Experience the true essence of the land of ice and fire on this unique tour of two of the most beautiful caves of the country – one ice and another lava. Each one of a kind, you will visit the largest man-made ice cave in the world along with the longest lava tunnel in the country on this tour. A single day tour, this journey will take you through two of the most popular tourist spots in the country. You will get a chance to experience the master craftmanship of Icelanders in the form of the man-made ice cave of Langjökull glacier along with the wonders of mother nature that are visible in Víðgelmir Lava Cave. There is no better way to have the experience of Iceland’s contradictions in one single day.
Know About Your Destinations
- Langjökull Glacier: The longest and the second largest glacier in the country, Langjökull glacier is a sight to behold. Once you are atop, you will find out why this is known as the longest glacier in the country. There are only electric blue and white-colored ice for as far as the eye can see. This glacier is also the one which contains the longest man-made ice cave in the world which is a good way to experience the world underneath the ice now that natural ice caves are a rare occurrence.
- Langjökull Ice Cave: An artificial ice cave carved by human beings, the Langjökull ice cave is a one of kind exists in the country and is one of the most visited places in the country. The cave is about 500 meters long and encompasses several beautiful ice structures like chapels, benches, feature lighting, and such.
- Víðgelmir lava Tunnel: Víðgelmir lava cave is the longest and biggest lava cave in Iceland. Located on privately owned land by a small local family, this lava tunnel was formed as a result of a volcanic eruption in the nearby field. While the cave was not very visitor-friendly in the past, now it has been endowed with walkways and proper lighting to help the tourists navigate properly. Be ready to lay your eyes upon structures that you have never seen before in life.
Information about the Tour
The very step of your tour will begin from the capital city of Reykjavik. Head to the bus terminal of Reykjavik in Skógarhlíð 10. The terminal will wait for you with a SmartBus containing luxurious coaches and facilities like lavatory, WiFi, and charging ports to take you to your first destination – the Langjökull Ice Cave. You will ride the bus up to the base camp and then you will be transported to the glacier by a massive off-road vehicle. A short walk on the glacier will lead you to the long-awaited man-made ice cave. On the walk, you will be able to witness the never-ending stretch of the longest glacier in the country and the breath-taking beautiful sights. An interesting fact about these truck-style vehicles is that they used to be NATO missile launchers back in the days but now have been repurposed to be ridden on ice.
The 35-40-minute-long super truck ride will be followed by a one-hour long tour of the Langjökull ice cave where a trained and experienced guide will accompany you to keep you up with the proceedings of the tour and feed you some interesting tidbits about the cave. Once you are through with the tour of the ice cave, the guide will lead you back to the base camp at Húsafell. From there you will head to the Víðgelmir lava tunnel and tour around it for about one and a half-hour. Again, a tour guide will accompany you in the cave and lead the way. You will get to unbelievable sights, colors, and views of the underground world of Iceland in this lava tunnel and your guide will tell you all the facts that you need to know about the longest lava tunnel in the land of ice and fire.
1 hour guided Ice Cave tour with necessary safety equipment
1 hour guided Lava Cave tour with necessary safety equipment
Knowledgeable local guide
Tour in a specially modified glacier vehicle on Langjökull Glacier.
What to bring
Good outdoor shoes
Gloves & Headwear
Good to know
- We recommend that you dress according to the weather of the day. You will be entering an ice cave which is at 0° Celsius or 32° Fahrenheit so we recommend not only warm clothing, but also waterproof clothing as well (not only during winter but also summer).
- Please show up at our Reykjavik Terminal (located at Skógarhlíð 10) 15 minutes prior to the departure time.
- We kindly ask you to be ready at your pick up point with your voucher, either in digital or printed form.
- If you have booked a hotel pickup, please be at your chosen pickup location 30 minutes before the departure of the tour. Look for the Green Smartbus™ which will be outside your accommodation at within the 30 minutes of pickup.
- You will be traveling in a coach that holds approximately 40-65 people, but is very spacious and comfortable. It is featured with lavatory facilities as standard. The bus offers free wifi and USB charging ports.
- Lunch is not included and this trip does not have a scheduled lunch time. After the trip to the ice cave, we have limited time before heading to the lava tunnel so it is highly recommended bring some snacks or lunch for the way.
- This tour is perfect for single travelers, groups and families.
- Wear comfortable winter clothing with proper layer as the temperature in the ice cave is always around 0°C while the temperature in the lava tunnel will be a bit lower than on the surface. Consider wearing gloves and hats. You will be provided with ice cleats and other necessary equipment like helmets and headlights upon your arrival at the base camp.
- The tour is available all-year-round and lasts for about 10-11 hours including travel time. There is no minimum age limit to join the tour.
Interesting locations in the area
Self Driving Activities
Restaurants & hotels
Most frequent questions and answers
If you have not booked a pick up for the tour, the meeting point is at the Reykjavik Terminal – located at Skógarhlíð 10.
If you have booked a pick up for the tour, the minibus will be at your chosen pick up location 30 minutes before the departure of th etour. Look for a green minibus.
The ice cave part of the tour is around 1 hour.
The temperature inside the ice cave is at 0° Celsius or 32° Fahrenheit. Therefor we recommend not only warm and waterproof clothing.
The lava cave part of the tour is around 1 hour.
Lunch is not included and this trip does not have a scheduled lunch time. After the trip to the ice cave, we have limited time before heading to the lava tunnel so it is highly recommended bring some snacks or lunch for the way.
You will receive a full refund if the tour gets cancelled due to weather.
Yes, and you definitely should! The setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.