Ice Cave Tour in Vatnajökull
PARTNER TOUR – HANDPICKED ESPECIALLY FOR YOU
Ice cave tours are all the rage in South Iceland in winter and on this tour you get to go see one with experienced locals dedicated to showing you a good time. A great addition to your self-drive tour around the south!
This tour is great for those who like to experience these magnificent blue wonders for themselves with enough time for some photos that will make all of your friends jealous. The guide will not only lead you to the ice caves but will also tell you about the region’s history from settlement to today.
Our partners for this tour are locals who live in the region and therefore know it very well, ensuring that you will get the real local experience.
This tour is suitable for those in good health and who are used to all-terrain walks.
Not suitable for children under 10.
2.5-3.5 hours, depending on weather and conditions
30-40 minutes in the cave
Guided tour with a local
Helmet, crampons and headlamps if needed
About this tour
On this tour you will get to visit one ice cave but the cave is chosen by your guide with your safety and the weather conditions in mind. Some of the caves cannot be visited unless the temperature is below zero and require there not to have been any rain in the days before. Because of this, the driving time to the cave and the walking it takes to get to it varies on each tour.
From the meeting point there’s usually a 35-45 minute drive to the cave and the walk to the ice cave can take from 5 to 15 minutes. Keep in mind that the terrain can be rough as you are hiking through the raw beauty of Iceland where there are no sidewalks and rails.
Since nobody owns the glaciers, we can’t guarantee that you will be on the only tour visiting the caves at any given time but the groups are never so big that it should feel crowded.
About the Crystal Cave
This tour is operated in the Crystal Cave which is the most popular natural ice cave in Iceland and multiple companies now offer tours to it. Therefore, it can get crowded at times and you should prepare to share it with other travelers.
The ice caves are an everchanging natural phenomenon and this year the cave is smaller than last year and it’s less blue in color. It’s good to keep that in mind to avoid disappointment.
If you want to enjoy an ice cave with smaller crowds and you’re in good physical condition, the Blue Ice Cave Adventure tour might be a better option for you. The Blue Ice Cave tour is ideal for photographers.
The meeting point for this tour is the Hali Country Hotel (please check in for the tour at the reception) which is about 13 km east of the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. You need to be there at least 20 minutes before the departure time.
Please note that we advise you stay somewhere close by the night before the tour.
We strongly advise against driving from Reykjavík and back on the same day to do this tour.
How should I dress for this tour?
The Icelandic winters can be cold and with the windchill, it gets even colder. We always recommend you dress in layers and on top we recommend a good base layer (wool or synthetic thermals), light fleece sweater and water and/or windproof top. Light warm pants and waterproof if needed. You might also thank us later if you wear a thermal underwear. We also recommend a thin hat (to wear underneath the helmet) and gloves/mittens.
If your clothing is not waterproof you can rent rain gear for 1000 ISK per piece.
What kind of shoes do I need to wear?
You need to wear good hiking shoes that can be used with crampons and that give good support for the ankle. If you don’t’ have good hiking shoes, you can rent them for 1000 ISK.
How much time do we spend in the ice cave?
You will spend 30-40 minutes in the cave itself. The rest of the time will be spent getting ready at the meeting point and on a transfer from there to the glacier. Please note that the ride there can be a bit bumpy.
Can I join this tour if I’m pregnant?
We don’t recommend that you join this tour when pregnant because of the bumpy ride from the meeting place to the glacier. If you’ve booked this tour before finding out the good news, just be in touch and we’ll help you cancel and get a refund (as long as you let us know with reasonable notice).
The Fine Print
This partner reserves the right to change your itinerary or cancel your trip with your safety in mind. If they are forced to cancel your trip due to factors outside of our control you will receive at least 80% refund of fully prepaid trip.
This partner reserves the right to always keep 20% confirmation fee to cover costs. If clients cancel their tour more than 48 hours prior to departure, 80% refund will be given. If clients cancel their tour within 48 hours of departure no refund will be given.
No refunds are given if the guest is late, or doesn’t show up even if the weather is very bad, as long as the tour does take place. Therefore it is recommended that you stay in a hotel or guesthouse east of Skaftafell in Vatnajokull National Park, and west of the town Höfn the night before the tour.
No responsibility is accepted for losses, expenses due to delays, changes of flights, closed roads or other services or because of strikes, accidents, sickness, damage, negligence, weather, war, changes in bus schedules, or other similar causes. The partner does not assume responsibility for accidents or death that can be traced to the participant´s negligence, acts of third parties or exterior circumstances such as weather, natural occurrences, war or other similar causes.
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This tour is a Partner Tour
What this means is that this tour is not operated by I Heart Reykjavík but one of our trusted partners that we have carefully chosen to help you get the most of your stay in Iceland.
We are very selective with the companies we choose to work with because we want you to have the best experience possible during your Iceland adventure. We would never recommend anything to you that we wouldn’t recommend to our own family and friends.