Crystal Ice Cave Tour

Crystal Ice Cave


9:15 am, 11:45 am, and 14:30 pm everyday

November 10th – March 31st
**Available from November 11th**

Departs From:
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. No transportation provided from Reykjavik.

2 – 2.5 hrs

Minimum Age:
10 years old minimum age


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For important safety reasons it is not recommended to go into the ice caves without a certified glacier guide.
Departing from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon three times a day we head for the magnificent Crystal Cave in Vatnajökull. After a 20-30 minute drive from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, we arrive by the mouth of the cave on Breiðarmerkurjökull and enter the magical blue world of the ice. We spend about 40 minutes inside the cave so you will have enough time to explore on your own and take pictures. Our skilled glacier guides will make sure that you are safe and secure the whole time inside the Crystal Cave. If you are looking for an ice caving tour from Reykjavik we offer two and three day tours that includes the Crystal Cave.

Group Maximum: 16 people

Departure from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon at 9:15 am, 11:45 am and 14:30 pm
Up to 2.5 hours duration
Minimum age: 10
Please note that from 15th of December to 15th of January daylight in Iceland is limited. We would like to make it very clear that during this time our 14:30 and 15:45 departures will take place as darkness falls, and you will be visiting the Crystal Ice Cave in the dark. The advantages to visiting the ice cave at this time include a less crowded experience and of course, beautiful blue ice photographic opportunities! We also provide powerful head torches allowing you to light your way safely to, from and inside the ice cave.
We will visit one ice cave during the tour and this cave is selected based on conditions and safety.

Included is all necessary glacier gear – crampons and a helmet. You must bring warm clothes (2 or 3 layers is recommended) and good hiking boots or hiking shoes are essential.

Please note that you must arrange your transportation to the meeting point of the tour (Jökulsárlón is 4.5 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.
*There is no guaranty that our group will be alone in the cave, as the same cave is used by more tour operators. If you are looking for a more exclusive experience we recommend the Into the Glacier tour.*

For all of our glacier tours Glacier Guides will provide guests with crampons for walking on the ice, helmets and ice axes. Waterproof clothing and hiking boots are available for rent. In Skaftafell we do have many of the items below for sale in our booking center.

Equipment List for Glacier Day Tours

Please note that the glacier hikes range from 3 hours to 7 hours so depending on the length of your tour you may be able to get away without some of the things on this list.

Waterproof jacket and pants (We do have rental clothing available)
Hiking boots (Available for rent, 1000 isk. We advise against runners or any type of shoe that comes up below the ankle bone as the straps on the crampons can get a bit painful during the walk)(Climbing boots are included on the ice climbing tour)
Light sweater, wool or fleece
Light synthetic or quick dry pants (Try and stay clear of jeans on the longer trips as they get wet & cold quick and dry slow)
Thin Gloves
Small Backpack (Can be handy to carry camera, rain gear and all extras)
Sunglasses and sun protection (It can get quite bright on the ice with the reflection)
Food and drinks (Lunch is not provided on any of our trips. June – September there is plenty of fresh water on the glacier so bring a bottle)
Camera (If you forget everything else don´t forget that)

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