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Katla Ice Cave in South Iceland | Available All Year Round

Overview

Experience Iceland’s contrasting nature by stepping inside an authentic ice cave which sits on top of a mighty volcano. This is the perfect tour for those looking for a unique adventure to spice up their road trip in South Iceland.

The Katla Ice Cave is the only natural ice cave accessible all year round and the closest one to Reykjavík city, making this trip perfect for both summer and winter visitors alike, as well as those with limited time in this land of ice and fire. 

Katla Ice Cave is located inside Mýrdalsjökull, a large glacier which sits on top of the active Katla Volcano. To reach the cave, you need to travel through ancient backroads in a large 4×4 vehicle known as a super jeep. At the start of this tour, you will meet your guide at the little village of Vík, situated a short distance from the famous Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. Here you will board the super jeep and head towards the glacier.

The route is bumpy and quite the adventure in itself but the scenery hauntingly beautiful. Along the way, your friendly guide will tell you about how volcanic eruptions and glacial floods came to shape the area into the bare and barren shape it is in now. They will also tell you about Katla, the evil witch who inspired the name of the volcano and the ice cave. 

At the foot of the glacier, you will receive all gear necessary for this trip, including crampons and a helmet with a torch. You can then step inside the 800-year-old ice cave to see its glittering white and blue walls which are streaked with black ash from past volcanic eruptions. 

After taking your time admiring the ice and taking enough photos for your social media accounts, you will go back to the super jeep. Before returning to Vík, your guide will go off-road to a private beach and drive on the smooth black sand, giving you a fantastic view of the ocean and surrounding nature.

Add a one-of-a-kind ice cave adventure to your holiday in the land of ice and fire. Book now to secure your spot on this fantastic tour. 

Included

  • English-speaking, experienced and qualified guide
  • Use of all ice cave gear and safety equipment
  • Pick-up and drop-off from Vík village
  • Stops at 2-3 natural Ice Caves (including the “Secret” Ice Cave)
  • Super jeep ride to the ice cave and an off-the-beaten-path experience
  • Visit to a private black sand beach

Not included

  • Pick-up from Reykjavík
  • Meals and refreshments

Good to know

  • Please be at the tour starting location 20 minutes before the starting time.
  • This is a small-group tour, 2-12 people per guide
  • The difficulty level is set to ‘moderate’ which means that all those in good health should be able to participate. Those who exercise regularly, are able to walk for 2-6 hours every day, and are used to all-terrain walks should be just fine.

What to bring

  • Warm and waterproof clothes
  • Good hiking shoes with ankle support

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