Glacier hiking and ice caving adventure in Vatnajökull glacier departing from Skaftafell. A grand tour on Europe’s largest glacier.
This Ice caving and glacier hiking adventure tour in Falljokull glacier is a fantastic choice for any adventure enthusiast. Ice caves are naturally formed and are for that reason ever changing, making them even more charming and unique. The cave you visit on this tour is located quite high up on the glacier so a glacier hike is needed in order reach it. This adds value to the whole glacier experience giving you two activities in one tour!
During the winter, we are able to offer an unforgettable tour into the glacier. Every year we use a different cave, as the glacier is ever changing and it provides us with an amazing place to explore every winter. The ice cave is very sensitive to temperature, accessibility and other conditions. We always put safety first on these tours and never go into the glacier unless it is absolutely safe for our costumers. Visiting an Ice Cave provides a unique experience and great photographic opportunity. The light shining through the ancient ice projects a magical blue color that is characteristic for the crystal caves.
Your glacier hiking and ice cave adventure starts at the booking office in Skaftafell, located at the parking lot in Skaftafell National Park. Please note that you need to arrive at our booking office no later than 30 minutes prior to your departure time. Upon arrival to our booking office, our guides and staff will greet you and provide you with all the necessary gear for your glacier hiking and ice cave adventure before heading to Falljökullglacier tongue. Falljökull glacier is an outlet glacier from the magnificent Vatnajokullicecap, the largest glacier in all Europe. The drive to Falljokull from the booking office in Skaftafell is about 15-20 minutes. It is a scenic drive and you can almost feel the excitement on the bus. From the parking lot of the glacier, your certified glacier guide will help you gear up and provide you with a safety briefing before accompanying you onto the ice. Once on the ice, you start hiking in magnificent scenery to the naturally formed ice cave/ice tunnel where we spend approximately 15-20 minutes exploring all that the cave has to offer. After taking a photo or two inside the cave we hike back over the glacier, through an adventures landscape of rugged ice.
Please note that the tour is operated from Skaftafell so you need to arrange transport to the meeting place as there is no transport available for this tour from Reykjavik. If you are an experienced driver we recommend that you rent a car because the bus schedule is limited during the winter. You might also be interested in our two-day tour.
This is an ice cave tour only so it is not combined with a glacier walk.
Guiding, all necessary glacier gear, and transportation to/from Skaftafell
What do I need to bring?
Warm clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, hiking boots, head-wear and gloves.
Minimum age of passengers is: 10
3 hours / 1-1,5 hours on ice
Meeting point: Skaftafell booking center (gray house with the turf roof), 30 minutes before tour starts.
Skaftafell is located 327km (203 miles) from Reykjavík. The nearest towns to Skaftafell are Kirkjubæjarklaustur, 69km to the west and Höfn, 130km to the east.
Arctic Adventures is an Icelandic adventure and activity travel company which focuses on ecotourism offering exciting experiences all around Iceland.
We want to help you to escape the ordinary, travel with passion and create memories which will last a lifetime. Iceland is a unique country to visit and our aim is to show you why.
We want you to experience the spectacular scenery and the surreal power and energy of our nature, which we Icelanders fall in love with again and again, each and every day. Let’s get together to create some absolutely unforgettable experiences, we want you to feel truly alive and in the zone!