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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. - Apr.

  • 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
Jokulsarlon 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 naturally formed Ice Cave is a once in a lifetime experience. The natural 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 Jokulsarlon 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.

What does meet on location entail?

Meet on location means travelling to the location of the tour yourself and then meeting our tour guides rather than being picked up and taken to the location.

Where is Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon located?

Jökulsarlon is situated in the South East of Iceland on the edge of a glacier called Breiðamerkurjökull. It is about a 4.5-hour drive from Reykjavik.

Does the ice cave always look exactly the same?

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 caves are formed in different locations. We will visit the best available 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 an ice cave 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 ice cave 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 ice cave tour?

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

Where can I find more information about Ice Caves?

The Ice Caves in Iceland are truly magical. If you want to learn more about them this information page on Ice Caves will be a great help.

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: 4.6/5 based on 31 customer reviews


"Glacier Ice Cave Tour" | 5 stars By Jack Lundberg 10/12/2018
My wife and I signed-up for the Arctic Adventure glacier ice cave tour on the spur of the moment, doing so the night before. Ours was the 14:00 tour which during winter, is the last one of the day and we highly recommend. To say the experience was fantastic would be a gross understatement. Nothing quite prepares you for driving onto and across a miles-wide glacier, let alone, exploring hundreds of feet into and under a 1,000' thick--or more!--sheet of moving ice!! Our guide--Andrew--was first class, very informative, and attentive, and Arctic Adventures supplied the helmets, torches, crampons, and the monster vehicle needed for an thoroughly enjoyable experience. We had such a tremendous time and experience that we recommended it to a number of other tourists before we even departed Iceland! It's that good! Thank you Arctic Adventures and Andrew for an experience we wont' forget!!
"Wonderful experience" | 5 stars By Beatriz 08/12/2018
The blue ice cave was just unbelievable!
"It was a amazing tour with two..." | 4 stars By Lorenz 07/12/2018
It was a amazing tour with two very beautiful extra stops on the Glacier. Thank you for this experience!
"Crystal Ice Cave - Awesome" | 5 stars By Scott McClelland 02/12/2018
This was the highlight of the trip to Iceland. A must do for anyone visiting. Thor, our guide was absolutely wonderful.
"It will be even nicer that..." | 4 stars By Jen Lee 28/11/2018
It will be even nicer that if the tour guide could bring a big bright light along so even in dark days, we could get some blue from the cave. The rest of everything had been perfect!
"Great Experience" | 4 stars By IH 21/11/2018
A bit disappointed as the Ice Cave wasn't showing blue colour on the ice due to no sunlight on the day we visited as per our tour guide.
"Awesome experience" | 5 stars By Kathrin Mayer 18/11/2018
Our Tour Guide Runar was so cool and told us really interesting facts about the glacier, the lagoon and also the vulcanos. I highly recommend this tour to everybody. The drive up the glacier, the walk on the glacier and the ice caves... Everything was so amazing and really awesome. Thanks to Artic Adventures
"Ice Cave Tour" | 4 stars By Miriam Perez 18/11/2018
Great tour. Was able to change glacier walking tour to big truck transportation ride without a hitch. Loved the bouncy, crossing a river part. I also booked a Silfra snorkeling tour for my son and guide Crystal was fantastic. Thor for the cave tour was nice and easy going. I have no complaints at all. For the Silfra tour we we're late because of lost luggage and Artic re-booked for the following day. If you run into issues such as losing luggage, getting lost, etc, give them a call and explain your situation. This was my 2nd visit to Iceland and would gladly return and book tours with Arctic.
"Ice Cave Tour" | 5 stars By Lee 18/11/2018
Very unique experience with professional guide, amazing!
"Fantastic Experience" | 5 stars By Lynn Giuliani 13/11/2018
I just want to let you know that our tour guide Tim from Wales was fantastic. He was timely, drove safely, explained so many things and told several tall tales which were fun. He made our experience amazing. Highly recommend!
"Spectacular but short lived" | 4 stars By Sadik 12/11/2018
It was an amazing experiance and perfect blue sky weather for it, Ziggy our tour guide was helpful and informative and gave us a really good scene matching music vibe ride that added to the experiance. Our only downer is that it was really short lived, the travel to the caves took most of the 2hrs than the 5min cave exploration and photo opportunities, we felt too rushed out of the caves to fully absorb its beauty and get good shots. If i do this ever again id probably look for half day tour
"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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