Iceland is home to a variety of incredible ice caves, offering visitors the opportunity to travel back to a time when ice ruled the world. Iceland ice caves come in all shapes and sizes, with some of the most beautiful ice formations one can ever see such as Frozen rivers, sapphire blue ice and diamond-like walls.
The tricky part for me is finding ice cave tour which is family friendly as we are going with our 5 yo and it would be too bad if we are going to miss this opportunity. There are all kind of ice caves in Iceland. There is the man made ice cave in Langjokull which suits all ages (you can book thru intotheglacier.is for the complete experience) , the Katla ice cave near Vik which you can visit all year long and the blue ice cave in Vatnajokull glacier which you can only visit during winter (November to March). Among the three options, the blue ice cave is the most beautiful and the most challenging to visit. Hence majority of the tours are not suitable for children.
After browsing various tours I finally come across a small independent glacier tour which is family friendly and willing to accept our 5 yo. The company name is Glacierjourney.is and they are going to make our tour suitable for our girl. There is also another tour based in Vatnajokull, but we decided to go with Glacierjourney.is after exchanging emails with Laufey, the owner.
If you want to do blue ice cave tour, it is recommended to stay near the Jokulsarlon or Vatnajokull area because the pick up point is at Jokulsarlon parking lost and there is usually only two tours a day (morning and afternoon). That is why we are staying in Hali as we would like to do a morning tour.
Katla ice cave tour usually do pick up from Vik Town and Langjokull ica cave tour can do pick up from Reykjavik.
Laufey, the owner of Glacierjourney.is messaged us the night before the tour to confirm if we would still be doing the tour as a lot of people were cancelling the tour due to the pandemic. We told her we were already on our way to Hali and we should be at the pick up point tomorrow. She told us the weather should be fine tomorrow but she would update us again in the morning. None of us realized that the tour would be the last ice cave tour for the season as few days after our tour EU countries including Iceland are closing borders.
Our guide, Andre picked us up at the meeting point at Jokulsarlon parking area and gave us orientation on what to expect. We were going to ride in the monster truck which would take us to Vatnajokull national park. From there we would walk to the ice cave and saw glacier along the way. As Alyssa was not coming, we were doing the normal tour instead of a shorter one. The guide also reminded us if we wore suitable waterproof boots because if we didn’t have them we could also rent from them. He also gave us ice crampon and helmet to wear later on.
After 30 minutes ride the guide parked the truck and we started walking. He told us that usually it is not snowing much in March. But this time around it snows alot and thus the ice cave are very beautiful. He told us we are very lucky. Yay 😊
Be prepared to wow when we stepped inside. We have read that the ice cave is actually small and there will be a lot of people so we have to take turn when taking pictures. However due to many cancellation there were very few people inside. In fact only 2 groups were there including us so it felt good to have the ice cave for ourselves.
From this cave we walk to another bigger cave
The third cave we’re going has this black and white feel and the ice had a dragon like sculpture.
It started to rain as we were making our way back to the truck. The path was trickier as the snow got muddy everytime we stepped into them. I was so glad that I have invested in solid waterproof boots which didn’t hurt my feet and kept my toes warm and dry.
If you have time after the tour finishes, I strongly recommend to have a nice yummy lobster soup in Heimahumar food truck. I swore it was the yummiest lobster soup I ever tasted throughout our Iceland trip. Nothing beats a warm soup after a long walk on the ice
Thank you Glacier Journey! We had a safe and amazing experience exploring ice caves.