Skaftafell National Park
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  • Skaftafell: Ice Cave Tour & Glacier Hike

    1. Skaftafell: Ice Cave Tour & Glacier Hike

    Explore breathtaking ice formations and glacier mills. Marvel at a naturally-formed, blue ice cave and learn how glaciers are formed. A professional hiking guide will take you to the base of Falljökull, an outlet glacier of the Vatnajökull ice cap and lead you up to the cave. This glacier is the highest peak of Iceland’s tallest mountain range. On a clear day, be sure to look out - you’ll see Hvannadalshnúkur in the distance.

    We were meant to take a morning tour but had unforeseen car troubles and were afraid we would miss our tour. Ryan was so understanding and allowed us to join the afternoon tour instead. Janet was our guide and absolutely AMAZING! She was so knowledgeable about the glacier and ice caves--taking us to three ice caves during our visit as well as all over the glacier. She was so kind and helpful to my in-laws,who were on the tour with us and needed to take a few breaks throughout. She made sure it was a wonderful experience for our entire group, and she took picture after picture of us! This was absolutely the highlight of our trip to Iceland-- the weather was incredible, the area was gorgeous, and it felt like a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Thank you, Janet and Ryan!

  • Skaftafell: 5 Hour Glacier Hike Adventure

    2. Skaftafell: 5 Hour Glacier Hike Adventure

    Enjoy a frozen adventure in the wilderness of Skaftafell Terminal, and hike across a stunning outlet glacier of Vatnajökull in the company of an expert guide. Get a short safety briefing and collect all the necessary equipment at the Skaftafell Terminal. Then, marvel at the majesty of the landscape on the short hike to the ice cap. Put on your crampons to experience what it feels like to walk on a sheet of ice! See different formations, including deep crevasses and ice sculptures, and get panoramic views over Skaftafell National Park. Learn how glaciers are formed and hear how their future is under threat as a result of global warming. Get an introduction to more advanced stages of glacier hiking before heading back to Skaftafell Terminal with memories that will last a lifetime.

    Great hike! I'm very afraid of heights (when coming down) but the guide was very helpful and I got down the ice with no issues

  • Vatnajökull Glacier: Ice Cave Tour

    3. Vatnajökull Glacier: Ice Cave Tour

    Seize the opportunity to experience one of the stunning blue ice caves within Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest glacier in Europe. This tour is rated as easy, as the Superjeeps allow participants to get very close to the entrance of the cave without exerting much effort. Head into the more easily accessed ice caves for an encounter with the stunning blue ice and the beautiful views for which Vatnajökull is famous. In the warmer summer months, the glacier melts and forms holes and crevasses. After they freeze, get an up-close look at what nature has created. The winter months are all different and the glacier and caves are constantly evolving, making the sites extra interesting. Each season, the best available cave is chosen for this tour. The tour begins from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in Southeast Iceland. Meet your professional glacier guide and climb onboard a 4x4 Superjeep to begin ...

    Spectacular! Not one usually for guided tours but this one was fantastic. “Disco” our tour guide was very informative and patient with all of our questions. I highly recommend! Heather Savannah, GA USA

  • From Jökulsárlón: Crystal Blue Ice Cave Super Jeep Tour

    4. From Jökulsárlón: Crystal Blue Ice Cave Super Jeep Tour

    Jump onboard a Super Jeep to witness one of the worlds rarest natural phenomenons: a blue Ice Cave. Enjoy this fantastic winter experience in Vatnajökull National Park in Southern Iceland, departing from Jökulsárlón, the glacier lagoon.  The tour starts at the famous Jökulsárlón - Glacier Lagoon. There you will jump on a Super Jeep that will take you up to the glacier. From there you will be able to walk inside one of the amazing Blue Ice Caves. Standing inside an ancient glacier and witnessing the blue ice all around you is a truly unique experience. This stunning phenomenon is a must see for anyone visiting Iceland during wintertime and one of Iceland's most famous tours.

    Had a great time. Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining, and provided interesting information throughout the tour. He was also very helpful with taking pictures once in the ice cave. The cave itself was even better than we expected.

  • Skaftafell National Park: 3-Hour Glacier Hike

    5. Skaftafell National Park: 3-Hour Glacier Hike

    Discover what it feels like to walk on impacted ice on an amazing hike across tan outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier. Get breathtaking views of the ice-covered peaks of Skaftafell National Park in the epic wilderness of Iceland. Meet your guide at the Skaftafell visitor center to pick-up your crampons, ice axes, harnesses and helmets. Then, drive by bus to the start of your hike and put on your crampons and steel frames tied to your hiking boots for the amazing adventure ahead. Spend around 60 to 90 minutes on the ice to see crevasses and deep cracks on the surface. Learn about the vertical shafts known as moulins, formed when melting water finds its way into the fissures and cracks. Look into small ice tunnels and capture the beautiful blue heart of the ice in the winter. Learn the history of the glacier from your English-speaking guide.

    Highly recommend this glacier hiking tour! Erica, our tour guide, was super knowledgeable and wonderful ! Even though it was rainy and cloudy when the hike started, the sun came out halfway through and we saw the most incredible up-close views of the glacier and surrounding valleys. Unforgettable!

  • From Reykjavik: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Full-Day Trip

    6. From Reykjavik: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Full-Day Trip

    Explore the dramatic landscapes of the south of Iceland on a full-day sightseeing tour. Go to the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon outlet of the largest glacier in Europe.

    Following a pick-up from your hotel in Reykjavik, transfer to the southern coast and the dramatic Glacier Lagoon. Enjoy plenty of time to see the floating icebergs and enjoy the stunning scenery.

    During the season, make sure to reserve your ticket to the boat cruise on the Jökulsárlón and experience the unique Glacier Lagoon spectacle up close. When you prebook, your place is guaranteed.

    Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is Iceland’s largest and deepest glacier lagoon. It branches from Breidamerkurjokull, an outlet glacier of Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier.

    Return to Reykjavik, stopping at the gorgeous waterfa...

    Vom Anfang bis zum Schluss gut organisierte und gut durchgeführte Tour! Anna hat uns perfekt durchgeführt und betreut- ja sie hat uns sogar ein Lied in echter „Wikingersprache“ vorgesungen Die Locations waren wunderschön, einfach nichts zu meckern und nur zu empfehlen! Ich habe vor dieser Tagestour einen Reiturlaub auf Islandpferden gemacht, also hat mir das Sitzen im Bus sehr gut gepasst nach all den Tölt- Strapazen

  • Crystal Ice Cave Tour from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

    7. Crystal Ice Cave Tour from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

    Experience the majestic beauty of a natural ice cave on a tour of Vatnajökull Glacier. Meet your certified glacier guide at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, and then take a 20-30 minute scenic drive to the ice cave.  Get ready to see a magical world of blue ice as you enter the ice cave. Your guide will ensure that you are safe and secure once inside the cave. Gear up with all necessary glacier gear, provided for your safety. Cast your eyes on the heavenly shades of blue ice once you are inside the cave. Take stunning photos of the ice as you spend approximately 40 minutes exploring this miracle of Mother Nature. Discover all that the ice cave has to offer before heading back to Jökulsarlón Glacier Lagoon.

    Very good experience. Blue ice cave is magnificent place. Although there are also other beautiful (and longer) caves to visit.Gily is a very experienced guide and we really enjoyed our time with him.

  • Skaftafell: 3.5-Hour Glacier Walk

    8. Skaftafell: 3.5-Hour Glacier Walk

    You will meet your qualified glacier guide in Skaftafell National Park, where you will be outfitted with crampons and an ice ax. When everyone is ready, a short bus ride will take us to the foot of the glacier. During the tour, you will explore one of Vatnajökull National Park's many outlet glaciers, extending from the mighty Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. After a short lesson on how to use the crampons and ice ax, you will step onto the glacier and be transported to an icy, foreign planet. The unique landscape truly seems out of this world, with white, clear and deep blue ice, deep crevasses, ice ridges and stunning scenery as far as the eye can see. We will take our time and make sure there are plenty of photo opportunities while your guide explains the inner workings of these white giants. Glacier walks are one of the most popular outdoor activities in Iceland and this ...

    Amazing!!!! August was the best. He took us to secret pathways and we saw amazing glaciers.

  • South Iceland: Vatnajökull Glacier Blue Ice Cave Tour

    9. South Iceland: Vatnajökull Glacier Blue Ice Cave Tour

    Meet at the Café by Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, about 40 minutes east of Skaftafell, for the start of a unique winter activity and look at an extraordinary natural phenomenon. Go inside some of the ice caves that form after water runs beneath the Vatnajökull Glacier during the summer. Benefit from a choice of 3 departure times during the day. Every fall, local guides hunt for new ice caves, as their location can change each year. The structure and condition can also vary from year to year, but rest assured your guide will decide which is the best cave to visit, depending on the safety and weather conditions. Drive for approximately 20 to 30 minutes to the ice cave chosen by your guide, and then walk for 5 to 15 minutes to the mouth of the cave. Upon arrival, enjoy between 1 and 1.5 hours to look inside at the miraculous blue ice of the cave, and take in the natural beauty of the surrou...

    Really good guide , really informative and fun. We found a crazy weather with snow storm which makes the things a bit difficult usually but actually we had a great and really adventurous time. We were only 4 people , which was better , and we managed to see 2 caves - blue diamond and black diamond. Due to the weather we couldn’t see a third one but the guide made the tour in the black cave really amazing , making us going through a small tunnel inside ( we had to crawl there ) and this was really exciting! I really recommend it

  • Vatnajökull Glacier Natural Ice Cave 2.5 to 3-Hour Tour

    10. Vatnajökull Glacier Natural Ice Cave 2.5 to 3-Hour Tour

    Make your own way to the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon to experience a natural ice cave from the luxury of a huge custom-made super jeep. Drive for approximately 30-40 minutes to the base of the glacier outlet at Breiðamerkurjökull, where the glacier retreats every year to make every season a unique experience. Pick-up all the necessary security gear to explore the cave in safety using helmets and crampons. Then, enter the cave with a guide who will explain the most important features of the extraordinary phenomenon. Visit a crevasse after the ice cave, weather permitting.

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What people are saying about Skaftafell National Park

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 351 reviews

Had a great time. Our guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining, and provided interesting information throughout the tour. He was also very helpful with taking pictures once in the ice cave. The cave itself was even better than we expected.

Excursion made in mid September suddenly the cave was not like the "typical" photos but it was beautiful and a large part of the cave was blue. The guide was brilliant, local. It is to be done.

This trip was awesome!! The guide Tamara was so interesting and told us so much about the ice lagoon. I feel lucky to visit it and recommend it to everyone. SAFE AND adventurous.

Highly recommend! They were easy to work with, allowed us to reschedule when bad weather came up, and we had a knowledgable guide. Great experience

Great hike! I'm very afraid of heights (when coming down) but the guide was very helpful and I got down the ice with no issues