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Ice Cave Tour

visit the Sapphire Ice Cave

in Vatnajökull Glacier

  • Experience traveling to and exploring an ice cave with an experienced local mountain guide

  • Interesting 4×4 ride with Land Rover Defender to location

  • Max 5 persons per trip - but be ready for lot of big groups from other companies in the ice cave at the same time!!!


Easy but wear warm cloths and boots. The winter storm can be quite an experience when we step out of the Land Rover Defender to hike to the ice cave.


We provide the technical gear for the visit; Always safety helmets with head lamps and when needed micro spikes or crampons.


November to March


Departure times:

See booking calendar for availability.


Meeting place:

Café Vatnajökull in
Fagurhólsmýri - please be there no later than 15 minutes prior to departure!



around 4 hours with preparation and transport.

On this trip we will drive for about 1 hour from our base in Fagurhólsmýri to get to the Sapphire Ice Cave in Breiðamerkurjökull. Everybody is equipped with a safety helmet and when needed also micro spikes on the shoes.

We will hike 1200 meters from the Land Rover to the edge of the glacier Breiðamerkurjökull where the beautiful Sapphire Ice Cave is located. This ice cave has been forming on and off for some years, but it never looks the same two winters in a row.

Be aware that several other companies might be doing similar trips as we are at the same, so please be ready for very crowded conditions in the ice cave even when you go with this oldest ice cave company of Iceland.

Here below is a photo from the entrance of the Sapphire Ice Cave in late October 2019. 

25.000 ISK

Max 5 clients

Duration: about
4 hours in total


Easy 1200 meter hike but can be cold.


Hotels and Guesthouses in Oraefi
open in winter and summer


About travelling in winter:

We are located 350 km (4 1/2 hour drive in summer) east of Reykjavík, via road 1. Please note that in icy and wintery conditions the travel time can be much longer. So we reccommend that you stay in a hotel or guesthouse in southeast Iceland the night before the trip. The closest hotel now is the new Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon just 3 km to our east, and the guesthouses in small group of farms called Hof are also close by, only 5 km west of our headquarters in Fagurholsmyri.

Litla Hof (+354 4781670) or nonhamar.is or vesturhus.is Also hotelskaftafell.is and svinafell.com about 18 km west of us.

Of course there are lot more guesthouses on both sides, from the area of the small village Klaustur to the town Höfn. Try www.visitvatnajokull.is or www.south.is for more information.

Book your Ice Cave Tour with FromCoastToMountains here:

The meeting place is located 4 1/2 hour drive away east of Reykjavík in clear road conditions and the duration of the drive often takes much longer time in icy and wintery conditions. We recommend people to stay close to us the night before the tour. We do not repay the trip if you show up late even if driving conditions are wintery at the time.

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Ice Cave Tour

Visit to the Sapphire Ice Cave in Vatnajökull. We go with our Land Rover Defender with max 5 clients at a time. 1 hour drive and then 1200 meters to walk from the Land Rover to the Sapphire Ice Cave. Be aware that there are many other companies going to the same location so we will probably not be only 6 in the ice cave :-)

Departure at 13:00 from Fagurhólsmýri November to March
Price: 25.000, 2-5 people.

ÖRÆFAFERÐIR - FromCoastToMountains - info@FromCoastToMountains.is - GSM +354 8940894

Kt. (ID) 521203-3310  -  VSK nr. (VAT no.) 81705  -  Postal Address: Oraefaferdir - Fagurholsmyri - 785 Oraefi - Iceland

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