The Ice Cave under the Volcano
Natural Ice Cave tour - From Reykjavik
Let Icelandic nature treat you to the most amazing ice cave on a day tour from Reykjavík.
Now it’s time to go off the beaten track!
Prepare for movie-like landscapes and an experience like nothing you have ever done before when visiting the amazing blue and black ice cave dome of Kötlujökull glacier. Go out of the usual tourist trail and enjoy the comfort and excitement of a Super Jeep ride to a jaw dropping natural ice cave and explore the wonders of Icelandic glaciers and mountains.
This tour offers a pick-up from Reykjavík. We also offer the same tour with a meet on location in Vík The Ice Cave under the Volcano from Vík
~ 11 hours
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Scenic Super Jeep ride
- View over Myrdalsjokull
- Visiting a natural Ice Cave
- Epic landscapes
- Expert info on the ice cave
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall (from April 1st)
- Skógafoss Waterfall (from April 1st)
- Pick-up in Reykjavik
- Super Jeep Ride
- Visit to a natural Ice Cave
- Crampons for walking on ice
- Knowledgeable glacier guide
Katla volcano sits quietly inside the famous glacier Mýrdalsjökull and therefore has one of the outlet glacier been names Kötlujökull or Katla’s glacier. Kötlujökull is exceptionally blue and has in recent years slowly crawled down from the highlands creating some of the most stunning natural ice caves Iceland has to offer.
In the beginning the ice caves were quite small but today they are grand and unlike anything you have seen before!
The tour will start in Reykjavík and take you along the enchanting south coast. You will pass charming little towns and rivers with mountains on one side and sea on the other before reaching Vík. There the last participants will be picked up and we keep on going east until making an unexpected turn to the left side off the ring road one and onto a rural road only passable by our Super Jeeps. The vista is stunning with mountains and glaciers all around and the trails just gets rougher and tougher. The drive is a true adventure and the landscape is truly astonishing!
After an exciting drive we will come to a stop right in front of Kötlujökull glacier and straight away you will see the amazing glacier ice layers and epic blue colors. Now it’s time to put on our crampons and walk closer to the ice cave. Prepare to feel like you just walked into the movie scene, at one place the glacier opens up and you walk in between high blue and black ice walls as you go further inside the glacier. Everywhere you look you will see glistening ice and snow that nature has so beautifully places and at the end of the tunnel you will find an opening in the ice into the sky like a church’s dome.
There are no real words to explain the experience, one simply must try!
We walk around inside, taking our time to admire and let it all sink in before returning back out to the wonderland of the Kötlujökull mountains. We will walk around a little to see if the smaller ice caves are accessible before returning back to our enormous truck. On the way back we will first stop at Vík and then at both popular Skógafoss waterfall. This eerie fall is located in the beautiful Skógar area and is also the inspiration to dozens of folklore tales. You will see why as soon as you visit. We recommend to hike up the right side of the waterfall to see the troll’s face that stares at the waterfall for all eternity after forgetting time and turning into stone admiring Skógafoss. We will also stop at the stunning Seljalandsfoss waterfall, on the Seljalands River which flows all the way down from the famous volcano, Eyjafjallajökull!
We will return to Reykjavík around dinner time.
Pick up is at 09:00 am from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
What to bring: Warm clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, hiking boots, head-wear and gloves.
Other pick-up locations are available along the South Coast. These are our available pick-up locations - Reykjavik, Hveragerði, Selfoss, Hella and Hvolsvöllur.
This is a great question. We would like to ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pick-up time as you could be our first pick-up.
Please be at your assigned pick-up location from the start time of your pick-up and wait for your guide to arrive.
Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.
No, absolutely not. Due to safety reasons, it is strictly prohibited. If we suspect that participants are intoxicated we will prohibit them from joining the tour.
Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Special Tours, has been a favorite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time). Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs (the hot spring part is particularly popular with the kids:)). Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
We recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland, we actually recommend that whenever and whereever you travel you take out a good travel insurance, as world travelers ourselves it has saved us money and aggravation many times.
Before starting any of our more technical trips, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their particular trip. The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.
Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.
Last we would like to underline how important it is to dress according to instructions of the tour and the weather of the day. Always read the “what to bring” very well.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.