Ice cave tour to the blue Ice Cave in Vatnajökull
The Ice Cave Tour to the Sapphire Ice Cave is our most popular tour. We meet at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and from there we drive a super-jeep on a rugged road into the glacial valley, which is an adventure of its own. From there we hike roughly 30 minutes to the entrance of the cave. The Sapphire or sometimes referred to as Crystal Ice Cave is a stunningly crystal blue, naturally-occuring cave nested at the glacier’s edge. A natural wonder that is a must see if visiting Iceland in the winter time.
The super jeep journey to reach the ice cave is an adventure on its own, travelling through mesmerizing landscapes carved out by glaciers over decades. At 3.5 hours, this half day trip suits most people and is perfect for the short winter days or if you are worried about Iceland’s winter weather. Inside the cave you will have time to enjoy the scenery, gaze at the shades of blue and take photos.
Amazingly, ice caves are constantly evolving, with the caves melting and reforming every summer. When scouting for caves for the winter we look not only at the size but also the colours, overall beauty and experience.
Please note that we will not be the only group visiting the ice cave. We try to accurately represent the cave as you would experience and be able to photograph it yourself. Visit our instagram @localguide to see photos we’ve been tagged in as well as those we have posted throughout the season.
Be ready for the Icelandic winter weather, please wear warm and waterproof outdoor clothing, a hat and gloves etc.
During this tour we do not hike on the glacier but we walk from the place we park the car for approx. 25-30 minutes on uneven ground. The walk is around 4km both ways so please keep this in mind when booking this activity.
We meet at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon by the black truck marked with Local Guide logo.
Our Local Guide base is located 370km east of Reykjavík at the main parking lot of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon by the main highway, road number 1. It is very difficult to miss as you will see big ice bergs floating around and it’s across the road from the Diamond Beach.
If you are taking a private tour it may be possible to collect you from the hotel in the local area so please ask us about this option.