Ice Cave Tour

An ice cave tour in the Vatnajökull region

What you get

  • experience travelling to and exploring an ice cave
  • local ice cave guide
  • 4×4 ride
  • we always go to the nicest ice cave that is possible at the time

Duration: 2-4 hours

Difficulty: Easy

Season: November 15th – March 18th, longer if conditions allow us to.

Departure times: 10:15 and 13:45

Meeting place: Local Guide HQ, Fagurhólsmýri

Local Guide is the first ice cave tour operator in Iceland, we started visiting the ice caves for the first time around 20 years ago.

In that time we have gathered a lot of knowledge how to get our clients to the best available cave of each day as the conditions of the caves change daily. In autumn each year we start looking for the ice caves for the winter. Normally we find caves in several different locations on the south side of Vatnajökull.

The cave we choose from day to day depends on time of winter, time of day, weather and other conditions at the time. We always go to the most interesting cave available at each time. We normally go into one cave per trip.

The average duration of the tour is 2.5-3 hours, however this can change depending on how far we need to drive, how far we have to walk and how complicated the ice cave is (sometimes there is only few meters walk from the car to the cave, other times it can be up to 1 km)

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.

What to bring:

Good boots or hiking shoes are essential, as we sometimes need to put on crampons and sometimes the ground can be very muddy in or on the way to the ice cave. You can rent boots from us if it looks like your shoes are not suitable. Rental fee is 1000 isk.

Please wear warm outdoor clothing!

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 or Also and 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 or for more information.

Your safety is of the utmost importance. 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°)

Summer Season - Iceland


Please note that this tour is not suitable for photographers or those looking to take the tour solely for photography purposes. We offer a selection of alternative public and private tours more suited to photographers. Please contact if you would like to hear more about our other tours.

Due to popularity of the ice caves you can expect groups from other companies inside the cave at the same time as our groups on our public ice cave tours.

19.900 ISK

About 2-4 hours*

Minimum 2 persons

Age limit 13 years old

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