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Looking for something off the typical tourist track? Then this is the tour for you!

It's time to jump in a Super Jeep, strap on your crampons, and step into the mighty glaciers and ice caves of South Iceland.

Prepare for movie-like landscapes and jaw-dropping sights like nothing you've ever done before. We'll hike across the Myrdalsjokull glacier, then visit the amazing blue and black ice cave of the Kötlujökull glacier on Mt. Katla.

Mother Nature has really outdone herself with this one!

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.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a scenic Super Jeep ride
  • Go on a glacier hike on Myrdalsjokull glacier
  • Visit a natural glacier ice cave
  • Enjoy epic Landscapes
  • See Seljalandsfoss waterfall (From Reykjavik only)
  • See Skogafoss waterfall (From Reykjavik only)

Included

  • Super Jeep ride
  • Visit to a natural ice cave
  • Crampons for walking on Ice
  • All required safety equipment
  • English speaking licensed adventure guide

What to bring

  • Sturdy hiking shoes
  • Warm clothing
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Headwear
  • Gloves

Tour Snapshot

Availability All Year
Duration 3 / 11 Hours
Departs From Vík / Reykjavik
Level Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age 6 years
Ratio 1:14
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up Yes

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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, covered by the glacier. The enormous mass of ice has been slowly crawling down from the volcano mountain, creating 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!

The drive starts on the famous Road 1, but soon we will make a turn to what seems like a no man's land. Stunning glaciers and mountains will surround us along the way. The super jeep has no problem taking on the rough and rugged road, but the drive is exciting nonetheless.

We will come to a stop near the roots of the 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 ice cave's opening. We might need to climb a few steps on ladders to the cave entrance. As the natural ice cave constantly changes, conditions can differ on each tour. However, the climb is not challenging at all, and anyone in an average physical condition should be able to climb these steps. It might look adventurous at first, 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 glacier's history, the ice cave, and the area around it, making the tour educating and exciting all at once.

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When we are back out from the glacier, we will walk around and see if any smaller ice caves are accessible before returning to our super truck. The drive back to Vik is an amazing one, and in wintertime, the sun will start to sit behind the mountains creating a magical wintery sunset. Make sure to bring your camera!

For those choosing the roundtrip pick-up from Reykjavik

If daylight allows us (from the 1st of February until the 15th of November), we will visit a number of breathtaking waterfalls. We’ll stop by the Eerie waterfall of Skógafoss, the inspiration for dozens of folklore tales located in the beautiful Skógar area. We recommend hiking 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 (all year round) at the stunning Seljalandsfoss waterfall, the one you can walk behind. Seljalandsfoss is located on the Seljalands River, which flows down from the famous volcano, Eyjafjallajökull!

Due to limited daylight periods, we cannot stop at Skógafoss in wintertime (from the 16th of November until the 31st of January). Only from the 1st of February until the 15th of November do we stop at both of the waterfalls on this tour. The meet-on-location tour (from Vík) includes no other stops but the Ice Cave.

Warm clothing is essential! Please bring warm and waterproof clothing, warm headwear, gloves, and sturdy shoes, as there is no opportunity to rent any clothing items for this tour.

We’ll arrive back in Reykjavik around 8:00 p.m.

Please note: We cannot guarantee that the actual view during your visit will match the photographs since ice caves are a natural phenomenon that undergoes constant change. How they look may vary depending on the season, time of the day, lighting, and other factors.

Katla Ice Cave stands out as a year-round destination, making it one of the few ice caves in Iceland accessible any month. Visiting in summer offers a unique experience, but it's worth noting the cave's appearance constantly changes.

If you select the pickup option, our tour guide will pick you up at your chosen meeting location in Reykjavik.

If you choose to meet the tour at Vik, our tour guide will connect with you at the bus parking lot behind the Icewear Magasin building (facing the sea) in Vik, South Iceland. The guide will be standing outside in the parking lot in front of the “Ice Cave Bistro / Restaurant in Vik” by a Super Jeep with an Arctic Adventures sign in the front window.

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FAQ

A Super Jeep is a highly modified vehicle equipped with 38" to 50" tires and a robust suspension system, uniquely designed to handle Iceland's diverse terrains and conditions. Dive deeper into the world of Super Jeep Tours.

Yes, Super Jeeps are designed and modified to handle the challenging terrains of Iceland, ensuring safety during tours. For a secure adventure, check out our Super Jeep Tours.

A Super Jeep can accommodate up to 19 riders, making it ideal for large families and small tour groups. Discover group adventures with our Super Jeep Tours.

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.

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.

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

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.

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). During the tour, there will be a stop at the gas station where you could buy snacks and drinks.

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.

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

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.

Meet on location means travelling to the location of the tour yourself and then meeting our tour guides rather than being picked up and taken to the location.

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