Person standing inside Vatnajökull ice cave © Matthew Shearer

Ice cave tours of Iceland

Explore underneath a glacier on an ice cave tour in Iceland. Secure the one for you with just a 5% deposit and make your ice-explorer dream a reality!
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  • Ice caving included with all packages
  • Tours led by certified guides
  • Stays in Reykjavík and travel by bus
  • Choice of any start and end date

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Person exploring glacier ice cave in Iceland
Best sellerSelf-drive
8 days / 7 nights
SD36

Iceland Active Winter Wellness

Combine thrilling activities with blissful hot spring visits.

€1,185.00 p.p.
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Mountaineers of Iceland Langjökull snowmobile tour
Multi-day by bus
5 days / 4 nights
CB12

Active Iceland Fire and Ice Expedition

Experience glaciers up close and walk in the footsteps of lava.

€1,228.00 p.p.
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Katlatrack Fast Track Ice Cave Tour
Best sellerMulti-day by bus
6 days / 5 nights
CB13

Active Iceland Fire and Ice Expedition with Northern Lights

Immerse yourself in jaw-dropping natural beauty

€1,409.00 p.p.
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Inside a blue ice cave in Iceland
Self-drive
6 days / 5 nights
SD37

South Iceland Winter Wellness with Ice Caving

Unwind in blissful spas, experience ice caving and chase the aurora

€934.00 p.p.
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Snow falling over Reykjavík
FestiveMulti-day by bus
5 days / 4 nights
CB16

Active Christmas Adventure with Blue Lagoon

Chase the Aurora, tour the iconic Golden Circle, and soak up festive vibes in Reykjavík this Christmas

€1,540.00 p.p.
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A house decorated with Christmas lights against the Northern Lights
FestiveMulti-day by bus
6 days / 5 nights
CB22

Fire & Ice Christmas Adventure with Blue Lagoon

Discover the magic of Iceland’s natural wonders over Christmas.

€1,779.00 p.p.
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A man looking up inside an ice cave on the Crystal Ice Cave Tour
Guided group
5 days / 4 nights
GT14

South Iceland Winter Delights - Small Group Adventure

Witness South Iceland’s top sights in their winter costume on this guided tour

€1,162.00 p.p.
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About our Iceland ice cave tours

About our Iceland ice cave tours

On an ice cave trip to Iceland, you’ll explore natural ice caves underneath the glacier surface with a certified guide. All the packages featured here include an ice cave trip along with other adventure activities! As well as ice caving, you can snowmobile or hike on a glacier, or explore a lava tunnel. What’s more, you can add activities like kayaking, whale watching, or an air tour for even more fun on your trip to Iceland. And when it comes to ice caving, you’ll be led by an experienced guide and provided with all the gear you need. That way, you can enjoy the wonders of Iceland’s bright blue ice caves in comfort and safety. So get your hiking boots on and come over to Iceland!
  • Get an ice cave tour as standard, along with other activities
  • Customize your trip with extra days in Reykjavík
  • Secure your package today with just a 5% deposit
  • Have access to a 24/7 helpline once you arrive in Iceland

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FAQs about ice cave trips in Iceland

You probably have some questions about how and ice cave tour in Iceland works. Here you’ll find answers to all those and more.

Ice caves are hollow spaces underneath Iceland’s glaciers. Ice caves form during the warmer spring months, when running meltwater carves out mini caverns that freeze when temperatures drop again.

By their very nature, ice caves, or ice tunnels, are temporary and never quite the same year after year. Their size and position shifts depending on the activity under the glacier during the warm season.

You can safely visit an ice cave in Iceland on a guided tour. Their bright blue walls are mesmerizing and a sight you won’t easily forget!

You’ll find natural ice caves under many of the bigger glaciers in Iceland. For example, Katla ice cave lies beneath Vatnajökull in the southeast.

There are the ones you can visit on an ice cave tour, but there are dozens more that appear and disappear every year. Many of Iceland’s largest glaciers have smaller outlet glaciers, or tongues, where ice caves form and icebergs are born.

Read our guide to ice caves in Iceland for the full lowdown.

It’s hard to visit a glacier ice cave in the Land of Fire and Ice without having an unforgettable time.

Because the ice caves are seasonal and move from year to year, there’s no one definitive ice cave tour. That said, you’ll probably see the most spectacular ones at Vatnajökull glacier and Langjökull.

Most ice caves are only open in the winter, from December to March. This is the time of year when it’s safest to visit the glaciers, as the ice cave walls are frozen solid.

At other times of year, you can still join other ice-focused activities such as glacier hiking, snowmobile tours, and kayaking at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

Find out what else there is to see and do in Iceland in winter. Or read these month-by-month guides:

If you want to explore an ice cave, you’ll need to join a guide-led tour.

The caves form underneath glaciers and shift position from year to year. So there’s no way you should enter an ice cave without a local guide who knows their stuff.

When you book an ice cave excursion through Iceland Tours, you’ll always get an experienced, trained guide and the right safety equipment for the whole activity.

Of course, an ice cave is made of frozen water. This means the walls of the cave stay at least 0°C (32°F), although the air inside will probably be a few degrees warmer.

We recommend wrapping up warm and bringing a few extra layers, just so you can stay nice and comfy throughout your ice cave tour.

All of the Iceland trips featured on this page include an ice cave tour as standard. If you’re looking for an activity to add to your existing itinerary though, you can check out our day tours.

You might want to combine ice caving with other activities such as lava caving and kayaking. Take a look at these Iceland adventure trips for more inspo!

If you visit Iceland during ice cave season, you can see a whole bunch of wonderful wintry sights. Follow the Golden Circle route and stop off at the ice-frosted Gullfoss waterfall. And watch steam erupt out of smooth, blue ice at Geysir.

Winter is also the best time to spot the Northern Lights. The longer hours of darkness give you more chances to hunt them down than in the summer.

You could also head along the south coast and check out epic Icelandic waterfalls like Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Then there’s Reynisfjara black sand beach and Reynisdrangar sea stacks.

Keep going east and you’ll hit Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in Vatnajökull National Park. Whichever part of Iceland you focus on, you’ll not be short on spectacular nature.

Read this guide to the top things to see and do on Iceland's south coast for more information on these top attractions.

When you book a vacation package with Iceland Tours, you have 3 levels of accommodation to choose from:

  • Budget – Guesthouses or farmstays run by locals, with shared bathroom facilities
  • Comfort – Hotel rooms of around 3 stars, with your own bathroom
  • Quality – Hotel rooms of around 4 stars, with your own bathroom

For all the details on the accommodation types we offer, check out our Iceland accommodation guide.

Yes, you can start your trip on any date you like! This is one of the main bonuses of booking a vacation package with Iceland Tours.

You’ve also got the option to add extra days in Reykjavík to the start or end of your trip when you book online. You’ll be able to add even more activities and experiences too, so you can get the max out of your trip.

You bet! At checkout you’ll be shown which extra activities are available for each day of your vacation. We’re talking things like kayaking at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, or having a relaxing dip in the Blue Lagoon.

Of course, if you feel like you just don’t have enough time to fit in everything, you can add extra days in Reykjavík to your trip at checkout. Then you’ll be able to book any excursions that depart from Reykjavík for those days.

Start by taking a look at the different Iceland ice cave tour packages we offer above. This will help you work out how many days you need for your trip.

Once you’ve found a package that takes your fancy, simply book online and wait for the confirmation. Once you receive this by email, you’re all ready to book your flights with the airline of your choice.

For more info on the booking process, see how to book with us.

When you arrive for your ice cave tour, you’ll be given all the gear you need to keep safe and comfy. This includes crampons, helmets, and ice picks.

You should pack the following for your tour and the rest of your trip:

  • Warm layers, such as a thermal undershirt
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Wooly hat
  • Gloves

If you’re wondering what else you need to take with you, check out our packing guide for an Iceland winter trip.

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