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Ice Climbing Captured

Let us give you an amazing Ice Climbing experience for all skill levels!


Winter: October-April


Glacier Lagoon Parking Lot


5 Hours


10:00 AM or 12:00 PM

Varies by Daylight


1-4 People


55,000 ISK per person

($395 / €370 / £315)

1 Person Private: 150,000 ISK

($1000 / €890 / £850)


Want to experience the glacier in a super memorable way and have some amazing photos snapped while you are doing it? Our Ice Climbing Captured experience is for you! We will adventure through the deep crevasses of Vatnajokull while taking in some exceptional sights that this glacier has to offer.

In regards to our instruction on ice, our day will start with a basic introduction on how to walk on ice and a basic climbing technique called front pointing. We will combine these two two techniques and with a very mellow ice climbing wall, we will put those skills to the test. Once you are confident, we will progress to different walls which offer various challenges until you are totally satisfied.

Then, at the end of your tour, we will edit your photos and you will get a photo package within 14 days as the perfect souvenir to remember your epic adventure by!

Optional Add-On: Pickup/Drop-off out of Reykjavik is available for an additional 175,000 ISK per group (max 6 people). Adding this on will make your transport to/from the tour private but not the tour itself. Pickup time would be 7am from your accommodation and the duration of the tour would change to approx. 15 hours. When this option is available it will be visible once you click ‘continue’ at the checkout.


Meeting with your Guide

You will meet your guide for your Ice Climbing Captured tour at the Glacier Lagoon parking lot in Vatnajokull National  Park. The official address for this location is: í Hornafirði, Jökulsárlón, Glacier Lagoon, 781 Höfn or you can simply type in ‘Ice Pic Journeys’ in Google Maps and we will come up. It is important to be aware that this is a 5-hour drive from Reykjavik so it is always recommended to stay at an accommodation closer to this meeting point.

It is best to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled tour so you can use the restrooms since there will be none at the glacier. Your guide will be right across from the restrooms in the bus parking lot. You can look for the ‘Ice Pic Journeys’ logo on our 4×4 vehicle amongst the other companies. Departure will be precisely at the scheduled time so it is important to arrive on time or you may miss the tour.

Drive in 4×4 to Vatnajokull Glacier

From the Glacier Lagoon parking lot, you will hop aboard one of our 4×4 vehicles and head towards the glacier for your Ice Climbing Captured Tour. About 10 minutes into your journey, you will turn off onto an F-Road and make the bumpy journey toward the glacier. From the road to the glacier parking lot, this will take roughly 20-30 minutes to reach. As you drive, your guide will teach you the history of the surrounding area as you enjoy a scenic ride through an ancient glacier plain.

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Hike to the Ice Cave

Once you arrive at the glacier parking lot, your guide will begin handing out your gear for the tour. This includes crampons, an ice axe, a harness, a helmet with a headlamp, and hiking boots if you rented them. Once everyone has their gear, you will take a 30-minute hike to the edge of the glacier. The hike is relatively easy for most and will have you walking on flat, yet slightly rocky ground the entire way. We will always go at the pace of our guests so you can take your time and enjoy the walk as your guide leads the way.

Hiking to an Icelandic Glacier

Gearing Up

Upon arriving at the edge of the glacier, your guide will help you put on your crampons. After your guide instructs you on how to put them on, your guide will go over a safety briefing about walking on the glacier. It’s important to understand and follow these rules and to ask any questions that you may have before stepping foot on the ice.

Group Putting on Crampons for Glacier Hike

Glacier Hike to the Ice Climbing Area

Next, you will put your crampons into the ice and make your way onto Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier. Hiking on the ice is definitely a unique feeling and may take some getting used to but by the end of the tour, you won’t want to take your crampons off! As you hear the crunch below you, you will march forward and follow your guide up the glacier towards the direction of the climbing walls. Throughout this hike, your guide will show you different formations on the glacier known as moulins and crevasses. All while admiring the barren landscape around you, you will feel like you are in a different world.

Sunrise Glacier Walk in Iceland

Intro to Ice Climbing

If you are brand new to ice climbing, your guide will start by giving a brief introduction to the activity. This includes how to climb with proper form and understanding how to use the equipment properly. If this is the guest’s first experience, we always start with an easier slope and work our way up. Once you understand all of the techniques and feel ready to give it a try, your guide will set up a line and you will begin to take turns scaling the wall.

Iceland Ice Climbing in orange coat
Ice Climbing and Rappelling Tour

More Challenging Climbs

Once you have finished the easier pitches or if you have prior experience in ice climbing to skip that part, your guide will lead you to the more challenging walls. These can range from higher walls, massive glacial holes, or overhanging arches depending on what you are comfortable with. Your guide will always lead you to what they think you can climb after accessing your skills on the beginner walls. If you are ever feeling unable to finish a climb, your guide can easily raise you out of the hole or lower you down from a wall safely so there is never any need to worry. Challenge yourself, do your best, and let the guide take the coolest photos of you in action!

Ice Climber Rappelling into Sinkhole in Iceland
Hofn Iceland Things to Do Ice climbing

All in all, you will spend about 2-3 hours climbing different walls around the glacier and at the end, you will be feeling proud that you did it

Return to the Glacier Lagoon

You will finish the tour with a hike back to the glacier parking lot and a 30-minute drive back to the Glacier Lagoon where you will say goodbye to your guide and have memories of an amazing day inside of Vatnajokull National Park.




Certified Glacier Guide

and Professional Photographer


Glacier Equipment

helmet, harness, crampons, ice axe and Climbing Boots.

Private Group

1-4 People

10 Shot Photo Package Included (Per Person)

Child packages come with 10 photos.
Package includes portraits, landscapes and action shots



All photos will be edited and sent to you within 14 days via Downloadable Gallery.



Water Bottle (Recommended)

You will have many spots to fill it up with glacier water.


Proper Seasonal Clothing

Warm layers for freezing or wet conditions. Warm hat and gloves.


Waterproof Jacket & Pants

Rentals are available under extras.

Optional Extras

Select Extras at Checkout


Red or Yellow Rain Jacket

Great for photos
3,000 ISK

Rain Pants

2,000 ISK

Optional Extras


5 Additional Photos

For those wanting a bigger package
5,000 ISK


– This tour involves roughly 3 hours of hiking and climbing. We always adjust to our guest’s skill levels in regard to ice climbing, but we recommend this tour more to those that are at least moderately fit.

-The minimum age for this tour is 10 years old in the winter and 8 years old in the summer. 

– Photo packages may sometimes take more or less than 14 days to edit. This is just our average turnaround time.

– Our Cancellation Policy can be found here. Also, check out our FAQ page if you have further questions!


What Are Our Guests Saying?

Based on 25 reviews
Laura Remick
Laura Remick
There is no other company I would recommend than Ice Pic Journeys for an Iceland adventure! We traveled to Iceland with an idea in mind and two children (4 and 5 years old), and Ryan helped us create an itinerary that was perfect for our family! He helped us arrange an incredible dog sledding experience (on land) which was unforgettable. We embarked on the Golden Circle tour and then visited the Blue Lagoon. Our tour guide, Norris, was amazing! He was incredibly knowledgeable, fun, and showed us everything in Iceland along the way. The entire day trip was amazing, and we felt so immersed in the scenery, the sites, and all of the adventure. The entire day was exactly what we imagined! Ryan was also incredibly flexible with our schedule - we decided to change our second day of touring from hiking to site seeing (which seemed better for us with kids), and he helped create a new itinerary for the South Coast that was perfect. We loved curating the Black Sand Beach and the waterfalls. We had an opportunity to explore at each site on our own and with our amazing tour guide, Agnies, who was such a pleasure to be with and who really gave us some background on everything we visited. We can’t wait to return and use them again for new journeys in Iceland!!
Ryan and Mike elevated our experience beyond expectation. Impeccable communication and attention to details. They really listened to what we wanted to do and adapted their guidance around that. We felt 100% safe and comfortable at all times during all of our adventures. They accommodated our children as if they were there own and left no stone unturned when it came to their safety. We came across many other tours and guides in a variety of environments and I can say, without question, Ice Pic Journeys is hands down the best. There was really not even a comparison to be made. If you are thinking you’ll take on Iceland on your own, you really should reconsider. If you are considering any other guide service, you definitely should reconsider. Give these guys a shot, you will not regret it.
Kevin Leon
Kevin Leon
Mike was an amazing tour guide! He went above and beyond what I had expected. My experience above the glacier was a memorable one with great company! He’s a fun guide and very knowledgeable. The videos and picture I got out this experience were well worth it, he made sure I got the shots I wanted!
liesbeth snoek
liesbeth snoek
Wij hebben de zipline en ice cave adventure gedaan en dat was geweldig. Onze gids Mike heeft ons erg veilig laten voelen. Ook namen ze echt de tijd om gave foto’s van je te maken. Het was gewoon zo gaaf en ik raad het iedereen aan. ICE pic tourneys geeft je de beste ervaring ooit die je kan krijgen in Iceland
Kan P.
Kan P.
Amazing experience. We booked the 4 hour photographer tour and it was worth every cent! We were tight in time as we had another tour booked right after this one but Ryan was flexible enough to move up the departure schedule by half an hour to accommodate our schedule. Communication was great also, he made sure we understand what to expect with tighter timeline. The guide on the day Adam was also very nice. We started super early and were able to shoot inside the ice cave with no one around, we only encountered other groups when we finished our hike, just when were were about to reach our car to get back. Can’t imagine how full it would be in such a tight space to walk. Highly recommended.
Fabian Hupe
Fabian Hupe
It was an amazing tour with our guide Adam. We have booked the ZIP-Line and Glacier Cave Tour. It was great to see how Adam setup the ZIP-Line and afterwards when we were able to use it on our own we had a blast of fun. Furthermore the pictures we received were awesome! I would recommend everyone to book a tour at these guys!
Fikki Sadykhov
Fikki Sadykhov
These guys are god tier amazing. Mike is a Legend and this is the only company that allows you to go glacier ziplining (and it’s the only place on the planet that you can actually zip line on a glacier to begin with). Don’t overthink it, book with these guys!
Marc Baudry
Marc Baudry
What an amazing experience with Ice Pic Journey. We had a VIP tour with Adam. He is a very nice guide who knows his work and many things about Iceland. He brought us to amazing ice caves, made wonderfull photos and was always smiling. We felt safe and well take care of. We recommand Ice Pic Journey a lot. Thank you Adam, thank you Ryan and the all crew.
yeni chen
yeni chen
I recently went on a tour with Ice Pic Journeys and it was amazing! The planning process was easy, and the tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. The itinerary struck the perfect balance between sightseeing and free time, and we got to see some incredible places. I highly recommend Ice Pic Journeys for anyone looking for a fun, extreme and well-organized tour.
Jack Venberg
Jack Venberg
My family of three recently embarked on a 6-hour glacier tour with Ice Pic Journeys, and it was nothing short of a spectacular experience. This tour agency not only specializes in guided tours but also in capturing breathtaking photographs throughout the journey. Ryan coordinated with us through email, and he was super communicative and accommodating throughout the whole experience. Our guide, Rich, was extremely knowledgeable, thoughtful, and talented in his photography skills. He made sure to focus on taking natural and candid photos, making us feel relaxed and at ease. Rich was attentive to our needs and made a point to take us to isolated and fascinating locations that enhanced our experience. The ice caves we visited were simply stunning, and Rich captured their beauty perfectly. He also took fantastic photos on the diamond black sand beach, creating memories we will cherish forever. For our nighttime Aurora photography session, we were joined by Mike, who was just as amazing. He was upbeat, friendly, and encouraging, which definitely helped keep our spirits high despite the cold weather. Mike worked tirelessly until 1 am to get the best shots, even though he had plans the following morning. Their dedication to their craft was evident, as they even offered to continue taking photos past that point if we wanted. At no point did it feel like they were cutting corners or giving anything less than their all. Our experience with Ice Pic Journeys was truly exceptional, and we cannot recommend them highly enough. If you're looking for an unforgettable adventure in Iceland and want to take home incredible photographs, don't hesitate to book a tour with Ice Pic Journeys.
Based on 62 reviews
Amy S
Amy S
Amazing, one of a kind tour Best part of our trip to Iceland. The ice cave was definitely one of the most beautiful and surreal places I have ever seen. Mike was very helpful with information about the area and tailoring the trip to our specific needs. The photo package was the clincher. Was traveling with friends I don't see often so the photos were the best souvenir we could ask for. They were great both for the quality and because it meant we could just enjoy the day without stopping to take photos ourselves. Can't say enough great things about it!
Jackie C
Jackie C
Best day of our Trip! We found Ice Pic Journeys online after a lot of research - they were the company that offered the most unique tours and what sealed the deal was how quick they were to respond when I had questions. We chose the Zip Line Adventure - Adam, our guide was a blast. It was my boyfriend and I, as well as two other women who had booked that day. He was easy to chat with, and made us feel at ease, given what we were about to embark on. The initial hike up was outstanding. Adam made sure to give us plenty of fun facts and had us laughing the whole way up. Upon arrival to our first stop, Adam took the time to explain what we would be doing - zip lining over a Moulin. Once all setup, he got us safely strapped in, explained again what all we had to do and then off we went. It was beyond anything I could have imagined. Not once did I feel unsafe or uncertain. He made it fun and relaxing and we got professional shots to boot. It's such a great part of the package and he really made sure to get as many pictures as possible. We hiked back down, made one more stop into a crevasse, drank glacier water, climbed into an awesome cave-like area and then made our way to the truck. I can't recommend this company enough. Everyone was so polite, happy to answer questions, and made this experience one we'll never forget. Definitely book with these guys!
Serina D
Serina D
Incredible company, wild adventures! Ice Pic Journeys was a fantastic experience! From the ease of booking, to the expertise of the guide, to the photos we received, everything was exceptional. Our guide Adam was super knowledgeable about Iceland and was kind, funny, and also worked with my boyfriend to plan an epic proposal! The zipline he set up also looked totally safe and secure, and of course he tested it himself before letting us go haha. And then the ice cave was beautiful. We ended up getting to drink fresh glacier water too! We ended up being the only 2 on the adventure and it truly felt like a personal experience. I can’t recommend this company enough. They made our time in Iceland unforgettable!
Simons H
Simons H
Summer Glacier + Zipline Tour with Mike This was absolutely the coolest activity we did on our trip to Iceland. I cannot recommend it enough, it is a MUST if you are traveling to Iceland. Mike is incredible and gave us the best trip we could have ever asked for!!
The best thing ever We took the zipline + ice cave adventure and we had the best experience ever.Mike really made us feel very save.I really liked that the group was small it was only six people Mike took the time to take very nice pictures of us and they are amazing I would really recommend this to everybody Ice pic yourneys gives you the best experience you will ever have in Iceland
Carsten A
Carsten A
Ice Pic Journey 5 Star Tour on the Glacier We had our tour with Mike and is was a pleasure! Mike and Ryan are a good communicating team. They did not only took awesome pictures of us, Ice Pic Journey also give us a opportunity to do a tour on the glaciers with our baby. They are very tolerant and organized. Keep on doing such a good job! Thank again for your effort.
Thomas B
Thomas B
Glacier Adventures I hired Mike for 8 days of private guiding in March 2023. It was the adventure of a lifetime! We explored glaciers, ice caves, and the Icelandic alpine. Mike is a charismatic and incredibly experience guide. He is also a great photographer. Finding a guide that can take you to amazing places, and also take great photos/videos of the adventures is extremely hard to find. I highly recommend Ice Pic Journeys and will use them again on my next trip to Iceland!
Private tour, with amazing guide ! Had a amazing time with these guys, I traveled solo and the group was only 3 ppl, amazing experience with a private guide. Definitely worth it, it was the highlight of my trip to Iceland! You get all the details and information you need, and if you have any questions, you can chat on instagram, and respond very quickly. This company treats you as a person, and not a number or a paying customer like all other tours !
Valeria S
Valeria S
Best company for adventure in Iceland! We had an amazing experience with Ice Pic Journeys. They are Friendly, professional and are experts on what they do! They took us to hidden gems that very few have been to and we avoided the crowds!! They also took a lot of great pictures!Thank you!!!! Valeria
Thiago N
Thiago N
Ice Pic Journeys approach is unique We had our tour with Mike and I can honestly say our trip to Iceland would not be the same without this. We had the best time! Mike was very knowledgeable, sharing all different aspects about the cave we were and the conditions we would be experiencing. He was also very concern with our safety and aware of us and our surrounding. All of that while maintaining a very friendly interaction. The ice on the cake was the fact that their offer is unique, there is not another company in Iceland that offers the same experiences with a guide that is also a good photographer. Plus, we were indeed a very small group. While we were there I saw other tours advertised as “small groups” with 16-20 people, which was completely different than the very exclusive attention and experience we had with Ice Pic Journeys.

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