Want to experience Iceland’s bluest ice cave in years? Then step into a crystal ice cave at Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier, to explore the country’s best shades of icy blue from the inside out. A certified guide will pick you up from the world-famous Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon as you begin your special ice cave adventure. This crystal ice cave is a natural phenomenon that only few get to witness, making it a top spot to capture one-of-a-kind nature photos.
Duration: 2-3 hours
Pick-up: 15 minutes before departure
Group maximum: 16 persons
Available: Oct - Mar
Age limit: 6 years
- Naturally formed glacier ice cave
- Vatnajokull - largest glacier in Europe
- Super truck ride to the glacier
By the Icelagoon Café at Jokulsarlon Lagoon (click for a map). South East Iceland.
- Guided tour in English
- All ice caving equipment
- Super Jeep Ride
Bring with you:
Warm waterproof clothes, sturdy shoes. A camera is also a good idea.
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.
Review on TripAdvisor
"Simply incredible. Collected from the café at Jokulsarlon at about 9:15am and I guess no more than 20 to 30mins to the glacier. At the time I went it was an easy 10 minute walk to the ice cave. We had loads of time to explore and the guide was very helpful. We were treated to a walk up to the edge of the glacier and there were incredible opportunities for photo's. If you go to Iceland you MUST do this tour."
The Ice Caving Tour
This tour starts from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, one of Iceland's amazing natural wonders. There you'll meet your friendly tour guide, and hop into a super jeep for a ride to the foot of one of Vatnajokull's outlet glaciers! Once there, we embark on a short walk to the ice cave.
After a short hike (approx. 20-30 minutes), we'll step into the magical ice world to admire the dazzling crystal ice cave. The cave glints with many wondrous colors, from sapphire blue to brilliant white. Your guide will tell you all about Iceland's ice caves and their majestic structures.
The crystal ice cave of Vatnajokull Glacier changes with each passing winter. So every year you join our tour, you'll see an entirely different ice cave!
We'll stay inside the ice cave for up to 30- 45 minutes (depending on the conditions). Make sure to wear warm winter clothing, a hat that fits under a helmet and last but not least, don't forget your camera.
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 lifetime. A truly unique experience that should not be missed on your visit to Iceland!
Why only in winter? ...
It's not always 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 can collapse during that time. New caves are found in the beginning of autumn. The only exception to this is the Katla Ice Cave, which we can visit all year.
What makes Ice Caves 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.
Map - (click to enlarge)
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The Crystal Ice Cave - Rated 4.7/5 based on 43 customer reviews
Great Tour!5 by David April 6, 2019
Spectacular tour5 by Tanya Winter April 4, 2019
Really cool experience!5 by Tim April 3, 2019
Magical!5 by Zoe April 1, 2019
Luxury Experience of a lifetime5 by William March 31, 2019
Amazing Tour5 by Antonio Ballester March 26, 2019
Amazing Tour. A Must Do!5 by David March 18, 2019
Nice tour4 by Bas March 18, 2019
Awesome tour5 by Aaron March 18, 2019
Amazing experience!5 by Abby Underwood March 16, 2019
Ask to see blue ice4 by Kim Fisher March 16, 2019
First Tour Experience4 by Jonathan Vega March 11, 2019
Amazing tour!5 by Isuf Abazi March 10, 2019
Ice Cave4 by RAJESH KHATRI March 1, 2019
Beautiful Caves, can be run better3 by Evin February 23, 2019
Ice Cave5 by Sophy February 21, 2019
Crystal Ice Cave5 by Paolo February 20, 2019
Awesome Experience!5 by Kevin F. February 19, 2019
Amazing tour at crystal Ice cave!5 by Noelle February 18, 2019
Great experience5 by Angel Maldonado February 12, 2019
Cave Tour on a Snowy Day4 by JMB February 4, 2019
Once in a lifetime experience5 by Kathleen K January 29, 2019
Awesome5 by DiBiasie Family January 27, 2019
Everything is super !!!5 by Victor January 17, 2019
Amazing ice caving tour5 by Anna January 16, 2019
Crystal Ice Cave Tour4 by ND Merritt January 16, 2019
Ice cave tour5 by Tom January 8, 2019
GREAT GUIDE AND TOUR4 by KEE TWUAN TEE December 29, 2018
Amazing blue cave exploration4 by Wendy Kwok December 13, 2018
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Best experience in Iceland5 by Carlos Sadovnik December 2, 2018
Highly Recommend...5 by Johnny Iceland December 2, 2018
Good Service4 by ML13140 November 26, 2018
Great tour through a black ice cave and a beautiful blue crevice5 by Ryan November 22, 2018
Awesome on many levels5 by Maridee Bell November 19, 2018
Amazing experience4 by Patricia Fdez November 18, 2018
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Crystal Ice Cave Tour5 by Laura Baker November 13, 2018
Outstanding Adventure5 by James February 23, 2018
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Hello From Michael5 by Michael February 22, 2018
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Great time5 by Hajar February 5, 2018
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.
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.