Glacier Hiking

The Ice Cave Beneath the Volcano | IS-AA-KICVIK / AA-KICRVK

Amazing Katla Ice Cave Tour & Super Jeep Ride - From Vik or Reykjavik

About Tour

Step off the usual tourist trail and do something totally different. You enter Katla´s glacier, Kötlujökull, through a truly magical ‘gateway’ as blue & black ice-walls stand like sentinels on either side of you. Inside this ice-dome you will feel you are in a magical Hollywood scene. This tour is available with transfer from Reykjavik, and from our meeting location at Vik in South Iceland.

Highlights

  • Scenic Super Jeep Ride
  • View Over Myrdalsjokull
  • Explore a Natural Ice Cave
  • Untamed Landscapes
  • Small-Group Experience
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall (From Reykjavik option only)
  • Skogafoss Waterfall (From Reykjavik option only, from mid-Feb to mid-Nov)

Step off the usual tourist trail and do something totally different. You enter Katla´s glacier, Kötlujökull, through a truly magical ‘gateway’ of blue/black ice-walls.

Kötlujökull, the outlet glacier which is home to this unbelievably stunning ice cave, is part of the majestic and very famous Mýrdalsjökull glacier. The name, Kötlujökull, serves to remind us that the capricious volcano, Katla, has its home beneath this icecap.

The twin elements of Mýrdalsjökulls ice and Katla´s infernal fire have certainly combined to create a stupendous wonder of nature. On this really exciting Super Jeep tour, we take you to the biggest and the best Katla Ice Cave. Many people are calling this ‘Katla´s Ice Cave Dome’, stepping in through the glorious but totally natural entrance you will understand why.

  • Super Jeep
  • Small group
  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Expert guides
Availability All year
Duration 3 / 11 hours
Departs From Vik / Reykjavik
Difficulty Easy
Ratio 1:14
Minimum age 6
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up Yes

Customer reviews on TripAdvisor

September 20, 2021

Use them!

We did two trips with Adventures.com; Glacier Wonders and Ice Cave under a Volcano and both were amazing. Neither were physically challenging but both landscapes were beautiful. The guides knew so much and shared this well. Highly recommend this company.

Reviewed by Potch24

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What's Included

Included

  • Super Jeep Ride
  • Visit a Natural Ice Cave
  • Crampons for Walking on Ice
  • All Required Safety Equipment
  • English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Sturdy shoes or boots
  • Warm headwear
  • Gloves and scarf
  • Camera (optional)

Not Included

  • Lunch or snacks (we recommend you pack a lunch and bring a full water bottle)
  • Pick up and drop off (if you choose the meet on location option)

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Itinerary

Find out more details about the tour and its highlights.

Information

Siting On Bench Near Katla Ice Cave In Iceland

This tour is offered either as a meet on location tour from Vik or with a pick-up from Reykjavik. Please specify which option you prefer in checkout.

Starting out in Reykjavík

You will pass through beautiful countryside and coastal areas, the road is always threading a path between the mountains and the ocean. Expect spectacular views all the way to Vík!

In Vík, you'll change vehicles and jump in a giant Superjeep, which will take you on rough roads towards the glacier! As your journey heads east we will take a turn inland, your Super Jeep adventure will take you over really rugged terrain, as mountain glacier landscapes loom around you. When you come to a halt the dramatic Kötlujökull glacier will be standing right before you, with dense ice walls striped with black ash-layers.

After the tour, you'll change vehicles and we'll hit the road again back to the capital. When the length of the daylight allows us (from 1st of February until 15th of November), we'll make stops at the two of Iceland's most famous waterfalls: Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss.

Skógafoss is about 60 meters high (~200 ft) and 25 meters (~80ft) wide, and has been the inspiration to dozens of folklore tales which your driver-guide will share with you. You can take the stairs and hike up the right side of the waterfall to see it from above. The view is majestic from there!

Please note: Due to limited daylight periods, we are not able to stop at Skógafoss in wintertime (from 16th of November until 31st of January). Only from 1st of February, throughout the Spring, Summer, and Autumn until 15th of November do we stop at both of the waterfalls on this tour.

We will also stop (all year round) at the stunning Seljalandsfoss waterfall, the one you can walk behind. Seljalandsfoss is also 60 meters high (~200 ft) it's located on the Seljalands River which flows all the way down from the famous volcano, Eyjafjallajökull!

If you decide to meet us on-location

If you booked the Meet-on -location tour, your tour starts in Vík (about 2.5 hours driving time from Reykjavík). There, you will meet everyone onboard the Super Jeep. To begin with, we travel in an easterly direction. Before long, we turn off Highway 1. for the incredibly exciting journey to Kötlujökull.

Leaving signs of habitation far behind us we traverse the roughest tracks, always heading for the root of the magnificent Kötlujökull glacier - this outback journey through mountain scenery is an exhilarating adventure in itself!

Please note that the meet-on-location tour (from Vík) does not include any other stops but the Ice cave.

small group hiking towards myrdalsjokull glacier

Arriving at the foot of the glacier, we will take on our crampons and helmets, and take a short walk to the opening of the ice cave. We might need to climb a few steps on ladders to the entrance of the cave. As the natural ice cave is in a constant change, conditions can be different at each tour. The climb is, however, not difficult at all and anyone in an average physical condition should be able to climb these steps. It might look adventurous but it is not demanding at all!

The kind of sights that will greet you when we stop at the base of Kötlujökull glacier are not so easy to portray in words. Your first impression will be of stripe upon stripe of differently colored ice forming stunning layers in the glacial ice. This is a totally stunning and unearthly place. Visiting the Katla Ice Cave is a mesmerizing, and also an educational experience. Your guide will share the fascinating history of the ice cave with you, together with some interesting facts about the glacier and the surrounding area.

The drive back to Vík will give you a whole new vantage point on some incredible vistas, in winter the sun will sink behind the mountains giving a wonderful sunset. On this tour, you should keep your camera to hand!

  • If you select the pickup from Reykjavik option, our tour guide will pick you up at your chosen meeting location at the time specified at booking.
  • If you choose to meet the tour in Vik, our tour guide will connect with you at The Ice Cave Bistro/Restaurant in Vík. By the entrance at the back of the building, you will be able to find our guide holding an “Arctic Adventures” sign or standing by a Super Jeep marked with an Arctic Adventures sign in the window. The tour will start from Vík (approximately 2.5 hours from Reykjavik) where you will join everyone in a Super Jeep for the exciting day ahead.

Warm clothing is absolutely essential! We cannot stress enough how important it is to bring warm and waterproof clothing, warm headwear, gloves, and sturdy shoes.

  • Due to limited daylight periods, we are not able to stop at Skógafoss in the wintertime (from mid-November until mid-February). Only from mid-February until mid-November do we stop at both of the waterfalls on this tour. 
  • The meet on location tour (from Vík) does not include any other stops but the ice cave.
  • Ice caves are constantly changing, so they might not look exactly like they do in pictures or videos. They're still always remarkable!

FAQ

Still got questions about the tour? Hopefully you will find the answer here.

The caves are in a constant change so they might look different from what you see in the picture. Air temperature, sunshine, precipitation, geothermal activity, and many other factors cause significant changes in the formation of the ice caves and this process is exclusively controlled by Mother Nature.

We will visit the best available naturally formed ice cave during this tour and the cave we visit is chosen based on conditions and safety each time.

Iceland is known for unforeseeable weather. It is likely that you can see all 4 seasons in one day.

Dressing for that kind sort of weather can always be demanding so we always suggest dressing in layers. 3 or 4 upper layers are highly recommended, for example, a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment topped off with a waterproof windbreaker.

Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they are not suitable for the weather conditions, they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet.

Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are convenient and wear wind/waterproof pants over. There is high UV and sunlight reflecting off on the glacier so we highly recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy.

You will need sturdy hiking shoes that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours. If you do not own a pair then we rent out suitable hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers.

It is good to bring your own backpack on our full day or half day tours. It’s the best carry-on for a small lunch, extra clothes and other necessary items.

The scenery on the tour is full of stunning, scenic views that are photographable so you should definitely bring your camera along.

This is surely a personal choice, we do not deny pregnant women on our glacier trips but we highly recommend you to take a closer look at our trip description and difficulty ratings, they will hopefully give you a better idea. We also recommend you to contact your physician, as pregnant women’s health can be quite different. If you have any further questions or concerns then feel free to contact us.

Lunch is not provided on any of our trips, therefore we recommend you to bring your own lunch especially for the longer trips, snacks and a bottle of water (you can refill it on the trip).

Crampons make you enable to walk on the glacier ice without slipping. They are metal spikes that we attach to the soles of your hiking shoes.

Yes, we have specially trained and certified glacier guide on every glacier tour that we offer. And for our 3rd party tours we only partner with operators that meet our quality and safety standards.

Yes, we provide you with all necessary glacier gear for our glacier hiking tours. Ice axe, harness, and helmets are provided. This will help you to complete the tour safely.

Iceland is known to have a lot of snow and when the snow stays long enough in one place than it turns to ice. Over long periods of time, the ice layers up becoming huge blocks called glaciers. It forms to create ginormous glaciers that sweep across huge masses of land. Iceland is home of the largest glacier in Europe that is called Vatnajökull. The Glacier Guides can tell you more about and everything you need to know about the Glaciers.

Rain is common in Iceland but we never let the rain be in our way to go forward with our tours.
That’s why we highly recommend appropriate clothing so you can be warm and dry on the tours.
Nature is out of our control and therefore we need to adapt to the weather. Your safety is our first priority so if your safety is compromised by going on the tour then we will cancel it and you will get full reimbursement.

The guide on your Glacier Hiking tour will provide you with all the information you might need when preparing for a glacier hike.

Reviews

4.9
Based on 13 reviews

The Ice Cave Beneath the Volcano

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More than just an ice cave

Reviewed on September 25, 2021 by Michael J Parkinson From our post-trip system

The ice cave was cool, but the ride in the super jeep and the hike on the glacier were also very enjoyable. Our tour guide was passionate about the tour and glaciers in general, and it was contagious.

Wonderful Experience

Reviewed on September 20, 2021 by Kaylie Gibbs From our post-trip system

The Ice Cave Tour on Katla Volcano was a unique, wonderful and memorable experience of our recent Iceland vacation. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and led the group on a fantastic journey. Covid friendly as well! Highly recommend this tour for anyone traveling to the Vik area.

Fantastic experience

Reviewed on March 15, 2020 by Adrian Harris From our post-trip system

Loved our tour. The super jeep experience was great - both our guides for the ice cave and the full day were both great. Would highly recommend!!!

Katla Ice Cave Tour

Reviewed on by Matej Glavac From our post-trip system

You can’t control the weather in Iceland (or anywhere, for that matter), but you can control the experience and the team provided a great tour! Obviously, the cave was amazing, but nature did all the work there. Our driver from Reykjavik to the meeting point in Vik (Ivar) was great, giving us some cool Iceland facts (not just the “normal” stuff) and Helgi (I hope I spelled it correctly) gave us a fun drive out to the glacier and walk to the cave. The ride back to Reykjavik was a big highlight as well, as I got to ride up front with Ivar and talk about all things Icelandic (people, politics, culture, etc.) with a local and get a real look into the land of “fire and ice”.

Reviewed on by Al Castillo From our post-trip system

One of the most memorable excursions I’ve been on. The drive up to the cave was intense, helping pull other vehicles out of the snow and almost getting stuck ourselves, our driver was amazing though and was always able to find his way. The cave itself was an unforgettable experience, tour guides were very knowledgeable, very informative and also added good humor throughout the tour. Will absolutely recommend Adventures.com to others who visit. Thank you for an amazing experience

Great experience

Reviewed on by David From our post-trip system

Planned this trip last minute and was worried the ride was too far from the city but it was worth the trip. Interesting and fun trip that was well organized. Not over crowded either.

Great Tour of a Beautiful Location

Reviewed on by Marium From our post-trip system

I am so happy I booked this ice cave tour! It was an opportunity to see something in Iceland we would have never been able to drive or hike to on our own. The landscape was absolutely stunning and the ice cave was so pretty. The tour gives you clamp ons and lights so that is helpful. The only complaint was that it was hard to hear the tour guide at times. Our group was a bit large so a mic or something in the van would have been helpful. At first I thought the tour was a bit pricey, but compared to all the other tours and also for what we saw it was 100% worth it!

Great Tour

Reviewed on by Johndinca From our post-trip system

The drive from the meeting spot to the cave was worth it alone. Incredible landscape you won't see from the main roads. Very glad I did it!

The Archetypal Iceland Tour

Reviewed on by T Austin From our post-trip system

This tour gave us photo memories of Iceland that we will cherish for many years.

Great trip, even if the Ice Cave itself was a little small

Reviewed on by Jon From our post-trip system

"The trip in the super-jeep (don't refer to it as a bus!) was great fun, with some minor off-roading.  The drive out to the ice cave was about 25 minutes and good fun with great scenery.  Helped by the fact i got the front seat.
 
I found the guide good fun to talk to with his dry Icelandic humour.  The tour itself was well run and organised.  
 
I hadn't appreciated how DIRTY the glacier / ice-cave would be.  There hadn't been any rain for a few days so everything was covered in this fine dust which actually made it hard to differentiate the mountains from the glacier.  Also, the dust is REALLY fine and can blow in your eyes (i wouldn't recommend wearing contact lenses for this trip).  
 
Whilst it was cool to be in a cave of ice, especially where the walls are thinner and you can see light shining through, however, the cave was actually more of a tunnel (with an opening both ends) and not that big.
 
Overall, a worthwhile trip and glad I did it."

Ice Cave

Reviewed on by Clive From our post-trip system

The tour under the glacier was great .However be prepared to be in very tight spaces could have done with the use of knee pads . The guide and driver was very friendly .

Awesome tour, great guide!

Reviewed on by Cait From our post-trip system

We loved this tour - our guide was great, and the experience was amazing! The drive out to the cave was exciting, and then the hike to the cave, and the nearby waterfall, were our favorite experience of our trip to Iceland.

One of the most memorable excursions I’ve been on

Reviewed on by Al Castillo From our post-trip system

The drive up to the cave was intense, helping pull other vehicles out of the snow and almost getting stuck ourselves, our driver was amazing though and was always able to find his way. The cave itself was an unforgettable experience, tour guides were very knowledgeable, very informative and also added good humor throughout the tour. Will absolutely recommend Adventures.com to others who visit. Thank you for an amazing experience

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