When frigid winter temperatures come, the Icelandic ice caves form as glaciers freeze. Then, come summertime, they melt. If you want to see unreal beauty—and beauty that may never be seen again, book your tour to see a unique Vatnajokull Glacier Ice Cave. This six hours of unrivaled natural beauty and panoramic views of Iceland.
Duration: 4.5 - 6 hours
Departure time: See booking engine
Available: Nov - Mar
Age limit: 16 years old
- Vatnajokull Glacier
- Jokulsarlon Lagoon
- Glacier Hike
- Natural Ice Cave
- Amazing Views and Scenery
- Breidamerkurjokull Outlet Glacier
- Small Group Experience
- High Quality Personal Service
- Certified Glacier Guides
Meeting point: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon's main parking lot. Jokulsarlon is located in the South of Iceland, approximately 80 km west of Höfn and 380 km east of Reykjavik. Please arrive no later than 15 min before the tour is scheduled to leave.
What to bring: Participants must be well prepared for the adventure ahead of them with warm clothing and good hiking boots. Please see more details on the equipment list below.
Equipment provided: Participants are provided with a helmet, crampons, ice-axe and harness.
Films, television shows, games and books have long inspired our imaginations with fantasy worlds filled with ice caves. Here, in Iceland, you can see these wonders with your own eyes.
This tour features some of the most outstanding photographic and cinematic panoramic views one can find in Iceland. If you are physically up to the challenge, and ready with your warmest winter regalia and attire, we will supply helmets, crampons, harnesses, and your own ice axe to traverse the rugged one-and-a-half-hour glacier hike to the natural ice cave. From this point, we will also enjoy a stunning panoramic view of the monolithic and world-revered Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon.
Then, it is time to enter the ice cave—the beauty of which cannot be understated. Ice caves form where glacier water runs out underneath the physical glacier structure. The result is an otherworldly view that looks like time has stopped completely, frozen by the power of nature—and that’s the magic of it, because time is fleeting, and soon, the ice caves will melt away. This unique ice cave is only seen by people who make the hike as it's not possible to reach by vehicle. A magical combination of glacier hiking, ice cave exploration and a view of glacier lagoon from above. This adventure tour is definitely a bucket-list experience, ready to be checked off.
Our professional, high level tour guides are talented experts with a wealth of experience in hiking. Their knowledge of the glaciers is second to none. The trek can be a trying feat, but the reward cannot be beaten. Expand your imagination. Book your ice caves tour, today!
Participants need to be prepared for this tour with the right equipment and clothing.
- Warm and waterproof clothing (see comments below)
- Good thermal headwear and gloves
- Socks (synthetic or wool)
- Small backpack
- Good hiking boots
We recommend using the three layer system. First the base layer, thermal underwear (top and bottom) made out of synthetics or wool. Secondly a mid layer, for example, fleece or wool sweater and/or primaloft jacket (or similar) that is meant to keep you warm (needs to be decided in accordance to the weather). The third layer an outer layer and is meant to protect you from two key elements: wind and rain. It should be waterproof, windproof and breathable. Note that jeans are not accepted on this tour.
Good hiking boots are essential so that you can enjoy the tour to the fullest. They should be high on the ankle to provide support. Tennis shoes or sneakers are not appropriate for the conditions on this tour (shoes can be rented if you do not own a pair or did not bring a pair). T
Please note that this tour is moderate/challenging so participants need to have a reasonable fitness level and be prepared with the right clothing and hiking boots.