Ice Cave & Helicopter Tour – Skaftafell

Ice Cave & Helicopter Tour from Skaftafell
Ice Cave & Helicopter Tour from Skaftafell
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Tour description

When you arrive at Skaftafell Terminal, we’ll warmly greet you at our reception. Your pilot and glacier guide will review the flight route and conduct a safety briefing before we head out to the helicopter.

We’ll then embark on an exhilarating scenic helicopter ride over the sprawling glacier, allowing you to enjoy breathtaking views in comfort. Our destination is Skeiðarárjökull glacier, part of Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull. After landing, we’ll take a short walk to the entrance of our secret glacier ice cave.

Inside the glacier tunnel, you’ll marvel at the sapphire blue ice with its vivid shapes and patterns. The serenity and sense of wonder inside the glacier are truly magical. After our ice cave expedition, the helicopter will bring you back to Skaftafell Terminal.

Please note:

  • Age limit: 10 years old
  • Minimum requirement: 4 person minimum passenger requirement for this tour to operate. Fewer people can book this tour and we will do our best to combine your with other bookings. 
  • We strongly recommend participants to go over our list of equipment and be well prepared for the tour. If participants are not adequately prepared or dressed according to the weather conditions, Iceguide reserves the right to refuse them to participate in the tour to ensure safety.
  • From time to time the ice caves change. They can even change within the season. For this reason it´s good not to expect to see them exactly as they are on the pictures. Many circumstances can be different, like for example the weather, the light or their size, which can change the whole picture. They are always beautiful and unique just the way they are!
  • Helicopter landings are only done when deemed safe by our pilots. 

What's Included

  • Pilot-guided helicopter tour with noise-cancelling headsets during the helicopter ride
  • All necessary glacier gear such as helmet, crampons, harness, Ice axe, etc. provided by your glacier guide. Your guide will evaluate each time which gear is necessary.
  • Free parking at Skaftafell Terminal – Tour Center

What do I need to bring?

  • Base layer (shirt and long johns) synthetic or wool, mid layer such as good sweater, wool or fleece.
  • Mid layer such as fleece jacket, thick wool garment, prima-loft jacket or similar. Second mid layer can be added for colder days. Hiking pants, fleece or soft shell or similar.
  • Waterproof breathable jacket like Gore-Tex jacket and pants or similar.
  • Good thermal headwear and gloves.
  • Socks, synthetic or wool.
  • Small backpack (Can be handy to carry camera, rain gear and all extras).
  • Good hiking boots are essential. The boots should be high enough to provide good ankle support.
  • Regular street shoes or sneakers are not appropriate shoe wear for this trip!
  • Jeans are not accepted for our Ice cave tours!

Why Your Friend in Reykjavik Recommends This Tour

You’ll enjoy an exhilarating helicopter ride over Skeiðarárjökull glacier, leading to a short walk to a secret glacier ice cave where you’ll marvel at the sapphire blue ice before returning to the terminal.

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