Blue Ice Cave Adventure

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In this tour, you will experience a unique natural ice cave in the wonders of Vatnajökull glacier, Europe’s largest ice cap. The tour is suitable for those who want to visit a more isolated ice cave and more difficult to access.

DIFFICULTY

Challenging

CATEGORY

Winter
Ice Cave Tour

NEXT DEPARTURE

Thu 01.Nov'18 09:00

PRICE FORM

29.900 ISK

We visit one ice cave in this tour that we choose each day according to safety and weather. This cave is more difficult to access and therefore we offer it as a more quiet and personal tour for our participants, where we have only up to 8 persons in each group.

Our guides decide if it´s safe enough to do the tour according to weather and safety conditions. If we cancel the tour due to weather or safety conditions it is refundable. The ice cave tour can take between 5 – 7 hours. The meeting point is at Hali Country Hotel, 13 km east of Jökulsárlón. The tour is guided by a specialist in glaciers and ice caves. Driving to the location can take 25 – 30 minutes and the walk to the ice cave can take 45 – 90 minutes. We spend approximately 1 hour in the cave. You should have in mind that the walking on this tour is always in the pure Icelandic nature, on gravel, rough terrain and sometimes on a glacier.How much hiking can you expect during the tour
The hike is around 3 km one way to the cave. So in total, it is around 6 km during the trip. Part of it, around 2 km (4 km in total) can be on glaciated terrain were crampons and other glacier equipment is necessary. The other part is on a rocky and sometimes uneven terrain.The terrain might be totally or partly covered with snow or slippery ice where the micro spikes we give you come in handy.

What’s included?

What you will get from us to carry with you. This is depending on conditions so some gear might be left behind.

  • Climbing helmet and a headlamp (always)
  • Crampons to walk on the glacier (if needed)
  • Walking harness (if needed)
  • Ice axe (if needed)
  • Light weight rubber boots to be able to cross a small stream to go in the ice cave (if needed)
  • Micro spikes to walk on slippery rocky terrain (if needed)
  • Small 22 l bag that can be put on the back to carry the rubber boots (if needed)

Duration: 5-7 hours

Ice Cave tours are weather dependent. Sometimes Ice Cave tours get cancelled with short notice due to safety or weather reasons. After a heavy rain previous days before the tour, the cave sometimes get´s full of water. It can also be too warm for us to enter the caves, the ice can be unstable and not safe to go under.

In this tour you will experience a unique ice cave in the wonders of Vatnajökull glacier, Europe’s largest ice cap. The tour is suitable for those who want to visit a more isolated ice cave and more difficult to access. This tour offers you great photo opportunities and an unforgettable experience. The level of this tour is hard.
In this tour we visit one ice cave. This cave is more difficult to access and therefore we offer it as a more quiet and personal tour for our participants, where we have one guide for every 4 persons, and only up to 8 persons in each group. Our guides decide if it is safe enough to do the tour according to weather and safety conditions. If we cancel the tour due to weather or safety conditions it is refundable. The ice cave tour can take between 3,5 – 4 hours. The meeting point is at Hali Country Hotel, 13 km east of Jökulsárlón (www.hali.is). The tour is guided by a specialist in glaciers and ice caves. Driving to the location can take 25 – 30 minutes and the walk to the ice cave can take 35 – 45 minutes. We spend approximately 1 hour in the cave. You should have in mind that the walking in this tour is always in the pure Icelandic nature on gravel, rough terrain and glacier.

Rented equipment: We have rain jackets and pants to rent for this tour if needed. Rental price for jacket and pants is 1.000.- ISK

TOUR DETAILS
Availability: 09:00
Meeting point: Hali Country Hotel reception
Area: South East Iceland
Level: Medium – Hard
Group max: 8 people
Duration: 5-7 hours

How much hiking can you expect during the tour
The hike is around 3 km one way to the cave. So in total, it is around 6 km during the trip. Part of it, around 2 km (4 km in total) can be on glaciated terrain were crampons and other glacier equipment is necessary. The other part is on a rocky and sometimes uneven terrain.The terrain might be totally or partly covered with snow or slippery ice where the micro spikes we give you come in handy.

Regarding drones
It is not allowed to fly drones during the tour.

What’s included?
What you will get from us to carry with you. This is depending on conditions so some gear might be left behind.

– Climbing helmet and a headlamp (always)
– Crampons to walk on the glacier (if needed)
– Walking harness (if needed)
– Ice axe (if needed)
– Light weight rubber boots to be able to cross a small stream to go in the ice cave (if needed)
– Micro spikes to walk on slippery rocky terrain (if needed)
– Small 22 l bag that can be put on the back to carry the rubber boots (if needed)

What do I need to bring?
Feet
– Woolen socks
– Good waterproof hiking boots, high with good ankle support (can be rented from us)
Lower body
– Base layer- wool or synthetic (no cotton!)
– Light and comfortable hiking trousers softshell for example (no jeans!)
– Wind and waterproof trousers
Upper body
– Full sleeve base layer wool or synthetic (no cotton!)
– Thin fleece or similar
– Thick warm fleece, or puffy jacket down or synthetic, or just a nice warm jacket.
– Wind and waterproof jacket.
Hands
– Gloves. It´s good to have two pairs.
Head
– Warm hat/beanie that might work under a helmet.
Note: beaine’s with pompom are not recommended since the pompom does not go
under the helmet.
– Buff or balaclava or neck gaiter.
– Sunglasses
Backpack
– Backpack 28-40 L, that can room your equipment, camera food and drink for the day
and so on.
Food
– Food for 6 hours tour
– 1-2 sandwiches depending on how much you need.
– 700 ml – 1 L of water or something else you like to drink (non alcoholic).
– Some energy rich and light food like 2-3 chocolate bars or something similar.

GlacierAdventures base is located at at small farm called Hali. Hali is 13 km east of the famous Jökulsárlon (Glacier Lagoon) and 67 km west of the small fishing town Höfn. Hali is approximately 400 km east of Reykjavík. It should be easy to find Hali, it is only 150 m from Road 1 and the house we meet our travelers is a restaurant and a museum that looks like a book shelf.

Glacier Adventure is owned and run by two local families from Hali, 12 km east of Glacier Lagoon. Our goal is to share our love and knowledge of the region with our clients and to safely introduce them to some of Iceland´s most stunning sights.
What does local mean? We were born and raised and still live and work in the area. The mighty outlet glacier Breiðamerkurjökull is in our backyard.

We provide a local guide service in the Vatnajökull National Park area, located in Hali.

Our office staff, guides, and drivers are all personable, professional and fun to be around.

Experienced guides – Our guides are informative, friendly and professionals, they have the training to get you there safe, introduce you to the unique nature we have to offer, share their knowledge of the area with you and get you back to Hali safe and sound and of course extremely happy.
All of our glacier guides have finished the AIMG – Glacier Guide course 1

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My husband and I truly enjoyed the adventure to an ice cave in the Vatnajökull glacier! The ice cave we originally planned to explore was flooded so they offered to take us to another ice cave that was still accessible, but advised it would be a bit more difficult. We were so lucky to receive this offer, because the ice cave we explored was beautiful and the trip getting to it was a lot of fun. Our guides were excellent, they were thorough and explained every step clearly to the group. The trip was also informative: the guide discussed geology, music, and Icelandic traditions such as the Yule Lads. Our experience in Iceland was so positive, the landscape is magnificent and the beauty is only made better by the kindness of the people we encountered in our travels.

Kate RBlue Ice Cave Adventure

It was just an amazing experience that i would recommend to anybody! walking on a glacier was incredible adventure and the ice cave was breath taking! It is something that if you don’t see with your eyes, you cannot imagine! even if the weather conditions were terrible, as it was raining all the time, it was super great and exciting anyway! our guides were helpful all the time, and they were telling us so many interesting things about glacier and iceland!
I would definitely go back!

silmirblue ice cave

An incredible adventure that began with a monster truck and a lovely guide. When we arrived at the ice cave, it all started with ice cleats. I was perplexed when we went into the cave and I saw the light blue ceiling. It was like when I saw the Northern Lights for the first time. I set up the tripod and started shooting. An incredibly beautiful experience.

Louise RCrystal Ice Cave
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