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Vatnajokull Ice Cave & Glacier Hiking Tour

Visit a Naturally formed Ice Cave & Hike on Europe's Largest Glacier

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 takes place on the mighty Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier.  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 adding even more value to the whole glacier experience giving you two activities in one. This is truly an awe-inspiring adventure, visiting a glacier and its ice cave on the volcanic island of Iceland.

  • Availability

    Oct. - Mar.

  • Duration

    ~ 4 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Moderate

  • Pickup

    No

  • Meet on location

    Yes

  • Min. Age

    8 years

  • Ratio

    1:12

  • Departs from

    Skaftafell

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    13.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Vatnajokull - Europe's Largest Glacier
A Visit to a Natural Ice Cave
A Guided Glacier Hike
Included
English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide
Crampons and Other Necessary Glacier Gear
All Required Safety Equipment

The tour starts at the Glacier Guides booking office in Skaftafell. It’s a perfect tour for those looking for a shorter but stunning guided glacier walk with a visit to a mesmerising natural ice cave on the way- a fantastic all-around experience!

We start by hiking in a magnificent scenery, heading to one of the glacier tongues of the Vatnajökull ice cap. Your informative guide will explain the history and geology of the area along the way. It takes about an hour to reach the glacier where we gear up and get safety instructions from our skilled guides before setting foot on the ice. Afterward, we continue our hike over the glacier, through an adventurous landscape of rugged ice.

After a short walk on the glacier, we will explore a beautiful natural ice cave where we spend up to 30 minutes.  Ice caves are very popular during the winter- we may see other people there at the same time. A natural ice cave is definitely a must-see for anyone looking for a unique experience in Iceland!

The ice cave we visit is selected based on actual the conditions each time. We will spend about 1,5 hours on ice, including the glacier hike and the ice cave exploration. This tour is suitable for individuals who are able to comfortably walk for 3 hours outdoors across easy terrain.

If you are looking for a more extensive glacier hike in this area then the Glacier Explorer might be more suited for you.

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 one naturally formed ice cave during this tour and the cave we visit is chosen based on conditions and safety each time.

This tour is highly dependent on conditions (including temperature, safety, and accessibility). Ice caves must be treated with the utmost respect in regards to the ceiling being supportive along with other factors.


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 4,5-5 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 the current road and weather conditions on road.is, vedur.is and safetravel.is

Due to limited daylight, the last departure of the day will be done partly in the dark during the darkest months.

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 4 hours in duration. It involves hiking for approx. 2 hours, upon Skaftafellsjökull 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.

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.

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.

What equipment is provided when taking part on a Glacier Hike?

When glacier hiking you will be provided with an ice axe, harness and helmet. This will help you to complete the tour safely.

Why are there glaciers in Iceland?

When snow stays long enough in one place it turns to ice. Over long periods of time, the ice layers up becoming huge blocks called glaciers. As there is a lot of snow in Iceland,  it forms to create ginormous glaciers that sweep across huge masses of land. Iceland is home to Europe’s largest glacier named Vatnajökull. This Glacier Guide will also tell you everything you may want to know about Glaciers.

What if it is raining?

Rain is not uncommon in Iceland. However, we do not let the rain stop our tours. This is why having appropriate clothing is very important to keep you warm and dry. Nature is not something that we can control and therefore we need to adapt to the weather. If your safety is compromised by going on the tour, we will cancel and you will be fully refunded.

Where can I find more information to prepare me for my Glacier Hiking tour?

This guide to Glacier Hiking includes all the information you might need when preparing for a glacier hike.

Does the ice cave always look exactly the same as on the pictures?

The caves are in a constant change so they might look different from what you see in the picture. Air temperature, sunshine, precipitation, geothermal activity, and many other factors cause significant changes in the formation of the ice caves and this process is exclusively controlled by Mother Nature.

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. Make sure to have a tripod with you, since it’s quite dark inside the cave and extra batteries.

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.

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Vatnajokull Ice Cave & Glacier Hiking Tour | Average rating: 4.8/5 based on 89 customer reviews


"Professional" | 4 stars By ruizi 06/04/2019
We really like this adventure! The equipment is professional, most of them are for protecting our safety. The tour guide was so nice, he was expert in finding danger. We got experienced everything that the website's introduction promised.
"Great Tour into the Glacier" | 5 stars By Eric Arwed Mesenholl, M.Sc. 05/04/2019
We went on the Tour with our Tour Guide Kish! That was just great! We had a great time and would do it again.
"Excellent" | 5 stars By Kaylee Vos 04/04/2019
Our glacier cave hike was an experience of a lifetime! Our tour guide Kish was EXCELLENT. We learned lots and the views were breath-taking -- it was definitely the highlight of our time in Iceland.
"Great tour" | 5 stars By Raymond li 03/04/2019
Very nice tour and we enjoyed it
"Fantastic, could not recommend highly enough" | 4 stars By Angela S 01/04/2019
Into the glacier was an incredible experience and certainly a highlight of our trip. Our tour guide, Adam, was an absolute delight. We dare say that not even the northern lights shine as brightly as his sparkling enthusiasm and passion for glaciers. A truly unique and awe inspiring experience of nature. Only wish the tour had been longer.
"An absolute must" | 4 stars By Lisa 31/03/2019
If you're visiting the area around Skaftafell, you absolutely have to go on a tour like this. It's worth every penny and is an unique experience!
"Wonderful glacier experience!" | 5 stars By Lauren Straub 30/03/2019
My friends and I had a wonderful time hiking the glacier with Tony as our guide. We were constantly in awe of our surroundings, and felt safe every step of the way. Thank you so much, Tony and Arctic Adventures!
"Amazing!" | 5 stars By Mark Paul 26/03/2019
Trully amazing tour. Amazing tour guide! I forget the gals name but she was a little Irish girl in for just the winters. Very knowledgable and amazing person. I would highly recommend this experience to anybody and everybody!
"Such a great tour!" | 5 stars By Kristi 25/03/2019
Went on a hike the previous day to see the glacier from above and wished I was one of the people on it and the next day I got my wish. The tour was great- spending time in the ice cave and walking around the glacier- I didn't think we would get as much time walking on the glacier as we did. The guide was super friendly and enthusiastic. Would definitely recommend to anyone who wants to experience walking on a glacier and using crampons!
"Great Experience" | 5 stars By Alaina Atkinson 23/03/2019
Very good overall your. It was safe but exciting and the hot chocolate on top of the glacier was a nice touch. Well done
"Awesome" | 5 stars By Ross 22/03/2019
Tony was our tour guide on a Thursday morning to visit Vatnajokull. Tony was friendly, focused on our safety, conversational, and extremely knowledgeable about Iceland, the life cycles of glaciers, local wildlife, history, and language. I felt like I was getting a guided tour from a mountain-climbing historian and glaciologist. The caves and glacier themselves were gorgeous, and Tony's explanations of the ice structures were very engaging for me. I would absolutely recommend him and Arctic Adventures generally to anyone visiting Iceland.
"Amazing view and fun activities" | 5 stars By Zac 21/03/2019
First of all, the whole experience is super fun, and with all these gears, you will look like a professional in pictures. On top of that, the view is just out of this world, snowy mountain peaks, miles long glaciers, sapphire blue ice. Highly recommend this tour to all adults, it is not that challenging. And big thanks to our guide Kesh(I might spell it wrong), very friendly, knowledgable, professional with sense of humor as well, he even provided us hot chocolate, which makes the whole icy tour not so icy. 5 stars!!
"Ice Cave and Glacier Walk" | 5 stars By Orsolya Both 19/03/2019
We took the glacier Walk and Ice cave tour with my mother and boyfriend in March. Our guide was very nice and he put us on the front of the line just behind him so I can translate to my mother who does not speak English well and ask if I did not catch everything. The tour was amazing, the ice was blue in the corridors and in the cave. It was an unique experience.
"AMAZING TOUR GUIDE AND COMPANY" | 5 stars By Paul Hong 11/03/2019
A buddy and I embarked on a glacier tour just a week ago (early March) and had an absolute blast. Our guide, Tony, was super knowledgeable and friendly. He shared with us how he discovered his passions for outdoor activities and made us feel comfortable during the entire trip. Would recommend 11/10!
"Would do it again!" | 5 stars By Paige K 11/03/2019
"We debated over a few different glacier tours, but wanted to do something that showed us the most natural ice cave, so we landed on this one & I'm so happy we did! We did this hike on our last day in Iceland, & it was a great way to end the trip - you can't understand what the glacier looks like until you're actually standing on it, or in it. Our tour guide was great! Fun, friendly, kept things light, made sure we stayed safe, & taught us a lot about the history, the changes, etc. Have already recommended this tour to others I know headed to Iceland."
"Tour guide Maxim" | 5 stars By Nikita Korcagins 10/03/2019
We had amazing tour guide, wish you to have more guides like Max. Everything was perfect! Hold on and keep on making such interesting tours -️
"Awsome Pawsome." | 5 stars By Furkan Serhatlıoğlu 05/03/2019
Great Great Great guide. He was so helpful. He was talking so fluent. Me and my girlfriend couldn't enyoj a glacier tour more than this. Great tour and great adventure. Thank you Arctic Adventures!
"Nice walk" | 5 stars By Joey S. 28/02/2019
Went in late February of 2019 with my two twentyish boys. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. It isn’t a hard walk with the crampons they provide. The ice pick is to give you the “experience”. The weather was actually warm but we peeled off layers. The cave is small but you’ll appreciate it. The glacier is about 4 hours from Reykjavík but the scenery made the trip quick. I’d definitely recommend it.
"Amazing experience!" | 5 stars By Mel 28/02/2019
I am not athletic but this tour has taught me that I need to work on my cardio! I loved our tour guides Christian and Maxim! They were informative and made us laugh throughout the whole tour. They slowed down for us when we needed a break (cause trust me I needed it). Christian even brought us hot chocolate! I would totally recommend them! Had an amazing time and the glaciers were beautiful. 10/10!!!
"Very good guide, very incredible tour" | 5 stars By Jean-Yves Léger et Chloé Lepers 27/02/2019
"Thanks you so much Jen, our english guide, and all the arctic adventures team, it was a marvellous tour for us, anyway the glacier show us the consequences of the human activity on earth. Thanks too for it. We can recommend Arctic Adventures to all our friends. JY"
"Wonderful." | 5 stars By Teddy 27/02/2019
Well conceived and well organized. Thank you!
"Raw nature in all its splendour" | 5 stars By Martijn 25/02/2019
Wonderful experience from start to finish. Great guide who told us all about the glacier, ice cave and surroundings. We were very lucky with the weather too, so had a blue sky, which made the walk all the more picturesque.
"Do it again!" | 5 stars By Bernadet 22/02/2019
"It was awesome. A tour with an amazing guide. Max is competent and funny. We were four. Everyone have appreciate. If i come back in iceland, i'll do it again. Ps : sorry for my approximative english, i'm french."
"Best Experience!" | 5 stars By Sean Russell 20/02/2019
The glacier hike and ice cave tour was my best experience while visiting Iceland. Highly recommend if you're in this part of the country!
"Amazing experience!" | 5 stars By Sanda 18/02/2019
A definite highlight of our visit to Iceland. Our guide Maxim was excellent! He made sure our safety was first above all else but he kept us ahead of schedule so we were able to see more during our hike. His instructions were clear and he made sure we got the most out of our day with him. Highly recommend this tour!
"The best experience!" | 5 stars By Amy Weatherley 11/02/2019
I had the best time hiking over the glacier! Our tour guide was brilliant and was really knowledgable. I met some really amazing people in my group too. It was an all round amazing experience!! Not everyday you can climb a glacier!!
"Amazing glacier walk and ice cave experience!" | 5 stars By Jessica 10/02/2019
My husband and I just did this hike last week and we’re so glad we did! I was a little nervous being 4 months pregnant but the staff were very knowledgeable and explained everything thoroughly. Our guide Orla was outstanding, patient, well informed, and personable. I felt safe and in good hands following her instructions. We learned a lot and saw breathtaking beauty. Booking, directions, and price were all great. I would definitely recommend this to others and unless you have mobility challenges or are really out of shape, I would think it’s miles better than riding out in a super Jeep.
"Best Day of My Life" | 5 stars By Taylor Deely 10/02/2019
Our guide was the greatest. Her name is Either Orla or Orna. She was knowledgeable, friendly, and had great energy. My friends and I got to explore a glacier that will no longer exist in 30 years, and the guided tour was even better than we could have imagined. Thank you to our guide, and to Artic Adventures, for connecting people to nature with minimal impact and protecting Iceland’s natural wonders.
"Awesome!" | 5 stars By Toni Rachel 08/02/2019
We had Jen as our tour guide and she was amazing. She was so friendly and helpful as well as patient with all of us going on the tour. Jen was very informative about the Glacier and I felt like I learned a lot during the experience. Tony was also helping all of us put on our gear and he was extremely helpful and friendly. Thanks again!
"Perfect Tour with a perfect guide" | 5 stars By Nicole Comtesse 08/02/2019
We made a tour onto and into the glacier. Out guide Jen was perfect. She told us a lot about the glacier and took us to very beautiful places on and in the glacier. Also there was the perfect weather for the Tour with sun and a blue sky. A very interesting and beautiful adventure, you shouldn't muss in your trip to iceland.
"Magical place" | 5 stars By Mario 07/02/2019
"We loved the entire experience. Erik was both knowledgeable and friendly. We felt safe throughout the visit to the glacier and inspired by everything we saw and touched."
"Into the Glacier" | 5 stars By Gautam Gala 07/02/2019
The tour was amazing. The tour guide was informative. Hot chocolate served during the glacier walk was a good touch.
"Orla is the best" | 5 stars By Thomas 03/02/2019
We did the glacier hike with an ice cave tour and our tour guide Orla made it an absolute delight. She's informative and funny and made the experience fantastic. Thanks Orla!
"We want to repeat!" | 5 stars By Tamara 01/02/2019
Such a great experience and Alpo, our guide, made the hike so easy. We were fully equipped and the hike was completely safe. We would repeat for sure!
"it was the highlight of our journey" | 5 stars By Niki Szabo 30/01/2019
In one word, it was brilliant :). This hike was our first ever hike and we have really enjoyed every minute of it and I am sure if we return to Iceland we would like to try more tours/hikes of yours. Special thanks to Orla, our guide She is an excellent guide and she looked after us very well.
"Great Tour" | 4 stars By Sanjay Nagarakatti 28/01/2019
This was an excellent tour overall. Very Good safety gear and procedures. Nicholas was very knowledgeable about the glaciers, Iceland' geography, politics, environmental issues and movies, answered all our questions. Did the tour at very good pace, not too fast or slow. The added bit of humour and hot chocolate made it extra special.
"Best experience in Iceland" | 5 stars By Miguel Chapela 25/01/2019
"We did the hiking tour and visit to the visit to the cave and was the best experience from our trip around Iceland. 100% worth it. Surely we were lucky with the weather, but I think we would enjoy it in any condition. Also, our wide, Ollie (not sure if his name qas written like that), the english guy, was extraordinarily nice and helpful, and explained about the enivroment."
"A Great Experience!" | 5 stars By Rochelle Robinson 24/01/2019
Last week a group of friends and I went on the glacier hike and ice cave tour with Procop (spelling?). Other than having to wait a little while a few other group members and leaving a little late, we had a really great tour. Procop was a fun guide with a great personality, and shared a ton of very interesting information about the glacier and surrounding area. Thanks again for a great experience!
"10/10" | 5 stars By Jannik 24/01/2019
Very friendly guides who simply love their job. Everything was very professional and our guide, Oli, was passionate about informing us about the glacier and the nature. He even had to help a girl, who was a bit afraid of heights, overcoming her fears, and he did it with patience and expertise. Overall a recommended experience! :)
"A-M-A-Z-I-N-G" | 5 stars By Ariane Boyczum 23/01/2019
The "Into the Glacier" was absolutely amazing. Don't hesitate, it is the best choice if you want to see an ice cave AND do some hiking on the glacier. Our guide (Jennifer) was perfect, the tour was perfect, we don't feel rush, it is really a small group experience and we had the chance to visit a cave without any other group. I would recommend it to anybody who wants to live a magical experience. Thumb up to Artic Adventures for this adventure.
"Beautiful hike!" | 5 stars By Monica Brown 21/01/2019
This was a great way to spend an afternoon in Iceland. Beautiful, even on a cloudy, gloomy day. The ice cave would have been incredibly if the sun was out but was still cool even in the gloom. Make sure you do wear layers as we actually got warm from the hiking and had to take a few things off. Sturdy, waterproof hiking boots are a must, even though they give you crampons. Our tour guide was wonderful and obviously passionate about the glacier.
"Great fun, great guide." | 5 stars By Sara Whittaker 20/01/2019
"We did this tour as a group of four female friends in our late 20s. It was not strenuous and safety was taken seriously. Our guide, Nikolas, was friendly, knowledgable, and pulled out a flask of hot chocolate at the end! There was no snow on the day we did our glacier walk, and the ice is crystal clear, so there were amazing moments when it was almost like walking on a glass ceiling. The ice cave was perhaps not as big as expected, but that’s the nature of the changing (melting) landscape I suppose. I would thoroughly recommend this experience."
"Into the Glacier" | 5 stars By Chloé Rodrigues 20/01/2019
"That was lots of fun, and skaftafellsjökull is beautiful. Very competent and nice team of professional guides. The tour is complete (glacier and Ice cave), and you get to learn a lot about glaciers. I definitely recommend that tour, and look forward discovering other tours from Arctic Adventure."
"Highly recommended" | 5 stars By Tiffany Park 17/01/2019
My partner and I were thrilled to take part in this tour. Glacier hiking and seeing an ice cave was much more enjoyable than we could have ever imagined! To top it off, the views are absolutely incredible. Alpo, our tour guide, was fantastic and we would highly recommend this experience to everyone visiting Iceland!
"Great Iceland experience" | 5 stars By Melissa 08/01/2019
The tour was fantastic, very informative guide who showed us great parts of the glacier. Ensured our safety at all times and made sure we got lots of pictures. Also had a small group which was great, would highly recommend!
"Jen is the best!" | 5 stars By Leigh Creech 03/01/2019
Jen was our guide and she was amazing! This trek was the highlight of our whole week in Iceland and Jen was a big part of that. Thanks for an amazing experience!
"Friendly tour guide" | 5 stars By ENG SZE YEE 30/12/2018
Great tour and very friendly and knowledgeable tour guide.
"First Time Glacier Hike" | 4 stars By Sara 27/12/2018
My boyfriend and I really enjoyed our tour and our guide, Alpo, was great (very knowledgeable and friendly)! We got really lucky and had our tour on a day where the weather was perfect! We were able to explore a good portion of the glacier, but we would have liked to have explored it a bit more because we are both more advanced when it comes to outdoor activities. The hot chocolate on top of the glacier was a nice treat as well! Lastly, the ice cave was interesting, but it was a bit of a let down. Overall, I would recommend this tour to someone as their first glacier hike just like this was for us.
"Glacier walking" | 3 stars By Safak ozturk 18/12/2018
This is the most exciting and amazing adventure in my life and I Recommend this adventural tour to all extreme lovers
"First time tour" | 5 stars By Albert Moreno 16/12/2018
The guides and staff that we met at the lodge near the visitor center were all incredibly helpful. Our guide was Simeon, and he was very knowledgeable throughout the experience. The walk on top of the glacier was amazing, however the ice cave itself was a bit underwhelming. As there were many tours happening at the same time, there was a lot of traffic around the same ice cave which was unfortunate. Overall, it was a great experience and our guide Simeon was outstanding.
"Awesome adventure" | 5 stars By Thomas 14/12/2018
The Tour was awesome and perfectly organized. The guide was amazing and very professional (a young guide from Scotland). We highly recommend!
"Amazing!" | 5 stars By Abra Nowitz 12/12/2018
We loved our glacier hike! Our tour guide, Jen, was amazing, patient and knowledgeable and made sure everyone was safe and comfortable. Would highly recommend to anyone going on an adventure in Iceland.
"Great Time" | 5 stars By Wayne H 12/12/2018
"We had an awesome time with Nickolas on the glacier. He was very professional and taught us many points of interest about the glacier. Our group was only 6 including Nickolas, which was very nice."
"Beautiful" | 5 stars By Jade Barry 10/12/2018
I enjoyed this and my tour guide was fantastic (I do not remember her name, but I do remember she is from Scotland).
"Have you ever licked a glacier?" | 5 stars By Michael Ruf 08/12/2018
We had a great time on the glacier and in the ice cave. Maka? the British Guide was funny and entertaining and made sure that everybody was safe and had a good time. There were quite a few groups on the glacier, but the guides timed well and make sure that it doesn’t feel crowded. The small group (12) bonded quickly and a couple of us decided that everybody can walk on a glacier - but licking one would be the icing on the cake. On this tour, you will hike to the glacier, learn how to put on your gear. Get introduced to glacier-safety. Visit an ice cave, walk on the glacier and into crevasses and experience the mesmerizing blue of the glacier. You also get introduced to how glaciers work and you can ask as many questions as you like. We were out for about four Hours.
"We really liked the tour..." | 4 stars By Sarah 08/12/2018
We really liked the tour, but expected it to be a little bit more ambitious. We stopped almost every 2 minutes for pictures - of course this is good but our expectation was to walk further more into / on top of the glacier... so more hiking instead of wandering around would have been even nicer.
"Into the Glacier" | 4 stars By Sheila 28/11/2018
I dont like We have to wait to get access to the cave, because all the groups go at the same time, while fortunately the guide was very friendly and explain the glaciar creation story and then we walk around the cave :)
"Glacier adventures" | 5 stars By Andrew Seagrove 28/11/2018
I had a great time exploring the glacier and a nearby ice cave. It was truly breathtaking to explore something so massive. Easily one of the highlights of my holiday!
"Into the glacier - eric" | 5 stars By Lucius Clay 22/11/2018
All around it was great. The only disappointment was that eric did not have a thick Swedish accent. I feel that would have made it much better.
"Great day!" | 5 stars By Sean Backers 13/11/2018
We had great weather for our adventure. We met our guide, Alpo while walking to the glacier from the office. He was very friendly, knowledgable and had a great sense of humour. Once we reached the glacier, we fitted our crampons (spikes over our shoes to grip on the ice) and were given a demo on how to walk while wearing them. The ice cave was not quite as spectacular as I imagined but it was still an amazing to see. After the cave, we spent a good amount of time walking on the glacier. It was quite spectacular! All up we were out for about 4 hours. The trip was not difficult though, one of the girls was a little 'precious' and required some extra assistance from Alpo. She made it through without any issues. I highly recommend Arctic Adventures. A great team of people who obviously love what they do. Thanks for a great time!
"Great experience" | 5 stars By Antonio RC 12/11/2018
Great experience!! The hike was ok and the views awesome. The explanations algo were really good. Maxim was the best! Hugs from Spain
"Excellent tour!" | 5 stars By Manuel Mendoza 11/11/2018
Very nice tour! The guide was excellent and the tour was incredible, the guide really explain a lot of things, from the glaciers to the ice cave!
"Good experience - Great guide" | 4 stars By Ken Kenlon 10/11/2018
Actually getting to go into a glacier is a nearly unique experience. Arctic Adventures makes it do-able for everyone. Our guide Orla made is very enjoyable and informative. She is a font of knowledge. She was very caring and took special pains with us old-timers. Thank you, Ken & Jan
"Great tour guides who know what they're doing" | 3 stars By Julia 01/11/2018
The tour guide was really friendly, knowledgeable, and fun! My only disappointment was that we did not get to explore more of a cave. Other than that, everything was great! The hot chocolate on top of the glacier was a plus too :)
"Great Experience!" | 5 stars By Bethany Turner 07/04/2018
Our group had a great experience with Bee! She was a fantastic, happy guide with lots of wonderful information to share. We were disappointed that the Crystal Ice Cave tour needed to be switched (water in the cave, unsafe) to the Into the Glacier tour -- but I think ITG was better overall and a lucky switch! We really enjoyed the experience of hiking on ice that likely will not exist in 5 years. It was humbling, heartbreaking and breathtaking. I would 100% recommend these guides and this tour.
"Beautiful Ice Cave" | 4 stars By Ana Maria Andre Jorge 11/04/2018
I really enjoy the experience. It was beautiful to enter the ice cave and drink the water from the glacier. I was just expecting more walking. It felt very short walking so we just stayed in the periphery. I would have preferred to adventure further ahead. The guide was very friendly.
"Our ice cave tour..." | 5 stars By Grace 31/03/2018
Our ice cave tour was cancelled due to the cave flooding so we were moved to the into the glacier tour at no extra cost. The team were incredibly helpful and let us hire shoes at no extra cost. Simon our tour guide was amazing - he’s only been working there a short while but he was very knowledgeable and he taught us all the safety requirements so we felt confident on the glacier. Most of all, he was incredibly friendly, cracked a good few jokes, made sure we got the best out of the experience (that glacier water is really good) and he’s pretty good at taking photos too. Thanks for a great experience
"Must do!" | 5 stars By Dwarakesh Jayaram 31/03/2018
If you are visiting Vatnajokull national park in skaktafell, this is a must do! The guides at Artic adventure/Glacier guides are knowledgeable and patient, helping you along the way. Anybody can do this activity and is super enjoyable. We had an Australian guide. She was awesome and would recommend her, for some reason I can't remember her name. Cheers
"Into the Glacier" | 4 stars By Mohamad Cherry 31/03/2018
As our only tour booked during my recent trip to Iceland I was very pleased with the entire experience. Our guide, Michael, was knowledgeable, funny, and very entertaining during the tour; only downside was the ice cave... As lovely as it was to be inside one of nature’s marvels, I expected more of the cave itself. All in all my brother and I enjoyed our day thoroughly and would definitely use Arctic Adventures in the future.
"Small group experience" | 4 stars By Cherie 30/03/2018
I was hesitant due to price but I'm glad we went. This tour combined glacier walking and ice cave tour and there were many groups but all were small and nicely spaced out so you didn't feel part of a crowd in the glacier. The ice cave was small/short but that's not their fault. Did see lots of blue ice. Be sure to have boots with stiff ankle support or be prepared to rent a pair. Bite the bullet and don't miss this great experience!
"Fantastic experience" | 4 stars By Raga 30/03/2018
Our guide was funny, knowledgeable and showed us amazing locations in the glacier. Highly recommend this tour.!
"Spring break 2018" | 5 stars By Lori Ballinger 28/03/2018
I wanted to give my 10yr old son an educational experience. The tour, guide, and overall adventure exceeded anything he imagined. And that made everything perfect! Thank you
"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!
"The tour was good overall..." | 3 stars By Dom 24/03/2018
The tour was good overall, but can be improved. We found it to be a very slow pace and would have liked to cover more ground of the glacier. Often times we were stopped and the tour was on hold for the guide to work on creating stairs in the ice. We were keen to see much more! Thank you for the experience, great time overall.
"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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