Experience an ice cave on Vatnajökull glacier
Thu 15.Oct'20 09:30
This is an early season chance to visit one of the stunning blue ice caves that form in the winter months in the outlet glaciers of the biggest glacier in Iceland. This is an incredible experience that many people won´t have in their lifetime and we are excited to take you to the cave.
This ice cave is more difficult to access and more adventurous then on our normal ice cave tour so we can only take max 8-9 clients per guide on this departure.
On this trip we will drive to a glacier in the local area and head up onto the ice to visit the cave. From the parking area we hike the glacial moraine and then on the ice until we reach the glacier ice cave. Once at the cave you will have time to explore, take in the deep blue ice and to take photos.
* This tour does involve walking on uneven terrain and is reasonably physical and so we rate this trip moderate to difficult, it depends on the conditions, you can expect to hike up to 1 – 1 1/2 hour each way to the ice cave location.
As for the ice cave we visit on this tour.
We do not only look at the size of the ice cave but the beauty and colors, the ice caves are normally from 30-100 meters long.
*We cannot guarantee that other independent companies will be operating the same location
What to bring:
Hiking boots with ankle support, good outdoor clothes are important (no cotton), including fleece and waterproof jacket, gloves, hat, socks and a small backpack with some drink and lunch/snacks.
Duration: 6-8 hours
Local Guide HQ in Fagurhólsmýri (N1 fuel automat at the same location). 1/2 hour east of Skaftafell and 1/2 hour west Jökulsárlón in southeast Iceland.
GPS: N63° 52.865 W16° 38.780 (WGS84, Degree-Minutes.Minutes) or 63.881083 -16.646333 (WGS84, Hd .d°)
Local guide is a small family run glacier guiding company that has been operating in South East Iceland since 1991. The company was founded by my grandfather Sigðurður Bjarnason but since 2015 myself and my partner Helen Maria have taken over a part of the company.
We are proud to maintain the excellent reputation of Local Guide and we pride ourselves on hiring local guides with an excellent knowledge of the area and the island as a whole and offering small group tours to enhance your experience.
Whilst the company was established in 1991, we are three generations of glacier guides and up to five generations of explorers in the area, one of the first men to climb the highest summit in Iceland Hvannadalshnúkur, on the 17th of August 1891 was my great grandfather Páll Jónsson.
In the summer months we offer hiking on the glacier with half day hikes, family tours and full day advanced tours for those with experience who want an adventure on the ice.
During the winter months from October to March we offer ice caving tours.
Me and my father were the first people to offer regular ice cave tours in Iceland
and we are continuing to offer this service, we strive to find the best available caves to offer the best experience possible for our guests.
As a small company we love the flexibility this gives us to be able offer private tours and to
work on exciting projects for photography, film and print, we are always open to new
possibilities so would welcome your enquiry.
We hope that you will enjoy your tour with local guide and we look forward to meeting you.
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Patryk PIce Cave Discovery
My partner and me took part in Ice Cave Discovery Tour organised by Local Guide. We visited following caves: Treasure Islands and Lightroom, which both are spectacular. We had enough time to take the photos. Both guides were chatty, informative and friendly.
On the other hand website states that tour should be done in small groups, I believe that’s why is pricier than Ice Cave Tour, however our group contained eleven people which in my opinion is not small at all.
Rich HExcellent Ice Cave Discovery tour
A fantastic full day hiking across the glacier to a pair of ice caves. A ride in the modified four wheel drive van took us to the starting point, a wade across a creek (with supplied waders to keep our boots and socks dry), and then about an hour hike across the glacier (with crampons) to the caves. Caves (Treasure Island and Light Room) were spectacular and we had plenty of time to explore and photograph both of them. Our guide, Kiddi, was knowledgeable and helpful. A fantastic trip!