Overview

Combine two of Iceland’s most exciting activities to explore Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier. Our glacier hiking and ice caving adventure departs from Skaftafell.

Highlights

  • Small Group Experience
  • Vatnajokull - Europe's Largest Glacier
  • A Visit to a Natural Ice Cave
  • A Guided Glacier Hike

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.

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  • Small group experience
  • Expert guides

4.7

Availability Oct - Mar
Duration ~ 3,5 hours
Departs From Skaftafell
Level Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age 8 years
Ratio 1:12 Guide to client ratio
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No

From

145
Per Adult(16+)
Child (0-12): 109 USD
  • Flexible cancellation up to 24 hours
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What's included

Included

  • English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide
  • Crampons and Other Necessary Glacier Gear
  • All Required Safety Equipment

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Hiking boots
  • Head-wear
  • Gloves

Not Included

  • Meals

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Itinerary

Information

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

The drive takes around 20 minutes – we then hike for about 5 minutes up to Falljökull.  When we get to the glacier 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 walk on the beautifully rugged glacier, we will explore a natural ice cave where you will have some time to explore the ice cave and take photos.  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 conditions each time. We will spend about 1,5 – 2 hours on the ice, including the glacier hike and the ice cave exploration. This tour is suitable for individuals who are able to comfortably walk for 2 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.

This tour is highly dependent on conditions (including temperature, safety, and accessibility). 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. The ice caves must be treated with the utmost respect.

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.

FAQ

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. After gearing up for our glacier adventure, we jump on a bus for a short drive to Falljökull glacier (approx. 15-20 minutes). This tour is perfect for those looking to try hiking on a glacier, exploring the crevasses and fascinating ice formations as well as experience what it’s like to be inside a glacier ice cave. This tour is rated easy (2 / 5) and no prior glacier experience is needed to participate on the tour. Participants need to be in good walking condition and be able to walk for 1.5 – 2  hours at a low pace with short breaks.

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 an ice cave located in Breiðármerkurjökull Glacier, an outlet glacier from Vatnajökull. This tour offers you the chance to venture inside one of Vatnajökul’s beautiful crystal ice caves and take photos of its picturesque crystal surroundings. You will then jump back on the super jeep which will return you safely back to Jökulsárlón.

This tour is rated easy and no prior glacier experience is needed to participate on the tour. You will not need to walk as much on this tour as it only includes a short walk to, in and around the glacier for up to approx. 20-30 minutes. 

This tour doesn’t include much hiking, it includes exploring the ice cave and offers you the opportunity to take photographs from inside the cave. 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.

This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

Here you should wait for your guide.

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 Elding has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).

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. Most of our super 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.

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.

No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.

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.

Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.

For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.

We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.

The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us.

Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk, and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.

Reviews

4.7
Based on 3 reviews

Vatnajökull Ice Cave Tour With Glacier Hike

1- of 3 reviews

Into The Glacier

Reviewed on March 25, 2020 by Grayson Ross From our post-trip system

Dude, this tour was awesome. The tour guide was super knowledgeable on everything you need to know (the terrain, the glacier, Iceland history, etc.) I would highly recommend this tour, it was unforgettable and i would do it every year if i could!

Great experience

Reviewed on March 16, 2020 by Tim Hofmeester From our post-trip system

We enjoyed a beautiful morning on the glacier. Jan (or is it Yan?) is a great guide and taught us much about glaziers and Iceland. Thank you for the great experience!

A hike to remember

Reviewed on March 12, 2020 by Sandra From our post-trip system

Arctic Adventures provided us with all the materials for the hike, making things very easy. We did our hike with Jay and we had a lot of fun. He knows a lot about the glacier and the surroundings and he explained to us what we were doing and seeing during our hike. He also made sure we were all fine all the time. The views were breathtaking views and we will never forget it. One hundred per cent recommended.

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