Ice Cave Sleepover Tour
in Vatnajökull Glacier in Iceland

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  • Adventure for people that want to experience sleeping in sub zero conditions in an ice cave overnight.

  • We provide glacier gear as needed, as well as the camping gear and food. Please bring a big backpack (preferably at least 50 liter) so you will have space for all the gear

Difficulty:

You have to carry your gear, and sleeping bag and some of the food and be physically and mentally strong enough to take part in this endeavor.

The distance to the Underworld Ice Cave where we sleep is about 4 km from the car parking.

Group size:

1-4 persons

Meeting time:

10:00 am.

 

Meeting place:

Café Vatnajökull at Fagurhólsmýri in southeast Iceland.

Return time:

Normally around 16:00 the next day, but that depends a little bit on conditions so we recommend some flexibility.

In this Glacier Sleep Over Expedition we will hike over to a beautiful glacier location at Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier. On this trip we will explore and stay overnight at an ice cave.

FromCoastToMountains provides glacier graded sleeping bags, with inner thermal liner (that is washed after each expedition). We provide the cooking gear and food and plenty of hot drinks. You better bring big backpack since you will be carrying sleeping bag, mattress, and part of your food, as well as your personal gear. Please bring down jacket or similar to put on once we are stopped for camping.

We started to do this trip in winter 2017-18 and for couple of years we could stay in the amazing ice caves at Treasure Island behind the famous Jökulsárlón ice lagoon. The glacier there looses about 100 meters each year so we have to look for different solutions every fall. This winter 2021-22 we sleep in the over 100 meter long Underworld Ice Cave. It is not the most beautiful ice cave we have seen but offer good conditions to stay overnight away from the crowds. However, we will also visit and spend ample time at the very beautiful Sapphire Ice Cave on the way to the Underworld Ice Cave. And we will also explore the glacier adventure ice tunnels in the glacier along the way.

Price list
1 person 250.000 ISK
2 persons 300.000 ISK
3 persons 375.000 ISK
4 persons 400.000

Duration 2 days
Age limit 16 years

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We don't want to fool you. This is going to be challenging night for most people except those that have been camping in snow and mountains a lot. Maybe even one of the most uncomfortable night of your life. Please don't expect conditions like in an ice hotel in Finland or Sweden even though the prices might be similar :-)
For sleeping bags to work in minus °C temperatures one has to close the sleeping bag completely so only the nose sticks out. To get out of sleeping bag in the dark winter morning can also be a challenge, and although we use quite thick mattresses the body is stiff after the night especially for people over 50 year old.
But it is quite sure that if you enjoy outdoor adventure type of activities this is definitely going to be one of the highlights of your life.

We only offer this trip as a private tour. Send us an email with how many you are (1-4) and the date you could do the tour. We will get back to you.

This tour is offered until late March 2022