Glacier hiking and ice caving adventure in Vatnajökull glacier departing from Skaftafell. A grand tour on Europe's largest glacier.
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!
October 15th - March 31st
3 hours / 1-1,5 hours on ice
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Small group experience
- Vatnajokull - Europe's largest glacier
- A visit to a natural ice cave
- A guided glacier hike
- 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.
Ice caves are an ever changing natural phenomenon and, therefore, unpredictable. We will visit one ice cave during the tour and the choice of a cave is based on conditions and safety. Ice caves are only accessible during the winter months when the temperature drops well below zero.
The order of the itinerary can vary whereas, the visit to the ice cave might not be at the start of the adventure due to weather conditions and other related factors as well as to ensure a small group ice cave experience.
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. Bare in mind that you need to arrive no later than 30 min prior to your tour departure in order to not miss the tour.
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 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.
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.
Yes, so happy to be able to tell you yes:
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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“Into the Glacier”
My son and I went on this tour on 1/15/17. We were a bit reluctant to go on the tour due to the rainy weather in the forecast. However, we were glad we did. The staff was very friendly. Our guide Murk was very knowledgeable and answered the many questions that were asked. The glacier is amazing. The hike not very hard if you are in decent shape. You wear crampons that keep you from slipping while walking, The cave was interesting to see. You need to wear some warm clothing and something to repel rain if it is in the forecast. The tour is definitely worth it. Enjoy!