Ice Cave & Glacier Hike at Svinafellsjokull Glacier

Combine two of the most uniquely Icelandic experiences this breathtaking country has to offer: Ice cave exploration and a glacier walk at Svinafellsjokull glacier.
Available: Nov - March
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 2 - 3 hours
Minimum Age: 8
Pick Up: Not available
Price From: ISK 16.900
Cancellation Policy: Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
Reviews: 1 reviews

Tour Highlights

✅ Vatnajokull – Europe’s largest glacier
✅ Guided glacier walk
✅ Explore naturally formed ice caves & ice tunnels
✅ Magnificent scenery
✅ Small groups
✅ Expert Glacier Guides
✅ Necessary glacier gear is provided
✅ Plenty of time to take pictures of these breathtaking surroundings

Tour Details

Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 2hrs 30 mins
Meeting point: Icelandic Mountain Guides sales lodge in Skaftafell (next to the National Park Visitor Center) 20 min. prior to departure
Minimum Age: 8 years
Included: Guiding, glacier gear, and safety equipment
Bring with you: Warm clothing, rain gear, hiking boots and energy bars
Note: Boots and rain gear can be rented

Directions: When driving on road 1, make a turn on road 998 until you reach the parking lot. View on google maps HERE.

GPS: Latitude: 64.015902 –  Longitude: -16.966412

Ice caves are a natural phenomenon and the conditions can change depending on the weather. Your safety is our first priority so sometimes our tours may be cancelled with short notice due to weather conditions or safety concerns. If this happens we will always do our best to offer you an alternative tour if weather permits.

Tour Description

Combine an Ice cave exploration and a glacier walk at Svinafellsjokull glacier.

On this Ice Cave and Glacier Walk combo tour, you will explore the naturally formed ice caves and ice tunnels of Svínafellsjökull, before heading off to a glacier walk on crampons around the glacier tongue.

The ice caves, only accessible in winter, open up for exploration when the meltwater underneath the glacier freezes over and leaves behind these ice tunnels. Your experienced guide will tell you more about their formation and show you around the caves. You will get plenty of time to take pictures of these breathtaking surroundings.

You will then head up to the surface of the glacier, where your guide will lead you through the ever-changing glacial landscape. They will show you deep crevasses and unique ice features, whilst teaching you about the behavior of glaciers and their impact on nature.

The drive to Svinafellsjokull from the starting point in Skaftafell is only 10 minutes, so you will get plenty of time to explore the ice.


1 review

  1. Amazing tour in a magical place on earth

    Really impressive tour, suitable for amateurs. We had a great guide named Halle. He knew a lot of background info as one would expect from a guide. Looking back, 2.5 hours was a bit short because we could have wandered across the glacier some more. It is a magical place to be.
    At the same time it is saddening to see the effects of global warming from up close. It makes one more aware of the impact of this immense problem.
    The drive from Vik to the base of the glacier was really impressive, straight through the lava fields.

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