Ice Cave Tour
An ice cave tour in the Vatnajökull region
- 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
Season: November 15th – March 18th, longer if conditions allow us to
Departure times: 10:15 and 13:45
Meeting place: Local Guide HQ, Fagurhólsmýri
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, sometimes they are special and sometimes not as special but become very special in the right light and conditions.
Some caves we find are very stable and we can go in there in any weather, but others are less safe and we might not even go there at all, even if they are very beautiful. Some caves are only accessible in below zero conditions for example if there is water in the floor that needs to be frozen to walk into the cave.
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.
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.
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°)
*The duration of the tour depends on several things, 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).
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.
If you are looking for a photography tours to the ice caves next winter we do offer private tours, send us an email at email@example.com for information!
Due to popularity of the ice caves you can expect groups from other company´s inside the cave at the same time on our public ice cave tours.
About 2-4 hours*
Minimum 2 persons
Age limit 13 years old
Book your ice cave tour here:
We are located 4 hour drive away east of Reykjavík, the duration of the drive often takes much longer time in icy and wintery conditions, we recommend people to stay close to us the night before the tour.