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Into the Glacier

Ice Cave and Glacier Hike in Skaftafell Iceland

Explore the extraordinary ice caves of Iceland

Glacier hiking and ice caving adventure in Vatnajökull glacier departing from Skaftafell. A grand tour on Europe's largest glacier.

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This Ice caving and glacier hiking adventure tour in Falljokull glacier is a fantastic choice for any adventure enthusiast. Ice caves are naturally formed and are for that reason ever changing, making them even more charming and unique. The cave you visit on this tour is located quite high up on the glacier so a glacier hike is needed in order reach it. This adds value to the whole glacier experience giving you two activities in one tour.

Unfortunately, this tour is not operated in the present time. If you are looking for an Ice cave tour, we highly recommend our Katla Ice Cave Tour from Vík. Please have a look at our glacier tours in the Vatnajökull Glacier area.

  • Availability

    November 1st - March 31st

  • Duration

    ~ 3 hours

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    No

  • Meet on location

    Yes

  • Min. Age

    10 years

  • Ratio

    1:12

  • Departs from

    Skaftafell

  • Price from

    19.990 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 other necessary glacier gear

 

Your glacier hiking and ice cave adventure starts at the Glacier Guides booking office in Skaftafell, located at the parking lot in Skaftafell National Park. Please note that you need to arrive at our booking office no later than 30 minutes prior to your departure time. Upon arrival to our booking office, our guides and staff will greet you and provide you with all the necessary gear for your glacier hiking and ice cave adventure before heading to Falljökull glacier tongue. Falljökull glacier is an outlet glacier from the magnificent Vatnajokull icecap, the largest glacier in all Europe. The drive to Falljokull from the booking office in Skaftafell is about 15-20 minutes. It is a scenic drive and you can almost feel the excitement on the bus. From the parking lot of the glacier, your certified glacier guide will help you gear up and provide you with a safety briefing before accompanying you onto the ice. Once on the ice, you start hiking in magnificent scenery to the naturally formed ice cave/ice tunnel where we spend approximately 15-20 minutes exploring all that the cave has to offer. After taking a photo or two inside the cave we hike back over the glacier, through an adventures landscape of rugged ice.

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 to bring: Warm clothing,  waterproof jacket and pants, hiking boots, head-wear and gloves.
What if I don’t own all of these clothing necessaries?
Don’t worry, you can always rent the necessary clothing in the booking process.

If you are looking for an ice cave tour that includes transportation to/from Reykjavik please have a look at our South Coast Ice Cave and Jokulsarlon Ice Lagoon 2 day tour.

If you are looking for other options that include glacier exploration and transportation to and from Reykjavik please check out the Blue Ice tour or Glaciers & Waterfalls.  Please note that these are not ice cave tours.

Please note

You must arrange your transportation to the meeting point of the tour (Skaftafell is 4 hours east of Reykjavik). The bus schedule during the winter is very limited so it is highly recommended to rent a car and to stay in the area either the night before or after your tour. Driving times can be greatly affected by winter conditions so please be sure to give yourself enough time depending on winter road conditions.  Find out more about road and weather conditions. Bear in mind that you need to arrive no later than 30 min prior to your tour departure in order to not miss the tour.

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  hour, up on Falljökull Glacier visiting a beautiful ice cave/ice tunnel 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.

How long is the tour?

Approximately 3 hours, 1,5 hour on ice.

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

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.

View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

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.

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 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 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.

Do I need an insurance before going on an Arctic Adventures trip?

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.

What is a safety briefing?

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.

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 routesdepending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

What should we wear on our glacier trip in Iceland?

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.

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 or some extra clothing.

Can I bring my camera along on a glacier tour?

You can bring you 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 each trip glacier tour 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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Into the Glacier | Average rating: 4.9/5 based on 16 customer reviews


"Wonderful and very fun!" | 5 stars By Sarai Blaschke 08/03/2018
Absolutely loved the Into The Glacier tour. It was very fun and our tour guide was excellent and informative. I did not have the appropriate shoes for the tour and I was able to rent my boots easily. It was all a very smooth experience! Our group was small and we all helped each other along. I plan to do the Crystal Ice Cave tour on another trip to Iceland! Arctic Adventures, you guys rock!
"Glacier walk 4/3/18 Amazing!" | 5 stars By Denika 11/03/2018
Marcus was very knowledgeable about the local area and the glacier itself which made the trip more interesting. He was very clear about the crampon instruction as this is something important and i’d never used them before. We had lots of time on the glacier for pictures and to experience it’s amazing scenery and he was on hand to take pictures too. Overall an amazing afternoon with a great guide! I would highly recommend. Thank you. Denika & Liam (Manchester)
"The best tour ever!" | 5 stars By Gabriela Shaaban 19/03/2018
And the best Polish tour guide ever ;)
"Great Experience!!" | 5 stars By Amanda Fitzgerald 15/03/2018
My friend and I did this tour and were so glad we did! It was a great way to see the glacier and a cave, and probably much more worth it than paying the same amount of money to just see a larger ice cave as many of the other tours in the area offer. The ice cave was small, but still stunning and there was only our small group of 10 in it and we got cool pictures. Our guide, Simeon, was very knowledgeable about the glacier and Iceland. He also taught us some things about mountaineering and ice climbing. The hike was beautiful and I would definitely recommend it to anyone I know who enjoys hiking!
"Must do whilst in Iceland!" | 5 stars By T.Mak 15/03/2018
We arrived at the meeting point on time, and was greeting with enthusiastic staff members. They measure our feet for the crampons and checked that our footwear had adequate ankle protection. We then embarked upon the bumpy ride towards the foot of the glacier where we were assigned Oliver as our guide of the morning. Oliver was charming and friendly throughout the whole walk, he kept the group engaged with his energy and passion! We even had a guest appearance from his raven friends. Before approaching the ice cave, arctic adventure staff communicated well to inform each crew of the cave condition. We felt very safe in their hands. The ice cave was out of this world, it was such an amazing experience! Walking on the glacier was quite an experience too, we were taught how to put on the crampons and how to walk appropriately on the glacier. Oliver made sure each and everyone of us was safe, and encouraged us to go at our pace and he's always there to give us a hand if it was needed. All in all, had an amazing time, with a brilliant guide.
"All staff was efficient and worked together to get us on our tour on-time" | 5 stars By Jillian 20/03/2018
The check-in process was very well-organized. All staff was efficient and worked together to get us on our tour on-time. Our tour guide was great, but I wish there was a more local perspective. I wanted to know more about Iceland--its' history and geography, etc.
"Into the glacier" | 3 stars By Darren 04/03/2018
Tour guide Caroline was fantastic. Very spirited and knowledgeable. The tour was a bit lacking though. Too much time spent posing for fake climbing photos. I wish the trek on the glacier went longer. Its called a hike and this was hardly a hike. Still an amazing experience to be on the glacier though
"breathtaking experience for every level" | 5 stars By Taryn Erickson 05/03/2018
My traveling companion and I were originally booked on the “Crystal Ice cave” tour - we were emailed the day before and advised that our tour was cancelled due to the cave flooding. While initially being disappointed the email continued to read that we were put on the “into the glacier” tour. Which included a hike to a different cave and then to explore the cave. We had the most amazing time!! Our tour guide Ryan was knowledgeable and engaging, making us all feel capable and welcomed on the tour.... What started out as being a tour booked to just experience something new and take some cool pictures - turned into a breathtaking mini adventure. Highly recommend to everyone.
"Awesome experience !!" | 5 stars By Jonathan Flores Uribe 06/03/2018
We had booked the ice cave tour but due to a flooding it got canceled and we were offered the Glacier hike instead. We were amazed at all the beautiful scenery that we saw. Great landscapes and it was a very cool experience to walk on the glacier. We also got to visit a very beautiful ice cave and our guide Mike gave great explanations about everything we were seeing and enjoying. In the end we were very happy to have gone hiking in the glacier as we truly enjoyed it and would recommend people to try it out!.
"Thanks for a great adventure" | 5 stars By Sandra 07/03/2018
The overall experience was great! We've never been on a glacier before and were a little unsure about the hike, but felt very safe and well prepared the whole time. Our guide Chris was funny and yet very professional and answered all our questions competently. We'd recommend this experience to anyone, go see the glaciers of the world, before they're all melted!
"The best tour ever!" | 5 stars By Gabriela Shaaban 09/03/2018
The best tour ever! And the best Polish tour guide ever ;)
"Must-do adventure" | 5 stars By Kelly 22/03/2018
The glacier hike was an experience most do not get to have in their lifetime. It was an incredible experience to walk out onto the ice and climb and see these beautiful sights up close and personal. Walking through the ice cave was beautiful. I felt very safe with our guide and the spiked crampons. Learning about the glaciers and how the caves form and how they’re melting was fascinating. I would absolutely recommend this tour for anyone looking for an amazing experience and adventure. And some gorgeous photos.
"Highlight of Trip" | 5 stars By Dorie 24/03/2018
While Iceland is a land of many wonders, and it's a hard to choose a favorite thing about my trip, this glacier walk and ice cave tour were hard to beat. Our guide was fantastic, we had a small group and the things we get to see were incredible. The ice cave was by far one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. I would totally recommend this company and the into the glacier tour.
"Very professional and fun tour" | 5 stars By Gonçalo 24/03/2018
Everything was great, but if I have to point anything out it would be the way you communicate urgent matters to your customers. In my case, I had my original tour replaced by another one 55km away and I only knew this by reading an email that I got on the previous day. It was only by chance that I had internet access in time of changing my travel plans. My suggestion: if you get no response from your customers using email, then call them. That's why we left our phone numbers with you in the first place.
"Our guide Michael was very entertaining and strict about safety" | 5 stars By Laura Väyrynen 02/03/2018
Our guide Michael was very entertaining and strict about safety (which is a good thing) but in a nice and humorous way. Great tour!
"This tour really exceeded my expectation" | 5 stars By Juan 23/03/2018
This tour really exceeded my expectation, it’s was a very unique experience, small group. Our tour guide Pepe was great very informative and fun to be around.
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