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Ice Cave Expedition

Ice Cave and Glacier Hiking tour

Hiking and ice caving adventure on Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. This tour offers a challenging 1-1.5 hour hike on the glacier

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Hike on a majestic Vatnajökull outlet glacier with an experienced glacier guide and explore the shimmering blue/white world within a stunning ice cave. Challenge yourself and get to know the glacier inside and out!

  • Availability

    Nov. - Mar.

  • Duration

    4.5-6 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Challenging

  • Pickup

    No

  • Meet on location

    Yes

  • Min. Age

    16 years

  • Ratio

    1:8

  • Departs from

    Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    29.900 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Vatnajokull - Europe's largest glacier
A visit to a natural ice cave
A guided glacier hike
Included
Certified glacier guide
Crampons and necessary glacier gear

If you want to get to know the glacier this is the tour for you. A challenging 1 to 1.5 hour hike on Breiðamerkurjökull, an absolutely stunning outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, Europe´s largest glacier will really show you the best of this fascinating ice world.

Your knowledgeable glacier guide will share lots of fun and fascinating glacier facts with you along the way. You will see the sharply ridged crevasses which meander their way through the ice, a little like mysterious labyrinths, the great moulins drilling their way down to the base of the glacier, acting as conduits for meltwater and helping the glacier to move. Even a glacier as weighty as Vatnajökull is always moving and changing, this is an incredibly vibrant place which will leave you feeling very humble in the face of nature.

Your invigorating and really exciting glacier hike will bring you to a magical glacier cave. There is nothing quite like the feeling of standing in an ice cave with ancient glacial ice below you, around you and above you. You really will feel as though Iceland is embracing you with great ‘icy-arms’. Your guide will tell you how ice caves and the stunning features within them are formed, and how blue ice is created by ice compression pushing the air bubbles out. Sometimes those blues are like transparent blue glass, other times they are more opaque. If you have any questions just ask. On the glacier you will hear unusual sounds, the ice cracking and creaking is one, the other sound you will often hear is more human – gasps of sheer awe.

Please remember to bring:
What to bring: Warm outdoor layers (not cotton or jeans), waterproof jacket and pants, hiking boots, headwear and gloves, snacks, drinks and a small backpack. It can get very bright on the glacier so sunglasses are useful too.

Please note

Proper hiking boots are absolutely essential, it is not possible to fit ice crampons to any other kind of footwear. For safety reasons people without suitable clothing will not be permitted to participate.

This tour is challenging, participants need to be in good physical condition.

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.

Are gaiters necessary?

Gaiters are optional but we always recommend that our participants use them. The weather in Iceland can be quite wet so the trails subsequently get wet as well. They are not necessary but being drenched on a hike when conditions are wet and muddy is very unpleasant. Some rain pants have straps at the bottom which serve a similar purpose as gaiters so if you are equipped with those you don’t need both.

Are hiking poles necessary?

Hiking poles are not necessary for this tour. The tour guides will provide you with an ice pick and all other safety equipment on the tour.

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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