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South Iceland: Vatnajökull Glacier Blue Ice Cave Tour

Activity provider: Guide to Iceland

South Iceland: Vatnajökull Glacier Blue Ice Cave Tour

Activity provider: Guide to Iceland
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From US$ 145 per person

Likely to sell out

Experience the dramatic landscape of Vatnajökull National Park and go inside the ice caves formed when water runs beneath the glacier during the summer. Trek across the rugged terrain of the south of Iceland, and look at the magical blue ice of the caves.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Experience the deep blue ice formations of Europe´s largest glacier at Vatnajökull
  • Hunt down the newest ice caves with a local guide
  • Enjoy the stunning glacial surroundings of the ice cave
Full description

Meet at the Café by Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, about 40 minutes east of Skaftafell, for the start of a unique winter activity and look at an extraordinary natural phenomenon. Go inside some of the ice caves that form after water runs beneath the Vatnajökull Glacier during the summer. Every fall, local guides hunt for new ice caves, as their location can change each year. The structure and condition can also vary from year to year, but rest assured your guide will decide which is the best cave to visit, depending on the safety and weather conditions. Drive for approximately 20 to 30 minutes to the ice cave chosen by your guide, and then walk for 5 to 15 minutes to the mouth of the cave. Upon arrival, enjoy between 1 and 1.5 hours to look inside at the miraculous blue ice of the cave, and take in the natural beauty of the surrounding area.

Includes
  • Ice cave tour
  • Guide
  • All safety gear
    Not suitable for
    • People over 200 lbs (91 kg)
    • Children under 8 years
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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    Meeting point

    Meet at the Café by Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in South Iceland, approximately 390 kilometers east of Reykjavík.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Warm clothing
    • Hiking shoes
    • Rain gear

    Know before you go

    • It will be cold inside the cave. A 15-minute walk over rugged terrain for is involved
    • This activity has extremely limited availability so reserve now if you want to see a blue ice cave
    • Please be advised that the ice caves are a natural phenomenon and it's impossible to predict where, when and how many will form. In the unlikely that no ice caves form next winter, the tour will be fully refunded
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.4 /5

    based on 161 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.8/5
    • Value for money
      3.9/5
    • Service
      4.6/5
    • Organization
      4.5/5

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    This is a fun afternoon, whatever the weather. Be prepared for a bumpy ride in an all terrain truck, a good hike from the vehicle to the cave and back and then the glacial ice cave to walk in. The ice is less blue than the adverts present, and the ice contains black ash, but this is volcano territory and nature is not there for you. You are privileged to be there! (Be patient with the queues and edit your photos later.)

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    April 5, 2022

    Recommended! Unique experience :) Top guide and nice atmosphere The journey there/back to the Ice Caves is very 'shaky', in other words you drive through deep holes in the ground and over thick stones. I would advise against people with back problems or pregnant women! The way from the parking lot to the ice cave is also a good route over stones.

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    April 4, 2022

    It's one of those things you only do once in a lifetime. First thanks to our guide Bassy, who picked us up at the meeting point, put us in a giant car and throughout the journey he told us curiosities about the island, its people and customs, the glacier, its evolution in an entertaining way, with his jokes and everything in between. Once we reached the point where the hike to the glacier started, he gave us the crampons and the helmet and we started walking for about 20 minutes until we reached the foot of the glacier. We entered it and we were observing the ice caves that honestly seemed impressive to me. Bassy was very nice, he solved all our doubts and took photos of all of us in the group in the most photogenic places in the caves. Perhaps I missed walking on top of the glacier, which based on what I had read in the description I had imagined would happen, but it was a unique experience nonetheless.

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    March 25, 2022

    Product ID: 56089