Visiting the Ice Caves in Vatnajökull Glacier

Visiting ice caves in Vatnajökull is something we highly recommend when visiting Jökulsárlón. Vatnajökull Glacier is Europe’s largest glacier, and Jökulslárlón Ice Lagoon is made from meltwater from the outlet glacier Breiðamerkurjökull.

The natural forming ice caves are hidden within the glacier so you can only visit them on a guided tour. Our staff at Jökulsárlón Ice Lagoon can recommend suitable tours to join so don’t hesitate to contact us, either on-site or through our website.

The ice caves are famous all over the world for their blue hue and eerie atmosphere. Along with sailing among the icebergs on Jökulsárlón, visiting an ice cave is sure to make your trip to Iceland once in a lifetime experience.

Iceland ice cave

How are the ice caves formed?

The ice caves in Vatnajökull are natural, meaning they form when the glacier melts during the summer months.

Due to the caves being formed during the summer months, it is only possible to access the caves during the winter months. That still doesn’t mean they aren’t changing and developing during the winter months and it is not uncommon for guides to have to find new ice caves during the season.

Due to the ever-changing location, size and safety of the ice caves, it is pertinent that you do not venture on your own. You must join a guided tour.

ice cave in Iceland

What kind of tours are on offer?

The tours range from easy to hard and from just a few hours two a whole day. All tour companies will provide you with safety gear. You are required to bring hiking boots, warm clothing, waterproof clothing, a hat, gloves, and a scarf. These are clothing items you should always have at hand anyway when travelling in Iceland.

The easiest tours are those that involve minimal hiking, while the harder ones include hiking on the glacier on crampons.

There are private tours on offer for those who want a more intimate tour, as well as super jeep tours.

Iceland ice cave