80,000 ISK per person
($570 / €530 / £460)
1 Person Private: 140,000 ISK
($995 / €925 / £800)
This is the total package when it comes to a fully immersive, private experience on a glacier. Not only will you be able to visit our famous Crystal Ice Cave, but you will also get to challenge yourself with ice climbing on Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier. From beginner to expert-level climbers, all are welcome.
We always adjust the Summer Ice Cave + Ice Climbing Private tour to our guest’s fitness levels and capabilities, making this a tour that anyone can try with the willingness to push themselves. You will be guided by a fully certified glacier guide who also doubles as a professional adventure photographer. Your guide will make sure to get those epic action shots of you traversing walls of ice, climbing deep glacial holes, and exploring our crystal-blue ice cave.
Then, at the end of your Summer Ice Cave + Ice Climbing Private 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 as well. 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 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 Summer Ice Cave + Ice Climbing Private 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.
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. 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.
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.
Arriving at the Crystal Ice Cave
Upon arriving at the edge of the glacier, you will be greeted with a massive cavern in front of you with a river running underneath it. You have finally reached our Crystal Ice Cave! Also regarded as the Sapphire Ice Cave, this cave varies each year in its shape, location, and size. This is because the cave is always melting away and reforming naturally during the summertime. That is why you will always get a unique experience when going into it because it will never be the same as it was on that day.
Before entering the cave, 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 and exploring the cave. It’s important to understand and follow these rules and to ask any questions that you may have before stepping foot on the ice.
Exploring the Crystal Ice Cave
Entering the ice cave will be an unreal and otherworldly experience for most people. Your eyes will slowly adjust to the crystal blue walls of the cave and showcase its hidden beauty. As your guide leads you deeper into the ice cave, they will take their camera and photograph you in the best locations and angles. Having explored and photographed these caves hundreds of times, they will have the best insight at getting you amazing photos while you relax and enjoy the cave without worry.
As you are enjoying the ice cave, your guide will teach you about its formation and composition. You will spend roughly an hour inside the cave, exploring all of the different areas. Normally, these caves will have multiple chambers that you will be able to explore as you go deeper into the cave, however, this can vary from year to year. After everyone is happy with their photos and experience inside the cave, we will exit and make our way onto the glacier.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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WHAT IS INCLUDED
Certified Glacier Guide
and Professional Photographer
helmet, harness, crampons, and ice climbing axes
(10 persons max)
5 Shot Photo Package
Included (Per Person)
Portrait and Landscape
All photos will be edited and sent to you within 14 days via Downloadable Gallery.
WHAT TO BRING
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.
Water resistant is preferred. Rentals are available under extras.
Select Extras at Checkout
Red or Yellow Rain Jacket
Great for photos
5 Additional Photos
For those wanting a bigger package
GOOD TO KNOW
– Ice caves are a dynamic ever-changing natural phenomenon. Each year, old ice caves melt and new ice caves appear. Photos that you see of the cave at any given time on our website or any social media will not necessarily mean that is what you will necessarily experience on your tour. This makes each experience unique and special for our guests.
– 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.
– Photo packages may sometimes take more or less than 14 days to edit. This is just our average turnaround time.