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Glacier Hike and Ice Cave Tour

General Information

Availability: October, 25th – March

In this tour we visit natural ice cave and explore Vatnajökull europe’s biggest glacier with certified glacier guide.

After about 30 minutes of driving on a 4 wheel drive road we head forward on foot for about 35 minutes, following a gravel path before reaching the glacier’s edge. We stay in the ice cave for approx. 30-40 minutes.

We visit the Sapphire ice cave and explore the glacier above. The 1.5 hour glacier hike offers majestic panoramic views and close encounter with Vatnajökull, the biggest attractions in Iceland. The glacier has many interesting features such as moulins and crevasses which often can be accessible.

Included is all necessary glacier gear, including crampons, helmet, and harness. Your guide will evaluate each time which gear is necessary.

The group size for this tour is only 8 persons and our goal is to provide quality personal service in the realm of Vatnajökull.


Ice caves have become very popular in Iceland and every easily accessible ice cave in the area is likely to be visited by several tour operators and groups every day and at the same time as our tours.

What to bring

  • Base layer (shirt and long johns) synthetic or wool, mid layer such as good sweater, wool or fleece.
  • Mid layer such as fleece jacket, thick wool garment, prima-loft jacket or similar. Second mid layer can be added for colder days. Hiking pants, fleece or soft shell or similar.
  • Waterproof breathable jacket like Gore-tex jacket and pants or similar.
  • Good thermal headwear and gloves
  • Socks, synthetic or wool.
  • Small backpack (Can be handy to carry camera, rain gear and all extras).
  • Good hiking boots are essential.The boots should be high enough to provide good ankle support.
  • Regular street shoes or sneakers are not appropriate shoe wear for this trip!
  • Jeans are not accepted for our Ice cave tours!

What is included

  • Helmet
  • Crampons
  • Harness
  • Ice axe

Trip difficulty: Moderate/Difficult

We strongly recommend participants to go over our list of equipment and be well prepaired for the tour. If participants are not adequately prepared or dressed according to the weather conditions, Iceguide reserves the right to refuse them to participate in the tour to ensure safety.

For further information on gear and clothing see FAQ

Meeting point

The ice cave tour departs from Glacier lagoon (Jökulsárlón) main parking lot, coordinates N64 02.898 W16 10.795.

Distance from Reykjavík is 370 km. Iceguide does not provide any transportation from Reykjavík to Glacier lagoon (Jökulsárlón).

Iceguide does not provide transportation from Reykjavík to the meeting point.

Notice that we do not recommend our participants to travel long distances same day as the tour takes place.

We kindly ask you to be at the meeting point on time. We recommend arriving at least 15 min before the scheduled departure time.

Late arrivals unfortunately will miss out on their reservation and it will result in the cancellation of your booking and a full forfeiture of your booking fee.

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If you are looking for shorter tour to the ice cave look here Ice Cave Tour

For privatized and CUSTOMIZED TOURS & SERVICE SEE Private Tours

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