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Bilbo's Blue Ice Cave & Glacier Hike

Explore a Natural Ice Cave & Hike on Sólheimajökull Glacier

Explore Iceland’s most recently discovered ice cave that is also one the bluest of all ice caves in the country! Located only about a two-hour drive from Reykjavík, this is one of the most easily accessible ice caves in Iceland. This tour even combines a spectacular ice cave exploration with an exhilarating glacier hike. Don’t miss out on this!

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Duration: 4.5 Hours / ~11 Hours

Group maximum: 12

Available: All year

Age limit: 10 years

Difficulty: Moderate

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Tour Highlights:

  • Visiting a Natural Ice Cave
  • Hike on Sólheimajökull Glacier
  • Small Group Size
  • Visit Seljalandsfoss Waterfall (Only From Reykjavík)
  • Visit Skógafoss Waterfall (Only From Reykjavík)

Meet On Location The meeting point is at the Sólheimajökull Glacier parking lot, on the South Coast. Your guide will be located by the yellow school bus on the parking lot.

From Reykjavík This tour is also available from Reykjavik. You can select the version with transfer included in the booking widget. The transfer will be in a comfortable minibus with free wifi. 

Please Note

The tour that includes a pickup from Reykjavík has a stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall all year long. However, due to limited daylight periods, we are not able to stop at Skógafoss in the wintertime 

 

(from 16th Nov to 31st Jan).


From 31st January, throughout the Spring, Summer, and Autumn until 

16th November, 

we stop at both of the waterfalls on this tour.

 

The meet-on-location tour (from Sólheimajökull) does not include the waterfall stops.

What to wear:

  • Light long sleeves or t-shirts (preferably wool) next to the skin
  • A fleece or heavy wool garment
  • Waterproof windbreaker outer layer
  • Jeans and cotton clothing items are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet
  • A waterproof shell layer is a must as very it's usually wet inside the ice cave
  • For the glacier hike, we also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflecting off of the glacier.
  • You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tour.
  • If you do not own a pair then we rent out good hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers.

For further information:
info@glacierguides.is

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Note: The rating for the glacier hike is moderate. That means it’s meant for those people at an average level of health and fitness. You’ll need to be able to walk with confidence on an uneven surface, do mild ascents and descents, and handle a bit of somewhat rough terrain. It takes about 3 hours to hike round trip, which equals 1.5 hours in each direction. No special skills or previous experience are necessary to take part in this adventure.


Tour Description

About Iceland's Glaciers and Ice Caves

Glaciers provide an amazing opportunity to experience the power and beauty of nature up close and personal. These beautiful, wild, and ever-changing phenomena hide countless unexplored secrets and natural curiosities. One of these hidden, rare treasures is the blue ice caves.

Ice caves are created by the power of meltwater that carves deep tunnels and caves into the glacial ice. As glaciers are in constant motion, ice caves are also short-lived wonders. They usually don’t survive longer than one winter season, but some caves form in fortunate locations where they can grow huge and remain safe to visit for a very long time.

Besides taking you on adventures on the glaciers, our glacier experts love these ice masses so much that they often hike across them on their own. During that time, they are naturally curious and always on the lookout for safe new ice caves to share with the world.

How a Puppy Discovered Iceland's Newest Ice Cave

It was only recently that one of our guides, Francesco, was walking along his favorite glacier with his adorable little dog, Bilbo. They were hiking as normal when Bilbo’s furry little tail started to go mad as he got really excited and then ran off in the direction of a great hole in the ice.

That hole was the opening to a spectacular ice cave that had never been discovered before. You can be sure that Bilbo got extra treats that night for discovering a brand-new ice cave! We knew that Francesco was a glacier expert, but didn’t know that little Bilbo was one as well! Good boy!!

This newborn beauty is definitely the bluest ice cave discovered in Iceland recently. The beauty can be found in Sólheimajökull glacier, just 98 miles (158 km) from Reykjavík. Since the glacier lies just off the Ring Road on the South Coast of Iceland, it is super easy to get to!

Enter Iceland’s most recently discovered blue ice cave

Enter Iceland’s most recently discovered blue ice cave

Bilbo, the puppy who discovered the blue ice cave

Bilbo, the puppy who discovered the blue ice cave

Bilbo and the glacier

Bilbo and the glacier

Our team of enthusiastic glacier experts - led by our favorite, furry glacier guide, Bilbo

Our team of enthusiastic glacier experts - led by our favorite, furry glacier guide, Bilbo

About the Tour

This adventure provides you with the unique opportunity to combine the two of the most exciting Icelandic activities: glacier hiking and an ice cave exploration. On this tour, we’ll take you on a beautiful hike along the glacier and show you our new, secret ice cave that is hidden in a remote location under the ice.

The tour will start with a short safety briefing before we outfit you with all the glacier safety equipment you need. Then your guide will take you carefully through this surreal icy landscape to the cave.

Being inside the cave will most likely feel like stepping into a different world. The walls are so crystal clear that you can see meters deep inside the body of the ice. Thanks to the interesting physical features of the glacial ice – which your guide will tell you about – the light that travels through it paints the whole cave in the tranquil shades of blue. You’ll see black stripes stretching along through the ice walls. These are layers of ash from the volcanic eruptions of the nearby volcano, Katla.

Blue light magic inside ice cave

Blue light magic inside ice cave

Glacier hiking on Solheimajokull

Glacier hiking on Solheimajokull

Hikers crossing the glacier

Hikers crossing the glacier

You won’t need to study up on glaciers before you come. Your professional guide will tell you all about the glacier – its geology, formation, and age – while you are standing on the body of the ice mass itself. This is definitely better than any geology class in high school! The guide will also tell you about how climate change is currently and will continue to affect the fragile fields of ice in this island nation. You’ll learn a lot of interesting tidbits while crossing over the top of the glacier on your way to the new cave and can be sure that the guide will choose the most secure path to make sure that everyone on the trip is as safe as possible the whole time.

After you have crossed the glacier and have reached the cave itself, you’ll descend into this alien world of crystals and shades of blue. Here you will have all the time you need to explore and to give your camera its own workout (don't forget to bring your tripods!). After truly absorbing the beauty of this gem of nature, your guide will show you around and tell you what you want to know about this icy wonderland.

You will learn about its special features, how it was formed, what formations can be seen inside the cave, and even how the blue ice was created in the first place. The guide will explain the source of any strange sounds you might hear inside the cave and answer any other questions that you or your companions might have.

Once your eyes, heart, and camera have been filled with the majesty of this cave, you’ll turn around and set off on your return hike to return to the base camp where you’ll return the safety gear and set off on your next Icelandic adventure.

Join us and we’ll take you to this secret blue wonderland!

Breathtaking colors inside the ice cave

Breathtaking colors inside the ice cave

The ice is totally blue and transparent

The ice is totally blue and transparent

The rating for this glacier hike is moderate. That means it’s meant for those people at an average level of health and fitness. You’ll need to be able to walk with confidence on an uneven surface, do mild ascents and descents, and handle a bit of somewhat rough terrain. It takes about 3 hours to hike round trip, which equals 1.5 hours in each direction. No special skills or previous experience are necessary to take part in this adventure.

Bilbo and his proud buddy admiring the cave they've just discovered

Bilbo and his proud buddy admiring the cave they've just discovered


Disclaimer: Ice caves are everchanging phenomena and highly dependant on weather conditions. Therefore, we reserve the right to alter or cancel the tour if conditions are not safe.


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