Ice Cave Tours
Vatnjökull Ice Caves
East Iceland Getting to these ice caves is not easy. The tours usually leave from the car park at Jökulsarlon or from nearby hotels. The caves are around 400km from Reykjavik. They are best visited on a Multi-day photo tour or self drive including local hotels.
Ice Cave adventures
These ice caves tours are more adventurous than the Crystal cave tours (see below) and take twice as long. They run with smaller groups and so the caves they visit are less crowded. These ice cave tours can be physically demanding so please check details before booking.
The ice cave tour is refundable if it is cancelled because of weather conditions or safety issues. The ice cave tour is between 5 – 7 hours. We meet at Hali Country Hotel, 13 km east of Jökulsárlón. The tour is guided by a trained glaciers and ice cave guide. The ice cave tour involves 25 – 30 minutes of driving and 45 – 90 minutes of hiking. We will be in the cave around 1 hour. Please note that the hiking on this tour is in the Icelandic nature and this involves gravel, uneven ground and sometimes on a glacier.
- Availability: 09:00
- Meeting point: Hali Country Hotel reception
- Area: South East Iceland
- Level: Medium – Hard
- Group max: 8 people
- Duration: 5-7 hours
Tour includes a ride in a Super Jeep with a local glacier guide.
The tour goes to one ice cave that is chosen each day according to conditions. These ice caves are challenging to access. We offer it as a personal tour for our guests with a max 8 persons in a group.
How much hiking can you expect during the tour?
The hike is around 3 km one way to the cave. So in total, it is around 6 km during the trip. Part of it, around 2 km (4 km in total) can be on glaciated terrain were crampons and other glacier equipment is necessary. The other part is on a rocky and sometimes uneven terrain.The terrain might be totally or partly covered with snow or slippery ice where the micro spikes we give you come in handy.
It is not allowed to fly drones during the tour.
This is a trip to a beautiful ice cave with the most experienced ice cave guides in Iceland. There could be other tours coming with like minded people. If we need to wait for the cave to be free, we will because we have lots of time.
- Duration: 7 hours
- Difficulty : Moderate
This ice cave adventure starts with a glacier hike on Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. This breathtaking scenic glacier hike to the ice cave offers magical views of the the Glacier Lagoon at Jökulsárlón. See how the glacier calves into the Glacier Lagoon. This tour offers a totally unique angle of this amazing natural phenomenon and explores Iceland’s unique ice caves.
These ice cave excursions are run by experienced and certified glacier guides.
- Duration:6 hours
- Physical difficulty level: Challenging
- Please note:Minimum age of passengers is: 16
Book your ice cave tour directly from Local suppliers.
Crystal ice cave tours
These tours are to the popular Crystal Ice Cave. The Crystal ice cave is easy to access as the vehicles can drive very close to the entrance. There are many companies running tours to the crystal ice caves so this ice cave can become very crowded. Please see the Ice Cave Adventure tours further down the page for more isolated ice caves.