The Crystal Cave | Blue Ice Caving from Jokulsarlon

In the winters of South Iceland, you can find otherworldly blue ice caves.
Light filtering into crystal ice caves under Vatnajökull glacier on Iceland's South Coast makes for an even more beautiful winter adventure.
White snow and blue ice clash in an ice cave in winter, found in Iceland's south-east.
The Blue Ice Caves under Vatnajökull in South Iceland, only being open in winter, require more appropriate clothes than the beautifully dressed couple are wearing here, as your guide will tell you.
Make sure you have your cameras and selfie sticks for this excursion under Vatnajökull glacier in winter, into an ice cave of Iceland's South.
Blue skies above a blue ice cave in the South of Iceland in winter.
3.9
Based on 21 traveller reviews

Come along on an adventurous trip, off the beaten path, to experience the forces of Icelandic nature. This tour is for anyone who would like to explore the little-seen phenomenon of a naturally formed ice cave or anyone who wants to feel the frosty air on their cheeks as they enjoy the wilderness of Iceland.

The tour departs from the famous glacier lagoon every day at 9 AM and 2 PM, driving approximately 30 minutes off-road to Iceland’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull. You'll see the best of Iceland on the scenic drive through the Highlands and, once you get yourself to Jökulsárlón on the South Coast, your guides will take care of the driving.

After a short hike through Vatnajökull National Park from the parking area to the cave, your guides will provide you with the right equipment and take you into the magical blue caves. Your guides are professional, experienced and know the caves inside out, so you are in safe hands.

The search for the ice caves each year is an odyssey in itself. It begins in the summer when huge quantities of water have melted from the glacier, running underneath it and forming the shapes of the walls and roof. When the weather turns cold again, these places freeze, and pure glacial water continues to pour down.

Eventually, what's left behind is a cavern of wonders, always unique and unexpected, carefully examined by the guides so that it is safe to enter. Don't miss your chance to see this!

You'll have 45 minutes or so inside the cave to take pictures, admire the deep blue ice and investigate the ice formations in the cave before you jump into a Super Jeep and return to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

The ice caves are a rare and hugely popular part of winter in Iceland, so reserve your spot now as to not miss out. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Nov. - Apr.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Activities: Super Jeep, Sightseeing, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: South Iceland, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Skaftafell, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:30 14:00,

You meet us at the departure location.
Glacier Lagoon - Jökulsárlón
Included:
  • Guided tour of the ice cave under Vatnajökull

  • Superjeep tour of the highlands, from Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon to Vatnajökull glacier and back

  • All safety equipment

  • Transport to the glacier lagoon from the capital area


What to bring:
  • Warm clothing and outerwear suited to rainy or cold weather (waterproof recommended)

  • Sturdy shoes for walking/hiking

  • Refreshments (especially water)

  • Hat & gloves

  • Camera


Good to know:

Jeans are not recommended for ice cave tours. Denim absorbs moisture easily and takes a long time to dry, so take care to choose fabrics that will keep you warm and comfortable throughout the day.



Reviews

Average rating 3.9 / Number of reviews 21

Too many people in the ice cave. The Guide was on the top.

Too many people in the ice cave. The Guide was on the top.

This tour was a disappointment. The cave was so full of tourists you could hardly move let alone see the ice cave. Tours to this area need to review what they are doing and manage the numbers in the cave at any one time. Apart from our guide who was nice and a little apologetic about the crowds I’d say don’t waste your money

We married couples are deaf. Friendly welcome, nice guides, funny ride, interesting story, good equipment (helmet, spike for shoes), beautiful experiences in the glacier cave - incredibly beautiful ... cheap and gladly again. Dear greetings deaf tourists from austria ...

The visit was wonderful, we were in a black cave and other one blue cave, maybe the crystal blue cave is more beautiful but we enjoyed more the black one since we were alone inside, the other one was crowded. The guide is a very good and funny person. Totally recommended although the price is high for the time of the tour .

Our visit happened to be during a week where it was raining buckets, so the tour was cancelled. We opted to do the glacier walk for 1/2 price and it was excellent! We even got to walk down into an icy area that gave the illusion of an ice cave. It was a very fun experience despite the rain. The only reason I am giving four stars instead of five is because I emailed Blue Iceland the day before to check in and see whether the tour would be cancelled due to rain. They said they would email me back if the tour was cancelled, and I received no email so it was very disappointing to drive 3.5 hours to find out the caves were closed. Other than that we had really nice guides!

It was amazing! We were lucky to visit cave in a day with nice weather. Day before it was rain and cave was melting. Everything was ok. But one thing is not so good - we spent a lot of time trying to find our guide - he arrived at 1 minute before start.

Myself and my two friends booked this tour. We had two other people on our tour with us, so it wasn't crowded at all! Our two tour guides from "Blue Ice" were very friendly and informative. The ride on the super jeep was very scenic, warm, and fun! Very bumpy while driving on the Glacier. The ice cave, we were told was blocked off a few days before we got there from the water melting the snow, but when we went, there was a huge opening showing a beautiful blue ice cave we were able to walk in. It looked like we were underwater! We spent enough time in the cave to take in all its beauty and take lots of pictures. The cave wasn't as crowded with people as I thought it would be. We had the 930am tour on a Tuesday (January 10). I would definitely recommend this tour!

Jon, Our guide for the day was funny and very informative with interesting stories and facts about Iceland as we travelled to the caves in the warm and comfortable truck. Once there, we had lots of time in the blue ice cave to take pictures before Jon showed us a black ice cave for comparison. A very enjoyable trip to a truly amazing place. My only negative would be the sheer amount amount of people in the cave at the same time which makes it virtually impossible to get good clear shots. Maybe if the trips had staggered times this could be avoided but judging from the popularity of these tours and the short daylight hours, I'm not sure this would be possible.

With a last minute booking we wanted to see the Ice caves. We weren't originally considering driving ourselves but the was the only option available. The support was great assisting with any questions we had. One the way we stopped at some amazing places like waterfalls ánd black sand beaches and the ice cave was incredible. The only negative was it was quite a bit of driving in the dark due to the short sunlight hours this time of year.

The guide of us was professional and the crystal cave was amazingly beautiful. Recommend to everyone who's visiting Iceland!

amazing experience, would recommend to everyone to go there.. its one the best adventure activity that one can dream of... Guide to iceland are very professional and passionate in what they do and tour guide was really helpful and amazing guy, he shared all the details about the place. Ice cave tour is must do activity in Iceland and i can proudly say that GUIDE TO ICELAND can make it more amazing for you.. thanks a lot ...

Great tour! Had fun walking on the glacier, with the experienced guide being really friendly! A pity we couldnt go into one of the caves because the ice had not fully formed. But it was still a great tour!

initially irritated by the weather conditions at risk cancellation, The day turned out better than expected! tour guide was nice cheerful prepared,passionate! breathtaking landscapes recommended

Overall we enjoyed the experience, and our guide was friendly and informative, however it was over priced for sure. We went March 27th, and only got to see the one cave, the crystal cave. While this cave was pretty, we were disappointed we were just left in a fairly small cave for 50 minutes. The cave took about 10 minutes to explore (because it was actually pretty small), so we felt as though we should have been partially refunded for not getting to experience the full tour (2 caves).

The tour guide was wonderful and kept us entertained but there was so much rain, we couldn't go into the cave. All we did was walk on the ice. We weren't given the option of getting our money back and when asked for a partial refund, we were told that we were given the option of refund and they refused to give us anything. We wasted almost $200 on a short glacier walk while if we had just signed up for their actual glacier walk, it would have been $70

This was highly disappointing and a lot of money for what we got. The tour is advertised as 4 hours in length with a super jeep tour of the highlands, a short hike across the Glacier and a guided tour of the ice caves. The tour description also states that the search for the ice caves each year is an odyssey in itself. Unfortunately none of this is true. The cave we were taken to (The Blue Crystal Cave) had been there for years and is marked with a sign near the entrance. We met our guide at the Glacier Lagoon and were driven 45mins in a jeep where the doors flew open every time we hit a bump in the well-trodden road. We weren’t provided any information about the Glacier until we got off the jeep and walked the 30 seconds to the cave entrance, here we were given a 5 minute talk on how the ice cave was formed which is actually in the tours online description. We were then left to wander the cave ourselves which was extremely overcrowded and took a maximum 20mins to see around the cave, take pictures and walk from one end to the other. The cave was beautiful to see but we have had much better tours in Iceland for much less money. We then met the guide outside the cave who then drove us the 45mins back to the lagoon car park. The description of the tour and what we booked for was not what was provided. Having spoken to Guide to Iceland customer service we were given a 50% refund.

Bad. Just bad. The turists from all over the world pay the salaries of the staff , and all this staff thinks about is how to make more and more money. This is just greediness and it's neverending. God gave Iceland great nature and picturesque landscape for the people to be nice and helpful, not to be hypocrites.

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