3-Day Family Ice Cave Tour

Welcome To Winter Wonderland!

Take for your family on a Winter Adventure that has the most famous and classic highlights of Iceland: the Golden Circle & South Coast with geysers, geothermal steam, majestic waterfalls, black sand beaches, basalt columns, ancient glaciers, icebergs and ice caves.

Iceland is a perfect place to explore our planet together as a family. We’ll take a closer look at volcanic eruptions, geothermal energy, how glaciers are made, how they move and how they are affected by global warming. We’ll see how our planet is alive and steaming.

We’ll stand between two continents and set foot on the ground where the oldest parliament in the world was founded. And we’ll scout for the Northern Lights and listen to stories of trolls, hidden people and ghosts…

Pack your bags for an exciting adventure through the most famous sights of Iceland.

3- Day Family Ice Cave Tour Itinerary

This tour is suited for kids all ages from 8 years and up due to glacier hiking. The tour can be done without glacier hiking and will then suit younger children from 3-4 years and up.

The plan for the day depends on the weather, here is a rough idea.

Day 1 – South Shore Expedition

Today you will see black beaches, basalt columns, huge waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers, Icelandic horses and colourful, rough scenery.

We start out with two amazing waterfalls. First, the famous Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, which we will do an exciting hike behind to hear and feel the roaring power of Mother Nature.

We are sure little explorers will also be thrilled by the next waterfall inside the cliffs, which hides a magical, fairy tale-like world. This is where kids often encounter hidden people and other beings.

We continue past the famous volcano and glacier Eyjafjallajokull, which became famous for closing down air traffic in 2010. Our next stop the stunning Skogafoss Waterfall – famous for its magic rainbows!

Then it is time to go to the beach. Iceland’s most famous black volcanic beach:

Reynisfjara Beach with its basalt formations and columns that have inspired many landmarks like Hallgrims Church, Harpa music hall and our National Theatre. This is also the summer-home of puffins and thousands of other birds, which we will spot flying above our heads.

We will pass the small village of Vík to cross the biggest lava field on the planet: Laki Lava Field. And next up is the pitch black desert of Skeidarasandur. Both these places are a great example of what it’s like to live in a country with 200 earthquakes a day, 150 active volcanoes and how these immense powers have shaped Iceland.

We suggest staying the night in the area of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, which also has a great local swimming pool.

 

Day 2 – Glacier Lagoon Ice Caving & Glacier hiking 

We have a day full of adventure ahead of us. Today is all about ice as we explore Europe’s largest glacier: Vatnajökull, which takes up 8% of Iceland’s total landmass.

It is an amazing place for the whole family to explore this element. We’ll see, feel and taste the ice, walk on it and even listen to it.

No wonder that this other-worldly place has become a famous film location for Hollywood movies fx James Bond (Die Another Day and A View to Kill), Lara Croft, Interstellar, Batman Begins, Oblivion, Halo (game) and of course the famous tv-show: Game of Thrones.

 

Glacier Lagoon

We stop at the famous Jökulsarlon – also known as the Glacier Lagoon with its ever-changing icebergs. Here we will set out on an adventurous zodiac iceberg-safari to take a closer look at these fascinating white and blue wonders. On most days we will see seals and birds playing in the ice-cold lagoon too.

After this, we will get even closer to the icebergs when we visit the glacier beach also known as the Diamond Beach. Here you will find that the beach is scattered with stranded icebergs. This gives you a perfect chance to touch and even taste the ancient ice and see how layers of volcanic dust is capsuled within it. A great place to play around and shoot amazing up-close photographs.

 

Ice Caving

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. Our ice cave guides find new ice caves in Vatnajökull Glacier and other glaciers each season.

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 international 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. 

Set foot on the largest glacier in Europe

We continue to one of the most beautiful outlets of the glacier to put on our ice spikes, helmets and axes to do a glacier walk. This is always a mind-blowing experience for young and old. You’ll really feel the forces of nature when you walk on the ancient ice, look into deep crevasses, and listen to the sounds of the glacier.

If anyone in the family is a fan of the HBO series: Game of Thrones, they will be thrilled about this part of the tour. Because now they will find themselves beyond the Wall with White Walkers and Wildlings lurking around…

We do an easy hike that everyone can take part in just to get a feel for the glacier. Again listen to the guide, listen to nature and listen carefully to the safety instructions.

We suggest staying the night in the area of Kirkjubæjarklaustur again.

 

Day 3 – Golden Circle

We head back towards Reykjavik to do the famous Golden Circle route along the South Shore. Today we will explore the most iconic sights of Iceland: Geysir, Gullfoss and Thingvellir.

First stop is Iceland’s most beautiful and breath-taking waterfall: Gullfoss carved out of the lava fields. It’s the largest fall in Europe and some of our guests even say that it’s more amazing than the Niagara falls! Judge for yourself whilst you enjoy the midst of glacial water on your face.

Then we continue to the geysers area with the Geysir after which all other geysers are named. Here we’ll see the lively geyser Strokkur erupt every 5-10 minutes reaching a height of up to 30 meters. And we’ll also have a look at the other geothermal features around it: mud pools, fumaroles, algal deposits, and other mini-geysers. It’s a unique place to see and hear how Mother Earth is alive!

Our last stop is the famous and beautiful Thingvellir National Park and UNESCO Heritage site. The scenery here is amazing no matter the weather!  We’ll get a close look at how the tectonic plates work as we follow the footsteps of Game of Thrones into the rift valley between the North American and the Eurasian tectonic plate. Thingvellir is also where the first settlers of Iceland founded the world’s oldest parliament Althingi in the year 930. So this place has a special meaning to all Icelanders.

A short drive later we’ll be back in Reykjavik refreshed with new memories, knowledge and a bunch of great family photos.

 

 

 

DAY 1 – Golden Circle Our first stop is the famous and beautiful Thingvellir National Park and UNESCO Heritage site. The scenery here is amazing no matter the weather!  We’ll get a close look at how the tectonic plates work as we follow the footsteps of Game of Thrones into the rift valley between the North American and the Eurasian plate. Thingvellir is also where the first settlers of Iceland founded the world’s oldest parliament Althingi in the year 930. So this place has a special meaning to all Icelanders. Next stop is Iceland’s most beautiful and breath-taking waterfall: Gullfoss carved out of the lava fields. It’s the largest fall in Europe and some of our guests even say that it’s more amazing than the Niagara falls! Judge for yourself whilst you enjoy the midst of glacial water on your face. Then we continue to the geysers area with the Geysir after which all other geysers are named. Here we’ll see the lively geyser Strokkur erupt every 5-10 minutes reaching a height of up to 30 meters. And we’ll also have a look at the other geothermal features around it: mud pools, fumaroles, algal deposits, and other mini-geysers. It’s a unique place to see and hear how Mother Earth is alive!

Northern Lights

Every evening we’ll explore the cold winter night and if the conditions are good we will watch out for the Northern Lights, which are often seen right above this area. But it is always up to Mother Nature and the Pagan Gods if they want to put up a show for us… 

Then it’s time to rest before the next day of glacier and ice caving adventure.


Day 2 – Ice caving and glacier hiking 

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.

Ice Caving

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 of 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. Our ice cave guides find new ice caves in Vatnajökull Glacier and other glaciers each season.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 guide. We just have to wait and see what Mother Nature makes for us each season.  Glacier Lagoon

We also stop the famous Jökulsarlon – also known as the Glacier Lagoon and a famous film location for Hollywood movies fx 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 whiskey 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. Set foot on the largest glacier in Europe We’ll put on our ice spikes, helmets and grab an ax to do a short glacier walk, which is a mind-blowing experience. You’ll really feel the forces of nature when you walk on the ancient ice, look into deep crevasses, and listen to the sounds of the glacier.

If you are a fan of Game of Thrones you will like this part of the tour, as this part of the glacier was used in the HBO TV-show Game of Thrones. You will now find yourself beyond the Wall with White Walkers and Wildlings lurking around…

We do an easy hike that everyone can take part in just to get a feel of the glacier. Again listen to the guide, listen to nature and listen carefully to the safety instructions.


Day 3 – South Shore Expedition

Then it is time to head back to Reykjavik along the brutal South Shore via the town of Vik. Today you will see black beaches, basalt columns, huge waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers, Icelandic horses and colorful, rough scenery.

Before Vík, we cross the black desert of Skeidarasandur, and then Laki Lava Field – the biggest one on the planet. You’ll see what it’s like to live in a country with 200 earthquakes a day, 150 active volcanoes and clear signs of climate change. 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 a short drive, we arrive at the beautiful Skogafoss Waterfall – famous for its magic rainbows! Your camera will love it!   And we have more waterfalls for you: Seljalandsfoss Waterfall and the “secret elf waterfall” inside the cliffs, which is like taken out of a fairy tale and truly magical. Our last stop is a famous lava cave – a magical world underneath the rugged lava field. Once again it is time for us to put on our helmets and headlights and explore the inside of mother earth. The cave is just stunning, which is probably also why it has been used as a film location in famous movies like fx Noah. And then we just have a short ride left before we are back in civilization also known as Reykjavik, but 3 days of adventure richer…

3-Day Family Ice Cave Tour 

Price: (Oct. – April) Price for 2 pax: from USD 5.400,- total* Price for 4 pax: from USD 6.300,- total*

Included: Accommodation at a 3-4 STAR hotel for 2 nights Breakfast for day 2 & 3 Private Super Jeep and driver-guide for 3 days

*Price is based on the availability of standard double rooms. Hotels in this area fill up early, so the earlier you book the better the price. For upgrading you and your guide´s room an extra fee will occur.

Tour type: For anyone who wants to see best of Iceland in one wonderful winter tour.

Language: English,

What’s included: Glacier hiking,  ice cave tour, lava caving, Jökulsarlon/Glacier Lagoon, Reynisfjara Beach, Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, South Shore, Golden Circle, Northern Lights, standard accommodation, breakfast.

Highlights of the Tour: Ice caving, glacier hiking, northern lights.

Duration: 3 days, 2 nights.

Pick up: From most hotels and guesthouses.

Walking per day: 1-3 hours total – often on icy or uneven ground. The Glacier hiking requires flexibility and reasonable fitness level, although it will be at beginners level, it can still be tough. This tour is not for people with weak knees, backs or other injuries…

Not included: Dinner and lunch are not included.

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. Swimsuits Big smiles – you’ll be an active part of the tour and conversation.

Boots and Clothing: Hiking boots – light hiking boots with waterproofing and ankle support are preferred. Long and short sleeve thermal underwear – Wool or synthetic. Wind/waterproof and warm Jacket with a good hood. Hiking pants. Rain trousers/skiing pants – Waterproof and breathable material. Gloves – Wool or synthetic. Socks – two to three pairs of hiking socks – Wool or synthetic. Warm hat – Wool or synthetic.

Other gear: Backpack for clothes and items used during the day. Size: 20-30 litres. Sunglasses and sun protection. 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.

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.

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“Iceland Wonderland Private Tour!”

5 of 5 stars

Iceland wonderland private tour

We are family of 4 (kids 12&10) who travel a lot and are always looking for new adventures off beaten path. This time we booked 3 days private tour with Goecco and we had just a dream vocation! Our driver guide Atli was the best guide we ever had. He met us at the airport at 6am (even though Goecco warned us that earliest pick up was 9am). His knowledge of the places he showed us, his constant attention to every detail, his concern about our safety- and about our fun- was truly one of a kind. This man is a walking encyclopedia- he told us so much about the history of Iceland, glaciers, volcanoes, even types of rocks we came across- and kids loved his stories about trolls and old heroes! Atli went above and beyond taking us to more places than we ever dreamed to see- and doing his best to beat the crowds (successfully so!). In spite of busy Christmas vocation week he made us feel that we were alone in the beautiful wonderland of Iceland- we found ourselves in an icy cave with waterfall, listened to the glacier slowly moving in the dark of the night and hiked up the glacier where there was no one- just sun, wind and ice… truly unforgettable experience! Atli’s kindness and sense of humor made us feel that we knew him for a long time- and we are looking forward coming to Iceland again in summer and hopefully see our friend again.

Simon B, Ontario, Canada


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“Amazing Private Tour Of South Iceland”

5 of 5 stars

Amazing Private Tour of South Iceland

We would give Goecco and our tour guide Atli 6 stars if we could for our fabulous private tour of South Iceland. Understanding that a private tour is not for everyone, we still think the value was incredible as we did so many things we never otherwise would have or could have without the flexibility of being on our own, combined with our guide Atli’s enthusiasm to show us every nook and cranny the South coast has to offer. We saw all the popular tourist sites mentioned on Goecco’s website and then made countless stops in between and beyond that only an experienced guide would be able to show us. We modified the itinerary/order of activities on the fly based on the weather and even went to the same place twice if we could get better pictures. Goecco was extremely responsive and honest about cost and options all the way through the process and they were able to accommodate specific requests – like fitting in a glacier snowmobiling excursion on the last day. Most important to the experience was our guide Atli, who went out of his way time and time again to share the beauty and culture of Iceland with us every step of the way. “No” was not in his vocabulary and even the little things he did made the biggest difference (from allowing us to use his phone as a mobile hotspot while on the road to making sure we had plenty of drinks and snacks for the longer drives). He shared all of the photos he took over our three days immediately after the tour and we look forward to staying in touch with him about Iceland and beyond. Our thanks again to Goecco and Atli for an amazing experience.

ETB8285, New York City, New York


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“Exceptional Winter Adventure!”

5 of 5 stars

EXCEPTIONAL WINTER ADVENTURE

We recently finished a 3 day ice cave tour with GoEcco and are giving them rave reviews. Iceland’s raw beauty sells itself- glaciers, waterfalls, moss covered lava fields, mountains, the grey green sea -Go Ecco provided the rest. Gunnar our superior guide, fantastic food, a comfortable Mercedes touring bus, the essential crampon,and more,making this trip a life experience.
Our highly experienced guide Gunner went above and beyond to show us a great time, even taking us to an unexpected magical hidden waterfall we never would have experienced without him. Thank you.Dinner both nights was a delicious insight into Icelandic cuisine, including a Viking feast. They even provided the dreaded shark cartilage and a shot to wash it down- definitely a memorable experience. Gunnar filmed it for us! Go Ecco outfitted us with crampons so we could walk up hills and on glaciers safely without worrying about slipping on the ice. Also,this tour was was a great value. I give them my highest recommendation and would use them again.

Joan P, Bucks County, Pennsylvania


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“Bang for your buck!”

5 of 5 stars

Bang for your buck!

From the moment you meet your tour guide in Reykjavik, greeted with coffee, tea, and Icelandic donuts, to the moment he drops you off near your hotel, Goecco goes above and beyond to deliver you an unforgettable time in Iceland!

My husband I and got back last week from taking the 3 day tour with Goecco. Gunnar, our tour guide, was simply amazing; funny, knowledgeable, kind, and (very importantly in Iceland in winter) a GREAT driver! He answered all our questions, schooled us on Icelandic history and culture, and brought us to see some amazing sights. When a storm closed the roads on our last day of the tour, Gunnar kept us updated on possible departure times, and whipped us up some delicious grilled sandwiches when it looked like we’d be stranded at the guesthouse past lunchtime.

Speaking of the guesthouse, it is COZY! It was such a pleasure to walk into the house the first night to warmth, music, candlelight, and the smell of a delicious dinner waiting for us. Nauris is an excellent chef, and made sure everyone was comfortable and full each day and night.

I’d mention the sights we saw, and the places we visited, but I think you’d see them all with other tour groups, The difference with Goecco is the tour guide; I could see the sights myself, but the experience would not be half as great or memorable without Gunnar’s guidance. Or the crampons he provided!

Bottom line is, if you’re looking to have the best possible time in Iceland while seeing all the sights, learning a lot, and eating delicious food, please book a tour with Goecco. You won’t be disapointed.

Kristen McGuire, Hoboken, New Jersey

Here are some photographs from our Private Family Ice Cave Tours

 

In the following video Bon Iver uses our stops for a music video.

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