South Iceland: Vatnajökull Glacier Blue Ice Cave Tour

Activity provider: Guide to Iceland

South Iceland: Vatnajökull Glacier Blue Ice Cave Tour

Activity provider: Guide to Iceland
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From US$ 145 per person

Likely to sell out

Experience the dramatic landscape of Vatnajökull National Park and go inside the ice caves formed when water runs beneath the glacier during the summer. Trek across the rugged terrain of the south of Iceland, and look at the magical blue ice of the caves.

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Duration 3 hours
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  • Experience the deep blue ice formations of Europe´s largest glacier at Vatnajökull
  • Hunt down the newest ice caves with a local guide
  • Enjoy the stunning glacial surroundings of the ice cave
Full description

Meet at the Café by Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, about 40 minutes east of Skaftafell, for the start of a unique winter activity and look at an extraordinary natural phenomenon. Go inside some of the ice caves that form after water runs beneath the Vatnajökull Glacier during the summer. Every fall, local guides hunt for new ice caves, as their location can change each year. The structure and condition can also vary from year to year, but rest assured your guide will decide which is the best cave to visit, depending on the safety and weather conditions. Drive for approximately 20 to 30 minutes to the ice cave chosen by your guide, and then walk for 5 to 15 minutes to the mouth of the cave. Upon arrival, enjoy between 1 and 1.5 hours to look inside at the miraculous blue ice of the cave, and take in the natural beauty of the surrounding area.

  • Ice cave tour
  • Guide
  • All safety gear
    Not suitable for
    • People over 200 lbs (91 kg)
    • Children under 8 years
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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    Meeting point

    Meet at the Café by Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in South Iceland, approximately 390 kilometers east of Reykjavík.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Warm clothing
    • Hiking shoes
    • Rain gear

    Know before you go

    • It will be cold inside the cave. A 15-minute walk over rugged terrain for is involved
    • This activity has extremely limited availability so reserve now if you want to see a blue ice cave
    • Please be advised that the ice caves are a natural phenomenon and it's impossible to predict where, when and how many will form. In the unlikely that no ice caves form next winter, the tour will be fully refunded
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    4.4 /5

    based on 179 reviews

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    We visited this tour in September on “Day 3” of the tour’s restart for the Winter (as it is a winter tour!). We thought we were hiking on top of a glacier with crampons and ropes etc and then going into a vast blue ice cave. We basically hiked on foot to the cave and it wasn’t exactly “white snow” etc. It was just black-covered ice but it was still cool to know you were in fact on the glacier. The hike was okay. The ride into and out of the site was super bumpy which made it a lot of giggly fun for us. The cave itself was pretty cool too, although not huge. Still, we enjoyed the information we received from our guide and it was still interesting from a scientific point of view. I would recommend a different type of tour with ropes and crampons directly on the glacier (for a bit more “danger” effect) and then the cave. This tour would be best for older folks and great for children too. It’s probably a lot different once there’s some white on the ground as well! Thank you!

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    September 23, 2022

    This is a fun afternoon, whatever the weather. Be prepared for a bumpy ride in an all terrain truck, a good hike from the vehicle to the cave and back and then the glacial ice cave to walk in. The ice is less blue than the adverts present, and the ice contains black ash, but this is volcano territory and nature is not there for you. You are privileged to be there! (Be patient with the queues and edit your photos later.)

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    April 5, 2022

    Recommended! Unique experience :) Top guide and nice atmosphere The journey there/back to the Ice Caves is very 'shaky', in other words you drive through deep holes in the ground and over thick stones. I would advise against people with back problems or pregnant women! The way from the parking lot to the ice cave is also a good route over stones.

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    April 4, 2022

    Product ID: 56089