A fabulous scenic drive that ended in an Ice Cave

  • Crystal Cave in Vatnajökull Glacier
  • The second cave, Crystal Cave
  • The Black Dimond ice cave
  • The view along the way was great
  • Lómagnúpur mountain near Skaftafell
Mar 10 2017

I started my four and a half hour drive early as the weather forecast was great. I was on my way to visit Ice Caves for my information web page Hit Iceland. Although I had traveled to most places in Iceland in the last two years, I had not visited an Ice Cave.  I anticipated a magnificent mountain and glacier view along the way and wanted to have time to photograph before reaching my destination.  I was on my way to Jökulsárlón where I was to meet Little Siggi, an ice cave tour operator at South East Tours.  Fortunately, I had about two hours to spare for photography.  The drive is part of the Ring Road in Iceland from Reykjavík where I live to the famous iceberg lagoon Jökulsárlón. The place where Little Siggi has his meeting point.  The weather was great, and I consistently found myself stopping the car and running out with the camera. 

Little Siggi the tour operator knows his way around the area

Arriving at Jökulsárlón, I was greeted by Little Siggi who is not so little despite the nickname. Sounds like a name that he got stuck with when growing up in the small town Höfn, not far from Jökulsárlón. Little Siggi is a local operator who knows the terrain, the glacier, the ice caves and the whole area like the palm of his hand.  A man who goes out of his way to avoid driving over elves as he knows where they live.

The Black Dimond cave with a hole in the bottom

The first cave was Black Dimond a rather small and dark ice cave. The reason for the dark color is the ash from a major eruption in the glacier Öræfajökull ages ago.  Ash stuck in the ice but clearly visible through the transparent layer of clean ice in front of it. Although small the cave has a narrow path that I crawled to see the hole at the end.

Crystal Cave in Vatnajökull Glacier

The second ice-cave, Crystal Cave, is much bigger and quite popular among our visitors.  It is a breathtaking sight to walk the large cave with its blue color above you and the transparent layer of ice.  You can't help thinking if there is something stuck in the ice from another century.  Possibly an old Viking that got lost centuries ago and the glacier has protected. It is simply a very unusual place to visit and a very rare sight.

If you are planning a trip to Iceland in the time period between November and March, a visit to an ice cave should most definitely be on your list.

Read this important article written by a local expert before you choose a car.