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Into the Glacier

Ice Caving and glacier hiking in Vatnajökull glacier departing from Skaftafell. A grand tour on Europe's largest glacier.

Price from 19.990 ISK per person.

Tour highlights
  • Vatnajökull - Europe's largest glacier
  • Ice caving
  • Glacier hike

Rated: Easy.
Duration: 2.5 – 4 hours.
Departure: 9:00, 10:00, 11:30, 13:30, 14:30 at Glacier Guides Booking House in Skaftafell. Departures April 1st to May 15th: 8:30, 10:00, 12:15, 14:15 and 16: 15.
Please arrive 30 min prior to your departure.
Included: A guided glacier hiking and ice caving tour as well as all necessary glacier gear needed.
What to bring: Warm and waterproof jacket and pants, hiking boots and headwear and gloves (rental clothing and hiking boots available).
Minimum age: 10 years.
Group Maximum: 12 people.

*Please note that ice caves are an ever changing natural phenomenon and, therefore, unpredictable. We will visit one ice cave during the tour and the choice of a cave is based on conditions and safety.
This product is also available as a private tour, for more information click here.

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    The tour starts at the Glacier Guides booking office in Skaftafell. We head to Falljökull glacier tongue and after we gear up and get safety instructions from our skilled guides we set foot on the ice. We start by hiking in a magnificent scenery to the ice cave where we spend approximately half an hour exploring. Afterward, we hike back over the glacier, through an adventurous landscape of rugged ice.

    Ice caves are only accessible during winter when the temperature drops well below zero so the water from the rivers that run underneath the glacier freezes and leaves us with this phenomena to explore. Each year new caves are formed in different locations.

    We will visit one ice cave during the tour and this cave is selected based on conditions and safety.

  • + Please note

    You must arrange your transportation to the meeting point of the tour (Skaftafell is 4 hours east of Reykjavik).  The bus schedule during the winter is very limited so it is highly recommended to rent a car and to stay in the area either the night before or after your tour. Driving times can be greatly affected by winter conditions so please be sure to give yourself enough time depending on winter road conditions.  Find out more about road and weather conditions.

    If you are looking for an ice cave tour that includes transportation to/from Reykjavik please have a look at our South Coast Ice Cave and Jokulsarlon Ice Lagoon 2 day tour.

    If you are looking for other options that include glacier exploration and transportation to and from Reykjavik please check out the Blue Ice tour or Glaciers & Waterfalls.  Please note that these are not ice cave tours.


All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

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