A fantastic winter experience in Vatnajökull national park in the Southern part Iceland.
Just imagine, standing inside an ancient glacier and everywhere you look there are different shades of beautiful blue colors and natural creations. This stunning phenomenon is a must see for anyone visiting Iceland during wintertime.
Thu 01.Oct'20 10:00
In autumn each year ice caves begin to take shape and last throughout the winter. Caves can be found in several different locations on the south side of Vatnajökull. These trips are somewhat temperature dependent as Ice-caves must be treated with the utmost respect in regards to the ceiling being supportive along with other factors that your specialized guide evaluates constantly.
After about 25-30 minutes of driving on a 4 wheel drive road, we reach the edge of the glacier. Gear and safety instructions will be provided before entering the glacier and the ice cave.Included is all necessary glacier gear, including crampons, helmet, and harness. Your guide will evaluate each time which gear is necessary. Truly adventurous day for adventurous people with rewarding “once in a life time” experience!The ice cave tour departs from Glacier lagoon (Jökulsárlón) parking lot, coordinates N64 02.898 W16 10.795. This is just off of the main road #1 (Distance from Reykjavík is 370 km) about a 45 minute drive East of Skaftafell and a 45 minute drive West of Höfn. Groups normally visit one ice cave during the tour and this cave is selected based on conditions and safety.
Please note that you must arrange your transportation to the meeting point which is 5 hours east of Reykjavik. The bus schedule during the winter is very limited and will not get you to the meeting point so it is highly recommended to rent a car. Please bring warm layers and good hiking boots or shoes (sometimes the ground can be muddy and sometimes we may be required to wear crampons -spikes for the ice).
A guided visit to an ice cave
All necessary glacier gear needed
Guided tour in English
All ice caving equipment
Transfer to and from the Crystal Ice Cave
What do I need to bring?
Warm and waterproof jacket and pants, hiking boots, headwear and gloves.
Minimum age of passengers is: 8
The Crystal Ice cave tour departs from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon which is located 379km from Reykjavik which means, at least, 4.5 hours drive from Reykjavik in best conditions. Staying close to the glacier lagoon for one night, either before or after you visit the ice cave is therefore not a bad idea.
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!
DidianaranaCrystal Ice Cave
Lovely tour. Prompt departure at 9.15, the guide and the driver were both very nice, great atmosphere. The cave itself was stunning, as advertised on the website, however bear in mind there will be a lot of people there. The time allowed to explore the cave was about 40 minutes.On the way back the driver pulled over so we could take some pictures at a beautiful view point. The drive in the snow itself was fun as well.
CO719_TravelerAmazing Crystal Ice Cave Tour
The crystal ice cave was definitely one of the highlights of our winter trip to Iceland. And if you are here during the winter months this tour should be on your list of things to do. What a great experience. There were a few groups in the cave while we were there, but it was large enough that you never felt cramped. The tour guides allowed plenty of time for taking pictures and exploring the cave. So glad we included this as part of our trip.