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Small Group Glacier Hiking & Ice Caving Tour Inside Vatnajokull Glacier provided by Arctic Adventures

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Small Group Glacier Hiking & Ice Caving Tour Inside Vatnajokull Glacier

Small Group Glacier Hiking & Ice Caving Tour Inside Vatnajokull Glacier
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Experience this exciting hiking and ice caving adventure of the Vatnajökull Glacier in Skaftafell National Park! As you arrive at the park, you will meet your professional glacier guide who will lead the way to some of Vatnajökull Glacier‘s spectacular ice caves and tell you all there is to know about the area. This tour includes hiking for approximately 3 hours up on the glacier visiting multiple, relatively small ice caves along the way. You will be provided with crampons for walking on the ice as well as helmets and ice axes. Waterproof clothing and hiking boots are available for rent but it is highly recommend that you bring these items with you on the tour, also food and drinks are not included.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • This Ice caving and glacier hiking adventure tour take place on the mighty Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier. The cave you visit on this tour is located quite high up on the glacier so a glacier hike is needed in order to reach it adding even more value to the whole glacier experience giving you two activities in one.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • This Ice caving and glacier hiking adventure tour take place on the mighty Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier. The cave you visit on this tour is located quite high up on the glacier so a glacier hike is needed in order to reach it adding even more value to the whole glacier experience giving you two activities in one.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5590P79
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Small group experience
  • Ice caving adventure
  • Professional driver/guide
  • Glacier equipment
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Duration
3h 30m
Departure details
  • 228J+CQ Skaftafell, Iceland The meeting point for this tour is at the Arctic Adventures Booking Hut in Skaftafell National park. Skaftafell is located in approx 327km (203 miles) distance from Reykjavik.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in cold weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Minimum age: 10 years old
  • This is a small group tour ensuring a more personalized experience
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
Inclusions
  • Small group experience
  • Ice caving adventure
  • Professional driver/guide
  • Glacier equipment
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • 228J+CQ Skaftafell, Iceland The meeting point for this tour is at the Arctic Adventures Booking Hut in Skaftafell National park. Skaftafell is located in approx 327km (203 miles) distance from Reykjavik.
Duration
3h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in cold weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Minimum age: 10 years old
  • This is a small group tour ensuring a more personalized experience
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travellers
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Tom
7 contributions
5 minutes in the entry of a small replacement cave
Jul 2020
For the price we expected something amazing, as the photos and the descriptions suggested. however, the famous cave that is in all the photos melted in the spring of 2020 and our group was one of the first ones to go to a new replacement cave. it's nowhere near as big and impressive as the old one, at least from judging by the photos. the website and guides didn't tell us this before we paid. they misled us into thinking we would get a normal tour.
we were led into the cave in a group of 4 after the guide got the first of three groups out. it's very difficult to get in as you have to cross multiple bridges. the guide left again to lead the second group out and said he'd be back shortly. we waited 5 minutes until he came back. he told us it was time to go, and we were completely flabbergasted upon realizing that we wouldn't go deeper into the cave. we hadn't even taken any photos because we thought we weren't really IN the cave yet. we were like 5 meters in. in a hurry, we took as many photos as we could which was difficult because we couldn't even move because the path was so narrow. we just stood there and took a few photos- after 5 more minutes, we had to leave the cave. we were in there for 10 minutes in total but felt like we haven't even scratched the surface of the cave. we were told it was too dangerous to go any deeper. for an experience branded as an "ice cave tour" it was more like a bumpy car ride with a short walk and a 5 minute stay in the entry of an ice cave. i wouldn't have paid more than 50$ for this. we couldn't walk around in the cave, couldn't take cool photos of ourselves inside the cave, all we did was standing on an extremely narrow path next to the river inside the cave all crammed together, trying to get a few shots in. it was beautiful, but for what was advertised it was a huge disappointment. it was the most expensive tour in all of iceland, with countless far cheaper tours being miles better, for example the glacier lagoon boat tour. DON'T GO HERE IF YOU EXPECT TO BE WALKING AROUND IN AN ACTUAL ICE CAVE FOR MORE THAN 10 MINUTES!
Written 27 July 2020
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Kerstin S
4 contributions
Awesome experience!
We had a great day hiking the glacier and ice caves! First, we got some tools to be able to hike (helmet, ice pick and crampons) and it felt very professionally organized. Our Guide Bori was very nice and told us a lot about the glacier and the ice caves. Also it was nice to be in a small group, so the guide was able to consider everyone. I definitely recommend this tour!
Written 15 March 2020
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Steph W
New York City, NY71 contributions
Awesome glacier hiking and ice cave experience!
Jan 2020 • Family
This was an amazing experience and probably the highlight of my whole winter Iceland adventure!!

Our 12:30 tour group consisted of 7 people. The tour starts at the designated time, no earlier. 30 mins are spent in prep: going over the safety paperwork and then prepping all of guests with their proper equipment (helmets, crampons, picket). Then at 1pm, the bus drives for 20 min into the glacier area. BUCKLE UP—Seriously, the ride is bumpy to the point where your butt will no longer make contact to the seat. We had of fun sitting in the back but for older people or ppl with injuries, be aware! The views driving over is great but they’re even better up on the glacier. At 1:20, our glacier guide, Adam, picks us up and demonstrated how to strap on the crampons. At 1:40, we began our trek up the glaciers.

Each guide will take you on a different route. Adam was awesome!! He took us on a route that he literally found a few hours before. Unlike commonly trekked routes, there weren’t any prepared grounds for easy maneuvering, Adam used his picket to hack away at the ice for us. This was cool to witness! While most of the goers were young and agile, my poor mom (56 years young) who was dragged along, struggled a bit to keep up. Adam kindly made the group stop, would aid her along slippery downhill or high uphill areas. He took us to see two ice caves. The first was a tight tunnel and then a wide entry way. Another was larger but not as those pictured. The caves were indeed blue and quite the sight to witness! I was not disappointed at all. We hiked the glaciers for a full 2 hours and made multiple photo stops along the way. At 3:30 we headed to the bus and rode back for a close to 4pm end time.

The full duration was 3.5 hours for $116. There were a few competitors near this location and we saw maybe 3 other groups on the same mountain but all at different locations (never crossed paths since we were all so far away) This was totally worth the time and money. I’m so glad we drove all the way from Reykjavik for this. Maybe seeing my mom’s reaction along the way made it worth it.
Written 19 January 2020
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Manish
Manipal, India3 contributions
Amazing experience!
Dec 2019 • Couples
We had a great hike through the glacier! Linda was a wonderful guide who was great at her job, and also very funny! We had a really good time and would definitely recommend it :)
Written 30 December 2019
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Flash
3 contributions
Glacier hike on Vatnajokull
We had a fantastic hike on the glacier with Linda as a guide. It was a lot of fun, and I highly recommend it!
Written 29 December 2019
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Ma Fawzy
3 contributions
A great hiking tour at the glacier in Iceland.
Dec 2019 • Friends
We did the hiking trip with Linda on the pretty famous glacier mountain of Iceland, it was a lot of fun and quite amazing experience. 😃👍 She is a super friendly and nice tour guide. I recommend that trip to whomever is interested to hike!🤩⛰️
Written 29 December 2019
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Ingrid
4 contributions
Amazing trip with you guys
Dec 2019 • Friends
Thank you so much for this amazing moment.
Because of you we Would like to stay there all our life now. Linda the guide was amazing, professional, full of kindess and funny.
The equipment was perfect and secure.
If you are coming with family you can do it easily, trust me even kids can do it.
The staff at the office was really professional and nice.
Thanks for gave us an amazing time there and with you.
Written 28 December 2019
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Jenn C
4 contributions
Great adventure!
Dec 2019 • Family
We were originally booked for a different ice cave and it was cancelled due to flooding. I’m really glad it did! This was such an amazing experience with so many ticks off our bucket lists! Our guide Linda was an absolute treat with great knowledge and such friendly company. Going inside the cave was super neat. Drinking fresh glacier water, nothing better. I would recommend this over and over again! Thanks so much Linda!!!
Written 28 December 2019
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Marty
1 contribution
Biggest dissapointment of our Iceland trip.
Oct 2019
Me and my girlfriend booked the "into the glacier" tour. This was the biggest dissapointment of our Iceland trip. Based on the website description and pictures, we expected the following: a small group experience, a 1.5 hours hike on the glacier to reach a spectacular and impressive ice cave, exploring of the ice cave and a hike back. What we got was the following: yes, the ratio of participants to guides is 12:1 as promised, but there were at least 5 groups simultaneously taking the tour, resulting in about 50 people wandering around in the same small area, completely ruining the feel of a unique experience. The "ice caves" were 2 holes (or even just cracks) at the base of the glacier, almost no hiking was needed to reach them. They were very small and not spectacular at all. Do not get fooled by the impressive pictures. The hike that was promised was not to reach the ice caves, but just to reach what the guide called a "secret place". This "secret place" was just a spot somewhat higher on the glacier, and took us about 10 minutes to reach. The fact that there was a clear track leading to this place (even with stairs carved out in the ice) proved that the place was not so secret at all and used multiple times a day as a tourist attraction. The guide was friendly, but came across as a bit bored (which is understandable considering the amount of people they entertain with the same tour every day).
This trip was NOT worth the expensive price tag. Please DO NOT walk into this tourist trap.
Disclaimer: I am an experienced alpinist and trained in glacier, high-altitude climbing and caving techniques. The reason we booked this tour was to give my girlfriend her first glacier experience in a safe and supervised environment. We specifically opted for a tour that was specified to be a small group experience and for which it was specified that participants needed to be able to complete a 3 hours hike. We did not get what we expected and my girlfriend was equally dissapointed as I was. Other (japanese) members of our group that had no prior glacier experience were also dissapointed and even showed the guide a picture of an ice cave advertised on the Arctic Adventures website, asking if we would see that cave. The guide answered that she did not know where that picture was taken.
Written 27 October 2019
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Dear MartyHasBeenTaken, Thank you so much for your feedback. It is greatly appreciated. We are sorry to hear that you are not happy with the terms that we have on our website. The appearance of the Ice Cave can be sometimes misleading due to bad weather forecasts or lack of sunlight. It might be the case on the tour day. Adding to that, we do believe our guides are knowledgeable and passionate about their job always providing service up to standard. Again we are sorry that this happened. Please if you feel that the case needs further investigation do not hesitate to do contact our Customer Care team at info@adventures.is. Kind regards, Arctic Adventures Kamile
Written 1 November 2019
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Kika M
Slovakia4 contributions
Waste of time and money
Oct 2019
We did the "Into the Glacier" Ice cave and glacier walking tour organized by Arctic Adventures-Glacier Guides and unfortunately, it did not at all meet the expectations we had based on the website. We were hesitant to book it at first, because it is quite a significant amount of money and we were worried that the ice cave will not be formed this early in season. Therefore we called the company the day before and they ensured us that the cave is already accessible, so we went ahead and made a booking. We were looking forward to see the beautiful blue cave that is displayed on their website, or another cave, but at least similar. We carefully read the instructions and packed our tripod accordingly, in order to take wonderful pictures as shown on your site, since it is dark in the cave. You can imagine our disappointment, when we saw the actual 'cave'. It was too small to even set up a tripod in it - so we carried it around the whole time for no reason (with the risk of breaking our expensive photography gear in case of slipping on ice). Our tripod was totally useless. We were rushed through this small space, spending literally 5 minutes inside the tiny cave, waiting each others turns at the end of the cave, because the cave was actually so small, that people had to enter the end of the cave one by one. Also, we couldn't stay too long, because other group was already waiting for us to leave the cave. I feel we were mislead by the pictures showed on website and information that we will have enough time to explore the cave. It is like you rent a Mercedes, and when you show up, you are given a Fiat. We do understand that the formation of ice cave takes time and you don't guarantee the exact same ice cave as on the pictures, but it should be at least somehow close to it. You mention on the website, that the cave "might" look different then what is pictured, but what we saw today was very narrow, dirty cave, incomparable to what is presented. Wrote an email to the company afterwards and they said they haven't updated the cave pictures yet, since the ice cave season just started. I doubt they will post the pictures of the tiny cave they showed us, since nobody would by such tour. And it is not OK to show pictures of nice big blue glacier cave on the website, while the real cave is nothing like it. That is false advertisement. Also I highly doubt that better cave will form in the next few months, since it is just getting colder, so no major melting will happen. We were provided refund of 15%, which is quite laughable, since I do not think the tour was worth half the amount we paid.
We are really disappointed. We didn't experience what was promised and we didn't get the value for our money. If we knew in advance how the ice cave looks, we would never book the tour. We ended up wasting our money and the valuable limited time we have here in Iceland.
Also, the tour was really prolonged. We went through the same area of glacier multiple times. First we hiked higher up, but not so high to be even close to the nice formations, then we hiked back down to the "cave" where we spent 5 min inside, then we hiked back up the glacier for some minutes and then back down to a really crammed and dirty ice tunnel, which afterwards the guide looked at the watch and said we still had more than 20 minutes, so we will go up and down the same hill that we walked before. It seemed that we were just trying to kill the time going over the same place over and over again, so that the tour lasts at least 4 hours, even though there is not enough to see. We actually liked our guide, but the overall tour was a big disappointment.
Written 11 October 2019
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Dear Kika M, Thank you for your feedback. Unfortunately, we have not been able to add new pictures yet since we were just recently able to access the ice cave and we are still waiting for photos from a photographer. Ice caves are an ever-changing phenomenon. Every year they change: the old ones melt and new ones are formed. Therefore, we cannot guarantee that the ice caves look exactly like the photos - this is why we have a disclaimer about the ice caves. It can even change from day to day. Please allow us to point out that next to the safety the overall enjoyment of our customers is one of the core values of our company. We are saddened to hear your experience did not meet your expectations. I can see that a 15% compensation has been issued to you a week ago. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. Have a nice day, Laura S.
Written 15 October 2019
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