Trevallers in Skaftafell
Skaftafell Landcape and travelers trekking
Blue ice cave entrance
Treveler entering the blue ice cave
Traveler inside blue ice cave
Skaftafell Landscape
Travellers trekking in Skaftafell
Cravasse of Vatnajökull Glacier
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Skaftafell Blue Ice Cave & Glacier Hike

Get into a blue ice cave and walk along the glacier tongue of Vatnajökull from Skaftafell

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Tour available from October to April 📅

1 day
Starts: From Skaftafell’s terminal meeting point (20 minutes before the start of the activity)
Ends: To the same meeting point in the terminal
Free cancellation!


Take the adventure to enjoy a unique experience with the Skaftafell Blue Ice Cave & Glacier Hike tour. You will take the short route of the classic Skaftafell Glacier Hike tour and you will also enter a blue ice cave. Discover a place with constantly changing ice formations. Walk with crampons through the icy landscape of the Vatnajökull glacier until you reach a blue ice cave, a unique and breathtaking experience. A unique and breathtaking experience - still have doubts, read on! 👀

Tour details


  • Professional glacier guide
  • Small group (maximum 12 people)
  • Glacier equipment: boots + helmet + harness + ice axe + crampons

Not included

  • Food and drinks

Important information

Ice caves are a natural and changing phenomenon, every year new caves are formed in the glacier and others disappear. The cave in the photos may not be the one you visit during your trip, or it could have changed.

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation! If you cancel at least 48 hours before the tour starts, you will receive 100% of the amount paid. After this time, or in case of no-show, no refunds will be given.

Tour itinerary

Ice cave and Glacier Hike tour from Skaftafell

Duration: 4 hours

Difficulty: moderate

Meeting Point

This journey  starts in the Skaftafell Terminal, our meeting point. The guide will be waiting for us there with the rest of the group.  Tie your boots, get your glacier hiking gear and get ready to walk through ice because our Skaftafell glacier hike and ice cave adventure is about to start.

Start of Skaftafell trekking

Skaftafell trekking

Follow the guide through the ice of the Skaftafell National Park in winter and learn all about this glacier surrounded by mountains. We will explore the shafts, crevasses and deep cracks that the glacier has to offer. You will feel like you are on a frozen and unknown planet.

Travelers trekking in skaftafell

Blue Ice Cave in Iceland Skaftafell

And speaking of otherworldly places, be prepared to enter a sapphire blue ice cave in  Iceland. This dazzling ice formation will surprise you with its combination of colors. Blue, white and ashen black ice create a breathtaking experience.

After a long walk we will return to the terminal where our Ice cave and Glacier Hike tour from Skaftafell will come to an end.

Traveler inside a blue ice cave

What to bring to Skaftafell Blue Ice Cave & Glacier Hike

  • Warm clothing
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Hiking boots

Where does the tour Skaftafell Blue Ice Cave & Glacier Hike start

From Reykjavík, it will take you 5 hours to reach Skaftafell. The roads along the route are in good condition. Once at the Skaftafell terminal (the meeting point), you can park your vehicle in the free car park and there are also toilets available.

Questions & Answers

  • How difficult is it to hike the glacier?

    Our glacier tour is considered to be of moderate difficulty. If you are able to walk for about 1 hour up and 1 hour down on uneven surfaces, there would not be any problem. Also, let us remind you that you will hike with safety equipment and a professional and certified glacier guide who will help you at any time. If you still have specific questions regarding this glacier hike, feel free to contact us.
  • What should I wear during the tour?

    During the winter we recommend you wear: warm clothes as a first layer, waterproof outdoor jacket and trousers, hiking boots with ankle protection, a hat and gloves. Make sure you don't wear jeans for the hike in the cave, once they get wet they will take a long time to dry and therefore leave you cold.
  • What is the maximum group size?

    The maximum number of travelers is 12. We try to create small group sizes to enhance the experience.
  • How does bad weather affect my trip?

    For many Icelanders, it is a fine day, when in other parts of the world it is considered bad weather. In most cases, suitable waterproof clothing and hiking boots should be enough to withstand the frequent Icelandic. In the event of extreme weather conditions preventing the tour from taking place, an alternative date or a full refund will be offered.
  • What is the minimum age for the activity?

    Travelers must be at least 8 years old to do this activity.

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