Into the Glacier – Winter Ice Caves on Vatnajökull

Into the Glacier – Winter Ice Caves on Vatnajökull

09:00, 10:00, 11:30 13:30 &14:30

November 10th – May 15th

Departs From:
Glacier Guides Booking House in Skaftafell. No transportation provided from Reykjavik.

Up to 4 hrs.

Minimum Age:


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Ice Caving and Glacier hiking tour

For important safety reasons, it is not recommended to go into the ice caves without a certified glacier guide.

Ice Caves are only found during the wintertime when the glacial rivers retract and the water freezes. New caves are formed in different locations each year. This tour is highly dependent on conditions (including temperature, safety and accessibility). Ice-caves must be treated with the utmost respect in regards to the ceiling being supportive along with other factors. Being inside an Ice Cave provides visitors with unparalleled photographic opportunities while capturing the blue light passing through the glacier ice.

Group Maximum: 12 people
Up to 4 hours duration
Minimum age 10
*Departures April 1st – May 15th: 8:30, 10:00, 12:15, 14:15 & 16: 15.

This tour departs from the Glacier Guides booking house in Skaftafell. For those looking for a shorter but stunning guided glacier walk with a visit to an Ice cave on the way, this is a fantastic tour. The Falljökull glacier tongue is quite unique in that it offers everything glaciers are best known for without the need to travel great distances. The cave is selected based on conditions, hiking route chosen, and safety each time. This tour is suitable for the whole family and everyone with a basic fitness level. Our buses leave from Skaftafell several times a day for the scenic 15-minute drive to Falljökull glacier. We will visit one ice cave during the tour and this cave is selected based on conditions and safety.
All necessary glacier gear, crampons, helmet, and harness, is included.

You must bring warm clothes (2 or 3 layers is recommended) and good hiking boots or hiking shoes are essential. The approach to the cave is over an uneven rocky surface which may also be muddy.

Please note that 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 road conditions. Find out more about road and weather conditions.

Accommodation options for the area can be found here.

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.

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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