Ice Cave Tours

Ice Cave Tours

Browse the largest selection of ice cave tours in Iceland. The best day tour is from Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, but you can also visit an ice cave from Reykjavik, Vík and Skaftafell. For the ultimate adventure, join one of our guided northern lights and ice cave vacation packages.

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Ice caves in Iceland

Iceland is often hailed as a land of stark contrasts, where you can explore the ethereal beauty of a glacier ice cave. 

Forged in fire and ice, Iceland is alive with primordial energy unlike anywhere else in the world. The geological and geothermal elements provide seductive sightseeing activities and visiting ice caves and ice tunnels is an activity which should not be overlooked while travelling in Iceland.

Iceland has many different caves, both well known and uncharted, but if you would like to visit a glacier ice cave, you are guaranteed an entirely one of a kind visit. Ice caves change from year to year, due to the movement of the glaciers and Iceland's ever-changing weather — and the unique character of each ice cave is an alluring call to adventure.

The incredible beauty to be admired inside the reaches of a glacier has a divine quality which, when combined with the geothermal power of Iceland, can make you feel like you are closer to earth’s beginnings.

11% of Iceland's landmass is covered with glaciers which means that an abundance of ice caves are found in the extremely thick glacial ice. These natural ice caves form when summer meltwater flows through the ice sheets, carving tunnels that can be explored during the colder months of winter. 

Most often, all light is absorbed in these icy vacuums, rendering the caves in brilliant blue ice colours that are unparalleled anywhere else. Some caves also have what looks like black ice, where volcanic ash has landed on the caves. This natural occurrence is truly magnificent to witness.Ice caves in the region of Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier, were previously referred to as the Crystal Caves. The sheer size of these caves liken them to an icy citadel, its heavenly blues and enchanting coolness evoking a real sense of awe. You will want to take a camera, but nothing can prepare you for the subject.

Most day tours which involve visiting a glacier cave in Iceland involve taking a super jeep up onto the glacier. There you will be fitted with crampons (studs which fit over your boots) and be invited to take a short glacier hike (less than 5 minutes) into the cave.

Ice cave tours in Iceland can be taken at several places throughout the island. The best ice cave tours in Iceland take place at Vatnajokull glacier in Skaftafell National Park. Closer to Reykjavik, and extremely close to Vik, the ice caves in Myradsjokull glacier are popular among travellers. The meeting point for this day tour is at Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, from where you embark on the super jeep journey.

There are also tours of man-made ice tunnels which have been created in the Langjokull glacier. Some tours are available year-round and those in this area are ideal for those traversing the golden circle. Nearby Gullfoss waterfall is a popular stop on guided tours.

No-one should ever attempt going into an ice cave or tunnel without a guide, no matter how experienced they are, and with no end to guided ice cave tours, you have no reason to try.

Frequently asked questions

What's the best ice cave tour in Iceland?

The best-selling ice cave tour in Iceland is a 5-day trip that visits the Blue Ice Cave in Vatnajokull National Park along with a trip through the South Coast, the famous Golden Circle, and the Blue Lagoon.

What are the best ice caves in Iceland?

The most popular ice caves in Iceland are the Crystal Ice Cave, the illusive Katla Ice Cave, the icy blue Langjokull Ice Cave, the spectacular Vatnajokull Ice Cave, and the remote Skaftafell Ice Cave.

What's the cheapest ice cave tour in Iceland?

The cheapest ice cave tour in Iceland starts from approximately 100 USD. This tour is a 3.5-hour small-group tour that starts at the Skaftafell Visitor Centre and takes you to the Vatnajokull glacier where you will experience both ice caving and glacier hiking. If you are located in Reykjavik, it's about a 4-hour drive to Skaftafell Visitor Centre.

How do the ice caves form in Iceland?

Ice caves in Iceland form when summer meltwater enters a glacier through its cracks and crevasses and erodes its way out. The ice cave tours in Iceland are only available during the winter when the ice caves become more stable.

When can I visit ice caves in Iceland?

Because of the vulnerability of the ice caves during the summer months, most ice caves in Iceland are only open for visitors between November and March.