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 vehicle
- we always go to the best ice cave that is possible at the time
Duration: 2-3 1/2 hours
Season: November 7th – 31st of March*
Departure times: 10:15 and 13:45 (extra departures)
Meeting place: Fagurhólsmýri, 785 Öræfi
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 during the winter. 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 around 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 30-70 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 500 isk.
Please wear warm outdoor clothing!
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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.
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.
Please note that we will not be the only group visiting the ice cave. This has become incredibly popular winter activity in Iceland. Other tour companies bring guests to visit the cave which can cause it to be crowded. Please expect to share the cave with additional groups.
Fagurhólsmýri, 785 Öræfi
GPS: N63° 52.865 W16° 38.780 (WGS84, Degree-Minutes.Minutes) or 63.881083 -16.646333 (WGS84, Hd .d°)
April meeting point:
Freysnes Gas station Parking Lot
5 min drive east of Skaftafell national park and 45 min drive west Jökulsárlón in southeast Iceland.
GPS 63.990591, -16.896465
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From 2 - 3 1/2*
Minimum 2 persons
Age limit 13 years old
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