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 Skaftafellsjökull 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 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.
Oct. - Mar.
~ 4 hours
Meet on location
Departs from Overwrite
19.990 17.991 ISK
- Tour highlights
- Small Group Experience
- Vatnajokull - Europe's Largest Glacier
- A Visit to a Natural Ice Cave
- A Guided Glacier Hike
- English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide
- Crampons and Other Necessary Glacier Gear
- All Required Safety Equipment
Natural Ice Caves are only found in Skaftafell during the winter time when the glacial rivers retract and the meltwater freezes. New caves are formed in different locations each year and are awaited with a lot of excitement. Being inside an ice cave provides visitors with unparalleled photographic opportunities while capturing the crystal blue light passing through the glacier ice. The feeling when standing inside a natural ice cave in an ancient glacier on the volcano island is like no other and is a memory will never be forgotten. The great things about the Into the Glacier tour from Skaftafell is that you have a combo. You not only get to experience the unique joy of visiting a natural ice cave but you also get to go on a glacier hike, the most popular adventure activity in Iceland. This tour has it all!
The Into the Glacier tour departs from the Arctic Adventures / 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 an ice cave on the way- a fantastic all-around experience! The hike takes place on an outlet glacier of the mighty Vatnajokull- Europe’s largest ice cap! The cave we visit is selected based on conditions, hiking route, and safety each time, to get you the ultimate best experience!
We embark on a journey from our Skaftafell booking office to the terminal face of the glacier, walking the same valley which used to be covered in ice! Your helpful and informative guide will explain the history of the area along the way. Upon arrival at the glacier, your guide will get you fitted with crampons and all the necessary equipment needed for the adventure. There is no need to worry if you have never done a glacier hike before, your guide is with you every step of the way. From the glacier roots, we a take a short walk to the natural ice cave.
We spend up to 30 minutes inside the mesmerizing ice tunnel, allowing us time to take pictures and admire this natural wonder. Ice caves are very popular during the winter- we may see people from other groups in the cave at the same time. A natural ice cave is definitely a must-see for anyone looking for an extraordinary experience in Iceland!
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.
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.
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 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.
Approximately 5 hours, 1,5 hour on ice.
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.
Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.
After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.
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.
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.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.
All of our tours are guided in English.
The drive from KEF airport to Reykjavik takes around 45 minutes. If your flight is delayed, please call our customer service team to go over what options you may have.
These are the two most common ways to get from the airport to Reykjavik city:
The cheapest and most convenient way of getting to and from Keflavik International Airport. The shuttle drops you off at the BSI Bus Terminal downtown or takes you all the way to your hotel or the closest drop off location. If you’re arriving on the same day as your tour departures we highly recommend to pick BSI Bus terminal as your pick up location.
Book your airport transfer in Iceland.
The quickest way to get to Reykjavik city is by a taxi. The taxis can drop you off at any of our pick-up locations. Taking a taxi is tho always more expensive than the airport shuttle.
For further information about getting to and from Keflavík International Airport.
There is a saying in Iceland, if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes. This might sound like a joke but is strangely true! Thanks to the beloved Gulf Stream, our country enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate, this means refreshing summers and fairly mild winters. So basically, Iceland maintains a surprisingly moderate temperature all year around. For further information about the weather in Iceland and how to dress for it.
If your tour includes a glacier activity it’s very important to dress appropriately. Dress in 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 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 reflection from the glacier.
You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours.
Tipping is not a requirement in Iceland although it is permitted and is well received in most cases.
Iceland is a very high-tech country and we actually have one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the world. Many restaurants and cafés, especially in Reykjavik, have free Wi-Fi access, so if you have a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone you can get Internet access almost anywhere. All of our vehicles have free Wi-Fi.
The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.
Here is the plus side to a cold country like Iceland. No dangerous insects survive here! Iceland has about three areas where some mosquitoes have now settled but nothing you will have to worry about on our tours. So, to sum it up, no you will not need any repellant.
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.
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.
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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!