ICE CAVE discovery

Our more adventurous ice cave fall day tour for those looking for a longer hike to a remote ice cave and different features on the glacier.

29.900 ISK

| 230 $

217 € |


The Ice Cave Discovery is a full day adventure in winter conditions and our guides’ favourite winter trip. Hiking for up to an hour at a time across the glacier, we reach remote locations, features and additional caves on this small group tour (maximum 9 clients).

In addition to a super jeep ride through the glacier valley, bridge crossings over glacial streams and visiting ice caves, we hike on the glacier for 2 – 3h total. If weather conditions allow, we will visit two ice caves as well as a beautiful blue feature on the glacier, which we call ‘the Blue Rose’. Our winter 2022 tour also visits the Sapphire Ice Cave and is a good option for those wanting to add a little extra to their trip.

From the meeting location at Jökulsárlón, we begin our journey in a modified super jeep to reach the base of the glacier. During the hike we will make our way up and across the glacial tongue to interesting features and ice caves, with plenty of time to explore, take photos, and have a short lunch break. 

Ice caves are constantly evolving, the average caves are from 30-100m in length. When scouting for caves we look not only at the size but also the colours and overall experience.

Please note that we will not be the only group visiting the ice cave. We try to accurately represent the cave as you would experience and be able to photograph it yourself. Visit our instagram @localguide to see photos we’ve been tagged in as well as those we have posted throughout the season.

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Please wear warm and waterproof outdoor clothing, a hat and gloves. We recommend thicker, woollen socks, avoiding cotton clothing and bringing layers.

Hiking boots can be rented on location for 1000 ISK.

A small backpack for an extra layer, water bottle and lunch. The cafe at Jökulsárlón may be open before the tour starts for snacks but we advise buying something more substantial (e.g. a sandwich) the day/night before.

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Our Local Guide base is located 370km east of Reykjavík at the main parking lot of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon by the main highway, road number 1. It is very difficult to miss as you will see big ice bergs floating around and it’s across the road from the Diamond Beach.

If you are taking a private tour it may be possible to collect you from the hotel in the local area so please ask us about this option.

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Typically the ice cave season is from October to the end of March. It is important to remember that the weather plays a huge part in the formation of the caves and we can sometimes access them earlier in the season and sometimes it may not be until later on. We are scouting for caves from late summer so as soon as conditions allow we are able to access these with our groups in winter.

Even though we offer small group experience as well as private ice cave tours – we can never guarantee that we will be the only people inside the ice cave, if you are a photographer we try to choose less travelled ice cave, but it all depends on the conditions each day what possibility´s there are and how long you are willing to hike.

We accurately represent the changing conditions, size and colours of the ice cave on our instagram @localguide, where we are also tagged in photos from our clients throughout the season. These photos are often taken on phones, so the quality of your camera is no barrier to capturing the natural beauty. The colours of the ice caves can change slightly with the light and weather (rain, snow, bright sunshine) but this only enhances the individuality of the caves.

No company has the exclusive right to visit any of the ice caves in Vatnajökull National Park. We work together with other tour operators to ensure that, if we visit the same cave at a similar time, we have more than enough space and time for our groups to experience and photograph the unique shapes and structures. We have scheduled our public Ice Cave Tour departures so that we do not overlap as much with other groups who may visit the same cave.

Our Ice Cave Discovery tour features a smaller tour size with a hike that takes you to a remote location on the glacier away from other public tours, and is an alternative for those looking for a longer hike and secluded experience.

Interested in the Ice Cave tour only?
Check our bestseller option called Ice Cave tour during which we go to visit the best ice cave of the season! This tour is available for children as young as 8 years old.
Would you prefer a private tour?
If you want to build a custom tour or just want to work to your own schedule or abilities, a private tour might be the option for you!
Are you a photographer?
We offer a private tour option for photographers and photography groups that can be customised to your needs so that you have the time to take the photos you hope for.