ICELANDIC ICE CAVE GUIDES
Icelandic Ice Cave Guides is an internationally recognized guiding operation, established in 2010 as a part of the Goeco Team, that prides itself on providing the most incredible glacier experiences.
Combining traditional guiding techniques with modern innovations we are able to access glacier terrain normally only seen by experienced mountaineers. We make a clear commitment to our clients, that a tour with us is the most spectacular and rewarding available.
Our skill at step-cutting and track formation are what gives our trips the edge.
Our rigorous guide training program ensures our guides possess these skills in abundance, and we proudly claim to be the best. Each day prior to the first commercial tour, our guides inspect the glacier and cut large, step-lines and walking tracks. Your time on the ice will be monitored by our experienced guides, whilst passing through the unique terrain and impressive ice formations.
The glaciers and ice caps of Iceland cover 11.1% of the land area of the country (about 11,400 km² out of the total area of 103,125 km²) and have a considerable impact on its landscape and meteorology. An ice cap is a mass of glacial ice that covers less than 50,000 km² of land area covering a highland area and they feed outlet glaciers.
Many Icelandic ice caps and glaciers lie above volcanoes, such as Grímsvötn and Bárðarbunga, which lie under the largest ice cap, Vatnajökull. The caldera of Grímsvötn is 100 km² in area, and Bárðarbunga is 60 km².
When volcanic activity occurs under the glacier, the resulting meltwater can lead to a sudden glacial lake outburst flood, known in Icelandic as jökulhlaup, but jökulhlaups are most often caused by accumulation of meltwater due to geothermal activity underneath the glacier. Such jökulhlaups have occasionally triggered volcanic eruptions through the sudden release of pressure.
Iceland is losing ice due to climate change. Okjökull glacier in Borgarfjörður, West Iceland, has lost its glacier title and is now simply known as “Ok”. In order to fit the criteria glaciers need to be thick enough to sink and move under their own weight, which Ok is not. Ok is the first Icelandic glacier to lose its title.
List of Icelandic Glaciers
Icelandic Ice Cave Guides works in one of the most significant natural features in Iceland. Our commitment to respecting this environment has been recognized in 2015 with the achievement of an Icelandic ECO company of the year by Luxury Travel Guide.
Icelandic Ice Cave Guides undertakes a number of local activities to help preserve the environment we operate in, including:
Your guide will be able to share with you the various activities we undertake in the region to preserve the environment.