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Skaftafell: Ice Cave Tour & Glacier Hike

Skaftafell: Ice Cave Tour & Glacier Hike

From US$ 117.92 per person

Soak in this life-changing experience as you step inside a natural blue ice cave and walk on Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier, in Skaftafell National Park.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 12 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Enter a natural ice cave
  • Visit Skaftafell National Park
  • Hike up Falljokull Glacier
  • Explore Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe
Full description
Explore breathtaking ice formations and glacier mills. Marvel at a naturally-formed, blue ice cave and learn how glaciers are formed. A professional hiking guide will take you to the base of Falljökull, an outlet glacier of the Vatnajökull ice cap and lead you up to the cave. This glacier is the highest peak of Iceland’s tallest mountain range. On a clear day, be sure to look out - you’ll see Hvannadalshnúkur in the distance.
Includes
  • Glacier gear
  • Professional guide
  • Glacier water
  • Small group experience
    Not suitable for
    • Children under 8 years
    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • All required protective equipment is provided
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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    Meeting point

    Please arrive 30 minutes before departure time. Please note that if you arrive after departure time your place on the tour can’t be guaranteed or refunded. The meeting point will be at Skaftafell Terminal Tour Center by the main road. You can look up “Skaftafell Terminal” on Google Maps to find the exact location and driving direction. Driving time to Skaftafell from Reykjavík is around 4 hours and 30 minutes. If you arrive early, you can visit Skaftafell Terminal Tour Center which offers free parking and has restrooms.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Warm clothing
    • Hiking shoes
    • Rain gear

    Know before you go

    • Wear warm clothes as the first layer (woollen clothes) and waterproof clothing as the second layer to be prepared for all kinds of weather conditions. Gloves and a hat are highly encouraged
    • The minimum age to take part in this tour is 8 years old
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6 /5

    based on 287 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.8/5
    • Value for money
      4.2/5
    • Service
      4.7/5
    • Organization
      4.7/5

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    We had an amazing tour with Martin from Troll Expeditions and can't recommend this experience enough when visiting southeast Iceland. The entire tour lasted around 4 hours and we did the 2pm slot which was perfect for us. Our group was only around 8 people which meant we had lots of time to take pictures and explore the ice cave when we arrived. Martin gave us all the time we needed and the tips and tricks to get the best photos which we really appreciated. He was the perfect guide, a great personality and very charismatic but always making sure everyone was safe and doing what they should be under the icy conditions. Walking between was glacier was surreal and like nothing we have ever experienced, the textures of the ice makes it look like you're entering a frozen beehive. You may spot the few Ravens flying around which was really cool to see up close. If you are passing by Skaftafell during your trip you have to stop here and do this tour, the value for money is outstanding!

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    November 30, 2021

    What an experience! Definitely add this tour to your list when visiting Iceland. When we got to the initial meeting point, it was a little unorganized at first (e.g. hard to identify who our actual guide was) but after that we loved every minute. The group size was small, there were also 4-5 other groups on the glacier, but all groups were kept very well spaced throughout. Our guide Marcin was super friendly and shared great knowledge of the glacier and the sad reality of global warming on Iceland. The ice cave was a real highlight; at no point did we feel rushed, plenty of time to stop and take photos. Also great value for money for nearly a 4 hour experience.

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    November 21, 2021

    Absolutely amazing experience, well worth the long 4 hour drive outside of Reykjavik however also the perfect excuse to do the south coast on the way back. If you're a game of thrones fan you'll love this tour to walk like a white walker and the guides were amazing, patient and helpful. Can't recommend this enough!

    November 16, 2021

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