From Skaftafell

The Blue Dragon Ice Cave - Heli Combo

Are you ready to fly with a helicopter into unreachable grounds and explore this exclusive ice cave? On the way, enjoy views of Vatnajokull glacier from above.

Tour code: HELI01

The Blue Dragon Ice Cave - Heli Combo

The Perfect Winter Combination With Blue Ice Cave

Your adventure begins at Skaftafell Airport where you’ll meet your helicopter pilot and guide. Taking off from Skaftafell, the views from the helicopter will be truly spectacular. You’ll really get a feel for the magnitude of Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe, before exploring a small part of its inner spaces.  

After landing on Skeiðarárjökull, an outlet glacier from the Vatnajökull ice cap, you´ll walk to the mouth of the glacier ice cave known as the Blue Dragon. Icelandic folklore tells of four spirits of the land that act as protectors of Iceland’s four regions. Up north, an eagle acts as a protector, in the west an ox, in the south a giant and in the east a dragon (Dreki). We suspect Dreki may have had a hand in creating this amazing cave, and stepping into it is like walking into a land of myth and legend. 

At the mouth of the cave, you’ll enter an icy tunnel with ceilings high enough to allow you to walk through without hunching over. Once through the tunnel, you’ll find yourself in the heart of the dragon. You’ll hear the gentle tinkle of water trickling through the cave and marvel at the way the light reflects endless shades of blue off the bumps and waves of the cave walls. The elements have gently carved out the smooth icy scales of the cave and for 30 minutes you’ll have the chance to take in the magnificence of this natural wonder. Run your fingers across the ice, take a few photos, but most importantly, enjoy the moment of being in a magical place.

After making your way back out of the cave, you’ll board the helicopter once again, this time knowing exactly what lies just beneath the surface of the ice. Landing back at Skaftafell Terminal you’ll leave with a truly unique experience under your belt and long-lasting memories.

There are limited number of seats available per day for this tour.

Join us on this unforgettable visit to Iceland's most exclusive Ice Cave!

Please note that ice caves are a natural phenomena and the conditions can change depending on weather. Your safety is our first priority so sometimes our tours may be cancelled with short notice due to weather conditions or safety concerns

Tour Overview

  • Meeting point

    Skaftafell Airport by route #1

    Meeting point

    You can look up “Skaftafell Terminal - Tour Center” on Google Maps to find the exact location and driving directions.

  • Group size

    3 - 11 participants

  • Language

    English

  • Difficulty

    Easy

    Difficulty

    Easy

  • Availability

    Nov - Apr

  • Duration

    1 hour

  • 5

    Minimum age:

    5 yrs

Contact Us

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Primary passenger information

Tour information

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Tour Highlights

Included

  • Experienced helicopter pilot
  • Experienced and qualified glacier guide
  • Safety equipment
  • Free parking
  • Light refreshments at base

Not Included

  • Rain gear
  • Hiking boots
  • Warm clothing
  • Snacks

Optional Extras

  • Rain gear (jacket or pants)
  • Hiking boots

Tour Map and Itinerary

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The Blue Dragon Ice Cave - Heli Combo

MAP & ITINERARY

Day Tour

Blue Ice Cave and Helicopter Combo

The Skaftafell Terminal / Skaftafell Air Field is located just outside of Skaftafell parking.

At the terminal you will meet your pilot and glacier guide. Before heading out to the helicopter, the guide will give an overview of the flight path, a safety briefing and make sure you’re outfitted with all necessary equipment.

Directions

Skaftafell Airport where to meet us

Driving time
From Reykjavík: ~ 5 hrs
From Vík: ~ 2.5 hrs
From Höfn: ~ 2 hrs

GPS point for Skaftafell Airport
N 64.0035334
W 16.9408973

Skaftafell Airport is located on the south side of the highway where the road to Skaftafell, 998, branches off main road no. 1.

  • Day Tour
  • Directions
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Practical Information

If you are traveling on your own, you can go ahead and book your tour and we will do our best to pair you together with another group. If you have a specific time you would prefer to fly with us, please mention it in the booking comments or let us know by writing an email.

If your group is below the minimum, you can still go ahead and book your tour and we will do our best to join your booking with another group. Some of our customers also prefer to pay for the 3 seats to confirm their flight will go ahead.

To ensure safety and comfort for all our passengers we have the policy of requiring passengers over 120 kg / 265 lbs. / 19 stone to pay for 1.5 seats on the aircraft. Please feel free to send us an email at [email protected] if you have any questions regarding our weight limit policy.

We have set departure in the morning and in the afternoon. Conditions because of weather can affect departure time. We try our best to inform our guests about changed schedule.

Please contact our office at [email protected] or call 587 9999 and we will gladly assist you.

Weather has a great affect on what to wear. Please dress according to weather. The temperature on the glacier is often slightly colder and windier than the the temperature by our base. You will walk a bit on uneven ground so hiking boots that reach over your ankle are recommended.

  • Hiking boots that reach over your ankle are a must on our glacier walks.
  • Other clothing should be picked according to weather that day, you will not get much colder on the glacier as on the ground.