Small Group Ice Caving & Glacier Hiking Adventure in Skaftafell

This natural ice cave and glacier hiking adventure from Skaftafell tour is a unique experience and a must do for all travellers visiting the land of ice and fire. The tour departs from Skaftafell National Park and is approximately three hours in duration, though depending on weather and hiking trails, it can last up to four hours. 

During the tour you will get the chance to hike on an outlet glacier that is a part of Europe‘ s largest glacier, Vatnajökull, as well as visit a natural ice cave, so make sure to bring your camera along. Accompanied by a certified glacier guide, step onto the magnificent ice and learn all about its crevasses and unique formations before making your way into a one of a kind natural ice cave. 

You can choose between different departure times to best suit your schedule and join us on your own ultimate frozen adventure on an Icelandic glacier. However, please keep in mind that this tour does not include transportation from Reykjavík. Our starting point is the beautiful Skaftafell national park, where there is a plethora of hiking trails and hidden crevasses with gorgeous waterfalls. A glacier hike is a cherry on the top on a visit to this gem of Icelandic nature. 

Ice caves are an ever-changing natural phenomena, making them even more special. They are formed in different parts of the glacier each year and are only accessible during the winter months when the temperature drops well below zero degrees. It is very important to dress in warm and waterproof clothing, and good sturdy hiking boots, gloves and a warm headwear are essential. Waterproof gear and hiking boots can also be rented from the operator for a small fee if needed, so there is no need to invest in expensive gear. The minimum age for this adventure tour is 10 years old. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Nov. - Mar.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 10 years old
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Vatnajokull, Skaftafell, Ice Cave Iceland, Glacier Adventure
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 10:00, 14:15

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

  • Food & drinks

  • Transport to/from Reykjavík

What to bring:
  • Warm and waterproof clothing, hiking boots, warm head-wear and gloves.

Good to know:

Ice caves are an ever changing natural phenomena that are only accessible during winter when the temperature drops well below zero so the water from the rivers that run underneath the glacier freezes and leaves us with this phenomena to explore. Each year new caves are formed in different locations. We will visit one naturally formed ice cave during this tour and the cave we visit is chosen based on conditions and safety each time.

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.

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Guests/Clients are advised that all outdoor activities are undertaken entirely at their own risk and they must behave in a fit and proper manner at all times in accordance with Arctic Adventures or their partners guidelines and must take proper responsibility for their own safety. All adventure tours and activities carry an inherent risk and Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. With the purchase of your trip you agree to these conditions, understand its implications and accept responsibility for your participation in your tour. Depending on your chosen trip you may be requested by Arctic Adventures or its partners to sign an additional liability release on location prior to certain excursions. 

Cancellation policy:
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. 

Guide to Iceland cancellation policy:

Guide to Iceland charges a flat fee of 5000 ISK of each customer for online cancellations. 

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