learned a lot. We would do it again (pricey but worth it)--maybe by adding a glacier hike or snowmobiling to the trip.
"Ice Cave Tour was amazing!" | 5 stars By Sam Patterson 27/02/2018
Really enjoyed the tour, the drive to the ice cave was exciting and the ice cave was amazing. Well worth the time and price!
"Amazing tour" | 5 stars By PEILIN LI 11/03/2018
We had a very nice tour in crystal blue ice cave. The guide was so nice and told us many things about how the ice cave becomes. It’s worth to have this tour.
"Simply perfect!" | 5 stars By Aleks 13/03/2018
The experience in super smooth and joyful! Beginning from the booking up to the very end of the tour! Our guide Markus was very knowledgeable and friendly:) Gave a ton of interesting info! From an organisational standpoint, we even passed through booking amendment process, caused by unpredictable weather condition. So, had to slightly change a tour location. But even this process happened without any confusion. I do not feel you have something too improve in your workflows, just keep rocking!
"Loved it!!" | 5 stars By bahouchin 20/03/2018
We had the best time on Ice Cave Tour! Our drivers and tour guide were all amazing and personable. The glacier views and cavers were so, so beautiful. Highly recommend!
"Cave tour" | 4 stars By Omar 15/03/2018
Our crystal cave tour was changed to a different cave because of the weather conditions. they reached us on time and had an alternative (different cave). They look for our safety but also they provided a good alternative, we were afraid of doing the long haul just for nothing. We felt safe all the time and our guide took amazing pictures from us (they know the places and couple of tricks to get that amazing pic that you are looking for). The SUVs are super safe, our driver was super friendly and they stopped to take nice pictures from the glacier!!! Great guys
"Fun Ice Caving Experience!" | 5 stars By Callie Ackerman 15/03/2018
Arctic Adventures provides awesome ice cave tours at a reasonable price. The tour guides are professional and knowledgeable about the tour itself and also good at answering random questions that guests come up with. We had signed up for the Crystal Cave Tour, but due to ice/snow melt it was flooded, Arctic Adventures provided a different tour for us to another ice cave. It was still a great experience and we really enjoyed the tour. I was appreciative that they did not cancel our tour, but rather find an alternative. Because of the tour I have amazing pictures of inside a glacier and on the glacial moraine - where many others will never have!
"The tour was professional" | 5 stars By Peter Zeck 18/03/2018
The tour was professional and courteous handled from start to finish
"Luckily due to the weather we were almost alone in the cave" | 5 stars By Alex 29/01/2018
Luckily due to the weather we were almost alone in the cave, amazing and fascinating! Our guide Maca was great thanks!
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