Skaftafell Ice Cave Tour & Glacier Walk
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
The Ultimate Winter 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, only accessible in winter, open up for exploration when the melt water underneath the glacier freezes over and leaves behind these ice tunnels. After meeting your highly trained and certified glacier guide in Skaftafell in Vatnajokull National Pari, 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 distances. Did you know that the "Black Beach" on 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 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.
Check out our Instagram (IcelandicMountainGuides) for the latest pictures from the glacier!
*The Skaftafell parking lot fee is not included in the tour price.
Accessible to all those in good health, who are doing some sport regularly and who are used to all-terrain walks. 2-6 hours walking per day, without much carrying.
Oct - Mar
Skaftafell Base (next to the National Park Visitor Center)
Up to 12 per guide
On the ice
1.5 - 2 hrs
10 yrs and a minimum shoe size of European 34 (U.S. - 2.5)
Just back from a six-day trip to Iceland. One of the highlights of the trip was a glacier hike and ice cave tour we did with Icelandic Mountain Guides from Skaftafell. Michal, our guide, was wonderful and was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Would highly recommend the tour.
Ice Cave Exploration
Walking on a Glacier with Crampons
Short walk on a glacier
- Experienced and qualified guide
- Glacier gear
- Safety equipment
- Rain gear
- Hiking boots
- Warm clothing
- Rain gear (jacket or pants)
- Hiking boots