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Skaftafell: Ice Cave Experience and Glacier Walking Tour

4.5 / 5

13 reviews

Activity provider: Icelandic Mountain Guides

Skaftafell: Ice Cave Experience and Glacier Walking Tour

Activity provider: Icelandic Mountain Guides

From US$ 116 per person

Explore the stunning natural ice cave on the outlet glacier Falljökull with an expert guide on this once-in-a-lifetime tour.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 3.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Small group
Limited to 12 participants

Experience

Highlights
  • Take in the panoramic views of Falljökull outlet glacier
  • Visit a natural ice cave
  • Go to the glacier terminal face on the modified glacier bus
Full description

Explore one of the amazing, naturally formed ice caves on Falljökull glacier, which are only accessible in the winter time, when the meltwater from the dynamic outlet glacier freezes over and leaves behind giant ice tunnels. Begin the tour in Skaftafell, a nature reserve in Vatnajökull National Park. Meet your highly trained and certified glacier guide, who will provide the necessary glacier gear for this expedition — an ice axe, crampons, harness, and helmet.

Step aboard the glacier bus, which will take you to the glacier terminal face. Listen to a safety briefing and learn how to use the necessary equipment. Follow the guide as you step onto the glacier and navigate through a labyrinth of deep crevasses, beautiful ice formations, and high ridges before you reach the highlight of the day, the deep blue ice cave. Take in the beauty of the cave and capture the memory as a perfect photograph. Listen to how and why these ice caves are formed. After exploring the cave, return to surface and head back over the glacier to the bus before returning to Skaftafell where your tour began.

Includes
  • Experienced and certified glacier guide
  • Glacier gear
  • Safety equipment
  • Transport to and from the glacier from Skaftafell National Park
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

Meet at the local partner's office at the Sales Lodge, Skaftafell Base Camp, in Skaftafell National Park. Please arrive at the meeting point 20 minutes before the activity starts.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Hiking shoes
  • Water
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Packed lunch
  • Gloves

Know before you go

  • This activity may be canceled if the weather is bad. If this happens, you will be able to book an alternative date.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 13 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5

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Had Michal as our guide and it was great! He offered us their hiking boots as he realised we weren’t wearing the right ones. Taught us how to use and put on the crampons. Very patient in guiding us across the glacier, also very knowledgable bout the ice and Icelandic history. Also accommodated our time on the majestic glacier when we wanted more time on the ice. Also made sure we paced ourselves and didn’t rush anyone. Best tour so far

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March 25, 2022

Hanka did a really good job driving us to the location, guiding us through the ice cave and across the glacier. We learned many new insights on ice caves and glaciers which was super interesting. We felt safe all the time and are grateful for this amazing experience!

May 6, 2022

What a great experience! I was worried that we would either hold the tour back or not be challenged enough, but it was perfect! The views were incredible, Hannak (sp?) was knowledgeable, personable, and very safety conscious. I would 100% recommend this tour, even my hesitant teen enjoyed it!

April 1, 2022

Product ID: 406697