Bask in the beauty of one of the most beautiful places in Iceland, the crystal ice caves. With glimmering sights, reflecting lights creating a crystal-like appearance, and spooky yet spiritual vibes, the crystal ice cave is one of the many hidden gems that Vatnajökull has wrapped within its vastness. You will get to experience an adrenaline rush like never before and witness marvels with the beauty that no words can do justice to. Being the largest glacier of Europe, Vatnajökull is home to many dynamic-natured ice caves and ever-changing landscapes that can be witnessed in their original form in this marvel of a trip.
Know the Destination
Vatnajökull Crystal Blue Ice Cave is one of the most beautiful ice caves in Iceland. It is located near the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Just like all other ice caves, this one also sheds down every season and is rebuilt again naturally every coming season. The place where an ice cave will take shape again is not specified and neither is the formation of the structures in the cave. Both the place and structure of the cave changes every season so there is a surety that you will experience something different every time you set foot in the crystal ice cave of Vatnajökull glacier. This crystal ice cave is also known as the Anaconda Ice Cave of the Vatnajökull glacier due to its long, cylindrical structure which runs unbelievably long.
Getting to know the Tour
Your trip will start at the parking lot of Jökulsárlón where you will meet your tour guide. The guide will explain the journey ahead briefly and give you an introduction to the equipment you will be using on the tour. After that, you will head to a super jeep parked in the lot and take an adventurous ride on Vatnajökull glacier with your hiking trope. Make sure that you are wearing something comfortable and well insulated so that the glacial cold doesn’t get to you. Putting on a waterproof shell layer will also prove handy.
Once you have traveled the bumpy landscape and reached the foot of the glacier, you will take a short walk on the Vatnajökull glacier and learn about various geographical, historical, and other-worldly facts about the place. Vatnajökull glacier has also been the site for several episodes of popular HBO tv series – Game of Thrones. Your guide will show and explain the details of every interesting fact about the glacier and the cave.
Once you reach the ice, your guide will show you how to put on your crampons or ice cleats and other safety equipment. Not long after that you will reach the ice cave and start the exploration. Since the structure and location of the cave change every year, our guides visit the caves before the touring season starts to get a fair idea of the condition of the caves.
Not only will you have enough time to admire the gorgeous blue crystal ice sculptures in the cave but you can also stop at places as much as you like to take pictures and make Instagram stories to commemorate this visit. If you are lucky and there are some other ice cave formations nearby then you will even get to visit them. Your tour guide will make sure that you will have the time of your life here.
What to bring
Warm clothing (first layer)
Hat & Glvoes
Good to know
- This tour is operated in small groups – maximum 14 persons.
This tour doesn’t require prior experience. It is perfect for beginners as well as those who have been glacier hiking before.
The meeting point is Skaftafell Terminal by the main road. You can look up “Skaftafell Terminal” on Google Maps to find the exact location and driving directions.
Interesting locations in the area
Hotels & Restaurants
Most frequent questions and answers
The meeting point is in the parking lot of Jökulsárlón, the glacier lagoon. Our guides will be by Super Jeep south to the Jökulsárlón Cafeteria.
We will see you at our meeting point 20 minutes before the departure time stated on your ticket. Please note that if you arrive after departure time, your place on the tour can’t be guaranteed or refunded.
The Driving time to Jökulsárlón from Reykjavík is around 5 hours in good road conditions. Find a map with directions below.
We encourage bringing hiking boots for glacier tours. They have to hard on the sole and tight around the ankle. Unfortunately, don’t have the option to rent hiking boots for our Crystal Ice Cave Tour from Jökulsárlón for the moment.
Weather in Iceland is very unpredictable. For tours during winter: warm clothing as first layer, waterproof jacket with a hoodie, hiking boots with ankle protection and hard sole, a hat and gloves are ideal. For tours during summer, bringing a light rain jacket or a soft shell with a hoodie is in most cases enough protection. Icelanders often say, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes”. Jeans are not recommended for the tour as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet.
It rains a lot in Iceland, but we do not let rain stop us from going out and enjoy nature. All we need to do is choose our clothing wisely, which is why we recommend wearing waterproof clothing as the second layer. Of course, safety is our #1 priority. In case of extreme weather conditions, we will cancel our tours and do our best to reschedule. In these cases, you’ll receive a full refund.
This is a personal choice. We have had pregnant women on our glacier hikes and we always recommend you read the description of the activity to get a better idea. In any case, feel free to contact our Service Team for further questions and concerns.