Join this tour to experience the extraordinary beauty of an ice cave in winter. You'll explore hidden spaces near Vatnajökull glacier, the largest glacier in Europe. Enveloped in the snowy hills of a national park, ice caves are rare phenomena that form naturally.
This is the highest rated ice cave tour in Iceland. Just choose the time which fits your schedule and make your way to Jökulsárlón Café, beside the famous glacier lagoon on the south coast. You can make a day of it, and enjoy the glacier lagoon area, taking pictures of the floating icebergs. Reserve early, this tour is very popular and 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 super jeep. 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!
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.
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Jokulsarlon is a glacier lagoon in the south of Vatnajokull national park that is easily reached by the Ring Road.
Covered in thick glacial ice until the 1930’s when the glacier started retreating, the lagoon today measures 7 square miles (20 km2). More than 300 feet of ice still breaks away each year, reshaping the lagoon and filling it with icebergs - causing an alarmingly beautiful sight.
The water is freezing cold and contains a mixture of salt and freshwater giving it a blue-green color. There is plenty of fish and birdlife by the lagoon and the vast sand area of Breiðamerkursandur, and hundreds of seals stay there in winter.
Vatnajokull is the largest glacier in Europe covering 8% of the island of Iceland. Vatnajokull National Park - which encompasses the earlier national parks of Skaftafell and Jokulsargljufur - is the largest protected area in Europe and believed by many to be the most beautiful place on earth.
In this area you'll find some of the most stunning and diverse sights in Iceland. Among those are Iceland's highest peak, Hvannadalshnjukur, its most active volcano, Grimsvotn, beautiful waterfalls such as Svartifoss by Skaftafell and Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall, stunning canyons such as Jokulsargljufur and Asbyrgi, and the breathtaking Jokulsarlon, an ice-riddled glacier lagoon that is one of the most beautiful attractions in Iceland.
The glacier itself covers a surface area of about 100 km2. The thickness of the ice is generally around 400-600 meters, at its thickest around 950 meters. Under the glacier are valleys, mountains and plateuas as well as active volcanoes, most notably Grimsvotn and Bardarbunga, both the largest and most active of these. Then there are Esjufjoll, a glorious volcanic mountain island, surrounded by the glacier on all sides.
Vatnajokull has over 30 outlets, some of the major ones being Dyngjujokull and Bruarjokull to the north and Breidamerkurjokull, Oraefajokull, Skeidararjokull and Sidujokull towards the south. On the west side from the north are smaller glaciers Eyjabakkajokull, Hofsjokull, Flaajokull Heinabergsjokull and Skalafellsjokull.
The highest peak of Iceland then lies to the south, Hvannadalshnjukur in the Oraefajokull outlet, reaching 2109 m, according to latest measurements.
Many rivers have their sources at Vatnajokull, including some of the greatest glacier rivers in the country. To the North are Jokulsa a Fjollum and Skjalfandafljot, to the Northeast are Jokulsa a Bru, and Jokulsa i Fljotsdal and to the south are Jokulsa i Loni, Hornafjardarfljot, Jokulsa a Breidamerkursandi, Skeidara, Nupsvotn, Hverfisfljot and Skafta.
The area around the glacier is highly varied. The highland plateu to the north is divided by glacier rivers which see massive floods in the summer. This is a highly volcanic region, where the volcanoes Askja, Herdubreid, Kverkfjoll and Snaefell tower over the scene. In this area is also the Jokulsargljufur preservation area with its magnificent canyon and the mighty glacier ricer Jokulsa a Fjollum where you'll find stunning waterfalls such as Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall. Further north are the Hljodaklettar echoing caves and the horse shoe-shaped Asbyrgi canyon, among other incredible sights.
Broad wetlands lie near the glacier and in the vicinity of Snaefell, further east. Particularly notable is the Eyjabakkar oasis, one of the largest nesting places for pink feeted geese in the world and located north of the Eyjabakkajokull outlet. To the east is also the stunning Jokulsarlon.
South of Vatnajokull, majestic mountain ridges characterise the scene, with outlet glaciers lying between them and reaching onto the lowlands. The Skaftafell preservation area is located there, with its rich flora and home to the beautiful waterfalls Hundafoss and Skogafoss, the latter famed for its with its magnificent columnar basalt formations.
To the south lies the vast sand desert Skeidararsandur, reaching all the way to the sea. The glacier river Skeidara runs through it and the sand was indeed created by great glacier bursts from Skeidara, with its origins in volcanic activity at Grimsvotn.
To the west of Vatnajokull there is strong volcanic activity as well. Some of the world's greatest fissure and lava eruptions happened there, at the Eldgja volcanic chasm and the Lakagigar craters in the 18th century. Vonarskard pass, to the northwest is also worth checking out, a highly colourful geothermal area that connects the North and South of Iceland.
Fans of the James Bond films might recognize the glacier from A View to a Kill and the stunning Jokulsarlon from Die Another Day, though the events of the former were supposed to take place in Siberia.
Scenes by the Wall in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones were also shot by Vatnajokull and further scenes were shot at lake Myvatn, another Iceland's major attractions.
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.
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!
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 .
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.
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.
I'll start by saying that although we didn't get to go into the ice cave due to weather and safety concerns the tour and our guide was fantastic. I actually really appreciate the fact that the company cared about our safety as opposed to letting us into an unstable ice cave. Sure we were only there for a day and didn't have an opportunity to go in but our guide was very knowledgeable, witty and took the time to provide plenty of information. Now I'm hoping to get back in the dead of winter so I can actually go in one!
very nice guide. and pace control
Awesome experience. The tour was amazing and we were able to see some breathtaking views!
The guides were fantastic, very easy to work with. The snow made things a little difficult and we were not able to enter the cave because of running water in the cave. This was a disappointment but we still enjoyed ourselves. I had to email for a partial refund but that was handled without problem, just seems like it should have been granted without the email. Overall still a great day to see the cave, just a bummer we could not enter.
Our ice cave tour was a wonderful, possibly once in a lifetime, experience. Kolli was a great tour guide. He was humorous, entertaining, and most important our group felt safe with him. I highly recommend using Guide to Iceland and hope to do so again one day.
very cool experience even this year the cave is not so big . The guide is a young and handsome boy .He has a sense of humor and patience .we appreciate a lot ! thank you !
Great experience! But unfortunately we couldn't enter the caves since temperature was not low enough. I wish we were told about it in advance since I booked it only a day before the tour and all other operators clearly mentioned that going into the cave wouldn't be possible. But guides were well informed and nice. Enjoyed our trip :) thanks folks!
It was wonderful! Our guide was amazing and it was one of the best things we did the entire time we were in Iceland. We would do it again in a heartbeat!
Our guide was great and the tour was great with the exception of not actually going into the Ice Caves. We weren't told that upfront and weren't offered a partial refund until we asked. It was neat because we never had done anything like that before, but quite disappointing that we didn't get to go in the ice caves. All-in-all, we contacted Guide to Iceland and they gave us a half refund. That greatly helped the matter. We understand weather has something to do with it, but we weren't told that we wouldn't be going in until we got to the actual cave. Communication could have been better is all I was frustrated with. Thanks so much, Guide to Iceland! We are grateful for our time with you.
It was an incredible tour.we had the luck of perfect weather: sun, frost and snow. the guide was a young man who took us on a spectacular tour, well worth the money..the tour to the glacier, the walk up to the three!! caves, small on their own,but all spectacular to see. he was totally enjoying his job, and did so very well..he was knowledgeable and told us about the history and geology of the area in a pleasant interesting way. and he was being responsible and taking good care of us hiking up to the caves.one of the caves had been flooded, he took now risks but he took us as far up there as possible. the material like the crampons where of good quality and looked new..so we felt totally safe. very easy to talk to it felt like he enjoyed our company too...had a nice talk after the tour and he bought me a coffee which we drank outside standing in the snow in the sun. this tour gets a 5-star rating from me in every way (Y)
It was too cold but exciting to walk on glacier and into the cave. But I'm still looking forward to go to a bigger cave than this one.
The tour is wonderful! And the guides are very nice!
Great guide. The cave itself is a bit underwhelming now.
Well, what can I say. It is expansive, yes. 153 euros for 45 driving in a super jeep, 30 minutes in the cave, then 45 minutes more to come back. Does it worth it? Maybe yes, since it's a bit of adventure in a tough road to the glacier on a monster noisy jeep, then you were a helmet and go down the cave military style (you'd better be in a modest shape!). Forget those blues you see in the picture, ice is not that colour and even with sunlight you hardly see those colours. It's more natural ice color (transparent) and some dirty mud on top too. The shapes are amazing though. And, in some pictures you can appreciate some blue color (some cameras catches colours you don't see, as per northern lights, they're greener in pictures). The tour was a bit crowded and I was annoyed by the fact that 4 people jumped in at last minute and paid there, it made me think I could have done the same on earlier tour and not at 15.45 pm (by the way we waited 30 minutes to leave, since it was combined with other tour.. around 20 persons entered in a small cave and you have to fight a bit to get your space and get some pictures or space to explore, people are taking pictures all the time). Since it was my only tour during my trip - tours are so expensive everywhere - I think it worth it, because of the ice shapes and some hidden tunnel you can explore.. maybe it's unique, ice cave under a glacier.. but 150 euros.. x 20 persons.. x 4-5 tours a day. Serious money, congratulations guide to iceland, nature blessed you :P
We weren't able to enter any of the caves on the date we booked for this tour due to warm weather. I had called the day prior to inquire, as earlier in the week other tours were able to go in. However after one collapsed, to ensure our safety, they led us on an informative hike around the caves instead. Our main guide, Gummi (sp?) and his fellow tour leaders were friendly and extremely knowledgeable but I was bummed we didn't get to enter or take the photos I'd hoped for. I didn't think to inquire about partial refund, but I guess it was still a unique experience in the end.
Very, very cool. Our guide was so knowledgeable about the geology of the area - he was so interesting, so cool, and veeeery handsome. For the record, I'm pretty sure the overwhelming majority of Icelanders are good looking people, so I'd have been surprised to not have a good looking guide ;) Loved putting on all the gear, hiking across the glacier and checking out what the glacier had to offer. The only reason I took a star away was because the pictures shown for this tour were very misleading. The "cave" was, in fact, a small crawl space that only extended about 1.5m. Now, November has been unusually warm, and I understand that this is beyond the tour company's control, but it was really disappointing to see these gorgeous pictures of the cave, rent a car, drive all the way out to the east and pay a large sum of money for an icy crawl space. I didn't experience anything remotely like the pictures, so that was very disappointing, but I still had a good time with my guide and on the glacier, and I was still glad to go. Check it out!
First, we were very lucky and thankful for our tour guide Kolli! If not for him, our tour would have not been awesome ! The rugged terrain and magnificent sceneries to and from the cave site were beautiful. It's an experience everyone should have. We will for sure book our tours to Iceland again!
Lots of fun! The tour guide was very informative and helpful. The cave was flooded when we got there, but the glacier was still fun to explore.
Felt like a real explorer on this tour. Guide was first class also. Highly recommend this for anyone looking for an adventure they will not forget.
First of all - no one said anything about the crazy extreme sprinter you get to take and do some serious off-roading in (depending on the conditions when you go I guess) so add that to the awesomeness of this experience! Second of all, we went on a muddy, dreary, "caves aren't that great" day and it was still unbelievable! The guide said the colder the better too so if you're questioning if you will be freezing the whole time, who cares, the caves will be so spectacular, you will forget. If you're questioning whether to spend the money for this, the answer is YES, it is totally worth it! Enjoy!
Incredible experience! Everything from vehicle to tour guide was so fun and enjoyable, would absolutely recommend. Also, our tour got cancelled due to extreme weather so they gave us the option to attend the early session instead.
We drove from Reykjavik because of the reviews on how good this experience is. Upon arrival, we easily found the place and a person from the company. We took pictures of the surrounding area because it was so nice. We soon found out that our trip would be delayed due to truck complications because of the weather the night prior. This also led to half of the cave being closed due to it being flooded and dangerous. This was a let down for us and being late to the cave led to us not having the best pictures because it was dark. The guide we had to the cave was extremely nice and informative. It was a crazy fun experience getting to the cave because of the off-roading. There were negatives though and we were compensated for not experiencing the whole experience. This company is amazing and definitely is there for their customers. This is the type of company that will stay in business because they cater to their customers. We recommend this tour group to anyone looking to see the ice caves.
The ice cave was spectacularly beautiful, with stunning blue light and different textures in the ice. Our guide Atli grew up in the area and knew the site really well and could answer all questions. The group was very small (4 people + guide) so we got a lot of attention and could spend as long as we liked exploring the cave and taking pictures :) Highly recommended!
Great tour and great guides. Got some beautiful pictures that made my friends very jealous :) If I visit Iceland again I will make sure to book this tour again with Guide to Iceland. Amazing service!!
What a great tour, beautiful place and fun guide.... no regrets and five stars!
My husband and I had really good time on our Ice Cave tour! The guide was really friendly and we liked that he didn't just tell us about the facts, but also shared his personal stories.
We loved it, although it was probably a little over priced we still enjoyed the trip!
It was very fascinating and interesting, everyone should see the ice cave.
Iceland was a dream come true and I have Guide to Iceland to thank for the making it extra special! For me, Iceland had an intriguing draw to it, and I was beyond glad to have the experience I had. I love that the website allowed me to connect with local experts who went above and beyond helping me make the trip worth while with the time we had. Konstantin was an excellent help and my friend and I were sorry we were not able to meet him and his wife with the limited time we had in the country. Our plan was to take advantage of the Ice Cave Tour, however we received an email while still in Ireland that this would have to be canceled due to the warmer temperatures. We understood this was something that may happen. Although bummed about the change, Guide to Icleand truly made the experience exciting none-the-less. We were offered an upgrade to a snow mobile tour on top of Vatnajokull glacier which was fantastic. We had a great guide and the tour was simple and very fun. Who would not want to ride on top of the worlds 3rd largest glacier in the world and speed on a snow mobile. I was impressed how much the people knew about their land. I have already recommended Guide to Iceland to many friends who want to travel to this beautiful country and I will definitely be using their services again when I visit the north coast and the Westfjords. So thankful for the people that made this trip possible and enjoyable.
Our ice caving tour was unfortunately cancelled because the cave was melting (in mid March). Instead we were offered a full refund, a glacier tour or a snowmobile tour. We choose the glacier hiking tour and were able to see the ice caves from the outside - still impressive to witness the destructive ice melting along the cliff of the glacier! Humans ourselves seem so powerless in front of the mother nature... Very expertised and friendly guide and unforgettable experience on the glacier ice!
Absolutely FANTASTIC! The ice caves were breathtaking and the guides were so knowledgeable and kind. What a great experience! This was definitely the highlight of my trip. The entire experience from the person helping me to book the reservation, the knowledgeable guides, the time we spent on the glacier, just everything about this excursion was impeccable! I'll most certainly be back for a summer hike with this group!!
Really good tour! Very friendly and professional guides. The caves are different every year and it's definitely a must see in this great country. Highly recommended.
This tour/icecave was one of the best things we saw on Iceland. The guides were very friendly and explained everything well and understandable. Would definitively book this tour again and recommend it to all.
It was a great experience since it was my first time on a glacier. The guides were very nice and give us all the support and proper explanation of everything. The only thing I am not giving it a 5 star is because we weren't able to go into ice caves do to weather conditions. I know is something that can not be controlled but It was the main propose of the tour an we weren't able to see it. The guides made their best effort to show us some caves and we enter to a micro one.
The tour was great! The glacier cave was more stunning than any picture can capture, and our guide was very knowledgable on the history of the area. He even told some entertaining stories and folklore too!
One of the best parts of our trip,knowledgeable and funny guide with back stories and a personal touch. The Ice cave was beautiful,although we went in February when it already started melting a bit,it was an amazing sight.
Our guide was terrific. However, very disappointed with the herding of too many people into tight quarters, It was extremely tough to take photographs with all of the people. Also, very hard to crawl to the back room. This was not the cave that I had seen by other professional photographers ( I would own that I should researched better options). A tour for a small group of photographers in a larger cave would be much better for a future visit.
Our tour guides were amazing! They were so friendly and knowledgeable. I definitely learned a lot more about Iceland from this experience than I thought I would. It was an incredible sight, so beautiful and I loved our little trek out there. It made us feel like we were exploring real Iceland.
We had a really good time there, our guide knew everything about the cave, there wasn't any unanswered question left :) We took hundreds of pictures, absolutely stunning. Thanks for that!
Well organized tour, very friendly and helpful guides! Thanks a lot for the great experience!
It was really a sight to behold! We went in the winter so ice caving tours were still available. It was really amazing and we had a really knowledgeable and funny tour guide. A must see if you're heading to Iceland in winter!
My boyfriend and I went on the crystal cave tour in February 2015, and it was such a memorable experience! We decided to go to the caves last-minute. Every other tour group was booked--only this one remained--but we were very happy we chose GTI. The price was reasonable, the guides were flexible with the tour time when a storm approached, the cave was gorgeous, and last but not least, the tour guides were great! They were friendly, informative, patient (despite the paparazzi-like tendencies of some tour goers), and always put safety first.
We couldn't afford the cave tour because of the warm weather but instead we grabbed the chance to go snowmobiling at the top of the snowy mountain!! Brilliant experience and the most unforgettable moment during the whole trip:)
That was a great experience! The cave was just stunning! Thanks again to the guides!
It was great! We initially had an ice cave tour, but the cave melted so instead we got another (just as awesome) glacier tour, plus some money back. The guides were really fun as well.
Thank you Guide to Iceland for setting me up with a phenomenal tour. As a photographer, I am always skeptical of taking a tour as opposed to trekking out on my on, but this tour was a highlight of my trip! The humor and information provided by the guides only added to a great time! Will definitely look to Guide to Iceland for my next trip!
The caves had melted so they upgraded us to a snowmobiling trip onto the glacier, was just as fun!
An amazing experience that everyone should have in their life!
Amazing and unique experience! Guides were nice and informative. I would highly recommend to anyone going to Iceland during the ice cave season.
Amazing and unique experience! Guides were nice and informative. I would highly recommend to anyone going to Iceland during the ice cave season.
Amazing tour, the best activity we chose by far!
I did this tour back in March. The weather was horrendous and we'd just caught the end of a huge storm. The tour happened regardless and despite the conditions and being advise we wouldn't be able to access the cave due to flooding - our guide then tested it out and took all the ladies over via piggy back one by one so that we didn't miss out. The absolute highlight of my trip, the cave was out of this world and the tour operators incredible. Highly recommended!
I booked this tour but the Ice Caves where already gone. Well, thats nature! They offered me an upgrade: Snow Mobile and Super Jeep Tour instead of this Tour and it was just amazing! Perfect service and nice people! Thanks :-)
There were too many tourist at the same time in the cave. Different tour operators at the same time. You can't take good photos with a tripod and with less or no people on them. Staff very friendly and it was nice to see the cave.
My favorite experience while visiting Iceland! The guides were very informative, friendly, and helpful. The ice cave was beautiful, the blue colors are magnificent! A must see in South Iceland.
The tour was fantastic with very friendly and informative guides! Not only is the Ice cave absolutely stunning but the drive across the glacial debris field is a lot of fun!
Thanks to Guide to Iceland, we have an unique oportunity to visit an ice cave of the Breiðamerkurjökull. It was a wonderful experience, I only wish it would have lasted longer for the money (you spend at least 30 minutes getting to the site - this time could be used for some basic information about the glacier and caves which are provided then there on the spot) and we would have visited some more caves, not only one. The guides were super friendly and well-informed though and the cave we explored beautiful, so I would rather recommend this tour.
The visit is very interesting - but photographers should be prepared to 1. poor light and 2. co-visitors who, for most of them, don't care about you, or even the cave, and are more interested in all (all!) sorts of selfies. Bring a tripod and your patience. The cave - different each year - was this time a bit "small", but nevertheless something to see. Too bad the budget for a family of 5 is quite high.
Well worth the trip! The caves were majestic and the guide was very knowledgeable!
Wonderful! Informative guide who was concerned for our safety. The caves and glacier was magnificent!
Absolutely amazing. Not only was the view spectacular but the staff were friendly and informative. The experience was raw and inspiring.
The description notes that the tour duration is 2 hours 30 minutes. I took this tour today...when we got inside the cave, our guide said that we had 1 hour to hang out in the cave. The entirety of the cave could be walked in 2-3 minutes. I don't know where the 2 hour 30 minute duration is coming from. I guess they're counting the 30 minute drive each way and the ~30 minutes prepping / hanging out outside the cave? The description seems very deceiving to me, and I had much higher expectations for the tour given the $190 price tag. You're also sharing the cave with every other tour company, so it's very crowded inside. The cave was neat, but the tour was not worth the money, and the description above should be more transparent with potential customers. I would not recommend these tours unless you're really dying to see an ice cave.
The ice caves were great to see in person but they look a lot better in pictures and videos. Unfortunately the marketing video gives a false impression of what they actually look like. We were allowed to go into the cave at most 20 meters and shared the small space with a few groups at the same time. It was a unique experience but not worth the trip.
We went in November, I found the tour guide very informative, that was about the highlight of the trip. We went into a cave for about 15-20 minutes then left that cave to peek around a corner at a cave we couldn't even see into because it was unsafe, my partner and I were very disappointed. So in summary we spent 20 minutes of a 3 hour trip in a small cave with 20 or so people. €270 that cost us.
Really amazing tour. The guides were really welcoming, they told us some great story and knowledge about the mountain and all the environment. I really recommend this tour. Unforgetable. Thanks a lot!
The guides were welcoming, knowledgeable, and very well organized. The ice cave was beautiful. The ride out was like a thrill ride and the trek along the mountains was glorious. A highlight of our trip in Iceland that I would highly recommend to everyone!
Our guide was knowledgable and entertaining, but our tour was a big disappointment. We only toured two very small, very dark caves which were both not terribly interesting and looked nothing like any pictures you see posted here. Our very large group of over 20 people were herded between the two caves where we often waited for other groups to clear out before we could be rushed in and out of the caves ourselves to make room for yet more groups following behind us. Not only was this tour not worth the very steep price, it was a waste of valuable daylight/nice weather which is a precious thing during a winter trip to Iceland. We would have much rather the trip had been cancelled. I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that we spent as much time adjusting the tire pressure on our vehicles as we did actually touring any ice caves.
Terribly disappointed by the tour operator! Do not be deceived by the images and video. We signed up to se ice cave but what we got was more like an 'ice hole'. No doubt the weather was not favorable on the day we visited but seriously?? We were brought into such a small area which was probably about 5m in depth. 5 METRES! This is not a cheap tour but we felt cheated. I have videos and photos to proof as well. Only consolation is that the place is indeed blue and beautiful. The beauty of the tour was terribly let down by the so called 'cave' which we led to.
“My comments on this tour are guided by my experience on an ice cave tour I went on near Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway in March 2015. The trip up to the cave entrance and equipment provided were very good. The general information on safety and the cave were good. The entrance to the cave was easy to negotiate. The specific information on the crawl zone which led to the inner cave was vague. When in the inner cave, the narrative on the colour, nature and dating of the ice and cave formation was technically suspect. Casual conversation led the guide to make some very odd statements on climate change and whale hunting. From a photographic point of view the cave was quite good with spectacular shots. It was a pity that the guide was not able to explain more about ice features and their formation. In comparison to my experience in Norway, this tour was disappointing.”
I would not do this tour again. The guide was very nice and funny and he told us about how expansive the cave was, but when we got there, the cave was literally just two rooms connected by a low and narrow tunnel. This would have been okay for one group or two groups at a time, but we were herded into the cave like cattle -- I think there were at least five or six different groups in there all at once. It was way too crowded to enjoy, and we felt rushed in and out. The description says one hour in the cave, but that included quite a bit of time jammed into one room with three other tour groups waiting for people to get in an out. It's kind of a "once in a lifetime" thing, so you're obligated to go, in a way, but I've been to another ice cave and this one (and the whole experience) certainly was a disappointment. Also: I noticed my previous negative review was deleted. I wonder if all negative reviews are deleted from this site? I thought the cave tour was "too good to be true" when I booked it -- now I know why.
The tour guide is very nice. But there are too many group go into the small cave at once, so it is kinda crowded inside.
Cool tour, friendly and helpful staff, the cave looked really great. But I regret we were so many people in this tour (around 20-25 ppl)..
We spent 2 weeks travelling the ring road and visiting every natural wonder in Iceland, but this was definitely the highlight of the trip! The tour was well organized, the guides were knowledgeable and friendly, and the caves were AMAZING! It was literally, otherworldly. We had plenty of time to spend in the caves and even with a larger group everyone was able to get good shots and enjoy the beautiful ice caves. The road out is super rough, off-roading, so the only way to get out to see the caves is via tour. Well worth the money and time spent and I would definitely do it again :)
A thoroughly enjoyable trip to the ice cave, which was actually more comfy than the strong wind and sleet outside the cave! Beautiful and definitely a highlight of my trip. Very well organised tour of the ice cave. Highly recommended =)
It was a Beautiful day! We really enjoyed the Tour! It was a great experience!
Ice cave was beautiful! well worth the drive through a blizzard and back! Ice really is THAT blue! Guides were both fantastic and helpful even with our large group. Doing this is seriously a must, I flew all the way to the island for a second time just to do it and it was worth every penny!
Little bit cloudy weather made the colour of glacier more blue. Watching into glacier feels like falling into deep clear blue ice and trapped, you will experience abnormal scene.
Guide to iceland is a professional tourist company provides various tours in iceland with absolutely great service and attitude. I have not only had a lovely ice cave tour, but also learned a lot from the guidance. I would surely choose them again for my next trip to Iceland!
Seeing the ice cave was incredible. The way the light filtered through the ice above was unmatchable. The caves are rather large and not claustrophobic at all. Our guide was incredible and very safety concerned. Never felt in danger at any point, actually wish it might have been a little more on the wild side. The way there is bumpy but the vehicles used handled the elements without issue. There is a very light hike on the way there. Wish it were more of a hike than a walk to the ice caves. Some on our tour did the hike in heels so I would say anyone could handle the hike/walk to the caves. I would do this again especially if they found another cave to explore.
The Ice Cave Tour was amazing. Our driver took us to the glacier with a super Jeep. The Guide told us nearly everything about the glacier. Safety was very Important for him and he was very nice taking pictures from us The duration was about 3 hours and it is worth every Cent. If you are in iceland you have to do such a tour
One of the best part of my vacation in Iceland was the Ice caves. It was a spectacular site. The guide was very patient. We got the afternoon tour time and our guide let us stay a little longer and enjoy the caves.
This was a great tour! The guys who ran it told us so many stories we would have never heard, about local iceland and also info on glaciers and the importance they have in the world. The walk to the cave was only about 10 minutes and was flat, so would be OK for people who might not be regular hikers. The drive out to the glacier was rough terrain, so I def. wouldn't advise people driving themselves. I would say that this tour was certainly worth the money!!
Brilliant tour, one of the many highlights of our trip!
Tour guides were awesome, and the caves were stunning. It was fantastic!
We recently booked an Ice Cave Tour excursion. We booked them through Guide to Iceland. The tour guide was on time and very helpful in explaining the excursion. We got to ride off road to the Ice Cave. Hawk explained the history of the area and the background on the ice caves. Thank you Hawk and Glacier Adventure. Be sure to tip your guides because it is a lot of work to ensure these caves are safe for the tourists.
Had the best time in my life. Great tour, awesome guide and incredible experience. Don´t miss this ice cave!!!
Probably the most beautiful place in the world. Amazing experience and great guide. Will tell all my friends about this tour and recommend to everyone. See you next time.
I just came in from this tour and wow, was it amazing. The pictures that we got with our amateur camera are the best photos we have from anywhere in the world. If you have the chance to see this ice cave you should. I already want to go back.
By far the most people place I have been too. 5 stars
I did this tour now in December and can highly recommend it. The guide and whole trip was great from beginning to end. I advise anyone visiting Iceland to do this trip. The only problem is that is located about 4-5 hours from Reykjavík, but we rented a car through this website and the whole experience was great. Have a great time!