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

A visit to a naturally formed Ice Cave is a once in a lifetime experience. The natural light seeping through the dense ice is unique and it gives the cave an adventurous atmosphere. This is definitely a must see for all and especially photographic enthusiasts! We pick you up at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in a super jeep and drive to the edge of the glacier where we gear up and get ready for the caving. Once inside the Crystal Cave, you will have about 45 minutes to explore its wonders at your own pace. You will be wearing a helmet so a smaller hat is definitely recommended for it to fit underneath the helmet.
After we have explored the cave we will start making our way back to the location where you were picked up.

Warm and preferably water-resistant clothing along with good hiking shoes are very important so you can enjoy the tour to its fullest.

We recommend that you spend the night in the vicinity of Vatnajökull because the road and weather conditions can be unpredictable during winter in Iceland.

The Jokulsarlon Ice Cave tour departs from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon which is located 379km from Reykjavik which means, at least, 4.5 hours drive from Reykjavik in best conditions. Staying close to the glacier lagoon for one night, either before or after you visit the ice cave is therefore not a bad idea.


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 Parking Lot

Duration: Up to 2.5 hours – 3 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:
Check-in is no later than 15 minutes before the tour starts.

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.

Hiking Shoes

Crampons are metal spikes that we attach to the soles of your hiking shoes, these enable you to walk on the glacier ice without slipping. Crampons will be used during glacier hiking, please make sure you have good hiking shoes. We recommend hiking shoes that are thick, sturdy and waterproof.

Please refer to below photos as reference:

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