Classic Ice Cave Experience from Reykjavik with Live Guide and Touch-Screen Audio Guide

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Classic Ice Cave Experience from Reykjavik with Live Guide and Touch-Screen Audio Guide
from USD $259.78
Explore the natural environment on, around, and within Langjökull glacier and its man-made ice cave on this full-day experience from Reykjavik. You'll see the surface of the ice cap and what lies below as you're taken deep into the glacier, then choose between seeing the famous Hraunfossar waterfall or relax in the small village of Húsafell. You will be accompanied by a guide, and you can learn more information from personal touch-screen audio guides on board the bus. Hotel pickup and drop-off is not included, your tour will start from Reykjavík Terminal, centrally located at Skógarhlíð 10 unless you have chosen to be picked up at your accommodation.
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In Brief

Reykjavík, Iceland
11 hours
Daily departures at 8am (summer) and 7:45am (winter)
Likely to Sell Out
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Fully narrated tour
All entrance fees included
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Langjokull Glacier, Iceland

You will go on a short 35-45 minute ride to the top of the glacier from Húsafell, from which you will descend into the ice cave to witness the wonders of Iceland's second-largest glacier from the inside. You will spend approx 2 & 1/2 hours on the glacier with transfers to the glacier. But be aware that this depends on conditions on the glacier.

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Stop At: Hraunfossar, Road 518, Husafell 311 Iceland

Crystal clear water that emerges from the volcanic rock lava field and falls down into Hvitá (white river), a beautiful turquoise glacial river steaming from the Langjökull glacier.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Into the Glacier, Húsafell, Iceland

To get to the Ice Cave we ride in a huge specially-modified truck. Once you arrive at the entrance to the ice cave, you will walk down into the man-made glacial cave and spend about 1 hour walking inside the glacier.

Duration: 1 hour


  • All activities
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • On-board audio guide with a choice of 10 languages
  • Entry/Admission - Langjokull Glacier
  • Entry/Admission - Hraunfossar
  • Entry/Admission - Into the Glacier


  • Food and drinks
  • Headphones / earbuds for the on-board audio guide (please bring your own; or, they are available for purchase on site)
  • Hotel pickup is not included with your purchase. SmartBus™ hotel pickup is available at extra cost.

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Departure Point

Reykjavik Terminal, Skógarhlíð 10, Reykjavík, Iceland

Traveler pickup is offered

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in most weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

This was my favorite excursion on our week-long tour of Iceland. Our guide was especially mindful of his guests as we were walking on ice. Touring the inside of a glacier is an experience not to be missed! Highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 14 Nov 2019
This is a must do tour! Absolutely incredible. Traveling onto the glacier and walking into the glacier underground tunnels and caves was a major highlight for me. The Langjökull glacier is amazing.
• Submitted 01 Oct 2019
This was certainly a once in a lifetime event. My children (8 and 9) really enjoyed the educational aspect as well as the overwhelming awesomeness of being inside a glacier! I highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 27 Aug 2019
The tour through the inside of a glacier was amazing! Much easier walking than I had imagined. I did not need to borrow any warm or water proof items- however, they were available to those who were in need - free of charge... a very nice thing to have if you needed.
• Submitted 03 Jul 2019
This was one of the best parts of our trip. How often do you get to walk on a glacier and then go inside. All of the guides were fantastic and extremely knowledgable. They took safety very serious. Will go again when we go back. A must see on any trip to Iceland!
• Submitted 24 Jan 2019
We were picked up n Reykjavik by the cpmpany Reykjavik Sightseeing and our guides Amelia and driver Danny were great. They had everything well organized. They then transferred us to our guides Edith and Hekla for our ride up the glacier in a converted military vehicle. The ride was exciting and provided some nice views of the mountain and valley. The ice cave is an amazing piece of planning and engineering. You need to wear boots or they will provide them for you, and they give you crampons to put over them. You need to be comfortable being enclosed and walking on ice, the crampons prevent slippage. The cave is beautiful shades of blue. The guides explained the layers and how the cave was created. I really enjoyed this tour.
• Submitted 05 Dec 2018
Would like to say that it was a great adventure and a wonderful trip. Our guide in the cave sang a song for us to hear the acoustic in the ice chapel. We loved the ravens Huginn and Muninn. Walking on and in a glacier is an amazing experience!
• Submitted 28 Aug 2018
Enjoyable trip with entertaining tour guide minibus a little cramped. The team at the ice caves were brilliant.
• Submitted 17 Aug 2018
Fantastic day out. The caves were amazing as was the trip up the glacier in the ex army vehicle. Guides for ice cave excursion were fantastic and very friendly and informative.
• Submitted 11 Apr 2018
This trip was 5 star plus, worth of money. A life time experience. Must congratulate to the Organiser who built this cave and allow the tourist to understand Glacier on minimum cost.
• Submitted 07 Feb 2018
Simply magical, especially when our guide sang, in the chapel!
• Submitted 06 Feb 2018
If you are going to Iceland, I wouldn't miss the Ice Cave. That being said, know that it is a man-made cave because real ice caves are too dangerous to enter. Also it is the largest form of pollution in Iceland. It is still incredibly beautiful and it is going to be there whether you take the tour or not, so you might as well go in. It is quite the experience. One piece of advice. Do not wear transition glasses on the ride over! My glasses turned very dark in the truck and when I walked into the cave, due to the cold, they would not lighten and I couldn't see. I thought I would have to miss the tour because I am blind without them. Luckily, I had electric gloves and put them in and finally they cleared up enough for the tour!!!
• Submitted 12 Jan 2018
Great tour. We had very nice, friendly and knowledgeable guides. The glacier itself was one of the best excursions we had on our week long trip to Iceland. The ride up and back to the glacier was fun! A few of our passengers were a bit nervous on the bouncy ride, but our driver explained the nature of the road/trail we were taking. The side trip to anothe4 waterfall and stone gallery were very interesting as well. Since we went in December, it was very cold, snowy and windy at the top of the glacier, but inside was fine.we did not need any outerwear other than what we were wearing for December.
• Submitted 31 Dec 2017
The cave is breath taking and the guides will go above and beyond to make sure you're taken care of. We got caught in a massive snow storm and the vehicle broke down. They transferred everybody safely to the rescue vehicle (under a blizzard) and we were received with hot soup and gifts. Unique!
• Submitted 30 Nov 2017
Daniel Perez was great. Tour was very good.
• Submitted 22 Nov 2017
Wonderful experience! Quite an amazing array of icy tunnels. We were especially grateful to have a few moments to worship our LORD and SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST in the ice Chapel. It gave us a very special blessing as we were celebrating our 47th wedding anniversary! The trip up to the base camp was very exciting as the winds were rather strong, whipping up snow to create what to these two novices seemed almost like a white out affect. Of course we knew we were definitely in GOOD hands the entire time!!
• Submitted 23 Oct 2017
We were picked up at 7.15 am and drove about an hour to a coffee stop before getting back on the bus for another hour. We had tablets that gave us info about various locations along the way, but our guide Daniel gave some background on other sites we passed. On arrival at base camp we were offered suits but we were advised that what we were wearing was fine other people needed waterproof boots and coats and took them. From there we rode an old NATO missile launcher to the glacier others from the group chose snowmobiling for an additional cost. The Ice cave itself was spectacular! The lighting throughout was outstanding and our guide ace was very good. After the cave we had some time about 15mins on the glacier. This was brilliant, nothing but snow/ice for miles. After we got back to base camp and picked up the snowmobilers we went for lunch. The lunch which wasn't included was disappointing. A buffet was basically a salad bar and dried out pizza slices. There is a picnic bench outside and i'd recommend bringing a packed lunch instead. After lunch we decided to add a trip to a lava cave, which i would recommend. If we hadn't included this we would have had about 2.5hrs in the swimming pool which was included in the price. After this we went to see a waterfall which was beautiful and then commenced our journey home. i would like to add that I have seen some comments saying the guides weren't great and they were just handed the tablet. this was not the case for us! We had a fabulous guide in Daniel, who came to the lava cave with us too and sang in the ice cave to demonstrate the acoustics!
• Submitted 03 Oct 2017
This was amazing, never thought I would enjoy this tour as much as I did. They supply you with warm overalls, but you still want to dress in layers for warmth an hour at 32 degrees or less still gets cold. You also have waterproof boots available to you so you stay dry - in August the cave is very wet - and slippery. They give you crampons to help keep your footing. The tour guides are very personable and informative and seem to love what they do and where they live. If you have the opportunity I recommend you do this.
• Submitted 27 Aug 2017
Wonderful ice cave on top of Langjokull glacier. Must visit place in Iceland.
• Submitted 10 Aug 2017
This. Was. Amazing. This was my favorite trip in Iceland and it's really hard to pick out a favorite thing here as everything is so spectacular. We drove out to the Ice Cave first. On the way there is when you need your own headsets or ear plugs to use with the ipod they lend you. it gives you information along the way. When you get to the cave site, they have you suit up in a very warm one piece bunny suit that fits over your clothes, along with overboots to keep your shoes dry. You don't have to wear them but you will be soaked and freezing by the end of the 45 minutes in the cave if you pass this up. There is no extra charge to use the clothes. I still had on long underwear and my rain pants and rain jacket under it but I'm always cold. I also had my own gloves as they did not provide that. When you were suited up, they drove us on the glacier to the Ice cave in an old United Nations missle launcher with wifi when it's working. It looked like something straight out of Star Wars. there was another option to get to the cave via snowmobile but I really liked this vehicle that took us out. At the cave, you first walk through a large drain pipe and then through the cave. Our guide, Gilly, was wonderful and gave us a lot of information about how the cave was built and maintained and about glaciers in general. This is an otherworldly experience. When we were finished with the glacier/cave experience, we were driven to a nearby town for lunch and then on to beautiful Hraunfossar waterfall where we had about a half hour to walk around and take pictures and then a quick stop at an Icelandic horse farm don't call them ponies and back to Reykjavik. What a spectacular day. worth every penny.
• Submitted 07 Aug 2017
The ice cave tour was fantastic. You ride a converted NATO missile launcher up to near the top of the huge glacier and then descend into another world. The guides were excellent. On the tour, we also learned that there was a separate tour of a lava cave and asked if we could go. The tour company was very obliging and we purchased tickets for the lava cave tour after lunch. The lava cave an enormous lava tube was perhaps even a more stunning experience than the ice cave, if only because the lava tube was naturally created and very nicely rehabilitated, if that's the right word, for tourists. It would be a great idea if Viator were to have an option to combine these two tours.
• Submitted 20 Jul 2017
This was an excellent trip. Although we separated into three groups at Husafell, the journey from Reykjavik to Husafell and then on to the glacier itself was pretty epic. Into The Cave guide Pello (I'm) butchering his name) was amazing and pretty passionate about climate change. Do this one!
• Submitted 02 Apr 2017
This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The ice caves is a must see in Iceland.
• Submitted 02 Mar 2017
The tour is great, the guides definitely love their jobs, vehicles are fantastic. Absolutely 5 star experience.
• Submitted 06 Feb 2017

In Brief

Reykjavík, Iceland
11 hours
Daily departures at 8am (summer) and 7:45am (winter)
Likely to Sell Out
Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
Fully narrated tour
All entrance fees included