2 Day Ice Cave Tour
Ice Caving – Glacier Lagoon – South Shore – Northern lights
Incl. accommodation and meals / all-inclusive tour!
Prices from 690,-USD
No stuffed puffins, no masses, no big bus tours. Just blue ice caves, majestic glaciers, breath-taking waterfalls and endless lava fields – and with a bit of luck you will see the northern lights dance the night away. If you have already been to Iceland and done the touristy stuff, then this is the tour for you! Just 2 days of pure Icelandic nature, traveling in a small group, making new friends, enjoying good food, and relaxing in a Nordic atmosphere.
We have included everything from icebergs to accommodation, so all you have to do is lean back and enjoy the tour.
Photographs from this tour
Departure: November – April
Departure days: Sundays at 8:15am.
Duration: 2 days, 1 nights. Est. arrival time in Reykjavik is 20:00.
Adults: 690,- USD per person. in a double bedroom with private WC.
Adult in SGL: 1.050,- USD in Single room. Please note that booking can only be done in even numbered groups. If you are a single traveler or part of an odd-numbered group the cost of a single room is higher as we will block a seat on the truck.
Pick up: From the Viking statue at Hallgrim’s Church at 8:15am. This location is central to most hotels and guesthouses.
Minimum age: 13 years. If you travel with children under 13 years, please contact us directly for other options email@example.com
Tour type: For anyone who wants to see best of Iceland in one wonderful winter tour.
Group size: Min 6 guests, Max 16 guests. For this tour to be confirmed, the minimum number of passengers has to be met. If the tour is not confirmed you will get a full refund.
Guide for 2 days, vehicle transportation for 2 days, accommodation, dinner and breakfast
Ice cave tour, Jökulsarlon/Glacier Lagoon, Reynisfjara Beach, Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, South Shore, Northern Lights.
Highlights of the Tour: 4×4 Ice caving, northern lights, outdoor hot tub bathing at our lodge.
Accommodation: Our own guesthouse “The Middle of Nowhere” located in a lava field with no light pollution – perfect for northern lights photography. All rooms are double twin with private toilet. Shower facilities are shared.
Pick up: From the Viking statue at Hallgrim’s Church at 8:15am. This location is central to most hotels and guesthouses.
Walking per day: 1-3 hours total – often on icy or uneven ground. This tour is not for people with weak knees, backs or other injuries…
What to wear: We are in the arctic and the weather can be windy and brutal in the winter. Therefore it is very important to dress well. Bring good hiking boots and warm socks, windproof and rainproof outer layer, light and warm inner layer, such as wool, fleece or thermal. Also remember a scarf and gloves. NO trainers, NO city boots.
What to bring:
- Clothing for 3 days
- Hiking boots
- Water + snacks
- Camera and tripod.
- Big smiles – you’ll be an active part of the tour and conversation.
- Hiking boots – light hiking boots with waterproofing and ankle support are preferred. Long and short sleeve thermal underwear – Wool or synthetic.
- Rain Jacket with a good hood– Preferably waterproof and breathable material.
- Rain trousers – Waterproof and breathable material.
- Gloves – Wool or synthetic.
- Socks – two to three pairs of hiking socks – Wool or synthetic.
- Warm hat – Wool or synthetic.
- Water bottle
- Casual clothes / change of clothes.
- Prescription medication and other personal health items.
- Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo etc.
- Camera, spare batteries, and a memory card or films.
- Aperitif, 1 glass of white and red wine is included in the Viking dinner package, you can still bring or other heart-warming spirits.
- Other gear: Backpack for clothes and items used during the day. Size: 20-30 litres.
- Sunglasses and sun protection.
Friendly note: We expect you to be an active part of the tour. Join the conversation. Speak up. Ask questions. Share your thoughts. Make new friends. And most of all remember to enjoy the moment .
You are not alone: As Iceland has become a major hotspot destination you must expect other tourists around you. On every tour we will aim to get away from the masses, but there will be busy stops too. Instead of being annoyed about it we try to see the beauty in people coming to admire our pure nature…rather than just another resort with a shopping mall and a theme park.
Day 1 – South Shore Expedition
From Reykjavík, we start the adventure right away by exploring Iceland from the inside. We then travel along the brutal South Shore via Vík and stop at all the famous sights. You’ll see black beaches, basalt columns, huge waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers, Icelandic horses and colorful, rough scenery.
First stop is Seljalandsfoss Waterfall and the “Secret Elf Waterfall” inside the cliffs, which is like taken out of a fairy tale and truly magical. After a short drive, we arrive at the beautiful Skogafoss Waterfall – famous for its magic rainbows! Your camera will love it!
Next stop is the most stunning and powerful black pebble beach in Iceland: Reynisfjara Beach with its basalt formations and columns. Beware that the waves at Reynisfjara are strong and unpredictable and have caused death several times, so it is vital to listen to the guide’s instructions about keeping a distance to the sea and not climb on the rocks.
After Vík, we leave civilization behind and drive through the biggest lava field on the planet towards our guesthouse.
Relax at Goecco Guesthouse
We stay the night at our cosy pop-up Goecco Guesthouse, which is situated in a lava field in the middle nowhere with no neighbors and no light pollution. This makes it a perfect spot for northern lights spotting and star-gazing. Here we will share a hearty, home-cooked meal, which is included in the price.
All rooms have private toilets. Shower facilities are shared. There is also a great hot tub outside to sit and watch the stars or maybe even the northern lights, which are often seen right above the guesthouse. Then it’s time to rest before the next day of ice caving adventure.
Day 2 – Ice cave expedition
We rise and shine early to enjoy the breakfast and a morning brief. Then we hit the road, ready for a day full of adventure. Today we’ll explore the mysterious and stunning Vatnajökull glacier inside out! Europe’s largest glacier – with its gigantic blocks of ice, layers of volcanic dust capsule within the ice and its breathtaking blue ice caves of Skaftafell National Park. And of course the famous Jökulsarlon – also known as the Glacier Lagoon with its ever changing icebergs and seals playing in the cold water.
To get to Vatnajökull we have to cross the huge wastelands, rivers and black desert of Skeidarasandur. You’ll then see what it’s like to live in a country with up to 200 earthquakes a day, 150 active volcanoes and clear signs of climate change.
First stop is the famous Jökulsarlon – also known as the Glacier Lagoon and a famous film location for Hollywood movies for example James Bond (Die Another Day and A View to Kill). Here you see the ever changing icebergs in white and blue in the ice cold lagoon – on most days we see seals and birds playing in the water. We will also go to the glacier beach, which we think is actually cooler than the lagoon. Here you can touch the ancient icebergs and shoot amazing up-close photographs. And if you bring whisky we have ice!
Please note that sailing at the lagoon is not included in the tour and is only possible till the lagoon freezes over.
As we turn off the main road onto a very bumpy “road” up to the ice cave area. Our 4×4 truck will work hard through the lunar landscape and chew its way through rocks, ice, and snow to get us there. This is where it will make sense to you why we don’t recommend self-driving in Iceland!
Depending on the conditions on the day and how far we can drive we will do a short hike up to the ice cave. All our guides are specially trained so listen carefully to their safety instructions and always wear your helmet.
Once you enter the ice cave you’ll see that it’s simply a once in a lifetime experience in one of the wonders of the world. It’s like standing under a frozen blue ocean or in a frozen cathedral with tones of white, blue.
The ice caves are natural structures come and go with the seasons. They are being born in the Summer from the massive pressure of glacial melt-water and can only be accessed in the winter when they empty. That is why the caves are never the same. The first famous cave we found, also known as The Crystal Ice Cave in Skaftafell National Park collapsed years ago. We find new ice caves in Vatnajökull Glacier each season with our local team of experts.
As ice caving has become the no. 1 popular thing to do in Iceland, you must expect other people in the ice caves especially around national holidays.
All images you see on our website are shot on our tours the past seasons. However, ice caves change every season and are reborn with the meltwater from the Summer season, so the ice caves will NOT be exactly like the images you see here. The images can only be used as a guidance. We just have to wait and see what Mother Nature makes for us each season.
Most famous glacier in Hollywood
Next stop is Svinafellsjokull glacier tongue known for its spectacular blue colour and formations. You will probably already have seen this glacier in movies like Interstellar, Batman Begins, and if you are a fan of Game of Thrones you will be thrilled to know that you are now north of the Wall with White Walkers and wildlings lurking around…
From there we start heading back to Reykjavik and back to civilization. We will, of course, keep a look out for the northern lights on the way and make toilet stops. We should be back in town around 20-21:00 depending on weather and road conditions.
Stars, northern lights, hot tub, art, music and good food – just for you!
When you tour with us, accommodation is also part of the experience. This year we have found a very special place and created a new experience for our guests that you will not get on any other overnight ice-cave tour.
We will take you far, far away from other tourists to a little house by a river in the middle of an ancient lava field. You will be surrounded by Icelandic art from some of the finest artist; you will listen to atmospheric Icelandic music; you will taste home cooked Icelandic food and relax in a true Nordic atmosphere. There will be just us and the stars and the northern lights… Outside you will find a soothing hot tub perfect for stargazing and northern lights spotting.
We have 8 double bedrooms with private wc decorated with art and soft wool blankets and bathrobes and slippers for your comfort. Shower facilities are shared.
There is an open kitchen where you are welcome to cook your own dinner if you have any special dietary requirements.
Here are some photographs:
Pick up will be from Hallgrims Church by the statue of the Explorer Leifur Erikson. This is a central pick up for most locations down town. We meet at 8:15 – we will depart at 8:30.
Dont take our word for it, here are few Tripadvisor comments.
“Fantastic Chasing Ice tour with my 7 yo son”
I took my 7 yo son on a 2-day Chasing Ice tour with Goecco Expeditions. The staff were extremely professional throughout, advising re the suitability for a young child, easy invoicing, and delivery of a tour that was exciting but safe and very well paced. Our guide, Siggi, was extremely personable and knowledgable, and even when we were driving in blizzard conditions, I felt very confident that we were in very capable hands. The ice cave and the glacier walk were spectacular, and the hidden gems that we saw all along the way added depth. Thanks so much Siggi and Goecco – together, I think we’ve turned my son into a future mountaineer!
“Chasing Ice Tour is UNFORGETTABLE”
I regret NOTHING about booking this trip. I agonized over the money, over sharing a bathroom overnight and over spending two days with total strangers on a guided tour (not my thing). Those things do not matter in the least. This trip is life-changing. The crashing waves at Reynisfjara Beach are terrifying and mesmerizing. The ice cave is beautiful and dramatic. The waterfalls (technically, all three!) are thunderous and exhilarating. You could do this tour on your own, but given the dangers of the road and the stops themselves, you are better off in the hands of these charming guides. They will keep you safe, they will keep you informed, and they will keep you laughing. Our primary guide was Halli and we loved him. He has a passion for sharing his country with people that want to experience it, and at no time (except when he told us a story twice!) did it seem as though he was going through the motions with a pre-written speech. We loved the dinner at the guest house and enjoyed pitching in with everyone to help. Later, we set off in the darkness and caught the northern lights. I cannot recommend this tour enough.
-WATERPROOF coat, pants, gloves, boots. You will get drenched.
-Protection for your phone/camera. They will get drenched.
-Sense of adventure! You will climb backwards down a steep icy hill holding onto a rope. And you will crawl a good length in tunnel to get into the main ice cavern. Do it.
My heartfelt thanks to the Goecco crew. You gave us the greatest experiences of our trip.
“Bucket List Material”
If you’re going to do just one tour in Iceland, go with Goecco’s Chasing Ice Tour. Although weather in Iceland can be rather unpredictable, especially during winter, we got to do most of the activities listed except for the Batman Begins Cave, which was frozen over. Nevertheless, the scenery was breathtaking!
Tip: Pack lots of food, especially if you’re a picky eater, since choices are few and the distance between restaurants / convenience stores can be somewhat far.