Ice Cave Tour in the National Park of Vatnajökull

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Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Experience the dazzling natural landscapes of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier, on this 3-hour ice caving adventure from Glacier Lagoon. Venture off the beaten track in the Vatnajökull National Park and enjoy the rare opportunity to explore inside a naturally formed ice cave. With new caves forming each year, your experience is guaranteed to be unique, so be sure to bring your camera!
  • 3-hour ice caving adventure from Glacier Lagoon.
  • Venture inside a natural ice cave in the Vatnajökull National Park
  • Marvel over views of Vatnajökull glacier, Europe’s largest glacier
  • Full instruction and all equipment provided
  • Multiple times offered throughout the day
  • Get off the beaten track in a 4x4

What's Included

  • Ride in a 4x4 modified super jeep
  • All gear for entering the ice cave safely
  • Warm clothes
  • Hiking boots
  • Camera

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Jökulsárlón
    781, Iceland

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • You must meet us at the departure location. This tour departs from Jökulsárlón café which is about 390 km east from Reykjavík, Just by the parking lot of the glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your booked departure time
  • Warm and waterproof clothing required
  • Hiking shoes required (We do not offer hiking shoes rental for this tour. Please wear hiking shoes or you will not be fit to go into the ice cave.)
  • The weather in Iceland is unpredictable and can be changing rapidly. Our guides check on a daily base if it is save to go to the ice cave.*
  • Our guide decides which cave to visit every day depending on safety and weather conditions. If on that day the cave is not suitable to enter, due to unforeseeable reasons such as a glacial flood, excessive rain around the cave, our guide will inform you at the meeting point. You can choose to either follow our guide on a glacier hike to the cave (but do not enter due to safety reasons), or you can choose on site to cancel the tour with a full refund. If you choose the glacier hike we will also refund you 30% of the tour. We hope the glacier hike and partial refund will compensate you, as the surrounding area of Vatnajökull is extremely beautiful and does not disappoint.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Ultimate Sightsee
Jiwon_C, Mar 2023
Not sure why there are some reviews that are less than 4 stars. It was great use of 3 hours. The entire experience from the stationed bus checkin, the off-roading drive in a boost up adventure car, easy hike through multiple ice caves.. and endless and fun facts distributed throughout. Our guide Harold was fun and kept the adventure going seamlessly. Not sure if the ice caves will be something that lasts lifetimes and something that every country has a chance to experience - so we thought it was worth it. Give yourself ample time and planning to make sure you can access the destination at a reasonable time. The road from Reykjavik can be dicey (and it’s a far drive… we stayed in the east coast the night before so that we only would have to drive 30 minutes). Did you know that interstellar was filmed in the area you journey .. and I have to say it does look alien/off-world. Just to see that with a driver who is extremely good at handling rough terrain to get you there.. is the basis of my review. Additionally, we took the 9:30 am adventure time and noticed there were less people/crowds/more parking available. You get back a couple hours later just when all the food trucks open for a lunch spot. Our guide recommended the “nailed it - fish and chips” food truck was so good. We live in Seattle and thought it was the best fish and chips we have had in awhile. Which says a lot. Bathrooms at the parking lot / meetup space were plenty and decent.
Waste of money
Adnan_K, Mar 2023
Ok at best, do not recommend, also the directions where to meet were not clear. They took us in a old Bronco.
A One-of-a-Kind Experience
Claire_K, Oct 2022
Exploring this ice cave was a one-of-a-kind experience. Most of the time on the tour was spent traveling to and from the cave. It was a 30-minute drive to the location and a 30-minute/~1.3 mile mild hike to the cave. Our tour guide was Ollie and he did a great job informing us about Iceland, the glacier, and ice caves and was also good at keeping the group together, explaining how to stay safe in the cave, and helping people take pictures. The cave was smaller and more crowded with other tour groups than I expected. There was around 10 people in our group and at least 2 other groups in the cave with us. But the guides did a good job keeping the groups separate in their own parts of the cave, and the cave was such a unique place to experience. My husband and I enjoyed the adventure and our group had a fun time drinking the glacial water coming down from the ceiling!
It’s a must!
Jax_P, Sep 2022
Amazing you must go! We went as a family and it was a must! They take you in a large van, then you walk in pebbles - but he went at a good pace and checked on everyone- when we got to the cave he took pictures of us- and I can’t wait to frame them! We were under 300’ of water.... it was crazy cool! You have to experience this!
Adventure, mysterious, magical
Mauricio_B, Mar 2022
The ice caves are amazing. I have never seen anything like this before. I didn't even know they existed until I was here in Iceland. They feel like a different world--magical, ancient, dynamic--alive!
Ice Cave with Swen
Medjbaoui_M, Dec 2018
Amazing experience, the landscape is extraordinary beautiful. In addition Swen gave us interesting fact our the glaciers, Iceland, his people and it’s culture of being the best :)
Even though the ice cave experience...
Jay T, Dec 2015
Even though the ice cave experience wasn't optimal due to weather and water levels, our guide made sure we made up for it with other fun activities. We got to see down a moulin, walk on the glacier, briefly go in an ice cave, and explore the remnants of a collapsed cave from the previous year. Our guide balanced information, safety, and humor, making it a great experience overall. I would definitely do this tour again and recommend it to others!
We were a group of 4 and everything...
Tony J, Dec 2015
We were a group of 4 and everything was great leading up to the caves. We departed around 1pm and the drive was exciting on the superjeep. We were excited to put on the crampons and make our way through the wind blasting glaciers. The upside was that our tour guide was really nice and accommodating in taking pictures for everyone and leading us through the short hike to the cave. The experience, however, doesn't live up to the photographs and the descriptions of being inside the cave for 1- 1.5 hr. I can understand that this is a natural phenonmenon and if the water level is high or the caves arent ready that it could be dangerous, but we should have been notified and noted especially if we're travelling 5 hours away and spending so much money. We saw what was a cave in the formation and it was about 30 minutes of photographs. I just want to share this with everyone so you can dial down your expectations a little bit and consider other tours as well. Again, thumbs up for the super nice guide, thumbs down for misleading advertisement.
Leire_L, Oct 2022
Un engaño de excursion. Supuestamente vas por el glaciar a una cueva, pero nada de glaciar… anduvimos por zona rocosa sin una pizca de hielo hasta llegar a la cueva, en la que solo estuvimos 20 minutos. Pagar 160€ por estar 20 minutos en una cueva no sirve para nada. Una estafa total.
Da fare assolutamente
Daniel_B, Dec 2021
Se si viene in Islanda, è una delle esperienze a cui non si può rinunciare!!! Simpatica anche la guida.