Ice Cave Tour with a local family owned company from Jökulsárlón

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From $130.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Spend time in an ice cave and get up close to the blazing blue formations inside Vatnajökull (Vatna Glacier). Trek with an expert guide across the ice cap of Iceland’s most voluminous glacier — and Europe’s largest. Bring your camera for plenty of photo ops of what will unquestionably be an unforgettable experience. Numbers are limited on this tour to ensure a small-group experience.
  • Ice caving tour on Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier
  • Let a guide lead you across the ice cap and into an ice cave
  • Small-group tour ensures personalized attention

What's Included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Driver-guide
  • Helmets, crampons, headlights
  • Clothes and Shoes
  • Food and Snacks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Jökulsárlón
    781, Iceland

    You can find local supplier's car with name and logo on it, in the parking lot by the shop (only one shop) GPS: Latitude: 64.045711 | Longitude: -16.182454

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Meet your guide in Hólmur for the 5-mile (9-km) drive to Vatnajökull National Park. Upon reaching the base of Fláajökull, snap on your provided helmet and crampons and follow your expert guide across Iceland’s glaciated landscape that connects with Vatnajökull’s stunning ice cave.

This small-group hike takes roughly an hour with an approximate 524 feet (160 meters) of elevation gain. Along the way, hear informative commentary on the glacier’s geological history and its development during the last century.

Once inside the ice cave you’ll have 30 to 40 minutes to spend, so don’t forget your camera! Afterward, you're driven back to Hólmur.

Vatnajokull Glacier

The tour can take 3 to 3.5 hours, depending on location and weather. The ice cave is naturally made, so nature decides how they are shaped and where they are located. Safety is our priority. We always choose the best Ice cave for every trip. The drive and the walk to the ice cave can vary between days.

3 hours Admission Ticket Free

Glacier Trips (Pass By)

Glacier Trips offers this amazing opportunity to experience an ice cave in the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajokull. If you want to capture/photograph the blue crystal colors of the ice, this is a tour that we recommend for you.

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Subject to favourable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Due to the popularity of the ice caves, you can expect groups from other companies inside the cave at the same time as our groups. Be sure to look at your email and phone the day before the tour. There can always be last minutes change due to weather or other uncontrollable conditions. If the Ice cave is not accessible due to some reasons, we always offer alternatives, refunding price difference between activities. Please be advised that this tour starts from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Operated by Glacier Trips

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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Jennifer_L, Mar 2023
This is a must. Simple hike down to glacier Your guide was wonderful and recommended the best pictures
Amazing experience
Yohan_R, Mar 2023
It was amazing. The trip was flexible and gut organised. The guide is very friendly. Unfogettable experience.
Great Guide and Amazing Blue Ice Cave
Jessica_C, Mar 2023
Amazing experience and great tour guide! I am not in great shape, so the hike to and from the cave was a challenge for me, but doable. And the guide was very considerate, took time to talk with each person during the hike and made sure we were doing ok. He encouraged us to take our time and not rush. Our tour left at 11 so it wasn’t too crowded when we were in the cave. The ice cave was amazing and I got a lot of great pictures so it was worth it!
Halina_P, Feb 2023
Highly recommend this to anyone looking for an adventure! The hike to the glacier was relatively easy, just make sure you got your waterproof hiking boots on! The views from under the Vatna glacier were spectacular and our tour guide Sindri was very kind enough to take some really cool pictures of us ☺️
Don’t miss this part of the South Coast!
NICKIB3, Jan 2023
The best part of our vacation! Sintri somehow got us in the cave by ourselves. Bring an empty water bottle to fill. Simply incredible.
Definitely recommend this
DAVID_L, Dec 2022
This is a small, very experienced, local company and our guide Sindri definitely went out of his way to give us the best experience. As he said to us; there are a ton of photoshopped ice-cave photos out there online but these caves are a natural phenomenon that constantly change and reform every year so you can never be quite sure what you'll find. We consider ourselves lucky; with the guide AND the cave. Definitely recommend
This tour was well worth it! I would...
Ken B, Jan 2018
This tour was well worth it! I would highly recommend.
The guide Raki? was great!!! Dont...
Ric S, Mar 2017
The guide Raki? was great!!! Dont let my avg rating take away from his efforts. He was informative, funny and really seemed to love what he does. The rating is based on Crystal Cave. Having done a similar tour on a different glacier 2 years back, Crystal Cave itself was the let down. To begin...Its just a really small cave. One narrow tiny tube that terminates in a puddle. the last Iceland ice cave I visited was tall and filled with the bluest ceilings and walls I could imagine. Pillars of clear blue ice. Crystal ceiling for half the cave. Add in that way too many companies have crammed way too many people into this small space and it was far less enjoyable than I had hoped. Maybe, if this were the only experience I had I would be more impressed. But, knowing what I know....the cave was a disappointment. Kudos to the company and Raki for making it enjoyable....without that, I would consider it a total waste.
Great guide and breathtaking sights...
ladivet, Mar 2017
Great guide and breathtaking sights. Beyond my wildest imagination of what we would see.
Excellent tour - very exiting and a...
Juan_S, Mar 2017
Excellent tour - very exiting and a must do during your visit in Iceland. Being taken inside a real ice cave from the biggest Iceberg in Europe is an amazing experience. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable, the information provided during the tour helped to appreciate it even more. I would do it again without a doubt.
The local tour guide was really...
Teresa C, Jan 2017
The local tour guide was really friendly and knowledgeable. The experience was amazing. Very enjoyable trip.
Absolutely great!!! We met the tour...
AlbertoJ_N, Dec 2016
Absolutely great!!! We met the tour guide at the glacier lagoon and from there about 20 minutes took their big 4x4 vehicle near the glacier. The guide gave us our helmets and shoe spikes and then we started the 30 minute hike up the glacier towards the ice cave. Once inside the cave they gave us plenty of time to look around and take pictures before coming back down. Overall the tour took between 2-2.5 hours. It is amazing and a must do if you are in Iceland. The guide was great, very knowledgeable and funny. The ice cave is awesome, it is surreal and the pictures look amazing. Very happy with the company and the tour.
Great! We loved the tour. We were...
Jack C, Jan 2016
Great! We loved the tour. We were fortunate to be the only ones on this tour with 2 tour guides. They were prompt and informative. We enjoyed our tour and would highly recommend this tour company. Great pictures. Unbelievable. The local area is beautiful too. Spend a couple days there.
Increíble experiencia....
Beatriz_C, Feb 2023
Increíble experiencia. Todo precioso y muy completo. Explicaciones muy claras y entretenidas. Te deja tiempo dentro de la cueva para disfrutar. Un 10