Natural Blue Ice Cave Tour of Vatnajökull Glacier from Jökulsárlón

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From $149.00

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


Go on a memorable adventure on this guided trip to an ice cave in Vatnajökull National Park, and let your driver manage a Jeep ride from Jökulsárlón to the base of Vatnajökull. Once you arrive, you are given all the equipment you need—crampons and helmets—to walk on the glacier and enter the cave safely. Then, learn about the history of the caves and their seasonal changes, and be able to choose to explore the cave on your own or with a guide.
  • Vatnajökull glacier and ice cave tour
  • Explore the ice cave on your own or with a guide
  • Learn about the composition and history of the ice cave
  • Exploring equipment—crampons and helmets—are provided
  • Round-trip transport from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon included

What's Included

  • Driver and guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Helmet and Crampons
  • Super Jeep tour
  • Natural Ice cave in Vatnajökull
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Hiking shoes /Rainwear / Warm clothes / Gloves
  • Camera
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Jökulsárlón
    Jökulsárlón, 781, Iceland

    You will find the ticket sale for Ice Explorers just right next to the cafeteria at Jökulsárlón.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Pick up starts 15 minutes before departure
  • Minimum age is 7 years
  • Dress code: waterproof and/or warm clothing; warm socks and hiking shoes or boots.
  • We do not recommend to drive all the way from Reykjavík (370km) the same day of the tour
  • Maximum capacity per car 15 people
  • Possibility of tour in other languages upon request (Spanish, Italian, Icelandic, Polish)
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Departs from Jökulsárlón
  • No hotel pick up/drop off
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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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This ice cave is exceptional. Our guide David was very knowledgable about the landscape, professional and friendly. The cave really is as blue as the pictures. We would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Iceland. It is well worth the trip.
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Wonderful Ice cave tour
Joanna_H, Mar 2023
Really enjoyed the Ice Caves, tour guide took some beautiful photos. Beautiful setting for fast walk to Ice caves. Great being in a small group.
Morgan_S, Mar 2023
Our guide Dario was great. Very knowledgeable and funny. Willing to take lots of pictures. The cave was beautiful. A bit intense of a hike
Robert_W, Mar 2023
This ice cave is exceptional. Our guide David was very knowledgable about the landscape, professional and friendly. The cave really is as blue as the pictures. We would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Iceland. It is well worth the trip.
Read if you’re wondering if you can physically do it!
Corley_G, Mar 2023
This was an amazing experience, and I highly recommend it! But I wanted to write about our experience for the benefit of others. Let me start off by saying we *might* have “fudged the numbers” a bit on the whole “be moderately fit” prerequisite. I had had an ACL/MCL reconstruction one year to the date prior to our hike, and my wife had had a cervical spinal surgery about six months prior. We are also both plus-sized. However, we read in many reviews that the hike in was easy and only about a mile. We knew we could handle that. So we decided to go for it, because this was a bucket list dream of mine. While the hike was relatively flat, there are spots where there are big rocks to climb over that are more than your average step. We learned on the hike that these caves change every year, and because the ice recedes every year, what may have been true a few years ago may not be accurate today in terms of the duration and difficulty of the hike in to the glacier. We were consistently bringing up the rear, but hanging in with our group of mostly 20-something hiker types. But even one of them said, “the reviews said it was a mile, but that was way more than a mile, and it said easy, but it was ALL rocky.” Yep, that about sums it up. We checked our steps on our phone after and it was closer to five miles round trip, and almost all of it was VERY rocky. Flat, but more difficult than a walk due to the rocky terrain. Having said that, it was SO WORTH IT! Something else to note—this year, there were steps carved into the ice to get into the cave, and they were steep and made of pure ice. There is a rope anchored to the side wall to hang on to while entering the cave. We were both able to manage it, but something worth noting. Our guide, Alex, was awesome, and helped us on the few spots where we had to scramble over bigger rocks. He was also patient with us and made sure we were behind him, because on the trip back, I’d say we reached the car about five minutes after the young bucks on our tour. We tipped him generously, (which is not a common practice in Iceland, but he very much deserved it) and he literally hugged my wife in thanks! He never made us feel bad or uncomfortable for being slower than the rest of the crew. With that said, you do need to be able to hike a moderately quick clip through unstable rocky terrain. We had some collapsible walking sticks in our bag that we broke out on the hike back that really helped.
Loved this experience!
Nicole_R, Mar 2023
Our guide was very knowledgeable and thoughtful. The ride in the superjeep - about a half hour each way - was comfortable, with upholstered bench seats, seatbelts, and good views from the windows while hearing our guide speak about the landscape and history. The hike from the jeep to the cave - about a half hour each way - was easy enough, through a beautiful rocky terrain landscape with snow and ice. The cave is amazing! We were there for quite a while to take photos, observe different ice features, and hike into the ice cave. We brought two middle school boys and they enjoyed the experience!
Blue Ice Caves Experience
Mary_W, Mar 2023
This trip is perfect for seeing the Blue Ice Caves! Originally we were supposed to do this tour on March 21st; but with the snow storm we were able to move our trip to March 23rd with this tour company! Ice Explorers is amazing and the guides were awesome!
Great tour with lovely guide!
Laura_G, Mar 2023
We really enjoyed the trip out to see the ice cave - which was beautiful and really blue, just like in photos you'll see online. The jeep ride out was also really fun and the walk was a great way to see the area. Our guide, Hordur, was excellent and engaging, with lots of stories and facts about the area. Would highly recommend! A once in a lifetime experience.
Asher_E, Mar 2023
One of the highlights of my trip to Iceland. The guide was superb and informative and the jeep ride was like riding in a rodeo!
Great experience.
Margaret_K, Mar 2023
We walked about 25 minutes on mostly flat but rocky terrain to get to the cave. Be prepared. Once in the cave you will forget all about the walk
Cynthia_M, Mar 2023
This was an amazing excursion!! Bring your crampons and get ready to hike for about 30 minutes. The cave was breathtaking!!! I would highly recommend it!!!
Fani_P, Mar 2023
Beautiful experience visiting the ice cave! Short hike to get into the cave and was wonderful to spend some time there! Highly recommended!
Neil_R, Mar 2023
Ice Explorer’s gave me and my fiancé an experience of a lifetime! The cave was magical and our tour guide, Alex, was incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic. To top it off, I proposed to my now fiancé on the tour and the whole Ice Explorers team helped make it possible, especially Alex who helped coordinate it with me!
Lovely Tour!
Tara_G, Mar 2023
We had a perfect day for this tour! Our guide Alex was incredible and made sure everyone felt comfortable. He also gave great explanations of the glacier movement and played fabulous Icelandic music on the ride over. He was so much fun! The ice caves are constantly changing but he made sure the space was safe for us and Alex’s Angels had a beautiful tour!
Lynette_w, Mar 2023
Absolutely loved this trip, the ice caves did not disappoint. Tour guide was great! Highly recommend
Best super jeep tour!
Kylie_I, Mar 2023
This was the highlight of our trip! Definitely a great experience and our tour guide Alex made it so much fun! Super jeep ride with Icelandic music then a 30 minute easy hike to the cave. Got tons of beautiful pictures from inside the cave and had ample time to explore.
Ice cave hike
Bjorn_C, Feb 2023
Awesome experience! A must do in my opinion. Also location of this excursion is in area to see Seals, Whales, Reindeer, and many beautiful scenic stops to explore. Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable.
Erin_D, Feb 2023
The tour guide (Mario?) was absolutely wonderful. We really enjoyed the tour from start to finish. Well organized, informative, safe. Plus, the caves were stunning.
Truly Icelandic experience
Zena_A, Feb 2023
The transport to the glacier was excellent and it was beautiful inside the cave Our guide was really helpful, gave us lots of info and gave us plenty of time to take photos.
Great time!
Janet_T, Jan 2023
We have a great time and our guide was very helpful. Our group of friends enjoyed the Blue Ice Cave.
Gorgeous, unique experience!
Andrew_S, Nov 2022
Our tour guide was personable, funny, and did a fantastic job of making sure everyone was safe during the tour. The caves were beautiful and well worth every bit of travel and the cost!