Winter Ice Caves in Vatnajokull


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 of the cave and access to the cave).  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
  • 19.990 per person
  • Up to 4 hours duration
  • Minimum age 10

This tour departs from the Glacier Guides booking house in Skaftafell.  We will visit one ice cave during the tour and this cave is selected based on conditions and safety.

Included is all necessary glacier gear - crampons, helmet, and harness.

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.


What do I need to bring?

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)