Into the Glacier - GG-ITG
Ice Cave and Glacier Hike tour from Skaftafell
This is a winter tour only! Do not miss out on this amazing opportunity, where you get the chance to visit a natural ice cave in the Vatnajökull region! A breathtaking experience awaits those who wish to explore the glacier wonderworld.
- Natural ice cave
- Short glacier hike
- Vatnajokull National Park
- Skaftafell Nature Reserve
- Certified Glacier Guide
Meeting point: Glacier Guides booking house in Skaftafell, located next to the Vatnajokull/Skaftafell Visitor Center (see map below). Please check in 30 min prior to the tour departure.
Duration: Approximately 3 hours (1-1,5 hours on ice). We spend about 15-20 minutes in the ice cave.
Included: Guided glacier hiking & ice cave tour with a certified Glacier Guide and all necessary safety equipment for the glacier.
Provided glacier gear: All necessary glacier gear will be provided by us. This includes crampons, helmet, ice axe and harness.
Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket & pants, sturdy hiking boots, head-wear and gloves.
Note that you can rent hiking boots, waterproof jacket and waterproof pants in the booking process.
Natural 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.
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. We spend about 15-20 minutes inside the mesmerizing ice tunnel, allowing us time to take pictures and admire this natural wonder.
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 and Golden Circle, South Coast and Ice Cave 3 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.
Recommended equipment 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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Disclaimer: This tour is operated by Glacier Guides. All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. We do 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.