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Crystal Ice Cave Tour in Vatnajökull Glacier | IS-GG-CIC

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.

Highlights

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

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 a few get to witness, making it a top spot to capture one-of-a-kind nature photos.

 

Breidamerkurjokull Ice Cave
South Coast by Super-Jeep
 Jokulsarlon Icebergs
Jokulsarlon Lake scenery
inside an ice cave in iceland
Man Posing Inside Ice Cave in iceland
Small Group Ice Cave Hiking  jokulsarlon

From

150
Per Adult
    • Best Seller
    • Expert Guides
    • Super Jeep
    • Small Group Experience
    • Free Wifi
    • No Booking Fees
    • Free Cancellation

Availability Oct - Apr

Duration 2-3 hours

Departs From Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Difficulty Easy

Minimum age 6

Ratio 1:14

Meet on Location Yes

Pick Up No

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

About tour / Itinerary

Find out more details about the tour and its highlights.

Why only in winter?

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!

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

Contact us for more Information about this tour

FAQ

Still got questions about the tour? Hopefully you will find the answer here.

Iceland is known for unforeseeable weather. It is likely that you can see all 4 seasons in one day.

Dressing for that kind sort of weather can always be demanding so we always suggest dressing in layers. 3 or 4 upper layers are highly recommended, for example, a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment topped off with a waterproof windbreaker.

Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they are not suitable for the weather conditions, they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet.

Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are convenient and wear wind/waterproof pants over. There is high UV and sunlight reflecting off on the glacier so we highly recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy.

You will need sturdy hiking shoes that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours. If you do not own a pair then we rent out suitable hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers.

It is good to bring your own backpack on our full day or half day tours. It’s the best carry-on for a small lunch, extra clothes and other necessary items.

The scenery on the tour is full of stunning, scenic views that are photographable so you should definitely bring your camera along.

This is surely a personal choice, we do not deny pregnant women on our glacier trips but we highly recommend you to take a closer look at our trip description and difficulty ratings, they will hopefully give you a better idea. We also recommend you to contact your physician, as pregnant women’s health can be quite different. If you have any further questions or concerns then feel free to contact us.

Crampons make you enable to walk on the glacier ice without slipping. They are metal spikes that we attach to the soles of your hiking shoes.

Yes, we have specially trained and certified glacier guide on every glacier tour that we offer. And for our 3rd party tours we only partner with operators that meet our quality and safety standards.

Yes, we provide you with all necessary glacier gear for our glacier hiking tours. Ice axe, harness, and helmets are provided. This will help you to complete the tour safely.

Iceland is known to have a lot of snow and when the snow stays long enough in one place than it turns to ice. Over long periods of time, the ice layers up becoming huge blocks called glaciers. It forms to create ginormous glaciers that sweep across huge masses of land. Iceland is home of the largest glacier in Europe that is called Vatnajökull. The Glacier Guides can tell you more about and everything you need to know about the Glaciers.

Rain is common in Iceland but we never let the rain be in our way to go forward with our tours.
That’s why we highly recommend appropriate clothing so you can be warm and dry on the tours.
Nature is out of our control and therefore we need to adapt to the weather. Your safety is our first priority so if your safety is compromised by going on the tour then we will cancel it and you will get full reimbursement.

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.