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Frequently Asked Questions

About Caving Tours in Iceland

Caving tours are unforgettable excursions that take you into lava tunnels, ice caves, or underground magma chambers. Many lava cave tours are accessible throughout the year, but ice cave tours are seasonally exclusive.

1. Is there natural light inside the caves?

In ice caves, some light will filter through, creating a dim but dazzling blue passage. Most lava caves will be pitch black as soon as you are away from the entrance, although some are fitted with light installations to help you navigate. 

2. Are there walking paths into the caves?

Raufarhólshellir and Víðgelmir both have walking paths, but most other lava caves do not, nor do any ice caves.

3. How many caves are there in Iceland?

There are hundreds of known caves around Iceland, and likely thousands undiscovered.

4. How do lava caves form?

Lava caves form when a river of lava cools from the outside, forming a rock-crust surrounding still flowing lava. When this lava has flushed out, all that is left is the tube that cooled around it.

5. Are ice caves safe?

It is important to only enter ice caves with a local guide and the correct equipment, including a helmet with a head torch, crampons and an ice axe. A glacier expert has to be on hand to ensure the ice cave's structural integrity.

6. Can I enter a cave by myself?

It is highly discouraged. You need helmets and lights, and it is very easy to get lost in certain cave systems.

7. How many people will be in one caving group?

Most operators have a ratio of one guide to eight customers.

8. What equipment do I need to go caving?

You will need a helmet, a torch, and crampons in winter; all these will be provided for you.

9. Can I wear my sneakers?

Good hiking shoes are much better, and essential in winter when you will need to use crampons inside glacier ice caves.

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This tour was kind of demanding but it was amazing!! It was my first time trying on fat bikes and they are soooo cool!!! I got so many cool pictures on this tour and I will never ever forget this day! This is a once in a lifetime experience.

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Overall, it was a fantastic 3 day tour . Although the weather is changeable, our tour guide Heimir rearrange the order of the stops flexibly to make sure we could join both glacier hiking , ice cave and other spots. To be honest, I felt a little disappointed about the glacier hiking due to the time we staying on the glacier. The time was quite short but I thought is was disrpted by the bad weather. The storm came right away when we arrived the parking lot. As for ice cave, we were really lucky to see a quite big and beautiful one . And we had enough time to take pictures in the cave and there were only our group. We finished these two activities on the second day because the weather was awful on the third day. Besides, we were unlucky that it wasn’t the right time to see the dimonds on the beach ,which I eager to see, however; our gide Heimir took us to another place th see the dimonds near the glacier . Dimonds there were really spectacular and was one of my favorite spots in Iceland . To conclude, I felt thankful for the all arrangement of our guide , or we might miss those activities and amazing sceneries if I we went by ourselves . I definitely satisfy this 3 day tour!

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Katla Ice Cave Tour | Departure From Vík

5 average rating | 23 reviews

Katla Ice Cave Tour | Departure From Vík

Both of us enjoyed this unique ice cave experience, and our guide was great! We enjoyed the whole tour, ice caves, glaciers and nice weather!

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The best day I spent in Iceland. This trip was amazing and the schedule was managed very well. Our guide Michael was very patient, knowledgeable and handsome. He made the trip very flexible to ensure we have the best experience. Highly recommend!

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It was a pleasure experience. My tour was the last day of the available season. The original ice cave that we were planning to go got flooded; however, new location got setup right away. Lucky that we checked our email. Tour guide was funny, friendly and professional. He told us a lot of information about the ice cave, environment and also some movie filming stories such as GOT and interstella. And we got some times to take photos.

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I really want to take the time to write a proper review for this awesome tour. I just got back home to the USA last night, and am off again tomorrow on a business trip to TX, so this has to be brief right now! It's not difficult to give this tour 5 stars ! Our guide, Olafur Valtyr Rognvaldsson (better and more easily known as OLI) was awesome! He kept us entertained throughout the tour, and was a font of all knowledge relating to Iceland and its heritage. He was also our driver (we did not have both a driver and a guide, Oli did double duty) and we felt very safe with him driving through the snow and rain. I was glad I was not driving in that! Our minibus seated 20, and there were 18 of us on the tour, so it was a little snug in the bus, but not too bad. (The worst part was the couple who kept eating dried fish - the smell of very fishy dried fish in a warm bus was a little nauseating to say the least!) Oli was pretty good at keeping us on schedule, and was very flexible in moving things around so that we were able to see all the major sites in reasonably good weather. We did the Ice Cave Walk on the second day rather than the third day to take advantage of the fact that it was the end of the season and it would be closing on our last day. We also went to a different glacier from the original one on our schedule because the snow was coming down thick and fast on the one we were supposed to climb and it would not have been a pleasant trek. We had an awesome guide for the glacier walk - he made sure we were all safe, and gave us lots of information about the glacier. We also had the opportunity to sample nature's 'champagne' - 700yr old crystal clear ice! Big G (our guide) climbed up a ways to hack out some clean and clear ice for us to try. We were glad of it at that point, as the climb up the glacier left us all hot and sweaty, despite the cool weather! All of the areas we visited were outstanding. The waterfalls, the beaches, the national parks were spectacular and we had plenty of time at each to enjoy the sites. The Geyser was interesting ... I expected something like Old Faithful, but it was a much tamer version! Still fun, though! One of the most fun parts of the trip was when Oli took us to a 'secret' waterfall - we waded through a stream and climbed over rocks to get through an opening and when we entered through the gap in the rocks, there was a fantastic waterfall hidden from the road. Really cool way to end our tour! Oli also took us to see the Icelandic horses, which wasn't technically a part of the tour, but was a testament to his flexibility and him wanting us to have a great experience. He also pointed out a great place to see the Aurora, but unfortunately, we had cloud both nights and so we were not able to view that natural phenomenon. Although we were there at the beginning of April, it was still pretty chilly in the mornings and evenings, and when the wind blew it was bitingly cold! I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the two hotels we stayed in. Both were very clean, and while the rooms were small, modern and minimalist, they were very comfortable. Be warned, though, that the food in the hotels is VERY expensive! We were a captive audience at the first hotel and dinner was $US44 a person - a small bbq chicken breast, three boiled potatoes and a scoop of boiled vegetables!! Tasty, but extortionately priced for what really could only be described as Diner food. The second hotel, in Hofn, was expensive too, but the food was stellar and much better value than the first hotel. Regardless, both hotels were very nice and food in Iceland is very expensive everywhere. The breakfasts in both hotels were very nice and you could certainly eat a substantial amount to keep you going throughout the day. I would, without a shadow of doubt, recommend this tour if you want to experience Iceland at its best. Our guide, Oli, was excellent and from what I am reading from other reviews, so are all the other guides used by Aurora Hunters. But, of course, we think we got the best one!!! Thanks to Oli (Olafur Valtyr Rognvaldsson - I sure hope I spelled that correctly!) we had a fantastic trip.

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Katla Ice Cave Tour | Departure From Vík

5 average rating | 23 reviews

Katla Ice Cave Tour | Departure From Vík

Our family of 5 really enjoyed this truly unique experience. Our guide David was very competent and told us lots of funny stories about Icelandic traditions along the way. There was a short hike to the caves. The first was narrow and long and a little tricky to navigate, but no one had any trouble. The second was easier and more open. Absolutely stunning scenery and the caves were amazing. We also spent some time on the open glacier and along the black sandy beach. Great experience, don't miss the unique opportunity!

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Wasn't sure whether a tour was the way to go but it was great. Our guide Hilmar navigated some ferocious weather expertly and then adjusted our schedule the next day when the roads closed. That let us get in all we were promised plus some bonus sites despite the delay. His stories and knowledge enhanced the trip for sure and having a driver let me concentrate on the sights. Great trip.

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Very exciting, beautiful views, kind and helpful guide, highly recommended.

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2 Day Ice Cave Tour | South Coast Waterfalls & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

4.8 average rating | 195 reviews

2 Day Ice Cave Tour | South Coast Waterfalls & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Amazing tour!! We were able to see everything listed as well as some other places since we had a bit of free time. Our driver/ guide was very knowledgable and gave us a lot of history and insight into the land and culture. Very glad we chose to do it, well worth the money

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8 Day Winter Wonderland | National Parks & Ice Cave

4.6 average rating | 15 reviews

8 Day Winter Wonderland | National Parks & Ice Cave

This was a great trip, Francisco at Guide to Iceland was a great help and answered a whole bunch of random questions from us over the course of planning our trip. All of the tours and accommodations went nice and smoothly. We went with the mid-range hotel options and were placed in the Hotel Klettur in Reykjavik which was an awesome location. It was just a 2 or 3 block walk down to the main shopping/dining street and all of the tour buses picked us up right in front of the hotel (as opposed to meeting at a bus stop like it seemed some of the other hotels had to do). Our kids had really pushed for the high-end hotel option, but I think we picked the right one - we didn't fly to Iceland to have a fancy hotel experience after all. We went on 2 over night trips with Troll Expeditions. The buses were nice, though the "south coast tour" involved a lot more time sitting in the bus than I expected (we were driving through a nasty storm both days) but was worth it. I think the only mistake we made was opting for the northern lights by boat trip. We had figured that a boat would have more freedom to move around and find clear skies, but we basically motored out of the harbor and then made a couple of big circles in the same place for a while, all the time socked in by clouds. I think we'll try a mini-bus northern lights tour on our next visit, other travelers generally gave them more positive reviews.

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Excellent guide and tour! Very knowledgeable and friendly. The day we did the ice caves our day was perfect, blue skies and clear. We were surprised about the temperature in the glacier, very mild and comfortable. The tour was amazing and we would definitely do it again using this company.

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On a 3 day tour, a guide can really make or break your experience and ours (Oddur) was TREMENDOUS!!! Kept us on schedule, allowed sufficient time at each sight, was happy to chat about anything and everything Iceland. If you only have 3 days in Iceland - do this tour! You see so much in a short amount of time and it was the tour of a lifetime.

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7 Day Winter Vacation|A Northern Lights & Ice Cave Treat

4.6 average rating | 33 reviews

7 Day Winter Vacation|A Northern Lights & Ice Cave Treat

I’ve just got back from a 7 day winter vacation, Northern lights & Ice cave tour by Guide to Iceland. I just wanted to give my feedback on my service agent, Embla, who handled everything for me. From when she sent me the first email introducing herself, no questions were too silly and she was always quick to respond. Even when I was on my tour and I had a problem I could email her and she would respond and sort things out very quickly, I mean the only problem I really had was my northern lights tour one evening was cancelled and Embla rebooked me on another one. There were absolutely no problems whilst booking with Guide to Iceland and Embla. The whole itinerary was well thought out and jam packed with the best of the South and West. Our first guide Maria for our two day trip was amazing, she showed us so many things and engaged with us the whole way. Nothing was too much trouble. Our full golden circle tour was with another guide from the same company Troll Expeditions and he was also very good, giving us a lot of local information and tales. Unfortunately for our 2 day ice cave and south tour we had a guide from Aurora Hunters who didn’t seem very friendly at all, from when he made the pick-ups in the morning he just didn’t seem as friendly as the others. Every stop was given a time limit, which actually wasn’t as necessary and then we didn’t have enough time to actually look around. On one stop at a gas station he wanted us to have lunch at 11.30, there was such a queue of people inside, many of us didn’t have anything due to the queue and not being hungry. Even though there were many stops along the way, he didn’t want to stop. He changed out itinerary slightly so we did the blue ice caves on our first day which was fine but that meant we had more time the following day but this was rushed. We stopped in Vik for a bathroom break and that was only half an hour, so we didn’t actually get to explore the place too much although we went further up the coast to the black sand beach and other areas. Apart from this guide, everything else was perfect, I was a solo traveller but the people that were on each tour made the trip great. I was booked into the Eyja Guldsmeden Hotel in Reykjavik for the main base, and this hotel was lovely. They gave me a lovely room every time I came back and the tea and coffee was on tap, even though it wasn’t in the rooms but that was fine. The hotel staff are really friendly and accommodating. They have a small menu for food every day, it is the same every day and the menu is limited. Most days when coming back from trips I would just eat there so had the burger with wedges, it was lovely but maybe their menu could do with a little more. I was told I could get a welcome pack from City Hall so on the day that I landed I thought I would seek it out as I wouldn’t have time any other day, unfortunately I was slightly disappointed that I had trekked all that way just to receive a folder with a map (which I already had) 4 postcards and a sim card to use whilst there. Bit disappointed in that, was expecting a bit more considering what I had paid for the trip. But despite the one not great tour guide and the welcome pack I would definitely book with Guide to Iceland again.

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3天2晚的团真的非常值!基本上每天都有三个左右的景点,冰川徒步和几个瀑布我都很喜欢,特别是第二晚非常幸运得看到了非常强烈的极光!感动到哭!第二晚的住宿也非常好,总之体验很不错!导游兼司机Harpa时间都安排得很妥当,接送很准时,也会给我们很好的建议,讲解也很到位!好评!

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