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Into the Glacier - Glacier Hike & Ice Cave from Skaftafell

Certified Operator     Tour Operator: Arctic Adventures     4 hours     Travel method: Mini Bus / Car     Region: Southeast

Into the Glacier

Trip difficulty: 3/5, moderate.

Tour Highlights: Small Group Experience, Vatnajokull - Europe's Largest Glacier, A Visit to a Natural Ice Cave, A Guided Glacier Hike 

During the winter, we are able to offer an unforgettable tour into the glacier. Every year we use a different cave, as the glacier is ever changing and it provides us with an amazing place to explore every winter. The ice cave is very sensitive to temperature, accessibility and other conditions. We always put safety first on these tours and never go into the glacier unless it is absolutely safe for our costumers. Visiting an Ice Cave provides a unique experience and great photographic opportunity. The light shining through the ancient ice projects a magical blue color that is characteristic for the crystal caves.

Our highly qualified glacier guides will make sure safety issues are in order and get you all the necessary glacier gear needed for the tour.

Please note that the tour is operated from Skaftafell so you need to arrange transport to the meeting place as there is no transport available for this tour from Reykjavik. If you are an experienced driver we recommend that you rent a car because the bus schedule is limited during the winter. You might also be interested in our two-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 important safety reasons it is not recommended to go into the ice caves without a certified glacier guide.

Meeting point: The tour starts at the Glacier Guides booking office in Skaftafell.

Disclaimer: All day trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to there 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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Minimum age: 8 years
Difficulty: Moderate

What is included

English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide

Crampons and Other Necessary Glacier Gear

All Required Safety Equipment

Important information

Warm clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, hiking boots, head-wear and gloves.

What if I don’t own all of these clothing necessaries?

Don’t worry, you can always rent the necessary clothing in the booking process.


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.

  Meeting Point Information

The tour starts at the Glacier Guides booking office in Skaftafell.

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