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Classic Ice Cave Experience from Reykjavik

Reykjavik, Iceland
  • 11 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Descend to the frozen enchantment of Iceland’s ice caves on a full-day trip from Reykjavik. Alongside your guide, spend the day at the Langjökull Glacier and explore the icy labyrinths below it. Deep inside the glacier cave, admire fjords and waterfalls while listening to commentary rich with geological information. Then, head to the Borgarfjörður valley to be amazed by the beauty of Hraunfossar falls, a waterfall carved out by volcanic eruptions.
  • Full-day trip to the Langjökull Glacier and Borgarfjörður valley from Reyjavik
  • Descend to the frozen caves beneath the the Langjökull Glacier
  • Admire the dramatic scenery in the Borgarfjörður valley
  • Gaze at the beauty of the Hraunfossar falls, a waterfall carved by volcanic eruptions
  • Round-trip transport from Reykavik hotels are included

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What's Included

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  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Pick up at your accommodation or nearest bus stop
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

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Start time

09:00 AM

What To Expect

After early pickup from your Reykjavik hotel, board a vehicle destined for the Langjökull Glacier—the second-largest glacier in Iceland. On arrival at the glacier, step onto the ice and begin your descent into the atmospheric ice caves below.

In a specially modified glacier vehicle, ride through magical ice tunnels to a man-made glacier cave. As you ride, learn about the effects global warming has on the ice caves and watch the ice melt and transform before your eyes.

After hearing more about the history and geology of the ice caves, travel to the inviting warmth of Hotel Húsafell to enjoy lunch (at own expense). Satisfied, continue to the Borgarfjörður valley—famed for its fertile farmlands and volcanic beauty—and visit the magnificent Hraunfossar falls. Capture photographs of the natural landmark and then relax during the journey back to Reykjavik hotel, where the tour concludes.

Langjokull Glacier

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.

2 hours 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included


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.

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in most weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Infant seats are mandatory on our tours you can get them from us for free.
  • Make sure to order infant seat at least 24 hours prior to the tour from the operator
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Classic Ice Cave Experience from Reykjavik ?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Classic Ice Cave Experience from Reykjavik ?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Classic Ice Cave Experience from Reykjavik ?

A:The policies on social distancing are:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Classic Ice Cave Experience from Reykjavik ?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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Traveler Tips

You need to wear boots or they will provide them for you, and they give you crampons to put over them.
Touring the inside of a glacier is an experience not to be missed!
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Super cool family experience
Lindsey_G, Feb 2022
Great staff who were friendly and informative. We had some confusion on the pick up location in the morning. We were able to contact someone in their office who called the driver and then that person on the phone was able to direct us to the correct location. Really great day trip!
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Thank you Lindsey for taking time in writing us this review. We are glad to see you have a "cool" experience on the glacier. Hope you will visit us again and visit even more of Iceland.
Don’t miss this with Viator
Gary_B, Feb 2020
A great experience made easy and all the more pleasurable by the team. I would recommend this to anyone visiting Iceland and recommend Viator as the operator, cost effective and easy.
The tour the we will miss.
2929away, Nov 2019
Sorry that I can't rate this attraction but we were too sick so we missed it and I can not say if is good or bad.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Ice Cave Experience from Reykjavik
Judy M, Nov 2019
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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Into the Ice in Iceland!
GASTONEP_M, Sep 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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Amazing and Unique experience
Trisha_M, Aug 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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Ice Cave
Michael_v, Jun 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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Awesome Experience!
Kimberly_S, Jan 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!
1 traveler found this review helpful
Daniel_H, Jan 2019
Did this tour with my girlfriend on our first visit to Iceland, would highly recommend this for anyone travelling here. The guides were super friendly, very knowledgeable and created a great atmosphere. Highlight of the holiday!
Ice cave and glacier
Bret_G, Jan 2019
The whole tour from beginning to end was well put together, our tour guide to the glacier was entertaining and passionate about Iceland. The ice cave and glacier experience was something else our guide sang a lullaby in the chapel ‘awesome’. Not a cheap trip (then nothing is in Iceland) but worth every penny.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Ice Cave Adventure
wendy_w, Dec 2018
This was a fantastic day. The trip up the glacier and into the cave was exciting and informative. The guides were efficient, knowledgable and great fun! I would highly recommend it.
Excellent trip
Antoinette_P, Dec 2018
Our trip was amazing it’s like you are on another world, it snowed really heavily, the ice truck is amazing to travel up the glacier. The ice cave was so good, the guide bane was really nice and informative. Definitely worth the money you learn a lot and get to see some waterfalls on the way back.
Fun and Interesting
Jacquelyn_G, Dec 2018
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.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Would like to say that it was a great...
Margarita S, Aug 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!
Enjoyable trip with entertaining...
Lee G, Aug 2018
Enjoyable trip with entertaining tour guide minibus a little cramped. The team at the ice caves were brilliant.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Fantastic day out. The caves were...
Julie_P, Apr 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.
This trip was 5 star plus, worth of...
Kabir_A, Feb 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.
Simply magical, especially when our...
Danita H, Feb 2018
Simply magical, especially when our guide sang, in the chapel!
Ok so tunnel experience itself- very...
Tanya_C, Jan 2018
Ok so tunnel experience itself- very cool! Tour guides- fantastic! However we were the first trip up for the day and therefore the ones to forge the way through the snow. The truck ended up not working so well and what should have taken 4 hours took 9.5 hrs. So, I would say do not pick to be the first tour group. lol
If you are going to Iceland, I...
Karen_F, Jan 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!!!


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