Vatnajokull Glacier: Ice Caving and Glacier Hiking

Activity provider: Arctic Adventures

Vatnajokull Glacier: Ice Caving and Glacier Hiking

Activity provider: Arctic Adventures

From US$ 155.17 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 108 reviews

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We had a lovely time with Iben, our tour guide today! She was so joyfull, helpfull and funny. She really made our day, so thank you very much Iben! The walk itself was around 2 hours, 3 hours at the glacier. The bus included will take you to the glacier in 20 minutes. You have enough time to take pictures. Please be on time (15-30 minutes beforehand)! We had a few people that arrived on or later than the meeting time, which is quite rude towards the staff and the group you're with.

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January 3, 2023

Super excursion! Time and effort go by that you do not notice, the trained and friendly guides accompany you on a mini adventure completely in safety. I recommend arriving with hiking boots and not after skiing because they make you put on crampons and with the latter they are not good. For the rest, no problem even finding the meeting point that is marked on the site and corresponds to Google map. Unforgettable excursion

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October 28, 2022

We took part in the glacier tour with our eight and ten year old sons. Our guide was great! He had a great deal of knowledge on the subject, was communicative but above all "safe" and responsible when it came to our boys, who were driven by their thirst for action. After all the beautiful postcard motifs, we had expected a larger ice cave than the one we got to see. Even if the organizers write that they decide every day which cave is accessible and safe, the expectation that such great and large ice caves exist in every place should be put into perspective even better in the announcements. Nevertheless, we are absolutely thrilled with our little ice cave and especially our guide.

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October 24, 2022

Product ID: 88568