The ice caves under Iceland’s glacier are the real deal. These are caves sculpted by melt water during the Summer months. The walls and ceiling are carved by glacier rivers. There is no human attention. These are not machine built tunnels.
Ice caves are generally found near ice-field and conveniently they are usually at the edges of glaciers which means that if you have a Jeep with big tyres it can be probably to drive close to them. They are notoriously dangerous and have claimed the lives of many people who have made the wrong decision to enter them. For this reason, our tours always use Highly experienced Glacier Guides who spend many hours accessing the safety of a cave before entering.
On the right you can see an Ice-cave guide asking a group to wait while we finish our photography. Ice caves have become very popular and it is common to have over 30 people at a time.
SEASONS & LOCATIONS
It might be possible to access the Kverkfjöll Ice Caves on the North edge of Vatnjokull Glacier. These caves are formed by volcanic hot water springs. It is easier to access the area in the Summer. These caves have claimed some lives in recent years. Please ask staff at the Sigurðarskáli mountain hut if access is safe.
The Katla ice cave can be access throughout the year and is great for a day tour from Reykjavik. There is an admission fee to access the cave. Superjeep offer a tour including this admission fee as well as a South Coast Superjeep tour .
The caves we visit on our Photo workshops and Jökulsarlon Tours are on the Southern Edge of Vatnjökull Glacier in South East Iceland. The Vatnjökull Ice caves are forged by glacier rivers and sometimes the rivers can fill the entire cave if there is enough melt water in warmer weather. It is the movement of the river that carve the good scalloped walls in the cave. In the Winter months the glacier river will recede allowing access to the Ice-Caves. These are only safe in mid Winter and often have morning sunlight entering the caves. İt is very spectacular.
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