Small Group Ice Caving & Glacier Hiking Adventure in Skaftafell

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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: Nov. - Mar.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 10 years old
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Vatnajökull, Skaftafell
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:00 09:20, 09:40, 10:00, 10:20, 10:40, 11:00, 11:20, 11:40, 12:00, 12:20, 12:40, 13:00, 13:20, 13:40, 14:00, 14:20, 14:40, 15:00, 15:40,

Departure location:
Glacier Guides Booking Hut located in Skaftafell National Park
Included:
  • 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.



Reviews

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.

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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. 


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

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Small Group Ice Caving & Glacier Hiking Adventure in Skaftafell

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