Vatnajokull Glacier: Ice Caving and Glacier Hiking

Activity provider: Arctic Adventures

Vatnajokull Glacier: Ice Caving and Glacier Hiking

Activity provider: Arctic Adventures

From US$ 155.07 per person

Experience ice caving and glacier hiking at Vatnajokull glacier. Discover a grand tour on Europe's largest glacier.

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Duration 4 hours
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Small group
Limited to 12 participants


  • Visit Vatnajokull - Europe's largest glacier
  • Explore the phenomenon of an ice cave
  • Hike over an adventurous landscape of rugged ice
Full description

Begin in Skaftafell before heading to the Falljökull glacier tongue. Gear up and get safety instructions from your skilled guide before setting foot on the ice.

Start by hiking to the ice cave while soaking up the magnificent scenery and spend approximately 30 minutes exploring. Afterwards, hike back over the glacier through an adventurous landscape of rugged ice.

Ice caves are only accessible during winter when the temperature drops well below zero –  the water from the rivers that run underneath the glacier freezes and leaves this phenomena to explore. Each year new caves are formed in different locations.

  • Guided glacier hiking and ice caving tour
  • All necessary glacier gear needed
  • Food & drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 8 years
  • Pregnant women

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Meeting point

Arctic Adventures (Skaftafell Base Camp) in Vatnajökull National Park.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Hiking shoes

Know before you go

  • Please note that ice caves are an ever-changing natural phenomenon and, therefore, unpredictable. You will visit one ice cave during the tour and this cave is selected based on conditions and safety
  • The minimum age is 8 years old
  • In order to attach crampons to the hiking shoes, the minimum shoe size of the participant to join the tour is 35 EU, and the largest shoe size is 50 EU
  • Please bring a warm and waterproof jacket and pants, hiking boots, headwear and gloves (rental clothing and hiking boots are available)
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 /5

based on 119 reviews

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Great experience and a wonderful group of guides with Arctic Adventures - a must do if on a tour of Iceland's South Coast. We were very lucky with the weather and walking the glacier and seeing the ice cave was an eye opener, but very sad, however, seeing the glacier melt before our eyes.

March 30, 2023

We had a great time! I did the tour with my 11 year old son (he was the only child in our tour, or any of the other tours we saw going up that day) and it was a little tiring for him at times, but no more than the rest of us, to be honest.. our tour guide was fantastic (wish I could remember her name!!) - she was very informative and positive and helped a lot with my son, including encouraging him with her fun and playful attitude. Would recommend this company, and her, specifically to anyone who wants to experience hiking up a glacier safely!

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March 30, 2023

Loved this tour from start to finish. Great guide, who was informative and happened to be a freelance photographer so got us some amazing photographs! Hot chocolate on the glacier was a bonus! Saw an ice cave and hiked on a glacier exactly as described!

March 30, 2023

Product ID: 88568