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South Iceland: Vatnajökull Glacier Blue Ice Cave Tour

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South Iceland: Vatnajökull Glacier Blue Ice Cave Tour

From US$ 145 per person

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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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. Benefit from a choice of 3 departure times during the day. 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
  • All safety gear
    Not suitable for
    • 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. The lagoon is approximately 390 kilometers east of Reykjavík.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Warm clothing
    • Rain gear

    Know before you go

    • Please note that the total duration of this tour is about 3 hours
    • It will be cold inside the cave. Bring warm and water resistant clothing
    • Good hiking shoes are recommended as you will have to walk over rugged terrain for approximately 10-15 minutes
    • 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
    • You can choose from 3 different departure times: 09:30, 13:00 and 15:00
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.3 /5

    based on 93 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.9/5
    • Value for money
      3.8/5
    • Service
      4.6/5
    • Organization
      4.5/5

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    This is a great tour for those with limited time and want a quick trip to an ice cave tour. The whole experience was wonderful. The ice cave itself was beautiful, the guide was very knowledgeable and nice, and both the drive and the hike to the ice cave were fun. The other smart thing all the guides were doing is stopping during the hike to talk, and measuring the line ahead. Yes, this is popular and can get crowded, and the guides smartly try to bring people into the cave in chunks so it's not too crowded. Recommended!

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    October 28, 2021

    Very good visit to the ice cave! We went there at the end of winter (03/23/2020 to be precise), the cave was starting to melt so the ground was not ice. We did about 30min Super JEEP, 30min walk, 30min in the ice cave, and the same for the return, 30min walk and 30min Super JEEP. The scenery is breathtaking, and the cave itself was truly stunning! We had a lot of information from the guide, the time to get there may seem long but that's what makes the charm of this cave, not accessible to all. 30min in the cave may seem short (I would have been disappointed to pay so much for 30min), but in the end that's enough, it gives us time to go around and admire this beauty.

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    March 30, 2020

    Really good guide , really informative and fun. We found a crazy weather with snow storm which makes the things a bit difficult usually but actually we had a great and really adventurous time. We were only 4 people , which was better , and we managed to see 2 caves - blue diamond and black diamond. Due to the weather we couldn’t see a third one but the guide made the tour in the black cave really amazing , making us going through a small tunnel inside ( we had to crawl there ) and this was really exciting! I really recommend it

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    March 14, 2020

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