Ice Cave and Glacier Walk | Departure from Skaftafell

Ice Cave and Glacier Walk | Departure from Skaftafell
Skaftafell is one of Iceland's best places to glacier hike.
On a ice cave tour from Skaftafell Nature Reserve, you'll see spectacular ice formations inside the cave
Staring into an authentic ice cave in Vatnajökull National Park
You'll see snow capped mountains and stunning glacial scenery on a glacier hiking tour in Skaftafell Nature Reserve
The view from atop of a glacier in Vatnajökull National Park is something you will never forget
You'll be able to capture many beautiful photos on an ice cave tour in Vatnajökull National Park
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Get ready for an icy adventure with this ultimate winter combination. On this affordable tour, you get to explore a naturally formed ice cave and go on a glacier walk on an outlet glacier of the mighty Vatnajökull glacier. Those visiting the area and are looking to spice up their holiday should book this excursion now.

Your adventure begins in Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park where you will check in at the sales desk, meet your guide and get geared up with proper glacier equipment for your tour. Your guide will teach you how to use the glacier gear and give you a safety orientation.

Then it's time to visit the ice cave. Water running under the glacier formed the cave that you will visit. In the winter, the water freezes over and leaves behind a glacier tunnel of deep blue ice. The cave has been made accessible by the highly trained and qualified glacier guides, and they will ensure your safety and enjoyment during your tour.

In the cave, you will get enough time to get the photos you need, and your guide will be most happy to take your picture. During the stop, they will also tell you more about the formations of these ice tunnels.

After exploring the ice cave, it's time to step onto the ice and start your hike. Your guide will take you on a glacier walk through a wonderland of a frozen world of seemingly bottomless crevasses, ice formations and brilliant blue colours. 

During the hike, your guide will educate you about the behaviour of glaciers and how they affect the surrounding nature. After your hike, you will return back to the visitor centre at Skaftafell where you'll bid farewell to your glacier and continue with our holiday.

Don't miss out on this two-for-one winter opportunity on top of an authentic glacier. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Oct. - Jun.
  • Duration: 3,5 hours
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Sightseeing, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 10 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Vatnajökull, Skaftafell
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:00. 09:30, 09:45, 10:00, 10:15, 10:30, 10:45, 11:00, 12:00, 13:30, 13:45, 14:00, 14:15, 14:30, 14:45, 15:00,

Skaftafell Nature Reserve

Please be at the tour start location in good time before departure. If you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.


  • English speaking guide

  • Glacier gear and safety equipment

  • Food and refreshments

  • Transport from Reykjavík

What to bring:
  • Warm clothing

  • Rain gear (can be rented)

  • Good hiking shoes (can be rented)

  • Energy bars

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Dan was a great guide, and did a really wonderful job of managing visitors of varying physical ability to ensure that everyone enjoyed their trip. I would happily schedule another tour for my next trip!
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Amazing experience! Lots of tours have been cancelled due to strong winds, but we were very lucky. Had the perfect sunny and still(no wind)weather. The tour guide Bi was brilliant! Learned a lot about glaciers. Ice cave was beautiful. Would definitely recommend this tour, glaciers are incredible!
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Eventhough we experienced heavy rain, it was well worthed the experience. The guide was really nice and friendly.
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We had a wonderful time hiking the glacier. The colors were spectacular and Marta was a very knowledgeable guide. Highly recommend this tour.
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We had an awesome guide that really showed us the ins and outs of glaciers and ice.
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the tour is interesting, the guide is very friendly and he give a lot of interesting informations, the view on the glacier is beautiful, but ... the ice cave is "a joke" and we walk around 100 meters on the glacier. It could be OK if it was not so expensive...
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WARNING TO FELLOW TRAVELS: THIS TOUR IS NOT AS ADVERTISED My sister and I visited Iceland from 3/4/18 to 3/10/18 and seeing a blue glacier cave was on our priority list. While the description of this Mountain Guides tour states that, "The cave that you will visit was formed by water running under the glacier. In the winter, the water freezes over and leaves behind a glacier tunnel of deep blue ice" we did not have this opportunity to see ANY BLUE ICE CAVES (we drove over 11 hours round trip). Upon our arrival, we were assured that the weather was "perfect for caving." We reached the glacier halfway through our 2.5-hour time slot. It was not until we were on site, with our crampons on, that we were told that we would not see a blue ice cave due to the weather and issues with flooding (later in email correspondence we also found out that blue ice caves ARE NEVER INCLUDED IN THIS TOUR). Instead, we were shown an arch of gray ice called "The Black Pearl." We would never have driven up for the tour had we been sent an email alert regarding the change in the tour. Furthermore, upon arrival, we would have canceled the tour had we been informed that the blue ice cave was inaccessible. After communicating our disappointment about not seeing a blue ice cave and questioning the advertising of the Mountain Guides website, we were offered defensive excuses and only a 20% refund. (A full refund seemed appropriate.) We declined the 20% refund and hope that fellow travelers learn from our experience.
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