The Ice Queen - Winter Ice Caving Tour - GG20
Glacial blue ice in Vatnajokull Glacier - South East Iceland
Blue ice and crystal caves, are you ready for this ice caving adventure? We pick you up at Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and we go to Iceland's largest glacier and explore it from the the inside. Walking around the ice cave is a once in a lifetime experience, be sure not to miss it.
19 990 ISK per adult
Minimum age: 6 years old
Total duration: ~3 hours
In the cave: 45 min
Available: Nov - Mar
Glacier Ice Cave - Blue Ice
Vatnajokull - largest glacier in Europe
Super truck ride to the glacier
Pick-up location: By the Icelagoon Café at Jokulsarlon Lagoon (click for a map). South East Iceland.
Included: Guided tour in English, all ice caving equipment, transfers.
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 treasure for a long time.
It's strongly recommended that travelers accommodate near the 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. The drive from Reykjavik takes around 5 hours.
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.
Please note: There is no guarantee that our group will be alone in the cave, as the same cave is used by more tour operators. If you are looking for a more exclusive experience we recommend the Inside Vatnajokull Glacier tour.
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
Please note that ice caves are an ever changing natural phenomenon and, therefore, unpredictable. We will visit one ice cave during the tour and the choice of a cave is based on conditions and safety.
Departure is from Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, meet us at the café.
Please show up at least 15 minutes before departure.