Small Group Ice Caving & Glacier Hiking Adventure in Skaftafell

Pure white snow covers the electric blue ice of Vatnajökull glacier.
Accompanied by a certified glacier guide, you'll step into an authentic ice cave of Vatnajökull glacier.
On an ice cave tour, your professional guide will tell you everything you need to know about glaciers and ice caves.
At Skaftafell Nature Reserve, you can take a tour where you hike up a nearby glacier to explore a beautiful ice cave within.
At Skaftafell Nature Reserve, you can take a tour where you hike up a glacier, making your way towards a unique Ice Cave.
On an ice cave tour, you'll visit a unique and crystal clear ice cave within the glacier of Vatnajökull.
Based on 12 traveller reviews

Behold the frozen wonders of Iceland on this two-in-one tour where you’ll embark on a thrilling glacier hike before descending into an authentic ice cave. Get ready to go above and below the island’s largest ice cap, Vatnajökull, on an adventure ideal for anyone looking to make the most out of their stay in the land of ice and fire.

Your journey begins in Skaftafell National Park, a magnificent nature reserve located in southeast Iceland. The alpine landscape of the park was created over thousands of years with the help of volcanic eruptions and glacial floods; creating otherworldly outwash plains and rocky cliffs with cascading waterfalls.

You’ll meet up with your friendly and qualified guides who will educate you on the journey at hand and provide you with all the necessary equipment. Make sure to dress in warm layers and to wear sturdy hiking boots, which you will then upgrade with specialised ice crampons.

Then, it is time to start your hike where you will witness the incredible scenery of the winter wonderland at hand. A glacier is a living thing in constant development, and there might be no better way to grasp its power than by descending to its surface.

Allow your guide to lead you through the frozen landscape of deep blue crevasses, snowy cracks and ravishing ice formations, all the while getting closer to your destination of the ice cave opening high up on the glacier.

Ice caves are natural phenomena of a strictly seasonal nature. After the meltwater of spring freezes over each fall, a group of experts start hunting down the ice caves that are safe to explore. Come spring, the caves will yet again fill with meltwater, meaning that to visit one is a unique and privileged experience.

Nothing can prepare you for what you’ll see inside; a dazzling display of different shades of blue, coated in white snow and shimmering ice formations. There is a reason ice caves are fast becoming the most sought-after Icelandic attraction of them all.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity—reserve your spot on this tour now and enjoy the double endeavour of hiking a glacier and exploring an ice cave. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: March
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Activities: Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 10 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Vatnajökull, Skaftafell
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:00 09:20, 09:40, 10:20, 11:00, 11:40, 12:20, 13:00, 13:40, 14:20, 15:00, 15:40, 16:20,

You meet us at the departure location.
Glacier Guides Booking Hut located in Skaftafell National Park
  • Small group guarantee

  • Guided glacier hike and a visit to a natural ice cave

  • Certified glacier guide

  • Crampons and other necessary glacier gear

  • Meals and refreshments

  • Transport to/from Reykjavík

What to bring:
  • Warm and waterproof clothes, wear layers

  • Hiking boots

  • Hat and gloves

  • Sunglasses

  • Camera

Good to know:

It can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activity is cancelled. If your chosen activity is cancelled, we will assist you with rearranging or booking other activities when possible, and any potential price difference will be refunded to you.

Please note that this tour starts from Skaftafell, a little over 400 km outside Reykjavík. It is recommended in winter that participants overnight the night before in the surrounding area.


Our guide Oliver was awesome, very quick on the jokes and informative. He gave each group time in the tunnel to take pictures so that there weren't a bunch of people in them, which was definitely appreciated. I think it good to note that the caves you go in are always changing. Because of the glacier tongues melting and changing new caves appear and old ones because unsafe or disappear . Because of this most every one will have gone into a different cave or tunnel. They mentioned the one we went in would only be there until this spring and then it would be unsafe. Either way it was awesome. We had time to explore other parts of the glacier and take it all in.

We had a busy and fun day with our guides,we enjoyed the ride out in the off-road jeeps, and we were lucky to have an Icelandic driver that played us music and told us a great deal about the history and culture. Once we got there our guide Thomas was super helpful, kind and warm, willing to take photos for us and very knowlegable about the ice caves. It was great to have such passionate people guiding us! Very beautiful scenery, and as for Guide to Iceland they were so helpful and easy to contact by phone or email - even at weird hours - and were always willing to go the extra mile to help us out. Even though we enjoyed our tour we had some little complaints (a change of location in our tour was very last minute and were quite far away already at the previous location) and they dealt with our complaint swiftly and politely and it was quickly resolved. We would happily use them again and look foreward to when we are next in Iceland!

Our tour was incredible. I highly recommend doing this. Hiking up the glacier was an incredible experience, the guides were extremely knowledgable (ask for Richard - he's the best!!) and made you feel very very safe. The ice cave was unreal!! Wish we would have done a longer tour to be able to hike even further out with the guides - next time for sure!!!! Definitely recommend.

My husband and I had a great experience with Glacier Guides. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and gave a great tour. We went in early November and left around 10 am. We checked in at the hut, got our gear and took a short bus ride (~15 minutes) to the entrance of the glacier. There were about 20 people total, but we then split into two groups. After leaving the bus, there was about a 20 minute walk to the glacier. Once there, we put on the crampons and helmets and had a walk across the glacier to get to the cave. Once we were at the cave, we had a good amount of time to take pictures before we left. After the cave visit, we had more time on the glacier before making the return trip.

It's a good tour that allow to combine the visit to the ice cave and a walk on the glacier. But we were disappointed of the tour because the "hike" part is just a short walk close the cave (around 300m). It's a beautiful walk and we have time to take pictures but if you're hoping to do a real walk on the glacier take only the hike tour. For the cave it's really beautiful , the color of the ice is so blue !! Wow wonderful! But one more time I will not call it "a cave" but more a 15 meters tunnel. Because in this place you have the crystal cave (the big one) and this one which is smaller´. But we didn't know the tour was the small one. Anyway we enjoyed our time during the tour anyway! It's a unique experience and the glacier is really beautiful ! We want to thank Pepe our super guide !! He was so nice and so funny. We had a really good time with him , he succed to put a real team spirit between everybody and was really patient during the pictures time! We really want to thank him for that!

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You can cancel your day trip with out further costs with one weeks notice. You can cancel your multi day adventure or trek with out further costs with two weeks notice. Depending on your trip you may be able to get partly refunded for your trip down to 48 hours before your trip. But less then 48 hours before your trip no refunds are made. If you are booking a group then the final number of participants given 48 hours before the trip is undertaken is the number of participants you will have to pay for and hence no refunds are made for cancellations made less then 48 hours before a trip. 

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Small Group Ice Caving & Glacier Hiking Adventure in Skaftafell

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