Solheimajokull Dragon Queen Blue Ice Cave & Glacier Hike
Visit the newly discovered Dragon Queen Blue Ice Cave & Glacier Hike. Solheimajokull is known for its mysterious mix of volcanic ash and glacial ice like dragon class. For that reason, one of the bluest and most spectacular ice caves that has been found in Iceland got the name of Dragon Queen Blue Ice Cave. Just off of the Ring Road on Iceland’s South Coast 158 km away from Reykjavík, the Blue Ice Cave is one of the most accessible natural ice cave in the country.
~ 4 Hours
✓ Visit a Natural Blue Ice Cave ✓ Views of Ice Formations ✓ Adventurous Glacier Hike ✓ Small Group Experience
✓ Guided Ice Cave & Glacier Hike Tour, ✓ All Necessary Equipment, ✓ English Speaking Certified Glacier Guide, ✓ Free Parking … and more
Are you ready for the adventure?
Explore the newest Blue Ice Cave on Solheimajokull glacier, one of the bluest and clearest ice caves in Iceland. Its mysterious conditions that consist of volcanic ash and blue glacial ice has been given the name The Dragon Queen Blue Ice Cave. Queen Daenerys Targaryen, the mother of dragons should feel right at home in these phenomenal geological conditions. Located only 2,5 hours from Reykjavík the cave is the most accessible in driving distance.
This tour is the perfect opportunity for you to enjoy two popular Iceland expedition activities, ice caving and glacier hiking. You will start by hiking along Sólheimajökull glacier, in the breathtaking landscape you will see rough ice ridges, blue sinkholes and glacial crevasses.
Your adventure starts when you meet your experienced and certified glacier guide at the parking lot of the glacier by our marked trailer. Here you will be set up will all necessary equipment for this expedition; a helmet, crampons and an ice axe. You will then start your adventurous hike up on the stunning Sólheimajökull glacier. Be hold for the experience of standing on ancient glacier ice. The out-of-this-planet landscape during your expedition will make you feel like a viking explorer. After having hiked for approximately 1,5 hour and finally advancing down a low valley you will enter a totally different world.
The hidden location on the glacier where you will enter a world unlike anything else. Inside this ancient massive ice is an incredible natural blue ice cave. The clear, sparkling diamond walls and ceiling create quite a fairytale experience for all your senses. Even though the ice is a massive hundreds of meters thick its is transparent like glass and when the light hits the cave, it fills the it with all shades of azure and cyan blue tones… A magical natural sight. Along with the blue colour pallete the cave is also decorated by black trails of volcanic ash from ancient and recent eruptions.
This experience is not to be found anywhere else in the world we can assure you, only deep inside an ancient glacier beyond the wall…
Never been in an ice cave before? No worries! Our certified guides will teach you all you need to know and have you walking safely in this environment. Safety equipment and briefings are provided before each tour.
Don’t over think it! Book this tour by selecting a date.
~ 4 Hours
✓ All year
✓ Certified Glacier Guide
✓ Small Group (12 persons max)
✓ Ice Cave Equipment: helmet, harness, crampons, and ice axe
• Hiking boots (available for rent online and on location)
• Warm clothes (first layer)
• Waterproof clothing (second layer)
• Gloves and hat
• This tour is suitable for both single travelers and families.
• No experience is needed.
• Meeting point is by our trailer marked Troll Expeditions on Sólheimajokull parking lot.
• If you are driving in the area, we recommend you visit Dýrholaey.
We will see you at our meeting point, 30 minutes before departure time at our meeting point. Please note that if you arrive after departure time, your place on the tour can’t be guaranteed or refunded.
The meeting point is at our trailer marked Tröll Expeditions in the parking lot of Sólheimajökull where our glacier guides will meet you. You can look up “Troll Expeditions Sólheimajökull” on Google Maps to find the exact location and driving directions click here.
Driving time to Sólheimajökull from Reykjavík is around o Sólheimajökull from Reykjavík is around 2,5 hours in good road conditions. If you arrive early, you can use the restrooms.
Click on the map for the exact location and directions.
What should I wear on the tours?
Weather in Iceland is very unpredictable. For tours during winter: warm clothing as first layer, waterproof jacket with a hoodie, hiking boots with ankle protection and hard sole, a hat and gloves are ideal. For tours during summer, bringing a light rain jacket or a soft shell with a hoodie is in most cases enough protection. Icelanders often say, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes”. Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet.
Do I need hiking boots?
We encourage bringing hiking boots for glacier tours. They have to hard on the sole and tight around the ankle. If you don’t have them, we have them for rent in all sizes in Skaftafell or Sólheimajökull. You can add them to your reservation at the time of booking or rent them on location pay with cash or card. The price is ISK 1,500 per pair. For ice climbing tours, boots are included in the price.
How difficult are glacier hikes?
We offer glacier hiking tours in Skaftafell and one in Sólheimajökull. Both locations either easy or moderate in difficulty. Our tours are considered to be safe for anyone in good physical condition. If you are fit to walk for about an hour on an uneven surface a glacier hike is for you. Longer tours will be more challenging in endurance and some areas of the glacier. We also recommend you remember that we offer all the safety equipment necessary and you will be hiking with a professional and certified glacier guide. If you have specific questions regarding one of our glacier tours, feel free to email us.
If I am pregnant, can I join a glacier hike?
This is a personal choice. We have had pregnant women on our glacier hikes and we always recommend you read the description of the activity to get a better idea. In any case, feel free to contact our Service Team for further questions and concerns.
What if it’s raining?
It rains a lot in Iceland, but we do not let rain stop us from going out and enjoy nature. All we need to do is choose our clothing wisely, which is why we recommend wearing waterproof clothing as the second layer. Of course, safety is our #1 priority. In case of extreme weather conditions, we will cancel our tours and do our best to reschedule. In these cases, you’ll receive a full refund.