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The Ice Cave under the Volcano

Katla Volcano Ice Cave Tour from Reykjavík

The Ice Cave under The Volcano, Ice Cave Tour in Iceland

Let Icelandic nature treat you to the most amazing ice cave on a day tour from Reykjavík.

Glacier-Hiking Ice-Caving

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 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

  • Availability

    All year

  • Duration

    ~ 11 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level


  • Pickup


  • Meet on location


  • Min. Age

    6 years

  • Ratio


  • Departs from


  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    24.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
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 & drop off in Reykjavik
Super Jeep Ride
Visit to a natural Ice Cave
Crampons for walking on ice
English Speaking Glacier Guide
Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

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 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!

The Ice Cave Under the Volcano
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 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 as you go further inside the glacier. Everywhere you look, you will see glistening ice and snow that nature has so beautifully created for us to appreciate.

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 waterfallon the Seljalands River which flows all the way down from the famous volcano, Eyjafjallajökull!

The Ice Cave Under the Volcano

We will return to Reykjavík around 08:00 pm approximately.

Pick-up Information

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.

Please note

Other pick-up locations are available along the South Coast. These are our available pick-up locations - Reykjavik, Hveragerði, Selfoss, Hella and Hvolsvöllur.

In the darkest months, from November 1st - February 16th, we won‘t be able to stop at Skogafoss due to limited daylight. However, we will have a view of Skogafoss from the car and you will be able to see the amazing Reynisdrangar basalt sea stacks from Vik.

How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

Here you should wait for your guide.

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.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.

After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

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 Elding has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).

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. 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.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

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.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.

All of our tours are guided in English.

Can the guide advise if I am eligible for rescheduling the tour and/or a refund?

No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.

For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.


How does carbon offsetting work?

We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.

The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us.

Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk, and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.

Does the ice cave always look exactly the same as on the pictures?

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.

What should I wear on our glacier trip in Iceland?

Iceland is known for colourful weather. It can sometimes show you all 4 seasons in one day.

Dressing for this sort of weather can be a challenge so we always recommend dressing in layers.  3 or 4 upper layers are highly recommended such as 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 become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet.

Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflecting off of the glacier.

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

Do I need to bring a backpack on a glacier trip in Iceland?

We recommend bringing your own backpack on our full day or 1/2 day tours. It’s great to carry a small lunch and some extra clothing.

Can I bring my camera along on an ice cave tour?

You can bring your camera along, and you should definitely bring one since the setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.

I am pregnant, can I still join a glacier hike?

This is, of course, a personal choice, we have often had pregnant women on our trips. We recommend you take a close look at our trip description and difficulty rating, they will hopefully give you a better idea. It is also good to contact your physician, pregnant women’s health can be quite different. Feel free to contact us if you have further questions or concerns.

Do I need to bring a lunch with me on the ice cave tours?

We do not provide lunch on any of our trips, so we recommend you bring your own lunch (for the longer trips), snacks and a bottle of water (you can refill it on the trip).

What are crampons?

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

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures ice cave tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified glacier guide on every ice cave tour that we offer.

Where can I find more information about Ice Caves?

The Ice Caves in Iceland are truly magical. If you want to learn more about them this information page on Ice Caves will be a great help.

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Price from: 24.990 ISK


If you are staying downtown Reykjavik please read this information about pickup.

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