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Skaftafell Ice Cave Tour & Glacier Walk

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Step into another world when you hike on the glacier, explore the fantastic features on the surface of the glacier and its naturally forming ice caves in Vatnajokull National Park.

Tour code: SKF01

Skaftafell Ice Cave Tour & Glacier Walk
Price from: 18.700  ISK

The Ultimate Glacier Combination

On this action packed day tour, you will explore the naturally formed ice caves and ice tunnels of a stunning outlet glacier.

The ice caves, open up for exploration when the meltwater underneath the glacier freezes over or finds another route and leaves behind these ice tunnels.

After meeting your highly trained and certified glacier guide in Skaftafell in Vatnajokull National Park, you will be fitted with the required glacier gear we provide, like an ice axe, ice spikes and a helmet.

As your guide leads you on to the icy landscape for your glacier walk, you will learn about how they are formed. While in the 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 return up to its surface. There, your guide will lead you through the ever-changing glacial landscape and crevasses. You end off with a view of low land, sandy beach by the Atlantic Ocean in the distance. Did you know that the "Black Beach" on the South Coast of Iceland even reaches further east close to Höfn and all the way west close to Ölfus, approx 340 km (211 miles).

Please note that 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 canceled 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.

Check out our Instagram (IcelandicMountainGuides) for the latest pictures from the glacier!

*The Skaftafell parking lot fee is not included in the tour price.

Tour Overview

  • Meeting point

    Skaftafell Base (20 min. prior to departure)

    Meeting point

    Our Skaftafell Base Camp is located on the campsite, close to the visitor center.

  • Group size

    Up to 8 per guide

  • On the ice

    4.5 hrs

  • Minimum shoe size

    European 34 (U.S. - 2.5)

  • Language

    English

  • Difficulty

    Challenging

    Difficulty

    Challenging

  • Availability

    All Year

  • Duration

    5.5 hours

  • 16

    Minimum age:

    16 yrs

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Tour Highlights

Included

  • 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

Tour Map and Itinerary

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Skaftafell Ice Cave Tour & Glacier Walk

MAP & ITINERARY

Day Tour

Ice Cave & Glacier Hike: The Ultimate Winter Combination

Your Glacier Walk and ice cave adventure starts off with meeting your certified glacier guide at the Skaftafell Base.

There, you will be provided with a harness, ice axe and crampons. After a quick safety briefing, you will head off to explore an icy wonderland.

Following your exploration, of colors, crevasses and caves, you will head back to our lodge.

Direction

Skaftafell Base Camp

Driving time
From Reykjavík: 5 hrs
From Vík: 2.5 hrs
From Höfn: 1.5 - 2 hrs

GPS point for Skaftafell
N 64.016217
W -16.966664

Our Welcome Centre in Skaftafell is located in the heart of the camping site, right next to the service center.

The park is by the end of road no. 998 that branches off the main road no. 1

Please be there 20 min before the departure of your tour.

  • Day Tour
  • Direction
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Practical Information

We always recommend to book as soon as you are ready especially if you have a strict travel schedule or a large group. It is easy to change or cancel 24 hours before departure by emailing us ([email protected]). Tours can also be purchased the day of as long as there are spaces available.

There are no official addresses on our meeting points but you can see directions and GPS points if you click the map above.

Before we head to the glacier for the tour we need to get everyone fitted with the equipment, crampons and harnesses. The crampons need to be adjusted to each persons shoe size so it is important that people arrive 20 minutes before so everyone is ready at the departure time.

Sólheimajökull is in the south and is closer to Reykjavik, Skaftafell is in the south east and much farther away. The tours we offer on both locations are very similar, only operated on different glaciers so you can choose the one that best fits your travel schedule.

  • 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.