Small Group Ice Caving & Glacier Hiking Adventure in Skaftafell

This natural ice cave and glacier hiking adventure from Skaftafell tour is a unique experience and a must do for all travellers visiting the land of ice and fire. The tour departs from Skaftafell National Park and is approximately three hours in duration, though depending on weather and hiking trails, it can last up to four hours. 

During the tour you will get the chance to hike on an outlet glacier that is a part of Europe‘ s largest glacier, Vatnajökull, as well as visit a natural ice cave, so make sure to bring your camera along. Accompanied by a certified glacier guide, step onto the magnificent ice and learn all about its crevasses and unique formations before making your way into a one of a kind natural ice cave. 

You can choose between different departure times to best suit your schedule and join us on your own ultimate frozen adventure on an Icelandic glacier. However, please keep in mind that this tour does not include transportation from Reykjavík. Our starting point is the beautiful Skaftafell national park, where there is a plethora of hiking trails and hidden crevasses with gorgeous waterfalls. A glacier hike is a cherry on the top on a visit to this gem of Icelandic nature. 

Ice caves are an ever-changing natural phenomena, making them even more special. They are formed in different parts of the glacier each year and are only accessible during the winter months when the temperature drops well below zero degrees. It is very important to dress in warm and waterproof clothing, and good sturdy hiking boots, gloves and a warm headwear are essential. Waterproof gear and hiking boots can also be rented from the operator for a small fee if needed, so there is no need to invest in expensive gear. The minimum age for this adventure tour is 10 years old. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 08:30, 09:00, 09:20, 09:40, 10:00, 10:20, 10:40, 11:00, 11:20, 11:40, 12:00, 12:20, 12:40, 13:00, 13:20, 13:40, 14:00, 14:20, 14:40, 15:00, 15:40

You meet us at the departure location.
Glacier Guides Booking Hut located in Skaftafell National Park
  • Small group guarantee

  • Guided glacier hike and a visit to a natural ice cave

  • Certified glacier guide

  • Crampons and other necessary glacier gear

  • Food & drinks

  • Transport to/from Reykjavík

What to bring:
  • Warm and waterproof clothing, hiking boots, warm head-wear and gloves.

Good to know:

Ice caves are an ever changing natural phenomena that are only accessible during winter when the temperature drops well below zero so the water from the rivers that run underneath the glacier freezes and leaves us with this phenomena to explore. Each year new caves are formed in different locations. We will visit one naturally formed ice cave during this tour and the cave we visit is chosen based on conditions and safety each time.

Please note that this tour starts from Skaftafell, a little over 400 km outside Reykjavík. It is recommended in winter that participants overnight the night before in the surrounding area.

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