day ice cave tour Reykjavik
2-Day Ice Cave & Northern Lights Tour
This 2-Day Ice Cave & Northern Lights Tour will show you 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.
South Shore Highlights
We travel along the South Shore up to the Glacier Lagoon area. You will, of course, see all the famous sights on the way: Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Skogafoss Waterfall, Reynisfjara beach, Laki Lava Field, Vatnajokull Glacier, Svinafellsjokull Glacier, Glacier Lagoon, Glacier Beach and a natural ice cave in Vatnajokull Glacier.
The Best of Iceland in One Tour
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 travelling in a small group, making new friends, enjoying good food, and relaxing in a Nordic “hygge” atmosphere.
We have included everything from icebergs to accommodation, so all you have to do is lean back and enjoy this 2-Day Ice Cave & Northern Lights Tour.
“2 Day Ice Cave Tour With Goecco”
5 of 5 stars
“This review is about 4 months late, but I need to tell people how great Goecco’s two-day Ice Cave tour was. Our tour guide Heimer was friendly, knowledgeable, and went above and beyond the call of duty when I asked him to return to a location to find a lost cell phone!
Ice cave tours require a guide, and you also need to be aware of the weather. This past January was quite rainy and Goecco hastily re-arranged our tour to take advantage of the first day’s good weather.
Do not miss Crystal Beach–unbelievably beautiful in my opinion. You spend a good deal of time in the bus, but Heimer made sure we had plenty of time at the multiple stops along the way. We stayed at a lodge the first night which was a tremendous experience of itself. The host is the Goecco owner and he and his family were most gracious.
The food was tremendous, although admittedly I would not really recommend the hakarl! You have to try it if you are in Iceland, though. All in all, I would recommend this tour to anyone.
We also used Goecco for a one-day trip to Snaefellsnes Peninsula, and despite rather constant rain had an excellent time.”
2 Day Ice Cave Tour from Reykjavik to Vatnajokull Ice Cave.
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 cozy 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.
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 and other adventures.
Day 2 – Ice cave expedition 2 Day Ice Cave Tour from Reykjavik to Vatnajokull Crystal Cave
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 and exploring. 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 – which is 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 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.
As we turn off the main road and 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 to 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, and 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. Due to constantly changing conditions, 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 guide. 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 color 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.
Why book with us: We include accommodation and breakfast in the price. Our guesthouse is exclusively for Goecco guests located in “The Middle of Nowhere” with no light pollution – perfect for Northern Light photography. We are sustainable, local and eco. All tours are operated by us and can only be booked directly from us. No agent, no expensive middleman, and no boring hotels!
Departure: November – April
Departure days: Sundays at 8:00 am.
Duration: 2 days, 1 nights. Est. arrival time in Reykjavik is 20:00.
Price: Adults: 790,- USD per person in a double bedroom and with private WC.
Adult in SGL: 1.150,- USD in a Single room. Please note that booking can only be done in even numbered groups. If you are a single traveller or part of an odd-numbered group the cost of a single room is higher as we will block a seat on the truck. 2 Day Ice Cave Tour from Reykjavik to Vatnajokull Crystal Cave
Highlights of the Tour: Ice Caving, Northern Lights, Traditional Icelandic Dinner, 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. We provide a bathrobe, towel, slippers, linen, duvet and pillow. Shower facilities are shared but with privacy.
Pick up/Drop off:
We start the tour from Goecco Main office in Bankastræti 10, 101, Reykjavik. We are there at 07:45 and depart at 08:00
Minimum age: 13 years. If you travel with children under 13 years, please contact us directly for other options at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tour type: For anyone who wants to see best of Iceland in one wonderful winter tour.
Group size: Max 16 guests.
What’s included: Guide for 2 days, Transportation for 2 days, Accommodation and Breakfast, Ice cave tour, Jökulsarlon/Glacier Lagoon, Crystal Beach, Reynisfjara Beach, Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, South Shore, and Northern Lights if the condions are good.
Walking per day: 1-3 hours total – often on icy and/or uneven ground. This tour is not for people with weak knees, back-problems or other injuries… We will bring crampons for your safety when we have icy conditions.
Restrooms: There will be a good flow of restroom stops on this tour.
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/winter 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, and NO city boots.
What to bring (suggestions):
- Clothing for 2 days.
- Water + snacks
- Camera and tripod.
- Big smiles – since 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.
- Beverages. We include 1 glass of wine at dinner, but you can still bring or other heart-warming spirits if you wish.
- Other gear: Backpack for clothes and items used during the day. Size: 20-30 litres.
- Sunglasses and sun protection.
Luggage: We have enough space in our vehicle for you to bring along your luggage on the tour.
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, as a result, 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.
Beware of busy periods! 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 and international holidays like Christmas, New Year, Chinese New Year, President’s Day.
Ice caves change from season to season: 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.
“2-Day Ice Cave Tour With Siggi – Highly Recommended!”
5 of 5 stars
“This is one of the best-guided tour experience I have had for years.
So glad that we have Siggi as our tour guide – warm, knowledgeable, willing to share, and humorous. Got to know so much more about Iceland and the places we visited without being bored at all. He also always checked with the group to see if we are alright, and he even reached out to help a driver whose van was stuck in the snow.
Needless to say, the places we visited are all amazing, in particular Svínafellsjökull, Jökulsárlón, Diamond beach, and the ice cave. We also stopped at less touristy spots to give us a more complete picture of this part of Iceland. The pace of the tour was also just right – sufficient time at each site (never enough to be honest!), and enough food / washroom breaks in between stops.
The only challenge we had was to get up really early in the morning in the second day – breakfast at 6 and departure at 7am – after spending the previous night looking for / at aurora! It is worthwhile though as you got to the ice cave earlier so it is supposedly less crowded. The guesthouse was also excellent – simply clean and cozy, and it has an outdoor hot tube! It is also in the middle of nowhere so when the condition is good you should be able to see aurora at your doorstep (unfortunately not for us due to the thick cloud).
Thanks, Chef Egill for the great Viking dinner, in which we tried different local tastes – starting from the extreme (shark, black death, “Hvalur”) and followed by the milder (yet still delicious) dill cured salmon, herring, dried fish, lamb and other local producers.
It is also a small tour – we had 14 people in the group. That means people’s needs can be catered more easily (which Siggi tried his best to do). We also have a fun bunch of people – happy time! All in all, I can’t speak highly enough of this tour – the only regret is that the original 3-day tour I joined was cancelled due to poor weather condition (snowstorm), after which we were re-booked to this tour so we missed out on the chance to do a glacier hike.
Be prepared for such last-minute change though as this is the nature of Icelandic weather. Anyway thanks goecco and Siggi for making my Iceland tour such a memorable one!” 2 Day Ice Cave Tour from Reykjavik to Vatnajokull Crystal Cave
Visited March 2017.
“Amazing Ice Cave Tour”
5 of 5 stars
If you are bringing a tripod make sure you can carry it hands-free, so you can hold on to a rail/chain if needed. Gloves are also helpful.
The two-day also includes the Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and the Reynisfjara black sand Beach among other South shore attractions. They are also stunning and definitely worth a visit.”
Visited December 2016.
“Like no where else I have been!”
5 of 5 stars
“This review is about 4 months late, but I need to tell people how great Goecco’s two-day Ice Cave tour was. Our tour guide Heimer was friendly, knowledgable, and went above and beyond the call of duty when I asked him to return to a location to find a lost cell phone! Ice cave tours require a guide, and you also need to be aware of the weather.
This past January was quite rainy and Goecco hastily re-arranged our tour to take advantage of the first day’s good weather. Do not miss Crystal Beach–unbelievably beautiful in my opinion. You spend a good deal of time in the bus, but Heimer made sure we had plenty of time at the multiple stops along the way.
We stayed at a lodge the first night which was a tremendous experience of itself. The host is the Goecco owner and he and his family were most gracious. The food was tremendous, although admittedly I would not really recommend the hakarl! You have to try it if you are in Iceland, though. All in all, I would recommend this tour to anyone. We also used Goecco for a one-day trip to Snaefellsnes Peninsula, and despite rather constant rain had an excellent time.”
Visited January 2017.
“Fantastic 2-Day Tour”
5 of 5 stars
“We had an amazing experience on this tour. Both my wife and I will never forget the sites and landscapes we saw.
Damon was a fantastic tour guide and by the end: a friend. Meeting Halli, our ice cave guide, was an experience in and of itself which was extremely enjoyable. At the guest house Egill was a great host and fantastic chef. Overall I would strongly recommend this tour to any friends or family visiting iceland. Thanks again!”
Visited November 2016.
2-Day Ice Cave TourSmall Group Tour
- private room for solo travelers 1.150 USD,-
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2 Day Ice Cave Tour from Reykjavik to Vatnajokull Crystal Cave
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2 Day Ice Cave Tour from Reykjavik to Vatnajokull Crystal Cave
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2 Day Ice Cave Tour from Reykjavik to Vatnajokull Crystal Cave