Blue Ice Cave Adventure

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Duration6 hours
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DifficultyChallenging
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Starting pointBlue Ice Cave Adventure
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In this tour you have the chance to enter a difficult-to-access ice cave in Vatnajökull glacier. It is hard to find a more photogenic opportunity in Iceland than the insides of a stunning blue ice cave in the largest glacier in Europe. This is a great hiking and sightseeing combo adventure tour worth checking out.

What to expect?

In this tour you will experience a unique ice cave in the wonders of Vatnajökull glacier, Europe's largest ice cap. The tour is suitable for those who want to visit a more isolated ice cave and more difficult to access. This tour offers you great photo opportunities and an unforgettable experience.

The level of this tour is hard. In this tour we visit one ice cave. This cave is more difficult to access and therefore we offer it as a more quiet and personal tour for our participants, where we have one guide for every 4 persons, and only up to 8 persons in each group. Our guides decide if it is safe enough to do the tour according to weather and safety conditions. If we cancel the tour due to weather or safety conditions it is refundable. The ice cave tour can take between 3,5 – 6 hours.

The tour is guided by a specialist in glaciers and ice caves. Driving to the location can take 25 - 30 minutes and the walk to the ice cave can take 45-90 minutes. We spend approximately 1 hour in the cave. You should have in mind that the walking in this tour is always in the pure Icelandic nature on gravel, rough terrain and glacier. The hike is around 3 km one way to the cave. So in total, it is around 6 km during the trip. Part of it, around 2 km (4 km in total) can be on glaciated terrain were crampons and other glacier equipment is necessary. The other part is on a rocky and sometimes uneven terrain.The terrain might be totally or partly covered with snow or slippery ice where the micro spikes we give you come in handy.

Rented equipment: We have rain jackets and pants to rent for this tour if needed. Rental price for jacket and pants is 1.000.- ISK

The meeting point is at Hali Country Hotel, 13 km east of Jökulsárlón (www.hali.is). Good to be aware of the fact that driving in Iceland in the winter time can take much longer than during the summer. We recommend you to stay somewhere close to Hali the night before a tour. You can find useful information about the weather at www.vedur.is and the road conditions here.

What is included?

  • Helmet
  • Headlamp
  • Crampons to walk on the glacier (if needed)
  • Walking harness (if needed)
  • Ice axe (if needed)* Light weight rubber boots to be able to cross a small stream to go in the ice cave (if needed)
  • Microspikes to walk on slippery rocky terrain (if needed)
  • Small 22 l bag that can be put on the back to carry the rubber boots (if needed)
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Professional guide
  • Guided tour with a local expert

What do I need to bring?

  • Good shoes, hiking boots if you have. Can also be rented
  • Woolen socks
  • Good clothing based on weather. 3 layers on top: base layer, light sweater like fleece and water or windproof top. Light warm pants and waterproof if needed
  • Gloves
  • Warm hat/beanie that might work under a helmet Note: beaine’s with pompom are not recommended since the pompom does not go under the helmet
  • Buff or balaclava or neck gaiter
  • Sunglasses
  • Backpack 28-40 L, that can room your equipment, camera food and drink for the day and so on
  • Food for 6 hours tour
  • 1-2 sandwiches depending on how much you need
  • 700 ml – 1 L of water or something else you like to drink (non alcoholic)
  • Some energy rich and light food like 2-3 chocolate bars or something similar
  • It is recommended that camera is brought along for the tour
  • A good spirit

Additional Details

  • Voucher: You will receive a secure voucher for this experience to either print out or present on your mobile phone
    • Cancellation Policy: Free cancellation anytime prior to tour
    • Quality Assurance: Travelade works with selected local partners we trust to provide the highest standard of quality service
  • Best price guarantee
  • No booking fees
  • Fast & Secure payment
  • Instant booking confirmation and e-voucher
  • Trusted tour operator
  • Licenced travel agency
  • Excellent customer service

Meeting Point

  • The meeting point is at Hali Country Hotel, 13 km east of Jökulsárlón
  • Be at our meeting point 20 minutes before departure time
  • Approx 5 hour drive from Reykjavík and 1 hour drive from Höfn

$256