For the last couple of years I’ve been getting a lot of questions from people about ice caves in Vatnajökull (The Crystal Cave), how to get to them and who to do it with.
This is a fairly recent thing, tours to ice caves I mean, so I had never been to one and didn’t really know which company to recommend.
At the beginning of the month I had some time off so I planned a little vacation out of the city with the boyfriend and since we were headed towards Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon anyway I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to check out these caves and get answers to your questions. In fact, they were more or less booked out throughout February.
Because the company was quite unresponsive answering my e-mails I didn’t find out they were completely booked out until it was too late to organize something else but I’ve heard it probably didn’t matter because most of the tours were booked out anyway.
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You might be wondering why we didn’t just go check out the caves ourselves, I mean we’re locals after all so we should know where to go.
The reason why is pretty simple: you never climb or walk on glaciers on your own, unless you know them well and you’ve had some training.
When we visited Svínafellsjökull glacier for example we passed the memorial of two German hikers that got lost on that glacier a few years ago. If I remember correctly they were experienced hikers too.
The ice cave season in Iceland is rather short or from November to March.