ICE CAVE TOUR

FROM 19,900 ISK

This is your once in a lifetime opportunity to visit a stunning blue ice cave that form in one of the outlet glaciers flowing down from Vatnajökull Glacier, the biggest glacier in Iceland. Blue Diamond ice cave is one of the natural wonders found within Vatnajökull region that is a part of the UNESCO World Heritage site, with new caves forming each season. This is an incredible experience and our friends at Local Guide of Vatnajökull who can take you there!

Blue Diamond Ice Cave
On this winter tour we visit Blue Diamond Ice Cave Tour. You’ll meet up with the friendly staff from Local Guide at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon car park and after you’re geared up you’ll step into their modified Super Jeeps. Then you are driven onto a nearby outlet glacier of the Vatnajökull icecap in a customised Super Jeep vehicle, this is an experience of it’s own! Once at the cave you will have time to explore and take in the deep blue colours of Blue Diamond, while your guide explains all about how these natural wonders come to exist. You will not forget your experience or the beauty of the ice cave!

Meeting point
This tour is a meet on location. Meeting and departure point is from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. You must arrive at least 15 minutes before departure time. Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is located 370km east of Reykjavík, located by the main highway road number 1. When driving the ring road you will see a big lagoon with floating ice bergs, Local Guides black truck is there at the main parking lot next to the cafeteria and food trucks. Not self driving but want to partake in this tour? Get in touch with Hidden Iceland and we can come up with a private tour for you that visit the wonderful area of Vatnajökull National Park.

Operates: October 15th 2019 – March 31st 2020
Departure: Daily during ice cave season
Meeting place:
 Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon GPS: 64.0478597, -16.1789879
Group size: Min 1 / Max 13
Duration: ~ 2.5-3 hours 
Minimum age: 10 years old
Level of difficulty: Easy
Price: 19,900 ISK per person
Included: transport to the cave from the Local Guide Base in one of their 4×4 Super Jeeps, English speaking guide and all the safety equipment for the glacier cave.

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ATTENTION:

You must bring sturdy hiking boots with ankle support, all weather outdoor clothes (including fleece and waterproof jacket), gloves, wool hat and a small backpack with some drink and snacks. Denim jeans are NOT appropriate. Water proof or resistant clothing must be worn. To learn more about what a glacier hike entails check out our Glacier Hike Guide.

Speak to us at Hidden Iceland if you wish to organise a private transfer to Local Guide HQ to do this tour!

GOOD TO KNOW:

Local Guide is the first ice cave tour operator in Iceland, they started to visit the ice caves for the first time around 20 years ago. In that time they have gathered a lot of knowledge how to get their clients to the best available cave of each day as the conditions of the caves change daily. The cave they choose from day to day depends on time of winter, time of day, weather and other conditions at the time, choosing the most interesting cave available at each time.

Local Guide Meeting point at Jökulsárlon Glacier Lagoon is located 380 km (5 hour drive in summer) east of Reykjavík. In icy and wintery conditions the travel time can be much longer. We recommend that you stay in a hotel or guest house in southeast Iceland before your trip. Lilja Guesthouse is our preferred accommodation option in south-east Iceland, perfectly located with modern and comfortable rooms.

Your safety is of the utmost importance to Local Guides. Ice Cave tours are weather dependent and sometimes tours have to be cancelled with short notice due to unsafe weather conditions. After periods of adverse weather, the caves can become flooded or unsafe to enter. If this happens Local Guide will always do their best to offer an alternative such as a glacier hike if weather conditions allow.  If this is not suitable then Local Guides will also always offer a full refund.

Please note that this tour is not suitable for those looking to take the tour solely for (professional) photography purposes, as the tour does not cater for this with time or client numbers.

Currently Local Guide of Vatnajökull is visiting the Blue Diamond Ice Cave as their main cave on this tour, which is more secluded, stunningly blue and has only one group in the cave at a time. However when there has been heavy rainfall or snow and the cave is flooded or inaccessible they sometimes have to use a more accessible ice cave like the Sapphire Ice Cave. Local Guide will also visit the best available ice cave that is accessible on that day. Due to increasing popularity of the ice caves you can expect groups from other companies inside accessible ice cave, like the Crystal Cave. The ice caves that are more easily accessible on a shorter tour are often much busier for those reasons.

This tour is operated by our friends at LOCAL GUIDE OF VATNAJÖKULL.