Crystal Ice Cave | Self Drive
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Crystal Ice Cave | Self Drive

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Additional Information

Departure from

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon


Ice cave


1 day

Why we love this tour

  • All necessary glacier gear inlcuded- crampons and a helmet
  • Accompanied by skilled glacier guides
  • Spend about 40 minutes inside the cave
  • Departing from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Small group: Maximum 16 people

Detailed description

For important safety reasons it is not recommended to go into the ice caves without a certified glacier guide.

Departing from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon three times a day we head for the magnificent Crystal Cave in Vatnajökull. After a 20-30 minute drive from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, we arrive by the mouth of the cave on Breiðarmerkurjökull and enter the magical blue world of the ice. We spend about 40 minutes inside the cave so you will have enough time to explore on your own and take pictures. Our skilled glacier guides will make sure that you are safe and secure the whole time inside the Crystal Cave.

We will visit one ice cave during the tour and this cave is selected based on conditions and safety.


What's included and excluded


  • All necessary glacier gear inlcuded- crampons and a helmet
  • Skilled glacier guides


  • Meals

What you need to know

Meeting details: Departure from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon at 9:15 am, 11:45 am and 14:30 pm

Up to 2.5 hours / Spend around 40 minutes in the cave

Minimum requirements: Minimum age 10

Remember to bring: You must bring warm clothes (2 or 3 layers is recommended) and good hiking boots or hiking shoes are essential.

Please note:
From 15th of December to 15th of January daylight in Iceland is limited. We would like to make it very clear that during this time our 14:30 and 15:45 departures will take place as darkness falls, and you will be visiting the Crystal Ice Cave in the dark. The advantages to visiting the ice cave at this time include a less crowded experience and of course, beautiful blue ice photographic opportunities! We also provide powerful head torches allowing you to light your way safely to, from and inside the ice cave.

Please note that you must arrange your transportation to the meeting point of the tour (Jökulsárlón is 4.5 hours east of Reykjavik). 

The bus schedule during the winter is very limited so it is highly recommended to rent a car and to stay in the area either the night before or after your tour. Driving times can be greatly affected by winter conditions so please be sure to give yourself enough time depending on winter road conditions.

*There is no guaranty that our group will be alone in the cave, as the same cave is used by more tour operators.

Driving direction

If you plan to drive and meet us on location, the meeting point is on the parking lot outside the Information Centre by the Thingvellir National Park campsite. Note: When driving from Reykjavík on road 36 you will first see a Visitor Centre and viewpoint for Þingvellir on your right-hand side. This is NOT the meeting point, keep going and drive further for 5-10 min on road 36 and you will see the Information Centre on your left hand.

Please note that the national park charges a small fee for parking.

If you have your own transport and want to meet us, then the meeting time is 15 minutes before announced departure time at the Þingvellir service center/campsite. See map for details.




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