Ice Cave Discovery
- Local glacier guide
- 4×4 transfer from the base
- Small group sizes
- Explore a remoter Ice Cave
Duration: 5-8 hours
Difficulty: Moderate – Hard
Season: 15th October – 31st March
Meeting place: Local Guide HQ, Fagurhólsmýri
What to bring: Hiking boots with ankle support, good outdoor clothes are important (no cotton), including fleece and waterproof jacket, gloves, hat, socks and a small backpack with some drink and lunch/snacks.
Let us know if you don’t have hiking boots, you can rent boots from us for 1000 ISK
This is an early season chance to visit one of the stunning blue ice caves that form in the winter months in the outlet glaciers of the biggest glacier in Iceland. This is an incredible experience that many people won´t have in their lifetime and we are excited to take you to the cave.
This ice cave is more difficult to access and more adventurous then on our normal ice cave tour so we can only take max 8-9 clients per guide on this departure.
On this trip we will drive to a glacier in the local area to visit the cave. From the parking area we hike the glacial moraine and then on the gravel or glacier**, depending on conditions until we reach the glacier ice cave. Once at the cave you will have time to explore, take in the deep blue ice and to take photos.
* This tour does involve walking on uneven terrain and is reasonably physical and so we rate this trip moderate to difficult, it depends on the conditions, you can expect to hike up to 1 – 1 1/2 hour each way to the ice cave location**
As for the ice cave we visit on this tour.
We do not only look at the size of the ice cave but the beauty and colors, the ice caves are normally from 30-100 meters long.
*We cannot guarantee that other independent companies will be operating the same location.
** We do not know what ice cave we will use for our ice cave discovery tour yet so these informations can change, our main goal on this tour is to visit the best remoter ice cave.
About travelling in winter:
We are located 350 km (4 1/2 hour drive in summer) east of Reykjavík, via road 1. Please note that in icy and wintery conditions the travel time can be much longer. So we recommend that you stay in a hotel or guest house in southeast Iceland the night before the trip. The guest houses in small group of farms called Hof are close by, only 5 km west of our headquarters in Fagurholsmyri.
Litla Hof (+354 4781670) or www.hof1.is or www.sleep.is Also www.hotelskaftafell.is and www.svinafell.com about 18 km west of us.
Of course there are lot more guest houses on both sides, from the area of the small village Klaustur to the town Höfn. Try www.visitvatnajokull.is or www.south.is for more information.
Your safety is of the utmost importance to us. Ice Cave tours are weather dependent. Sometimes tours have to be cancelled with short notice due to weather conditions or safety concerns or. After periods of adverse weather, the caves can become flooded or unsafe to enter. If this happens we will always do our best to offer an alternative such as a glacier hike if weather conditions allow, however if this is not suitable we will also always offer a full refund.
Local Guide HQ in Fagurhólsmýri (N1 fuel automat at the same location)
1/2 hour east of Skaftafell and 1/2 hour west Jökulsárlón in southeast Iceland.
GPS: N63° 52.865 W16° 38.780 (WGS84, Degree-Minutes.Minutes) or 63.881083 -16.646333 (WGS84, Hd .d°)
Around 5-8 hours
Min age: 16 years
Price: 31.900 isk per person
The winter 2017-2018 we visited the Treasure Island Ice Cave, the hike is around 1 – 1 1/2 hours each way, mostly on the glacier, we are aiming to visit this cave again next winter season if it is accessible.