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.
- 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.
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.
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Inside the Glacier - Rated 5/5 based on 12 customer reviews
Very Friendly Company5 by Rebecca 2018-03-15
Excellent5 by Radver Lee 2018-03-04
Put this on your bucket list!5 by Scott Sexton 2018-03-30
Into the glacier tour5 by Holly 2018-03-01
Great Experience at the ''Into the Glacier'' Tour5 by Tyler Piotrowski 2018-03-06
Must do tour!5 by Samantha Martin 2018-03-14
Awesome Time!5 by Tessa 2018-03-15
Amazing time in the ice cave!5 by Charles 2018-03-15
Friendly, efficient, competent.5 by Brandon 2018-03-17
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Great tour on a glacier in Iceland!5 by Thomas 2018-12-02
You HAVE to do this!5 by Katie and Nick 2018-12-10
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.