Skaftafell Blue Ice Cave Adventure & Glacier Hike | Small Groups

Hike up an outlet of Vatnajökull and enjoy the fantastic features of Europe’s largest glacier. Once-in-a-life opportunity to enter the crystal blue ice cave.
Available: Oct - Apr
Difficulty: Moderate
Duration: 4 hours
Minimum Age: 8 years
Pick Up: Not available
Price From: ISK 17.800
Cancellation Policy: Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
Reviews: 16 reviews

Tour Highlights

✅ Experience truly stunning natural blue ice caves
✅ Europes largest glacier Vatnajokull
✅ Adventurous glacier hiking experience
✅ Expert glacier guides
✅ Small groups & personal service
✅ Glacier equipment: helmet, harness, crampons, and ice axe

Tour Details

Departures: 09:00 & 14:00
Difficulty: Moderate
Available: From October to April
Duration: 4 hours
Minimum age: 8 years
What you need to bring: Hiking boots (available for rent online and on location), warm clothes (first layer), waterproof clothing (second layer) & gloves and hat
Included: Certified glacier guide, small group (12 person max), glacier equipment: helmet, harness, crampons, and ice axe & certified glacier guide

Meeting point:

We will see you at our meeting point 20 minutes before departure time. Please note that if you arrive after departure time your place on the tour can’t be guaranteed or refunded.

The meeting point is at Skaftafell Terminal Tour Center by the main road. You can look up “Skaftafell Terminal” on Google Maps to find the exact location and driving directions.

Driving time to Skaftafell from Reykjavík is around 4 hours and 30 minutes. If you arrive early, you can visit Skaftafell Terminal Tour Center which offers free parking and has restrooms.  (See on google maps here).

GPS: Latitude: 64.003160 –  Longitude: -16.941613

Tour Description

Join this adventure tour where you will experience all fantastic features of a glacier; you will hike up an outlet of Vatnajökull glacier, Europe’s largest glacier, where you’ll have the once in a lifetime opportunity to enter the blue ice cave, one of the rarest natural phenomena that human eyes have ever encountered.

Meet your experienced glacier guide ad the Skaftafell Visitor Centre’s parking lot. Skaftafell is a beautiful nature reserve in south-east Iceland, filled with spectacular natural wonder. You will explore one of these wonders today in a tongue or the larger Vatnajökull.

Your friendly guide will give you the equipment needed to scale the glacier, such as crampons and a helmet. Don’t worry if you’ve never been glacier hiking before; the guide will show you the ropes. You will then be taken to the roots of the ice cap so you can begin your excursion.

Vatnajökull is not only Europe’s largest glacier, but it is also home of the highest mountain range in Iceland and the tallest peak in the country, Hvannadalshnúkur. During the glacier walk, you will be exploring breathtaking ice formations and moulins while learning how glaciers are formed and how they constantly change.

The most breathtaking feature you will see today will undoubtedly be the naturally formed ice cave. You will be able to walk inside this dazzling structure to see the fantastic blue ice found within. Remember to bring your camera along on this tour; you will surely want to capture this moment on film.

Lace up your hiking boots and get ready for an incredible journey up and inside a glacier with this fantastic Ice Caving and Glacier Hiking tour in Skaftafell Nature Reserve. Book now to secure your spot. Check availability by choosing a date.

Never been on a glacier walk before? Never used crampons or ice axe? No worries!

The certified guides will teach you all you need to know and have you walking safely on the glacier.

16 reviews

  1. Great experience !!

    Great experience for us and highly recommend to all. We took almost 3hours to finish the tour. Although it’s very tired but worth it!! Thanks our guide Bois being patience, he is skilled, fun and good looking too

  2. Spectacular otherworldly scenery

    Great experience, from the instructions for putting on the crampons to the detailed explanations of the ice formation our guide was excellent. The time on the glacier was spectacular, we were lucky with the weather which cleared for our walk to and while on the glacier. Highly recommend this experience to anyone.

  3. Absolutamente recomendable.

    Absolutamente recomendable este tour! Recorrimos el glaciar, nuestro guía fue muy divertido, nos explicó muchísimas cosas y hasta ofició como fotógrafo! Es realmente increíble este tour.

  4. Would definitely recommend the tour

    Our guide was very skilled & fun. We loved the tour

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