Ice Cave Tour by Vatnajokull Glacier | Departure from Jökulsárlón
Join this tour to experience the extraordinary beauty of an ice cave in winter. You'll explore hidden spaces on a glacier hike near Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe.
This is the highest rated ice cave tour in Iceland, so book now to secure your spot. Just choose the time which fits your schedule and make your way to Jökulsárlón Café, beside the famous glacier lagoon in Southeast Iceland. You can make a day of it, and enjoy the glacier lagoon area, taking pictures of the floating icebergs. Reserve early as this tour is very popular and is likely to sell out.
At the start of the tour, you will drive with your group to the cave which has been specially chosen for its dazzling structure. The drive itself is exciting, as you will be traveling in a modified monster truck.
When you get there, you'll have a short walk through the landscape to the cave where you can learn about the mighty Vatnajokull glacier from your knowledgeable guide. Thick socks and warm layers will come in handy today!
Afterwards you will have to option to do a short glacier hike in the vicinity of the ice cave.
Ice caves are rare phenomena that form naturally. The ice caves are a long time in the making. Each fall, after the meltwater of spring has begun to freeze, local guides from the area hunt for new ice caves. This is why the location of the caves change every year and every ice cave is unique and newly formed! The structure and condition of the caves can vary greatly each year. Our guide decides which cave to visit every day depending on safety and weather conditions.
There is extremely limited availability for this popular tour. Reserve now you if you want to see this incredible natural attraction. Check availability now by choosing a date.
- Available: Nov. - Mar.
- Duration: 2,5 hours
- Activities: Caving, Sightseeing, Ice Caving
- Difficulty: Easy
- Minimum age: 8 years old
- Languages: English
Jökulsárlón is Iceland’s most famous glacier lagoon. Conveniently located in the southeast by Route 1, about halfway between the Skaftafell Nature Reserve and Höfn, it is a popular stop for those travelling along the South Coast or around the circular ring road of the country.
It stands out, however, due to the fact that it also fills with icebergs breaking from the glacier, some of which tower several stories high.
These icebergs, other than their scale, are notable for their colouration. Although they are, as expected, largely white, most are also dyed electric blue in part, with black streaks of ash from eruptions centuries past.
When the icebergs finally make it across the lagoon, they either drift out to sea or wash up on the nearby shore. Because of the way they glisten against the black sands of Breiðamerkursandur, this area has been nicknamed ‘the Diamond Beach’.
In spite of being a rather recent formation, Jökulsárlón is the deepest lake in the country, with depths reaching 248 metres. With a surface area of 18 square kilometres, it is also growing to be one of the largest.
Jökulsárlón has not been around since Iceland’s settlement; it only formed around 1935. This was due to rapidly rising temperatures in the country from the turn of the twentieth century; since 1920, Breiðamerkurjökull has been shrinking at a dramatic rate, and the lagoon has begun to fill its space.
Today, the expansion of Jökulsárlón is accelerating. As recently as 1975, it was just 8 square kilometres, and now that size has more than doubled.
In the relatively near future, it is expected that the lagoon will continue to grow until it becomes a large, deep fjord.
Though a dark omen for Iceland’s glaciers and ice caps in general, the retreat of Breiðamerkurjökull has resulted in an incredibly beautiful, if temporary, site. This has not been overlooked by Hollywood.
Jökulsárlón has been featured in the James Bond films A View to Kill in 1985 and Die Another Day in 2002, 2001’s Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and 2005’s Batman Begins.
In 2017, Jökulsárlón was enveloped into the Vatnajökull National Park, thus it is now fully protected by Icelandic law.
Because of the wealth of herring and capelin that the tides bring into the lagoon, Jökulsárlón is somewhat of a hot-spot for Iceland’s wildlife.
In summer, it is a nesting site for Arctic Terns; stay well away from this area, as these birds are notorious for the fierceness with which they protect their eggs, dive-bombing the heads of any they see as a threat. Skuas also nest on the lake’s shores in this season.
Seals can be reliably spotted here throughout the year, swimming amongst or else hauling out on the icebergs. Jökulsárlón provides them with a safe haven to rest and socialise, especially considering the waters of southeast Iceland are renowned for their population of orcas.
Vatnajökull is the largest ice cap in Iceland and the third largest glacier in Europe, covering 8% of the island's landmass. Vatnajökull Glacier can be found in the south west of Iceland and is a popular spot for glacier hiking and ice caving tours.
Facts about Vatnajökull
- Surface: 8,100 km2
- Average thickness: 400 - 600 m
- Maximum thickness: 1,000 m
- Height: 1,400 - 1,800 m
- Highest peak: 2,200 m (Hvannadalshnjúkur)
Information about Vatnajökull
Vatnajökull Glacier belongs to the greater Vatnajökull National Park, which encompasses the former national parks Skaftafell, in the southwest, and Jökulsárgljúfur, in the north. Vatnajökull's highest summit is Hvannadalshnjúkur which rests on top of a stratovolcano known as Öræfajökull.
Underneath the glacier rests some of the most active volcanoes in the country, the most notable being Grímsvötn, Öræfajökull and Bárðabunga. Volcanic activity in the region has occurred on and off throughout the centuries, and many geologists believe that such a period is overdue for immediate future. If their calculations are correct, it would mean significant volcanic activity for Vatnajökull over the scope of the next half century.
The glacier boasts of over 30 outlet glaciers, which are channels of ice that flow out of ice caps but remain constrained on the sides of the valley. The major outlet glaciers of Vatnajökull include Dyngjujökull in the north, Breiðamerkurjökull and Skeiðarárjökull to the south. To the west, one can find the outlet glaciers Síðujökull, Skaftárjökull and Tungnaárjökull.
Glaciers are in constant motion underneath their weight; as they form over the centuries, the accession of snow exceeds its melting, creating a constant "push" on the ice cap. Each year, due to the melting ice water, new ice caves form that disappear come spring.
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Numerous rivers run out of Vatnajökull, making up some of the greatest glacial rivers in Iceland:
- Tungnaá (west)
- Köldukvísl (west)
- Þjórsá (west)
- Jökulsá á Fjöllum (north)
- Skjálfandafljót (north)
- Jökulsá á Brú (north east)
- Jökulsá í Fljótsdal (north east)
- Jökulsá í Lóni (south)
- Hornafjarðarfljót (south)
- Jökulsá á Breiðamerkursandi (south)
- Skeiðará (south)
- Núpsvötn (south)
- Hverfisfljót (south)
- Skaftá (south)
Vatnajökull National Park
Vatnajökull National Park, in its current state, was established in June 2008. The park now covers an area of 14.141 km2, making it the second largest national park in Europe. Vatnajökull National Park has 14% coverage over the whole island of Iceland.
Rivers divide the highland plateau to the north of the park; an area that sees massive glacial flows in the summertime. The volcanic table mountain Herðubreið towers over this particular region, along with volcanoes Askja, Snæfell and Kverkfjöll.
The canyon Jökulsárgljúfur was carved out by glacial floods centuries ago. At the upper end of the canyon, you'll find Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Further north, the horseshoe-shaped canyon Ásbyrgi is believed to have formed when Óðinn's horse, Sleipnir, stepped his foot down from the heavens.
East around Snæfell, one can find wetlands and ranges, home to roaming herds of wild reindeer and abundant birdlife. Steep mountain ridges make up the south side of Vatnajökull, where outlet glaciers crawl in between the ridges onto the lowlands. The sandy plains of Skeiðarársandur also lie to the south as they reach out to sea. The glacial river Skeiðará runs through this vast desert.
One of Iceland's most visited landmarks is the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, which sits at the head of outlet glacier Breiðamerkurjökull. There, large icebergs that have broken off the glacier gather to float in the lake before ending up in the Atlantic Ocean, or on the nearby Diamond Beach.
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The Future of Vatnajökull
The volume of Vatnajökull reached its peak around 1930 but has since been in a steady process of decline. Because of rising levels of global temperature, approximately over the last 15 years, Vatnajökull has on average lost about a metre of its thickness annually.
If temperature levels continue to rise, the glacier could be all but gone nearing the end of the next century, leaving only small ice caps on top of the highest mountain summits.
Vatnajökull and Jökulsárlón in Popular Culture
- HBO's Game of Thrones (season 2, 2012)
- Batman Begins (2005)
- James Bond: Die Another Day (2002)
- James Bond: A View to a Kill (1985)
Breiðamerkurjökull is the glacial tongue that extends from southern Vatnajökull and into the glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón.
Breiðamerkurjökull is constantly retreating, breaking and melting, causing the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon to increase in size. This glacier tongue provides the lagoon with all of its enormous icebergs, which perpetually break from off its tip and tumble into the abyssal waters where they float for about 5 years until they are small enough to make their way towards sea and join the countless smaller ice chunks that adorn the nearby Diamond Beach.
Breiðamerkurjökull is beset with enormous cracks and crevices, and since it's virtually impossible to tell exactly when the next big block of ice will break from it, people should admire this enormous glacier tongue from a great distance.
Departure time : 08:30 08:50, 09:30, 09:40, 10:00, 10:10, 11:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:40, 16:00,
This tour departs from Jökulsárlón café which is about 390 km east from Reykjavík, Just by the glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón
What to bring:
Clothing and outerwear suited to rainy or chilly weather (waterproof recommended)
Good to know:
For activities like ice caving, jeans are not recommended because denim, once wet, will spread moisture and take a long time to dry, leaving the wearer extremely cold!
The drive to the ice cave will take approximately 20 - 30 minutes, depending on which ice cave you will visit. After the drive, you will walk for 5 – 15 minutes to reach the cave.
Alasdair Keith Gardiner
I went on the Ice Cave Tour by Vatnajokull Glacier, greatly enjoyed it, and found it to be good bang for the buck! The drive to the ice cave (about half an hour) was a mix of interesting information about the ice cave, and little moments of adrenaline (though never a doubt that the driver was in complete control). In the ice cave itself, of course there are other people visiting it, but I didn't find it overcrowded. I was able to take some photos of my friends with no-one else in the background, for example. You are able to walk to the depths of it if you wish, and the tour involved a good amount of time so we were able to explore the cave at our own pace without ever feeling rushed. After visiting inside the cave we walked on the glacier with the tour guide, which was very cool. We actually finished the tour before the prescribed end time, because all six of us tourists on board felt like we were good, and made that call - so even if you spend a lot of time taking photos (like I did), I don't think you need to worry about time constraints on this tour. Finding the pick up/drop off point before the tour was very simple and straight-forward. I found the price to be very worthwhile for the quality, location, and duration of this tour. Our tour guide Garðar was excellent - funny, informative, and made us feel that we were in safe hands throughout the tour. Overall I highly recommend this tour! Thanks Garðar!
The tour was awesome, but very pricey for the short amount of time. It was difficult to take a picture without people in it, although we went there early in the morning. In spite of all, our very funny (and attractive :D) tour guide Sven, who happily took pictures with and for us, told us stories about himself and the glacier and who was all in all a very charming and educated person, made this tour a very pleasant experience. The cave was really full, but the way back to Jökulsárlón, we drove with a massive, cool Jeep through the snowy mountains, and listened to icelandic music -that was very rough and made us emotional. I would do it again :)
We had a fabulous tour. Reynir was very informative, and funny, making the entire trip one to remember. The colours in the ice cave are incredible. Such a wonderful experience!
The cave was amazing and the guide was really friendly and funny, but maybe a bit overpriced considering the time you actually spend there.
Deb Tuttle Jenson
This tour is well worth the money. We went towards the end of the season (end of March) but still managed to see amazing ice. It's really quite a site to see, I highly recommend taking the time for this tour.
The Ice Cave tour was amazing! Our guide, Athelstan (Addi), was very informative and friendly (and also, very good-looking, haha)! He gave us a lot of history of Iceland on the drive to the cave, and although it's a bumpy ride, he ensured our safety. The cave itself is not very large, but you get some phenomenal pictures in it. It's also fun to drink the glacier water that is dripping from the cave! Addi also stopped on the way back so we could enjoy the stunning view of a mountain and lagoon. This is one of those tours that is very much worth it, as climate change will soon render the cave obsolete. Thank you, guide to Iceland and Addi! :)
worth every penny for this experience. We were lucky to be first in the cave at 8:30am so it wasnt crowded.
Edna Howard Goldberg
Fantastic tour with an excellent and knowledgeable tour guide, full of personality. The caves are amazing and the glacier is a fantastic landscape. Most of us may only experience this once in our lives. My husband my son (14) and I went and rocked our world. Definitely worth seeing while visiting Iceland. The tour company is fantastic as well.
Excellent - tour was informational, hilarious, safe and a blast! Reineer was an awesome tour guide. The cave is overall fairly small, with a long ride out, but well worth it. Stop by the glacier lagoon for pics.
We loved it! The ice cave was breathtaking and our tour guide was very funny and helpful. He stopped on the way back to let us get beautiful pictures and then made another stop to let us drink from a stream. It was so cool. His name started with a G, he told us we could call him Goonie.
We had the best cave tour experience ever! Highly highly recommend it. It is well worth the money! Halli Hansen was the best tour guide of all time!
Our guide was exceptional. The cave itself was smaller than expected, but there had been heavy rain and accessibility was questionable to begin with. There were a large number of people in the cave which was a bit disappointing as it was very small. Hard to take pictures without getting a myriad of extras in them. Overall it was a cool experience but for the price I expected more.
What a wonderful adventure! I went into it knowing that there may be a lot of groups in the cave, but was pleasantly surprised to find that there were only two small groups (I did the 4 pm tour, so the last of the day). Even if there had been a large number of people, you are given plenty of time to take photos and hang out under the cool blue ice. The ride to the cave was also quite the experience, in the best way possible. I definitely recommend this excursion!
The tour was fantastic! Our guide, Svein, was incredibly friendly, funny, and knowledgeable. He happily took lots of pictures with and for our large group of 14. Be prepared for a possible (and unavoidable if so) bumpy ride to/from the ice cave. Still highly recommended!
We had a great time on the ice cave tour while exploring the southern and southeast side of Iceland. Our guide, Reineer, was friendly and entertaining. It's not a large cave but you get plenty of time to get up close to the beautiful glacial ice and explore. I would highly recommend this tour to others exploring the region!
It's my understanding that there are a few different ice caves and that you get to go to whichever one is safest or most accessible. The one we went to was definitely different from the video above, but was still quite cool. It wasn't a very big cave, so it was a lot less "exploring" and more of getting to see the glacier up close and take pictures. We had the first tour of the day (8:30am) and I would definitely recommend it. There were about 15 people in our tour and that made the cave a bit full as there was another tour group there (assuming from a different company) at the same time. It was crowded, but not bad at all, and everyone had time for photos. By the time we left however, you could not move inside the cave for all the people, and forget about pictures without other people in them. Also, the cafe at the meeting place didn't open til 9am. Overall, fun tour, but it's definitely just a chance to get a cool picture and see the glacier up close. Don't expect to go exploring like in the video above.
Excellent outing. The Crystal Cave was one of the highlights of the trip. The cave was flooded when we were there (mid-March), which meant we couldn't walk around freely, but neither could anyone else. As a result, we could experience and photograph the cave without people walking around and taking endless selfies. A definite plus. The super jeep squeaked through the whole ride which was annoying (and left me feeling it wasn't well-maintained). Our guide was experienced, with a good sense of humour. I particularly enjoyed it when he chipped ice off the glacier and we could eat it. Also drank and collected water from a mini fall inside the cave. It's now in my fridge in Canada. Worthwhile experience overall. I would recommend it despite the steep (very steep) cost.
This tour was incredible. Our guide was so friendly and let us stop at all the picturesque places. We spent as long as we felt we needed in the cave, got to crawl through an ice cave tunnel, and went on a short glacier walk. It was absolutely amazing.
Went on 12 March 2017 at 9:30 and arrived back at Noon. The tour left on time in a Super Jeep. We drove a few minutes down the highway and then about 30 minutes off-roaring to the cave. Because of warm weather the day before, as well as rain all night, the cave was a bit flooded so we weren't allowed to go all the way through the it. We were able to enter and explore about 20ft in and take photos for 45minutes. It was absolutely beautiful! Dark blue hues were vibrant and breathtaking. There were a few other groups in the cave, so you need to be patient to get your turn with photos:The tour guide was informational and comedic and overall allowed us to have a great time despite the weather.
Great tour! Our tour guide, Gunnar, was vey kind and always happy to answer our questions. The cave was amazing, the only problem is that it was starting to get flooded so we couldn't go that deep inside.
Amaaaazing experience, just so beautiful and best tour guide ever!!
This tour was amazing. Loved everything from the drive out to walking the cave. Our tour guide was amazing. Would recommend this tour 100%
Great experience! The drive out to the ice cave was almost as fun as the ice cave itself. Definitely worth the trip!
Jordan and I had a blast with our new found love Halli Hansen! He was incredibly passionate about sharing this truly authentic experience with us. This was definitely the highlight of our trip and would highly recommend this tour with this specific company. - Stacey adler
Ten full buses at once, one cave. It's not tourism anymore, it's industry. You feel like in a subway station :)
Awesome experience! We booked the earliest tour (8:30) an are glad because there are several other trips and companies coming to the caves as well. We were able to enjoy some time in the beautiful cave by ourselves. The tour guide was friendly and knowledgeable, and allowed us to stop and take pictures in several places! Great experience and highly recommended!
Farrah Almira Lakeman
Such a great experience! We were picked up in time for the trip and the guide was extremely nice, informative and entertaining. The ice cave itself was breathtaking! Definitely worth a visit when you're in Iceland during winter.
Escape the Routine
We booked the 8:30 tour and we're glad we did so because when we reached the cave there was only one other group (when we left there were like 5 or 6 groups inside the cave). The drive/guide was nice and funny and explained everything we had to know about the cave and security measures. The cave... I think our expectations were a little too high. We had seen some photos and had pictured a big cave with lots of tunnels, but in spite of all its beauty, the cave was rather small (about 25 meters deep). We still managed to take some amazing photos of the vivid blue ice which made the all experience worth it.
Mary I Lyons
My tour of the Crystal Cave was fantastic. Had a great guide who was entertaining and informative. He didn't wear a hat, which amazed me. The wind was brutal and he didn't wear a hat. Very impressive. I thought he was great and the caves (we saw two) were just incredible. We had plenty of time to explore each one and take pictures, and even got great pictures of the sunset. Highly recommend.
My experience was great! Sun was shining for the March 3rd 14:40 tour. Svein was an awesome guide, both funny and informative. The cave was beautiful and intimately small. Yes, other groups were there also but our group was timed in such a way that at one point for almost 20 minutes we were the only ones there. This smaller cave was great for the fact that the ceiling of the cave was more easily photographed and details more visible. If you go into this tour with the viewpoint of it being a "once in a lifetime" adventure instead of "it must look exactly like the adverts" then you will have a great time!
The tour was not as enjoyable as I was hoping. The ice cave itself was beautiful but tiny, and felt even smaller with the amount of different tour groups that occupied it at a time. Because of this it was hard to get pictures in certain spots, or take pictures without them being ruined by other people being in them. In the end, we felt rushed because we spent so much time just waiting for certain areas of the cave to be clear. Our tour guide was great, although sadly I can't remember his name. For the amount we are paying, I would suggest that less groups be taken to the cave at a time to allow for a more intimate setting.
Was really really looking forward to this trip and getting some good pictures. Sadly the cave was way to busy, couldn't hardly move in some spots so no chance of getting good shots. The guide was awesome and we loved the drive out to the cave but the bit you actually pay for was a bit of a letdown due to how full it was. It needs to be limited for sure so people can actually enjoy the caves beauty and get shots they want. Cap the number off for people in the cave at one time and this trip would be a lot better.
This was an amazing trip! The tour company was on time, professional, and made us feel safe at every step of the way. We did our tour on February 27th, 2017. Our guide Addi was funny and sweet and told us so much about the glacier, inspiring awe and respect in everyone on the tour before we even stepped into the crystal cave. Highly recommend!
Keith Hoi Kit Chan
The tour guide was very nice and took us other close ice cave of less people. But I think the ice cave was a bit crowded. After-all, we had a wonderful moment in the tour!
It was great especially situation when Big Car was blacked in snow:)
The cave was flooded but the guides made up for it with a longer hike and a different cave that was small but very beautiful. Our guide Halli was awesome and made our tour complete! Highly recommend this professional tour company!
It was incredible! The guys were excellent and very accommodating. We were late for our scheduled time because we couldn't find the location but we were allowed to join the next group. Tour guide was top notch too with excellent info on the glacier and surrounding area. Make sure you have a proper camera because your phone will not do it justice. Please note for those travelling from west to east: The cafe meeting point is just left of a suspension bridge on the main ring route. It can be easily missed on a dark morning
The day my group and I went for our ice cave tour it had been raining heavily the past few days, so the caves had filled with water and our tour ended up being cancelled. But, we were given the options to come back the following day, cancel and get a FULL refund, or do a glacier walk and get a 50% refund. We opted for the glacier walk and half refund and had an amazing time!! Our guide Halli was incredible!! I would highly recommend doing a tour to anyone who loves the outdoors, or breathtaking once in a lifetime experiences! SO AWESOME!
Great! The tour was cancelled due to flooding of the caves, but we were given the option to have a glacier tour at 50% off. Our tour guide, Hallie was awesome and his personality and expertise of the glacier made the experience unforgettable!
Awesome experience, really nice guide. Must do!
Ice cave was great! Never had seen anything like it and our tour guide was nice. I will say I was expecting to walk around more but you really just explore the cave yourself. Still, really cool!
My experience was wonderful! The tour guide, Svenni, was entertaining and informative and made the tour a lot of fun. Although the tour got off in an unorganized fashion things were great once we got rolling. The glacier and cave were fascinating and stopping for a photo op was great, too!
The ice cave was amazing! Our guide was Svenni. He was very funny and informative. I learned so much on the tour about Iceland. Great experience!!
Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon was for us an amazing experience of Iceland Winter Wonderland <3 We have chance to see another planet of landscapes! Breathtaking landscapes of mountain glaciers, ice caves, black sand diamond beach with ice-cube crystals from glaciers and trip on white roads with big car :) Absolutely stunning and breathtaking experience! Thanks a lot to our wonderful and fantastic guides: Sveinbjörn and Anna <3 Very informative, friendly and helpful! They gave us many hints & recommendation for our further trip on Iceland! Highly recommend this tour and our guides! It`s definitely worth seeing*****
The trip was amazing! We got there really early to check out the lagoon at first and take lots of photos of the icebergs and the sunrise. Beautiful spot. It was quite easy to find our guide and their associates. Our guide was very informative and friendly making sure to accommodate us the entire trip and answered all our questions. We went in the afternoon at 1pm and it was just gorgeous with the lighting in the cave. The tour is highly recommended!
Chang Swee Sum
At the meeting point, it was un organised. I reached 30 minutes earlier and I need to ask around who is my tour guide like a lost child. There is no sign boards to indicate which truck we should go to. My original tour guide apparently has left or missing without informing. Luckily another tour guide asked me to join them and sit in their truck, and it's a pity the seat weren't enough so the late comers need to sit on the floor of the truck. Need more planning on this . Kind of kill off the joy even before the trip started. Of course, when we reach the glacier, it was superb and it was highly recommended to join this tour (if u didn't got abandoned in the meeting point)
Loved it! Amazing views! Definitely something worth doing if you have the time
The tour was really awesome and the cave looked just like on the pictures! It is not a short hike plus the weather can be windy and cold, so make sure to dress warm. Crampons were provided which came really useful when crossing ice covered with snow during the hike! The guide was super friendly. He was teaching us to speak Icelandic, telling us about Games of Thrones filming in the area and taking really nice photo shots of us!
Good communication through out despite been stuck in awful weather the day before! Make sure you arrive a day early as winter weather in Iceland is so unpredictable otherwise you run into the risk of missing your tour! Ice cave was really beautiful but a lot of people!
We had an awesome adventure. Our guide was Biggie "Like Biggie Smalls" He was fun and professional. He was extremely knowledgeable about the history and I am so glad we got him as our guide. The young lady who was checking us in at the cafe was also awesome. I wanted to take her home in my pocket. Biggie took us to the Diamond Cave. It was an adventurous drive on the glacier to get closer to the cave. We then had a bit of a hike to the cave. It was fine for my fiancé and I, but we are in our 20s and in shape. My mom had a bit more trouble as she is in her 50s and rather out of shape. I think the amount of walking depends on the cave you are going to because some seemed closer to where the parked the vehicles. I highly recommend going on the first tour of the day because it is less crowded and "fresh." This day was the prettiest weather of our week long trip. The sunrise cooperated and we got an awesome view when we got to the top. The cave was gorgeous. It was small, but we were the only tour in that particular cave so it was ok. We even got to squeeze in a small crevice that went a couple dozen yards into the glacier. It was neat. My fiancé coordinated with Biggie to propose in the cave right after everyone else had left. It was magical. Thank you so much for a great experience and the most memorable proposal!! I will definitely suggest it to anyone coming to Iceland as a MUST DO with Guide to Iceland!!
Our guide was amazing (don't remember his name, but a big guy with a big beard). The ice caves are nice, but I should have taken the photography tour and go to another icecave that I saw on picture. This one is great, but I guess the other one would have been AWESOME.
Our guide was Byggi (not sure of the spelling) and he was great! Gave us lots of info about the glaciers and the history of Iceland, including the elves! The ice cave itself was breathtaking! We were given plenty of time to explore the cave and take lots of photos. It was on our bucket list and we're so happy we got to experience this natural wonder. Thanks so much Byggi and Guide to Iceland!
It was a really nice tour. The ice cave was one of the most amazing things i've seen in my life. The guide was pretty funny but we weren't always able to hear his information in the loud car. The road there was an adventure on itself. And yes there were a lot of people inside the cave at the same time but you could still take some really nice pictures. We were there when the sun started to rise so that gave a really beautiful extra effect. Only downside is probably the price. I mean it was worth it just to have this experience but for students who tried to do iceland on a budget it was still a lot of money for a 45 minute experience inside the cave.
We visited ice cave 29th Nov 2016. The cave was very beautiful and drive was a bit adventurous. Our guide was very funny, informative and considerate. He managed to take us to the cave when no one was in it so we could fully enjoy its beauty and take enough pictures. The only downside was the cave was i guess melted and reduced in size so could not see the ice patterns as shown in many pictures.
Ice cave was something I always wanted to do and luckily I was able to visit one. The tour guide was professional and funny. The ride was quite adventurous. The ice cave was beautiful. The downside to it is the amount of people in the cave. I understand the attraction but I wish the tour companies worked out the times to limit the amount of people in the cave at a time. Overall, amazing experience and would definitely recommend. Can't wait to go back and see a different ice cave in the future.
We had an awesome tour and the ice cave was everything we expected and more. Our guide, Sven (not sure about spelling) was really great. He was even a Wildling in Game of Thrones so we got to hear a little about that on the drive to the glacier. Unfortunately it was raining when we came out of the cave so our time on the glacier was extremely limited, which was our only complaint. By the time we got back to the van it had stopped raining so we were hoping we could stay, but we left after only about 5 minutes on the glacier. Overall, though, it was a really great experience and we are glad we did it!
The tour was great and our tour guide, Byggi, was very informative & knowledgeable. The cave itself is amazing and unlike anything we have seen before. Only downside is the number of people in the cave at once when so many tours are running. However you are able to find your own corner of the cave and get some great pics. Recommend this tour and Guide to Iceland as the tour guides.
This was a great tour. The tour leaves slightly earlier if you get the first one of the day and so you get to the cave when it's less crowded. Driving over the glacier is surreal. My only feedback to improve would be a quick stop to take pictures of the stunning lagoon .
Ann Marie Chalker
Awesome experience... The colors are amazing! Even saw a seal swimming near the glaciers! Guides are very knowledgeable & even offer insight on how to get the best pics! Long drive to get there but well worth it!
It was incredible the colors was amazing are tour guide was very good alot to see around the area
What a sight to see the blue ice of the ice caves. We timed it perfect before the wind storm that came through. Just after our tour the wind stayed to blow the snow and all you can see was the white.. It was a trip of a life time. We spent more on this tour than any other tour but it was with it. I recommend this to everyone.
amazing color inside the cave and it is incrediblely pretty in nature
Amazing experience! You do that once in a lifetime! Highly recommended! Our guide was very friendly and informative. Thanks! :)
This was such a great experience! Our guide was awesome and very knowledgeable about the glacier and ice caves. I didn't realize we were going to actually hike on the glacier as well. That was awesome!
Amazing! Just as we had hoped. A bucket list item for sure.
Eduardo Ramirez Orea
Epic tour! Our guide was very informative and it was great to hear some history about the area of Vatnajokull we were exploring. The cave was unlike anything you've ever experienced before and I definitely reccommend it to anyone considering it. The hike on the glacier was equally as exciting.
Amazing experience & I highly recommend it as it is once in a lifetime experience! We did have a good time in the cave taking photographs and appreciate it from the inside. It was beautiful. And that's a thank you to our tour guides!
This Ice Cave tour was amazing thanks to Gummie! He was an amazing tour guide. Fun and so full of knowledge. He was by far the highlight of our trip.
Wow...It was cool....it was blue.....right amount of time. I say a must do. I wish they said don't use your flash photography on the bus....I probably would have gotten better pix.....
The tour is wonderful and the guides are nice!
The Tour was fantasic! The only issue that I had was with the amount of groups and people in the Ice Cave which made it very difficult to set up my tripod and get the photos that I wanted without someone getting in the way. In the future I would prefer a smaller group which would be separate from any other group that wished to attend the site. There should definitely be a larger window between tours to allow the serious photographers a sufficient time to capture some decent images. That said, I highly recommend this tour!
The tour was great! Throughout the hike, our tour guide Olaf was sharing very interesting information regarding the glacier. It was like a live documentary! The views were breathtaking, and we even got to pass through a small ice cave. I definitely recommend it.
Tour guide is very friendly and it is a once in a lifetime experience for me.
We had a fantastic experience, with a guide who gave us all the explanation we wanted. The cave was so beautiful. I have allready recommended him to a friend who is coming to Iceland in April. So we are very happy!
This was an amazing experience and our guide was second to none, giving us a great tour through the frozen tundra and into the beautiful ice caves. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a once in a lifetime experience. Thank you so much!
This trip was amazing! Our private guide, Einar Krist Jansson, was a true expert of his beautiful country! He drove us around his home town and explained how life is for people in his country. He took us to his families private farm to see their horses! He explained everything we saw along the route to the ice caves. He even took pictures for us! The ice caves were just fabulous and we really enjoyed the ride to get to them! After the ice caves, Einar took us back and toured us on a private road with breathtaking views of the Ocean! Einar really made this tour complete! He is very proud of his country!!! This was a wonderful day!
The tour guides are very friendly and nice. They provide you with many important informations not only about the glaciers but about the national park and the history of Iceland! The trip it self it's an amazing experience! Absolutely recommended!!!
Guides are very friendly folks and they provide a lot of interesting information about the glacier.
This tour was an absolutely incredible, once in a lifetime experience that was well worth the money. The equipment functioned great and there were no problems. Olaf stopped frequently to point things out, which is great if you're not used to hikes. Our guide, Olaf, was informative, helpful, and extremely charismatic. We were fortunate enough to have a small-ish tour (7 people, of which we were 5) and enjoyed learning from him and joking with him. He even gave us a great recommendation for food in the area afterwards.
Amazing experience! The tour guides you are so nice and informative! Thank you so much, I will never forget about this in my life!
It was amazing! We have never experienced anything like this before. The drive alone was fun and the cave was just beautiful! The guides were very professional and we felt safe the whole time. I can only recommend this to everyone who wants to visit Iceland in winter time!
It was a real adventure! The staff was very kind and helpful. The monster bus alone is quite a fun, then the cave itself is amazing. Unfortunately the weather wasn't in our favor, it was cloudy, with snowfall, but these guys made the day fantastic. Unforgettable tour that I recommend to everyone who comes to Iceland. Thank you:)
Fantastic tour! Our guides were great - informative, funny and helpful! The drive to the cave on the F6 road was super fun and the cave they brought us to was very big - there were three rooms! If your meeting spot is Jökulsárlón lagoon and you are a shutterbug, I highly recommend you build in time either before or after the tour to hang out there. We took the tour starting at 1pm and when we arrived back at the lagoon the sun was setting and the colors were spectacular. Take your time and enjoy!
This was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen in my life. The shear beauty of nature at it's best. And to top it all off, the tour guide showed a small group of us a second cave (or what was left). It is something I will always remember and hope to get to experience it again.
We had an incredible time. The scenery was amazing and the guides were very professional. We felt safe and happy all the time. I wish we could go back again. Maybe next year...
We booked the 5 day winter package with Guide to Iceland and this was by far the highlight of our trip. We were told by the guides that the cave had just expanded. It was HUGE. I got some amazing pictures of the cave and my girlfriend standing inside of it. We felt tiny. The guides were really great and made the whole experience unforgettable. Thank you Koli and Gumi!
The experience was truly once in a lifetime. The weather started out rather erratic. The strong winds were biting and truly made the walk into the cave difficult. The guides were very informative and provided us with all the gear we need, such as the spike outer coverings for our shoes for easy walking on the slippery ice, and the helmets. The ice cave was very beautiful and mystical. However, I felt that the cave we went to was rather small, but managed to spend 30-45 minutes inside taking photos and navigating through the rocky terrain. Overall, the tour was memorable but I am not too sure if its worth 110GBP per person.
It was such a great experience with our guide, Sindri. Not only the ice cave, but also all the way to there and from there including a small lake were all unforgettably beautiful !! Also he was a so fabulous guide and we had a good day together. Once again, thank you a lot for giving us an unforgetable great memory. We may come back Iceland again!
Despite pretty heavy snowfall the previous day, we were relieved that the tour still went ahead, and it made the drive to the cave in the monster-truck style bus even more fun over the fresh snow! The cave itself is really beautiful, it was a bit of a crawl on hands and knees to get from one part to another, but that's because apparently it changes shape every day. Totally worth it, was a great experience and lots of photo opportunities!
amazing scenery! the staff is also very kind and nice!
I went there to see the ice cave in December. I was a bit worried because it took later than usual to form this winter because of warm weather. But the guides (who were awesome) told us that the ice cave had been stable since the beginning December. This just added to the excitement of the tour and the cave was incredible.... so blue!! We got some awesome photos and the tour was everything I had hoped for!
Our tour was cancelled because of the heavy storm in November `2015 but it was no problem to change the date so that we were able to go 2 days later. We had perfect weather and the cave was just stunning even if it was not as deep as we expected it, it was like 20-30 meter. Our guide was super cool and told us a lot of stuff during the ride to the glacier about it. It was a realy great experience and i can just recommend it. If you get the chance to go for it, do it! Thanks a lot again to our guide and guide to iceland for the good support!
We had a great time on this tour! It wasn't quite cold enough to go into the main ice cave that they usually take people through, but they had us go into another cave and then 2 other areas which was really cool (pun intended)! It was an incredible experience going INTO a glacier. Definitely recommend for a one in a lifetime experience! Company was also professional and prompt to reply with any questions I had previous to our trip. Thank you!
This was truly a once in a lifetime experience! Our guide, Kolli, was extremely knowledgable and friendly. He provided a great deal of information. The ice cave was stunning and beyond description. We even got to see remnants of last year's ice cave. I highly recommend this tour - dress warmly and wear good boots!
Amazing to visit in the winter time. Going off roading to glacier was really fun too. Loved it!
We visited in December and the ice cave had just started to stabilise. We felt very lucky as the weather had been unusually warm in Iceland the month before and was not safe to enter in November. But when we were in Iceland the cave was magnificent and the guides who took us there were great. The journey to see the ice caves was also a lot of fun as Guide to Iceland was operating them them on super huge jeeps. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone, the only problem is that you have to get yourself to East Iceland. But if you do, you will see the most amazing sight of your life.
Due to weather and safety concerns we did not go into the ice caves themselves and only saw them from a distance. Although still a quite interesting experience, I was disappointed that we weren't really warned about this being the case until we actually got to the caves. The guide was great and very knowledgeable but I wish we had the opportunity to opt out of the tour given that they were not able to show what was promised. I understand that weather is out of the company's control but a warning before the tour would have been appreciated. That being said, we still got to see some pretty awesome remote areas of Iceland that we would not have been able to drive to on our own.
We didn't get to see the blue ice cave due to safety concerns, however, Guide to Iceland was excellent in being honest and straightforward with everything that we would encounter. The guides at the glacier were knowledgeable, funny and a joy to be around. I look forward to visiting again and will definitely go through Guide to Iceland to help book the tour.