Private 6-Hour Ice Cave & Ice Climbing Photoshoot Adventure Tour in Vatnajokull

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Ice Pic Journeys, í Hornafirði, Höfn, Iceland
6 hours
Oct. - Apr.
Minimum age
13 years old


Embark on the ultimate adventure with this private ice cave & ice climbing photoshoot adventure tour in the heart of Vatnajokull, Europe's largest glacier. Secure your spot now for an exclusive experience that combines the breathtaking beauty of the crystal ice cave with the exhilaration of ice climbing. 

Whether you're a novice seeking a thrilling challenge or an experienced climber craving an epic climb, this tour caters to all fitness levels, ensuring an unforgettable journey for those ready to push their limits.

Your adventure kicks off at the glacier lagoon parking lot in Vatnajokull National Park, where you’ll meet your certified glacier guide and professional adventure photographer. Arrive 15 minutes early to take advantage of nearby restrooms, as none will be available on the glacier. 

Embark on a scenic 4x4 drive toward Vatnajokull glacier, delving into the rich history of the surrounding area during the 20-30 minute journey. Upon reaching the glacier parking lot, gear up with crampons, ice axes, harnesses, and helmets. A 30-minute hike to the glacier's edge follows, offering panoramic views of an ancient glacier plain and setting the stage for the adventure ahead.

At the glacier's edge, you'll be greeted by the awe-inspiring crystal ice cave, also known as the Sapphire ice cave. With its ever-changing shape, location, and size, each visit promises a unique experience. 

Your guide will assist with crampons and provide a safety briefing before guiding you into the cave's blue depths. As you explore, the guide, doubling as a skilled photographer, captures your every move against the stunning ice cave backdrop.

Immerse yourself in the cave's wonders for about an hour, discovering multiple chambers and learning about its formation. Exiting the cave, you'll venture onto Breidamerkurjokull Glacier for an invigorating hike to the ice-climbing area. Marvel at moulins and crevasses while enjoying the surreal landscape around you.

Experience the thrill of ice climbing under the expert guidance of your certified glacier guide. If you're a beginner, start with introductory slopes before progressing to more challenging walls, such as massive glacial holes and overhanging arches. 

Your guide tailors the experience to your skill level, ensuring a safe yet exhilarating climb. Throughout the two to three-hour climbing session, revel in the pride of conquering different walls, all while your guide captures epic photos of your feats.

Conclude your adventure with a return hike to the glacier parking lot and a 30-minute drive back to the glacier lagoon. Bid farewell to your guide, leaving with memories of an extraordinary day inside Vatnajokull National Park.

Don't miss out on this unparalleled six-hour adventure catering to winter enthusiasts from October to April. Book this private ice cave & ice climbing adventure tour now and secure a photo package as the perfect memento. 

Let the thrill of Vatnajokull National Park unfold before you. Check availability now by selecting a date.

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Certified glacier guide and professional photographer
Private group
Glacier & ice cave equipment: helmet, harness, crampons, ice axe, & climbing boots
20 shot photo package (per person)
Child packages come with 10 photos



Glacier Hiking
Ice Climbing
Ice Caving

What to bring

Water bottle – You will have many spots to fill it up with glacier water.
Proper seasonal clothing – Warm layers for freezing or wet conditions. Warm hat and gloves.
Waterproof jacket
Waterproof pants
Hiking boots

Good to know

– Ice caves are a dynamic, ever-changing natural phenomenon. Each year, old ice caves melt, and new ice caves appear.  Photos that you see of the cave at any given time on the website or any social media will not necessarily mean that that is what you will experience on your tour. This makes each experience unique and special for guests.

– This tour involves roughly 3 hours of hiking and climbing. The guide will adjust to the guest’s skill levels in regard to ice climbing, but this tour is recommended for those who are at least moderately fit.

– Photo packages may sometimes take more or less than 14 days to edit.

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