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From Vik: Katla Ice Cave Jeep Tour and Glacier Walk

1. From Vik: Katla Ice Cave Jeep Tour and Glacier Walk

Explore a natural ice cave on this guided trip from Vik. Board a jeep in Vík and go off the beaten track into the Icelandic wilderness. Geared up in safety equipment, journey through a landscape of majestic mountains and glaciers toward the Katla Ice Cave. From Vík, jump into a jeep and step into the mighty glaciers and ice caves of South Iceland. Strap on your crampons and helmets to explore this natural phenomenon. Walk across the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier, situated below the Katla volcano. Wander through the cave and marvel at spectacular color combinations of blue, gray and black, as your guide tells you about the Kötlujökull glacier and the Katla ice cave’s formation.

Sólheimajökull: Guided Glacier Hike

2. Sólheimajökull: Guided Glacier Hike

Explore the south coast of Iceland, and walk on one of Iceland’s last remaining glaciers on this guided glacier hiking tour of Sólheimajökull. Put on your crampons and discover crevasses, shafts, and ridges as you learn about the formation and history of this frozen wonderland. Discover one of Iceland's best attractions just a 2-hour drive from Reykjavík. Get a meet and greet from your specialist guide, and then head to the roots of the glacier on arrival. Put on the provided equipment needed to walk across the ice, including helmets, crampons, and ice axes. Spend about 1 hour walking on the stunning outlet glacier of the mighty Mýrdalsjökull to see a lot of different natural formations, including ice cave tunnels and a glacier lagoon. Get detailed explanations about this miracle of nature before the 40-minute hike back to the parking lot.

From Vik or Reykjavik: Katla Ice Cave and Super Jeep Tour

3. From Vik or Reykjavik: Katla Ice Cave and Super Jeep Tour

Discover southern Iceland’s unique ice caves on a guided tour from Vik or Reykavik. Experience breathtaking views as you drive along the country's spectacular south coast. Jump on a Super Jeep and head down a rural road. Approach incredible landscapes and jaw-dropping sights as you make your way to your first stop. Arrive at Myrdalsjokull Glacier and hike across it to reach Kötlujökull Glacier with provided crampons. Explore the frigid blue and black ice cave and admire its interior with your experienced guide. Head back to the minivan for the return drive to Vik or Reykavik.

From Vik: Myrdalsjokull glacier and Katla Ice Cave Tour

4. From Vik: Myrdalsjokull glacier and Katla Ice Cave Tour

Looking for something off the typical tourist track? This is the tour for you! It’s time to jump in a super jeep, strap on your crampons and step onto the mighty Myrdalsjokull glacier. Mother Nature has really outdone herself with this one, the movie-like surroundings and glaciers are everywhere you look. Grandiose ice walls tower over you as you walk among them to enter the magical blue and black ice dome of the outlet glacier named after the powerful volcano Katla. Prepare to have your breath taken away! Mýrdalsjökull glacier is one of the best-known in Iceland- from which the alluring Kötlujökull glacier originates. Kötlujökull is named after the robust Icelandic Volcano Katla, which is covered by the glacier. As the enormous mass of ice has been slowly crawling down from the volcano-mountain, it creates in some of Iceland’s most impressive natural ice caves. On this exhilarating Super Jeep tour, you will get to explore the wonders of this stunning natural phenomenon. You will see why as soon as you step in! We will come to a stop near the roots of Kötlujökull glacier and the view that greets us is otherworldly. 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! Beautiful layers of different colored ice and volcanic ash unfold from the ice as we come closer to the cave, painting impressive stripes in the glacier. Your guide will tell you all about the history of the glacier, the ice cave and the area around it making the tour educating and exciting all at once. This tour is a meet on location from Vík.

From Reykjavík: South Coast Day Trip with Glacier Hike

5. From Reykjavík: South Coast Day Trip with Glacier Hike

Combine a sightseeing tour with a glacier hike on this guided day trip from Reykjavík by bus. Marvel at Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, and Gljúfrabúi waterfalls. Hike on Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Admire Reynisfjara beach and visit Vík í Mýrdal village. Be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavik and pass the Hellisheiðarvirkjun geothermal power plant. Stop at the "Game of Thrones" featured Skógafoss waterfall. Hear the story about the hidden treasure behind the waterfall. Travel to Mýrdalsjökull glacier and listen as your guide gives you safety instructions. Check your safety gear and hit the ice. Hike for 2.5 hours with 1.5 hours spent on the stunning glacier. Head to Reynisfjara's black sand beach. Take in views of the basalt columns facing the beach and try to spot a puffin family. Continue to Seljalandsfoss and Gljúfrabúi waterfalls before heading back to Reykjavík.

From Reykjavik: Guided Exploration of Katla Glacier & Caves

6. From Reykjavik: Guided Exploration of Katla Glacier & Caves

Leave Reykjavik to discover the frozen wilderness of Iceland. Take a scenic drive to the coastal village of Vik, before going off-road in a jeep modified for icy conditions. Arrive at Katla glacier and walk across frozen water to venture into the ice caves. Venture south from Reykjavik to the coast of Iceland. Immerse yourself in the picturesque scenery as you drive, encountering waterfalls, black sand beaches, and breathtaking mountain backdrops. Catch a glimpse of Kekla in the distance, Iceland’s most active volcano. Visit the coastal village of Vik, hopefully not connected to any living Vikings, and get ready for the adventure to begin. Jump into your modified super jeep, capable of driving through anything. Experience the thrill of off-road travel to reach Katla glacier. Arrive in the wondrous icy wilderness and gear up to delve into the ice caves. Walk across the frozen water with provided crampons and find yourself beneath Katla glacier. Marvel at the way the light filters through the caves. 

Private South Coast, Ice Cave, & Black Sands Tour

7. Private South Coast, Ice Cave, & Black Sands Tour

Iceland´s South Coast has many awe-inspiring features, including the beautiful waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss and the stunning Reynisfjara with its unique black sand beach. Visit the top sights of the south and experience the amazing diversity of Iceland, as well as discovering and exploring various local secrets with an experienced guide. This tour is on The south coast of Iceland in a pretty little package! Tour highlights: Our special mix of popular sites and local secrets! Join this fantastic sightseeing tour discovering some of the most beloved natural attractions found along Iceland’s picturesque south coast. This is a great opportunity for visitors to Iceland who have yet to explore this stunning region, as well as those travellers hoping to maximise their holiday time in Iceland. The south coast is widely considered to be one of the most picturesque routes in the whole of Iceland, a region characterised by its rugged shorelines, distant mountainscapes and cascading waterfalls. From your vantage point on the tour bus, you are privy to this incredible scenery, gaining a real insight into just why Iceland is so desirable as a travel destination. You will be making a stop at two of the popular waterfalls found along the South Coast, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. These attractions are available year-round, making them a staple visit on sightseeing tours in Iceland. Both waterfalls cascading at a whopping 65 and 60 metres respectively, Seljalandsfoss differentiates itself by being one of the only waterfalls in Iceland where it is possible to walk directly behind the water. This provides for some really fun, unique snapshots. Skógafoss is wider and more powerful than Seljalandsfoss, and guests here can walk right up to the point the water crashes into the rock pools below. Further along the South Coast, you will make a stop at the hauntingly beautiful black sand beach, Reynisfjara. Here, you can observe the incredible basalt stacks built into the adjacent cliff faces, and stand in awe as the rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean complement this gorgeous panorama. You will also have the opportunity to explore the nearby coastal village of Vik before heading towards Dyrhólaey. Dyrhólaey is a small peninsula that once stood separate from mainland Iceland. Now joined by a land bridge to the rest of the country, this promenade has become famous for its nesting birdlife, a dramatic rock arch and stunning views. From here, you will likely be able to see the outlet glacier, Sólheimajökull, glistening in the distance. We also visit and closely observe a secret ice cave when the conditions allow- this is included in the price. Don’t delay any further! Join this fantastic sightseeing tour today and you too can experience the many beautiful attractions found along Iceland’s South Coast. Check availability by choosing a date.

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What people are saying about Katla Ice Cave

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 681 reviews

a really unique experience! we lucked out and got to see a really nice long and elaborate ice cave which you don't always see since they're changing and melting. our guide was helpful and funny. from reykjavik keep in mind there is a lot of traveling time but that's a given since the caves are a bit away. but well worth it! we also got to see the two of the main waterfalls but only for around 20 minutes but we didn't mind since we did another south coast tour that allowed us to see them and for longer the day before. one of my favorite things I saw the whole trip:)

An alternative and shorter day to the Jokulsarlon Cave tour. From the pick up in the super jeep, to the informative guide (Aaron). Then the actual walk in and the free time to explore and take many pictures. The walk in is easy enough but you do climb up an inlcine and there are tricky little bridges in the cave itself. If you can do this and are short on time - I would highly recommend it.

It was great! Jon was our guide and he is humorous. On the way to the ice cave, he shared some history about Vik. He also recommend us to drive to a nearby island. The ice cave experience was superb and the pace of the hiking was relax and enjoyable.

Honestly what an experience and the guide was such a friendly bloke…. Very knowledgable about the caves etc. honestly would recommend to anyone, excellent customer service ❤️

AWESOME experience!! A must-do Icelandic adventure. Fun and knowledgeable guides were a huge bonus! :)