Inside the Glacier - Ice Caving Tour - GG10

See inside Europe's largest glacier - Includes a short glacier hike

On this tour we will go on an awe-inspiring glacial adventure: scaling the heights and exploring the depths of Icelandic glaciers. It is a magical combination of ice-caving and glacier hiking making it the perfect choice for adrenaline junkies and nature enthusiasts alike.

Duration: ~4 hours

Group maximum: Max 12 per guide

Available: Oct - Mar

Age limit: 8 years

Difficulty: Moderate. The hike to the ice cave requires reasonable physical shape.

Departures: Multiple departures every day, see booking engine.

Tour Highlights:
  • Vatnajokull - Largest glacier in Europe
  • Guided ice caving tour
  • Guided glacier hike

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.

Please note that due to limited daylight, our afternoon departures may be done partly in the dark during the darkest months of the year. However, you will be provided with torches and necessary gear to make it back to our booking center safely.

Included: Transfers (to the glacier and back), Certified glacier guide and all necessary glacier gear.

Bring with you: Warm clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, hiking boots, head-wear and gloves.
You can also rent the necessary clothing in the online booking process.

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.

Contact us: If you have a question about this tour you can use the contact form here below.
If you have a general inquiry (cancellations, feedback, reschedule etc) please click here

13 990 per adult

Children (10-15): 25% off

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Tour Description

Ice caves are particularly special: they come about when the temperatures drop each winter and then disappear when it gets warm again in the summer, making them a once in a lifetime experience.

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).

We start our journey to the ice cave with a spectacular walk through the valley towards the glacier. The hike is quite spectacular, giving great views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers. After the walk, we finish the last stretch of our journey to the ice cave with a short glacier hike, so this is the perfect tour for those looking for a shorter but stunning guided glacier walk as well as a visit to an ice cave. The hike takes place on an outlet glacier of the mighty Vatnajokull Glacier which is Europe's largest ice cap!

We'll traverse a stunning outlet glacier, which expands out of the Vatnajökull ice cap (the biggest glacier in Europe). As we make our way to the ice cave we will traverse the ever-evolving glacial landscapes, taking in the deep crevices and the incredible ice formations. The dramatic landscape of the glacier has been carved over millions of years making it a truly sensational modern yet ancient experience.

When we arrive at the ice cave, 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. 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 will begin.

Then we will reach the ice cave: an experience which will stay with you for the rest of your life. They are temporary structures, which tend to occur in winter when the temperature suddenly drops well below freezing: making them truly unique. You’ll be standing under a river: temporarily suspended in time. They are also incredibly beautiful and words really can’t describe just how incredible it is to see them in the flesh.

We will spend around 30 minutes exploring all the magic they have to offer: giving you ample opportunity to snap a few photos of this awe-inspiring natural phenomenon. Each year a new cave is formed at a new location: so it is impossible to say exactly what you will see, but it is only safe to see them during the winter. We will select the best one, using safety, aesthetics and local knowledge to make our decision. Then we will hike back over the remarkable glacier: the perfect end to the perfect day. This tour really is a once in a lifetime experience and the perfect choice for winter visitors to Iceland: so book today, you most definitely won’t regret it.

Read customer reviews

Inside the Glacier - Rated 5/5 based on 12 customer reviews

Very Friendly Company

5 by Rebecca 2018-03-15
My step-daughter and I enjoyed a glacial walk with this company. They are very friendly and the walk was good for all levels. They know what they’re doing and we felt very safe with them. They brought us to a beautiful spot and we got a great feel for crampons and walking on ice. Thanks for a great time!


5 by Radver Lee 2018-03-04
Staff was friendly and trip was well organised. Saw what I wanted and more. A wonderful experience to be treasured...

Put this on your bucket list!

5 by Scott Sexton 2018-03-30
When I signed up for this, I was a little concerned about the cost. Now that I've been on the Into the Cave tour with Arctic Adventures, I'm EXTREMELY happy with our decision. The guide was not only informative, but also extremely friendly and added some silly jokes into his patter, making the day a wonderful light hearted adventure for all of us. Thanks for the amazing learning experience, it is a memory that will live with me for a long time!

Into the glacier tour

5 by Holly 2018-03-01
Our guide Bryony was fantastic. She was really friendly and knowledgeable and we felt in safe hands. There were bad storms whilst we were there and it seemed like they put safety first and adjusted plans with as minimal impact to customers as possible. The tour was fab, great scenery and just a small group. The guide was in communication with other groups on the glacier to avoid overlapping at any spots which was an added bonus. Would highly recommend this trip to anyone visiting Iceland.

Great Experience at the ''Into the Glacier'' Tour

5 by Tyler Piotrowski 2018-03-06
My wife and I had an excellent experience at the "Into the Glacier" tour while in Iceland. Our tour leader Marcus was great and informative on all levels. The glacier and ice cave itself was awesome and very beautiful to see. We also got to ride in a sweet Mercedes van. Great overall experience.

Must do tour!

5 by Samantha Martin 2018-03-14
The ice cave and views we saw on this tour topped anything else seen in Iceland! Scenic views paired with a friendly, knowledgeable tour guide, this tour quickly became a must do trip for anybody else I know that will be visiting Iceland!

Awesome Time!

5 by Tessa 2018-03-15
Great tour! I went with a friend and we had an amazing tour guide. We learned all about the area and detailed information about the glaciers and volcanos of Iceland. Super fun and I would recommend it to everyone

Amazing time in the ice cave!

5 by Charles 2018-03-15
I had a fantastic time on the tour. Our guide was friendly, knowledgeable and did his best to make sure everyone had a good time. The tour moved at a good pace for a large group and everyone had ample opportunity to see everything, take plenty of pictures and have fun!

Friendly, efficient, competent.

5 by Brandon 2018-03-17
Had a great experience with Extreme Iceland. Guide was knowledgeable, particularly in geology as that was an area of special study for him, friendly, engaging. Trip out and back was well-organized given the number of tours run out of Skaftafell visitor center and the appearance of chaos at the start. We were broken into smaller, more manageable groups quickly once on-site. Easy to book, good value. I had intended to go with another guide service but was defeated at every turn with unreturned emails, lack of internal communications, etc. Extreme Iceland was much easier.

Wonderful Tour and Guide!

5 by Shannon 2018-11-27
We booked our tour in August and apparently it was rescheduled in October, but I missed the communication. The team was very accommodating and arranged for us to have a private tour. It would have been nice to have a reminder/ confirmation email the week prior to our trip. The tour itself was amazing. Would not have ventured into the glacier without a knowledgeable guide, as it is quite dangerous.

Great tour on a glacier in Iceland!

5 by Thomas 2018-12-02
Informative, friendly tour guide. Well organised. Very much enjoyed the tour and would recommend it to anyone. Would also go with tour company again in Iceland.

You HAVE to do this!

5 by Katie and Nick 2018-12-10
Why travel all the way to Iceland and not take advantage of one of the things that you probably won’t do anywhere else? Just go on the tour! This company was amazing. They took the time to teach you how to put on crampons, and how to walk safely and effectively on the ice. The glacial hike was great, the cave was awesome, but I think my favorite park was the crevice. The bright blue ice is incredible. Our guide was so knowledgeable and personable, and taught us a lot of the geologic history. If you’re hesitating about the price, put it into perspective. First, you flew all the way here; get your moneys worth. But for about $150 per person, for a ~5 hour tour, this is $25 per hour which is extremely reasonable. This was definitely the best part of the trip, so just book it already!
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Disclaimer: 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.
Ice caves are an ever-changing phenomenon and highly dependent on weather conditions. Therefore, we reserve the right to alter or cancel the tour if conditions are not safe.