Ice Caving Tour

Crystal Ice Cave Tour in Vatnajökull Glacier | IS-GG20

Enter Bluest Ice Cave in Iceland at Europe’s Largest Glacier

About Tour

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.

Highlights

  • Naturally formed glacier ice cave
  • Vatnajokull - largest glacier in Europe
  • Super truck ride to the glacier
  • Jokulsarlon Ice Cave

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!

  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Small group
  • Expert guides
  • Free Wifi
Availability Oct - Apr
Duration 2-3 hours
Departs From Jokulsarlon
Difficulty Easy
Minimum age 6
Ratio 1:14
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up No

Customer reviews on TripAdvisor

December 12, 2017

Awesome experience!

My sister and I went on this tour as a surprise substitution for the crystal ice cave. We were so glad that we did! Our guide was Mira, and he made for an unforgettable experience! Safety of the group was the priority, and even though it was a first for both of us, we never felt in danger. The guides made sure that each small group was the only one in the cave at a time. Our guide was informative, friendly, helpful, and made for an incredible experience!

Reviewed by vgtrdc

From

19 500
Per Adult

What's Included

Included

  • Transfer to and from the Crystal Ice Cave
  • A Guided Visit to an Ice Cave
  • All Necessary Glacier Gear
  • All Required Safety Equipment
  • English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide
  • Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

What to bring

  • Warm and waterproof jacket and pants
  • Hiking boots
  • Headwear and gloves

Not Included

  • Lunch

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About tour / Itinerary

Find out more details about the tour and its highlights.

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.

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 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.

  • We’ll collect you at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, which is around a 5 hours’ drive from Reykjavik.
  • We do not offer pick-up from Reykjavik on this tour.
  • We will drop you back in the same place that we collected you from, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. We don't provide transport back to Reykjavik on this tour.
  • Ice caves are located inside glaciers and are usually well below freezing.
  • We strongly recommend wearing warm and water-resistant clothing, along with sturdy hiking shoes.
  • A helmet is required for the tour (provided by us), thus we recommend that you wear a small hat that can fit underneath it.
  • The total tour length is between 2 and 3 hours.
  • We recommend that you arrange accommodation somewhere close to Vatnajökull, because the road conditions in Iceland can be unpredictable during the winter in Iceland.
  • It will take you around 5 hours to drive back to Reykjavik, but the roads might be difficult in the Icelandic winter and it might take much longer.
  • We also offer more complete two/three-day tours which include the Crystal Ice Cave
  • Check-in is no later than 15 minutes before the tour starts.
  • We reserve the right to change the ice cave that will be visited, according to the weather conditions at the time.
  • We reserve the right to cancel the tour, if we feel that your safety is in jeopardy

Reviews

5
Based on 7 reviews

Crystal Ice Cave Tour in Vatnajökull Glacier

1- of 7 reviews

Excellent Tour

Reviewed on April 02, 2019 by Chris & Lee From our post-trip system

We would like to give our tour guide a 2 thumbs up review He was very professional during our tour keeping both Safety and efficiency in mind he was very patient with the children that we had on the tour and took his time explaining and transporting us from location to location. Tryggvi Our tour guide is the guide we had. Excellent trip so far.

Awesome experience!

Reviewed on April 01, 2019 by Patrick Richardson From our post-trip system

We really enjoyed our ice cave tour. It was a great experience! Our 8 year old daughter came along. Our guide was very knowledgeable and was always checking to see how our daughter was doing. Our daughter loved every minute of it. We would do it again in a heartbeat.

Crystal ice cave tour

Reviewed on March 28, 2019 by Chan From our post-trip system

Our guide thalesmars was entertaining . Even stopped by a mini ice formation for us to take pictures . The cave was impressive and he took pretty good pictures for us as well .

Largest Glacier

Reviewed on March 17, 2019 by Lexii Grant From our post-trip system

I love that we got factual history on the glacier, the tour guide made sure we were safe and the beauty and adventure of the entire event was amazing! I would highly recommend touring

Fantastic

Reviewed on February 21, 2019 by Ryan Clarke From our post-trip system

Absolute fantastic time visiting vatnajokull ice caves with this tour. Tour guide Daniel was the absolute best !!!! Very informative, fun and made tour even better.

Cristal ice cave

Reviewed on February 17, 2019 by Elena Baldini From our post-trip system

Our tour guide Jennifer was fantastic. A really great driver and the road in the snow to arrive to the cristal ice cave was amazing and really exciting. About the cave i was expected it would be bigger and more 'wow'. But we enjoyed the tour very much. It was a beautiful experience and the 4wd monsters truck we used was really good and confortable.

Great tour , great guide

Reviewed on February 11, 2019 by Susan Stone From our post-trip system

This was one of the highlights of our 8 days in Iceland. We felt that Our guide, Thor, went out of his way to give us the best possible experience. He also answered all of our questions about the local Icelandic culture.

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