Ice Cave Tour
In Vatnajökull in southeast Iceland
 
  1. BulletTime of year early or mid November to mid or late March (not on Sundays)

  2. BulletDeparture time Ice Cave Full Frame Tour 9:45 - Ice Cave DX Tour 13:30. Meeting time at 9:30 and 13:15!

  3. BulletMeeting point Local Guide HQ in Fagurhólsmýri (N1 fuel automat at the same location)
    1/2 hour east of Skaftafell and 1/2 hour west Jökulsárlón in southeast Iceland.
    GPS: N63° 52.865 W16° 38.780 (WGS84, Degree-Minutes.Minutes) or 63.881083 - 16.646333 (WGS84, Hd .d°)

  4. BulletEquipment provided helmet (crampons and more glacier gear when needed)

  5. BulletDuration exact time depends on version of the trip and how many participants and how the conditions are to get there. Sometimes we only need to walk few meters from the car, but sometimes 1 km.

  6. BulletPrice Ice Cave DX Tour 14.900 ISK per person and Ice Cave Full Frame Tour 22.900 ISK per person - We will offer reduction of those prices when booked in advance on our booking page.

  7. BulletRecommended gear Good boots or hiking shoes are essential. Sometimes we need to put on crampons, and sometimes the ground can be very muddy in or on the way to ice cave. (In some cases you can rent boots from us if it looks like your shoes are not suitable. Rental fee is 1000 ISK. Please wear warm outdoor clothing. Tripod is recommended for the photo work.

We offer 2 versions of the Ice Cave Tour:
Ice Cave DX Tour
ice cave experience trip
In the afternoon at 13:30 Mondays to Saturdays, we leave with 2-11 clients from LOCAL GUIDE booking office in Fagurholsmyri. Price is 14.900 ISK per person. The duration of the whole trip is often around 2 1/2 hour but that depends on several things, how far we need to drive, how far we have to walk, and how complicated the ice cave is. Although we don’t spend as much time on photography as on the Full Frame Tour, there will always be some time for photos. Photographers that can work fast are welcome but keep in mind that this is more suitable trip for people that only have iPhone or GoPro than the Ice Cave Full Frame Tour. The difference is how long we stay. We always go to the most interesting ice cave conditions allow in both versions of the trip.
We allow kids from 8-16 year old on the trip. The price is 9.900 for kids. It is not allowed to bring younger children on public departure.


Unedited photo from Ice Cave Tour in March 2014.
This is in very nice conditions,

The nicest picture Einar got 2012-13. Taken on 31st of December 2012

Nice conditions in an Ice Cave in Vatnajökull on the 20th of December 2013

Bigger Groups
    Of course we will still be taking groups or photo workshops that have more members than 8 or 11 persons, and a group like that can contact us directly via info@localguide.is or mobile phone +354 8940894 and we would set up the departure to suit a bigger group if we are not booked with individuals already. For serious photography plan the 9:45 departure, but otherwise the 13:30 departure. For groups with 9+ clients we offer group price.
Other info
    In autumn each year we start looking for the ice caves for the winter. Normally we find caves in several different locations on the south side of Vatnajökull. Sometimes they are very special, sometimes not as special, but become very special in the right light and conditions. Some caves we find are very stable and we can go in there in any weather, but others are less safe and we might not even go there at all, even if they are very beautiful. Some caves are only accessible in below zero conditions for example if there is water in the floor that needs to be frozen over to walk into the cave.
   The cave we choose from day to day depends on the time of winter, time of day, weather and other conditions at the time. We always go to the most interesting cave available at each time. We normally go into one cave per trip, and we expect that serious photographers might need an hour to work on their pictures once inside the cave.
    We can do the trip in most cases, unless if the winds in the area are too strong for safely driving and traveling in southeast Iceland. (It is strongly recommended that you put valid phone number on the booking form, so we could warn you if weather is crazy). Of course we always go to the nicest ice cave possible, but in some cases the most interesting caves are not accessible due to weather etc. so we might have to use back up locations, (or we might only be able to go into small part of a cave that is otherwise very big). We do not repay the trip even if we can not go to world greatest cave at the time, the price you are paying is partly for our exploring for caves, and preparing your trip. We might repay part of the trip if we decide we are not going to do the trip due to weather or other conditions, but it is us that decide this, not the client. If something comes up that prevent us to do the trip, even when the conditions are fine, of course we would repay the trip fully.mailto:info@localguide.isshapeimage_8_link_0
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Ice Cave Full Frame Tour
ice cave photography trip
    At 9:45 in the morning six days a week, we leave with 2-8 clients at a time from our HQ in Fagurhólsmýri.
    The price is 22.900 ISK per person, and minimum 2 persons to start with. Duration around 3 hours. (That depends on several things, how far we need to drive, how far we have to walk, and how complicated the ice cave is).
    We don’t bring more than 8 clients at a time, so in hard conditions we should loose less time getting on crampons etc. and if there is little space in the ice cave it will be easier for everyone to get the photos they are after. 
    We don’t offer kid price on this version of the trip, and the minimum age of client is 13 year old.
    Of course we can not know if some pirate companies from Reykjavík come to the same cave while we are there, but we have agreement with the other local mountain guide companies not to organize the departures at the same time to the same cave. This of course also mean that we don’t have unlimited time in the ice cave either, the other companies also need their time. In most cases we should have over an hour to ourself in the cave if needed.


    It is OK to bring DX camera on this trip. In fact the photographers/guides at Local Guide all use DX format cameras :-)

    About Private Tours. If a small party of photographers wants to have the trip private, they can book the Ice Cave Full Frame Tour and pay or 8 clients even if they are less than 8. We guarantee that we don’t add more clients on such departure. Of course this is only possible on trips that no other people have booked into yet.