Family Friendly Ice Cave Tour | Vatnajokull Glacier from Jokulsarlon

Family Friendly Ice Cave Tour | Vatnajokull Glacier from Jokulsarlon
You'll witness amazing colours of an ice cave on a tour like this
Remember your camera on an ice cave tour in Vatnajökull
Each cave is different and the ice caves in Vatnajökull are ever-changing
There is lots to see on an ice cave tour in Vatnajökull glacier
The ice caves in Vatnajökull glacier are ever-changing
An ice cave tour is fun for the whole family
Based on 16 traveller reviews

Come along on a fantastic family-friendly Ice Cave tour in Vatnajökull glacier. Those travelling to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon should not miss this excursion as an ice cave tour is truly a unique experience.

Your adventure starts at Jökulsárlón where your guides for the day will meet you and hand out equipment for the ice caves. You'll then board a modified 4x4, or a super jeep, to get to the caves. The drive up to the caves takes only about 20-30 minutes, but it is exciting, and the magnificent scenery on the way up there will surely take your breath away.

The guides are very informative and entertaining; they will tell you facts about the area, stories from the community, fairytales and everything you would like to know, so please do not be shy to ask them questions about anything that comes to mind.

When you arrive, there is a short walk to the ice caves, and your guides continue to inform you about the great Vatnajökull glacier. Once in the cave, you will get a good time to explore, take pictures and just enjoy yourself on your vacation. There is no hurry.

The ice caves are formed naturally and each fall the guides go “ice cave hunting”, looking for new caves and see if any of the old ones are still there. So, the structure and condition can vary significantly between years. Each day, the guides decide which cave they will visit, all depending on the weather and, of course, the safety of the guests.

On your way back, there will be a little twist to your tour as you'll stop on the way to explore a bit more, but what you will see is for you to discover, we wouldn't want to spoil the fun and tell you about it all now!

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Nov. - Mar.
  • Duration: 2,5 hours
  • Activities: Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 2 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Vatnajökull
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:30. 14:00, 16:30,

This tour departs from Jökulsárlón- Glacier Lagoon. Please be ready at the meeting point 30 minutes before the tour.
Please be at the tour start location in good time before departure.
  • Guideance

  • Helmets

  • Crampons (if the conditions calls for it)

  • Transportation from Reykjavík

  • Hiking shoes

  • Warm clothes

What to bring:
  • Warm and waterproof clothes

  • Good hiking shoes

  • Camera

Good to know:

It's always best to dress for the occasion. Please be aware that in the winter it's cold outside and be prepared for the cold weather, a hat and mittens and an extra pair of socks is always a good idea. Better be safe than sorry!

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Our whole experience with Glacier Journey was fantastic! The guide was very informative and extremely knowledgeable on glaciers, ice caves and Iceland itself. She also had a great sense of humor which made it even more enjoyable. We had plenty of time to explore the ice caves and she made sure we were not in the same spot in the cave as other tour groups. We were a small group which was also nice because we did see other tours that had 15 plus people. This was a highlight of our trip so don't hesitate to book, it is worth it!
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I booked this tour in almost last minute after our Fjallsárlón boat trip had been cancelled due to weather conditions (well, the lake was covered with ice). I booked the last tour on the last day of 2018/9 winter. Our guide had his birthday on the next day just like my wife. :) The cave we visited is not too big and may disappear in a few years but then we stopped in two other locations to take photos of the glacier from above and at a wide crack in the ice. We were lucky with the weather as it started raining only in the last minutes. We were happy at the end and I can recommend the tour.
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I was a little hesitate to book the 9am tour because sunrise in Feb is around 9. But it didn't matter after all. The cave we visited was dark inside because it contains volcanic ash. Sunlight or not, not much a difference. We got there before other tour groups and got to have it for ourselves for a little while. The super jeep ride to the cave took 45 min, very bumpy. Our guide was very patient and considerate.
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The caves are really fabulous! Though we didnt see the aurora, with this ice cave tour, I still find my Iceland trip amazing.
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My wife and I had a wonderful tour with our guide Lulei (hope it's written right...). We were a small group (only 4) and spent a lot of time in and around the cave and were alone for a good amount of time. We saw other groups (of like 10-12 persons) with different companies arrive after and leave before us! Glacier Journey is a local family owned tour company looking to provide the best experience possible which is why they always have small groups and only have 2 departures per day (when there is less people in the cave). If you're looking to maximize your time in the cave and avoid big crowds, this the right choice in my opinion!
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Had a really good tour. Got to go to the ice cave, go into a crevace, see a collapsed ice cave and stop by the lake on the way back for quick pictures. Unfortunately the cave is really busy (even in winter) so be prepared.
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Andrei and Maria were both the perfect people for this tour. They were really knowledgeable about the entire area and made the entire experience extremely pleasant. They even took pictures of us and send them via email since we forgot our camera. The cave was mighty impressive and the glacier walk was a nice experience too. It's too bad there were many groups at the same time, as we could not get a nice picture of just us within the ice cave as a background without having other people in the picture. Otherwise, it was an awesome add-on to our trip to Iceland and would definitely recommend to other visitors.
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Had a fantastic tour with Andrei. He was very professional and showed us around the glacier which was really beautiful and mesmerizing. Would highly recommend this!
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We took a 4pm glacier tour, which asked us to arrive by 3:30. While we arrived at 3:30, our tour company was no where to be found (they didn't get back until a little after 4pm with the last tour) and we didn't dare leave to go see the Diamond Beach for fear we would miss them. Unfortunately that meant we didn't get to explore Glacier Lagoon like it deserved so try to give yourself an hour and don't worry about being early. Once they arrived, we were given crampons and loaded into a jacked up truck. I booked this tour because it was the only one my two year old could go on with us. He loved it, as did all of my children aged 2,7,10 & 11. Our tour guide, Andrei, was great and let us choose if we wanted to see two smaller blue caves (one had no roof) or a combo of that with the biggest ice cave in Europe, the Anaconda. As it turns out, it didn't matter as our truck wouldn't start after seeing the first cave with no roof. Luckily a neighboring tour truck was able to come pick us up and bring us to a small but covered ice cave. So no Anaconda cave for us, but we did enjoy an impromptu snowball fight on the glacier at sunset. Disappointed since it cost us $650 for the seven of us, but we made the best of it with Andrei's help. He even took pictures of us on his phone that he emailed to us (for free) a few days later. Overall, while very expensive, it was an experience that made our trip and you really shouldn't skip this.
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