Glacier Activities & Tours

Ice adventures in Iceland!

Iceland is a top destination to explore glaciers

If you are coming to Iceland, you are probably expecting to see some ICE! After all, more than 1/10th of the country is covered by ice and glacier are one of main natural forces having sculpted the countries dramatic landscape and surreal scenery. Iceland has 269 named glaciers of almost all types: ice caps, outlet glaciers, mountain glaciers, alpine, piedmont and cirque glaciers, ice streams. Vatnajokull is by far the largest ice cap with an area of 8,300 sq. km, equal in size to all the glaciers on the European mainland put together.

Iceland offers wide range of options for guests to enjoy it's ice and glaciers: Glacier hikes, ice climbing, ice caves exploration, man made ice caves, ice cave exhibitions, snowmobiling on glaciers, super-jeep tours on glaciers just to mention a few.

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Ice Caves

Ice caves are naturally occurring cavities within the structures of the glaciers that dot the Icelandic landscape. Typically these caves are seasonally dependent and are constantly melting and reforming every year as we move through the summer and winter seasons.

 Iceland is home to many different ice caves thanks to the number of glaciers that the country has, they are more than just a tourist attraction though as study of the composition of the ice caves can provide valuable insight into atmospheric and weather changes that have occurred through the years. While Iceland houses a number of natural Ice caves it is also famous for two of its man made ice caves, both of which were the worlds first caves of their kind.

Man Made Ice Caves

Firstly there is the "Into the Glacier" caves that are located in the Langjökull glacier. These man made Ice tunnels were carved into the glacier and are accessible all year around providing valuable educational experiences as well as stunning views. Getting to the "Into the Glacier" caves is no easy task and they employ the use of a specially modified, decommissioned missile truck in order to get you to the caves!

The second is the glacier and ice cave exhibit that can be found in the Perlan building. This exhibit features plenty of facts and information about the glaciers and Ice caves of Iceland but the highlight of the tour is the walk through the simulated ice cave they have inside the building. These options mean that no matter what time of year you come to Iceland or how much time you are here for there is an ice cave experience for you.