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About Ice Cave Tours & Lava Trips in Iceland

Discover a world hidden beneath Iceland’s landscapes on ice cave tours and lava trips. Ice Caves form beneath glaciers and can only be explored during specific times of the year. Lava Caves are tunnels beneath Iceland's lava fields, some cavernous and vast, others so narrow that they must be crawled through.

1. What is the Crystal Cave?

The Crystal Cave is an enormous ice cave in Vatnajökull glacier. The cave's electric-blue interior resembles a crystal dome, and it has appeared roughly in the same location since the winter of 2011-2012. If you only have time to explore one ice cave while travelling in Iceland, visit this one. 

2. Are ice cave tours operational during Christmas time?

Ice cave tours beneath Vatnajökull run from November to March, including Christmas. Some lava caves close for the winter, but many, such as cave Leiðarendi, are open throughout the year. Most operators provide services during Christmas.

3. Can I visit the ice caves in late October?

The ice caves in Mýrdalsjökull are open in October. Some tours under Vatnajökull are available by the end of the month, but most start operating in November when the weather is colder and the ice is more stable.

4. Is a glacier hike included in the ice cave tours?

Not in a standard ice caving tour. In several multi-day tours, combos and packages, however, you will have the chance to do both.

5. How much time will I spend inside the ice cave?

You will spend roughly 40-50 minutes inside the ice cave.

6. Will there be any daylight in the early entries to the ice caves in the middle of winter?

Yes, it takes a bit of time to reach the ice caves, and by the time you get there, the sun will be up.

7. How do the ice caves form?

Ice caves form when summer meltwater enters a glacier through its cracks and crevasses and erodes its way out.

8. How do you know whether or not the ice caves are safe to enter?

Ice caves are only entered when experienced glacier guides and experts agree that it is structurally sound. Never attempt to enter an ice cave without a local guide.

9. What clothes do I need to wear during an ice cave excursion?

Warm, waterproof gear and hiking shoes with ankle support.

10. Do I need glacier hiking equipment? If so will it be provided?

You will need a helmet and crampons, which will be provided.


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