The Ice Queen - Winter Ice Caving Tour - IW01
The fantastic realm of glacial blue ice in South Iceland
This tour starts from the Glacier Lagoon Jökulsárlón, and is best suited to those staying in the surrounding area. Sometimes called Crystal Caves, the ice caves in the Icelandic glaciers are a truly mesmerizing wonder of nature. Visiting an ice cave will be totally unlike anything you've done in your travels. The cave's blue glassy ice roof and snow carry us into a fantasy realm that has only been visited before in dreams.
19 900 ISK per adult
Minimum age: 8 years old
Total duration: 2-2.5 hours
In the cave: 45 min
Season: Jan- March
Max: 20 people
Pick-up location: By the Icelagoon Café at Jokulsarlon Lagoon (click for a map). South East Iceland.
Included: Guided tour in English, hard hat, crampons, ice axe
Bring with you: Warm waterproof clothes, sturdy shoes.
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The Ice Caving Tour
This tour starts from the Glacier Lagoon Jökulsárlón, where you will be picked up punctually by your tour guide, and he'll collect your voucher (don't forget to bring it!). He will drive the passengers closer to the glacier, where the hike starts.
We will stay inside the ice cave for at least 45 minutes. You'll be thankful you've brought very warm winter clothing. You'll be wearing a helmet, so your winter hat should not be too bulky, as it needs to fit under the helmet.
After this blue ice experience we head back to the location where you were picked up, hoping that this tour will bring you memories that you treassure for a long time.
• Note: It's strongly recommended that travelers are accommodated not too far from Jökulsárlón. Driving in the winter from Reykjavik all the way to the lagoon, in one stretch, can be hazardous, and it pressures the driver to speed up in order to be on time. Not to mention the many attractions you'd be passing by.
Why only in winter? ...
It wouldn't be safe to enter ice caves in spring or summer, the season when the ice begins to melt and glaciers move faster. Ice caves or part of them collapses during that time. New caves are found in the beginning of the autumn.
Why is the ice so blue?
The color and transparency of the ice caves has everything to do with time, pressure, and secrecy. The weather and sun with its damaging ultra violet rays transforms the outer surface of glacial ice into whitish ice.
As the glacier travels and winds its way down the slopes of mountain ridges, the air bubbles trapped in the ice are squeezed out, and the size of the ice crystals increases, making it clear. The real beauty of the centuries old compressed ice of a glacier lies underneath the damaged outer surface.
This intense blue color can be seen for example in ice caves and on floating icebergs that reveal their lower side when they have recently rolled over or split in two.
Your expectations ...
Your tour guide is a highly qualified mountain guide expert, and ice cave expert. It's in his hands to decide each time which cave is best to visit depending on weather conditions and other issues.
New caves are searched for and discovered each autumn, to be visited in the winter. They are normally found in various different locations on the south side of glacier Vatnajokull and its outlets.
Sometimes the caves are very special, sometimes not as special, but become very special in the right light and conditions. Some caves we find are very stable and we can go in there in any weather, but others are less safe and we might not even go there at all, even if they are very beautiful.
Some of the caves are only accessible in temperatures below zero, such as when there is water on the ground that needs to be frozen all over in order for us to walk into the cave.
Ice caving tours from Reykjavik
We also offer ice caving tours with pickup in Reykjavik. Since the ice cave is quite far from Reykjavik, these tours are 2 and 3 day package tours.
Icelagoon Café - GPS location: 64.0484123, -16.1794611
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon is in South East Iceland.
The Ice Queen - Winter Ice Caving Tour - Book here
Note: Departure is from Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon