Children price (8-14 years):
Ice cave and a glacier hike in one tour, it’s the perfect winter combination. On this extra small group tour we’ll explore the majestic ice formations and visit a naturally formed ice cave on one of Vatnajökull’s many outlet glaciers.
Note (Oct. 2020): The ice cave gods have been unkind to us for the winter 2020-2021. The only cave that is easily accessible by foot in the Skaftafell region is a small little cave that received the fitting name “The Blueberry”. Due to the size of the cave we will be having a special offer on this tour for now. Adult price is 10.500 ISK instead of 14.900 ISK and children price 7.500 ISK instead of 11.900 ISK. The photo below shows approximately the size of the cave.
Ice caves are naturally made phenomenon created during the warmer months of the year by flowing meltwater from the glacier. Sometimes ice caves can be formed in the same locations for many years in a row while others just stay for a few weeks or months. Beautiful blue ice caves that are also stable and safe are quite rare and therefore the ones that are easier to access can be overcrowded. We want to avoid the big crowds so we always try our absolute best to visit the caves when nobody else is there.
This ice cave and glacier hike tour starts at the Skaftafell Terminal Tour Center. There you will meet your certified glacier guide and get all the necessary information and glacier equipment. The terminal is the last place to grab any snacks, drinks or use the restrooms before going to the glacier. After a little introduction we will step into our modified Land Rover Defender and drive through the beautiful area that Öræfi has to offer. With our modified trucks we are usually able to drive further into the glacier valleys than others, therefore giving us more time to spend on the actual ice. After the short drive it’s time to walk by the glacier edge to the spot you will strap on your crampons. Your glacier guide will explain how to wear and use the glacier equipment, as well as do a quick safety briefing.
Conditions on the glacier are ever changing so no ice cave tour or glacier hike is the same. Sometimes the caves are formed at the edge of the glacier, while other times we need to hike into the glacier to reach it. Therefore it is never certain if we start the tour by visiting the ice cave or with the glacier hike. During the glacier hike we will enter into the magical ice world, exploring crevasses, moulins and as much blue ice as possible.
- Small group experience (max 8 persons).
- 4×4 transport to and from the glacier.
- An English speaking, certified glacier guide.
- Glacier gear (crampons, harness, helmet and an ice axe)
- Hiking boots, preferably with ankle support (can be rented on location for 1.000 ISK)
- Warm, waterproof clothing (depending on weather).
- Sun glasses
The minimum age for this ice cave and glacier hike tour is 8 years old.