From Skaftafell

Ice Cave and Glacier Walk

Step into another world when you explore the fantastic features on the surface of the glacier and the naturally forming ice caves inside of this icy giant.

Tour code: IMG22W

The Ultimate Winter Combination

On this combo tour, you will explore the naturally formed ice caves and ice tunnels of a stunning outlet glacier, before heading off for a Glacier Walk.

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.  After meeting your highly trained and certified glacier guide in Skaftafell, you will get fitted with the required glacier gear we provide, like an ice axe and crampons. As your guide leads you into the glacier, you will learn about how they are formed.  While in the stunning ice caves, you will have plenty of time to take pictures of the breathtaking surroundings. The melting ice, vivid blue color and tranquility inside of the cave are what make these features of the glacier so spectacular. After exploring the cave you will head up to the surface of this icy giant. There, 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 behaviour of glaciers and their impact on nature.

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. If this happens, we will always do our best to offer you an alternative tour, if weather permits.

*Due to safety reasons, we are currently not operating glacier tours on Svínafellsjökull glacier. Other beautiful glacier outlets will be explored in the meantime.

Tour Overview

  • Difficulty


    Moderate Difficulty

    Accessible to all those in good health, who are doing some sport regularly and who are used to all-terrain walks. 4-6 hours walking per day, without much carrying.


    Nov - Mar


    2.5 hrs

  • Meeting Point

    Icelandic Mountain Guides Sales Lodge in Skaftafell (next to the National Park Visitor Center)

  • Group Size

    Up to 12 per guide

  • On the ice

    1.5 - 2 hrs

  • 8

    Minimum age

    8 yrs

  • Language


Customer Reviews

I booked the Ice Cave and Glacier Walk tour with Icelandic Mountain Guides and it was excellent. I can only recommend this company if you like being in smaller groups and in very good and safe conditions. Our guide has providing us with a lot of interesting details on the glacier.
Alexandre, UK2018-03-19

Tour Highlights

Ice Cave Explorations

Walking on a Glacier with Crampons

Glacier Walk on Svínafellsjökull

Blue Ice


  • Experienced and qualified guide
  • Glacier gear
  • Safety equipment

Not Included

  • Rain gear
  • Hiking boots
  • Warm clothing
  • Snacks

Optional Extras

  • Rain gear (jacket or pants)
  • Hiking boots

Practical Information