Glittering glaciers, a crystal ice cave with startling blue ice and a glorious glacier hike to the Falljökull Ice Cave - are you up for this stunning glacier adventure? Your hike will show you really rugged ice vistas, you then get the chance explore and take photos inside the ice cave. Chapter two of this ice extravaganza is a visit to a stunning blue ice cave in Vatnajökull Glacier, witness blue light beaming through ice in the home of the mythical Ice Queen!
This glacier combo blends two fabulous ice cave tours, Inside the Glacier and The Ice Queen, you get a fabulous 25% discount on the price of both tours!
- Explore two amazing ice caves
- Vatnajokull - Largest glacier in Europe
- Ice cave in Falljökull
- Guided ice caving tours
- Guided glacier hike
- Super jeep ride to the glacier
- Small group experience
Meeting location: Skaftafell National Park. At the Glacier Guides booking office. Click here for a map.
Note: Driving in Iceland in the winter time can take much longer than during the summer. We recommend you to stay somewhere close to Skaftafell the night before the tour.
Included: Two meet-on-location ice cave tours with qualified glacier guides, the tour from Skaftafell includes a glacier hike. Crampons and all necessary glacier and ice caving equipment are provided for both tours. The ice cave tour from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon includes transport to and from the glacier, you get enough time in each cave to explore, ask your guide questions and take photographs. All guidance is in English.
Bring with you: Warm layers, waterproof top layer, headwear, gloves, scarves and hiking boots. A thin hat which can be worn under a helmet is recommended. You can also rent some of the necessary clothing in the online booking process.
Getting to the Ice Cave: You must arrange your transportation to the meeting point of the tour (Skaftafell is 4 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 road and weather conditions. Bare in mind that you need to arrive no later than 30 min prior to your tour departure in order to not miss the tour.
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Children (10-15): 19 990 ISK
You must arrange your own transport to Skaftafell for your first ice cave tour and glacier hike, check in is at least 30 minutes prior to the departure time. Driving takes far longer in winter, so we recommend you stay overnight near Skaftafell the night before the tour.
After your tour from Skaftafell you need to drive yourself to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon ready for your tour of the Crystal Ice Cave, check in is at least 15 minutes before the departure time. Safetravel provides road condition and weather warnings, allow plenty of time for winter driving.
You get a 25% reduction on the overall price of both tours!
Your glacier hiking and ice cave adventure will start when we meet you at the Glacier Guides booking office in Skaftafell, (located at the parking lot in Skaftafell National Park). Please be sure to arrive at the booking office at least 30 minutes before your departure time: trust us you won’t want to miss a second of this incredible experience. Upon arrival to Falljökull, our friendly, certified guides will give you a safety talk and an introduction to all the equipment that we will be using. We will provide you with all the equipment that you need for Falljökull. Your safety is of course paramount and our friendly experts will ensure that you are always safe on the ice. Then, after a quick safety briefing, your magical glacier experience on Falljokull will begin.
Our friendly staff will provide all the gear you need for this glacier hiking and ice caving tour on Falljökull Glacier, the name means ‘Falling Glacier’ and it does, indeed, drop spectacularly, it is, effectively, a giant frozen waterfall dropping from the mountain. The drive to Falljökull does not take many minutes. With stunning glacial scenes opening out before you your qualified glacier guide will show you how to strap on your crampons and use the other glacier gear before giving you a safety briefing. The moment when you set foot on the glacier for the first time is always incredibly exciting and amazing. The ice cave you are heading to is quite high up so the views of this extremely rugged ice-domain are epic. Hiking to the cave takes around 15 to 20 minutes, then you are ready to stand inside the glacier, an experience which is totally unlike anything else! Falljökull is an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, the largest icecap in Europe, so a magnificent volume of ice stretches out from the cave. You get the chance to explore and take some photos, before glacier hiking back to the start, enjoying the views and the incredible Falljökull ice formations and sharp-ridged crevasses from a different vantage point. This is an ancient landscape carved out over millions of years.
Returning to the parking lot at Skaftafell National Park you need to make sure you leave in good time for your journey to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. The distance is 56.6 km (35.17 mi), in winter this drive can take much longer than you think, so check out the road conditions before you decide how much time you need. It is also, important that you arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time of your tour. No one wants to miss chapter two of this great glacier day!
You will meet your tour guide at Jökulsárlón, who will drive you to the glacier and issue your equipment. You will be wearing a helmet, so it is good to have a thin hat which will fit underneath. Of course, ice caves are always cold so warm layers and a waterproof top layer will keep you comfortable for the 45 minutes you spend in the cave. This ice cave, in an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, is best known for its blue ice, almost everywhere you look you will see amazing shades of blue. It is also incredible to see how blue light permeates through fairly dense ice. The features in this cave are fabulous, although, naturally they vary from time to time. The majestic beauty of last week, may well be replaced by an even lovelier ice-masterpiece, crafted by nature alone. Many people describe entering this ice cave as being like walking into an ice-fairytale, thus, this part of your combo tour is named The Ice Queen. We will drive you back to Jökulsárlón after a truly epic glacier day which, quite simply, has it all!
Your glacier guide is an ice cave specialist, so he/she will decide which ice caves to visit. The most spectacular ice cave will always be chosen in each location. We only ever visit ice caves which are stable, so the weather and local conditions will always feature strongly in the choices we make. The safety of our guests is always of paramount importance to us. These ice caves are only accessible when the temperature has been below freezing for a long enough period, which is why we only go to them in the winter season. Even when a cave is stable there will still be changes in the ice features to be found within it. Sometimes they are spellbindingly beautiful, at other times they will be slightly less spectacular. These changes are all part of the excitement!
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Glacier trips are undertaken at the responsibility of the participants. Extreme Iceland does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers.
The order of the itinerary can vary whereas, the visit to the ice cave might not be at the start of the adventure due to weather conditions and other related factors as well as to ensure a small group ice cave experience.
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