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The Ice Cave under the Volcano

Katla Volcano Ice Cave Tour from Vík

Ice Caves in Iceland. Natural Ice Cave from Reykjavík or Vik. Amazing Natural Ice Caves.

Katla Volcano and Myrdalsjokull glacier combined their forces and made the most amazing ice cave!

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Looking for something off the typical tourist track? This is the tour for you!
It’s time to jump on a Super Jeep, strap on your crampons and step into the mighty Myrdalsjokull glacier,

Mother Nature has really outdone herself with this one, the movie-like surroundings and glaciers everywhere you look and grand ice walls you walk amongst to enter the magical blue and black ice dome of the outlet glacier named after the powerful volcano Katla. Prepare to be amazed!

This tour is a meet on location from Vík. If you prefer a pick-up from Reykjavik please see The Ice Cave under the Volcano from Reykjavík

  • Availability

    All year

  • Duration

    ~ 3 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    Yes

  • Min. Age

    8 years

  • Ratio

    1:14

  • Departs from

    Vík

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    19.990 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
Included
Super Jeep Ride
Visit to a Natural Ice Cave
Crampons for Walking on Ice
All Required Safety Equipment
English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide

Mýrdalsjökull glacier is one of the best-known glaciers in Iceland, it feeds the glacier hiking paradise, Sólheimajökull, and from it the alluring Kötlujökull originates. Kötlujökull is named after the robust Icelandic Volcano Katla and is home to some of Iceland’s most impressive natural ice caves. On this exhilarating Super Jeep tour you will get to explore the wonders of the biggest one, Katla’s Ice Cave Dome as many like to call it. You will see why as soon as you step in!

Meeting point: The Katla Icecave tour departs from The Ice Cave Bistro/ Restaurant in Vík. By the entrance at the back of the building, you will be able to find our guide holding an “Arctic Adventures” sign or standing by a super jeep marked with an Arctic Adventures sign in the window.

The tour will start from Vík (approximately 2.5 hours from Reykjavik) where you will join everyone in a huge Super Jeep for the exciting day ahead.
The Ice Cave under the Volcano
The drive starts on the famous road 1 but soon we will make a turn to what seems like a no man’s road. There we will descend to the mountains with enchanting glaciers and mountains surrounding us the whole time. The Super jeep has no problem taking on the rough and rugged road but the drive is exciting unlike anything else. We will come to a stop right at the roots of Kötlujökull glacier and the view that greets you is otherworldly, layers and layers of different colored ice making beautiful stripes in the glacier and at one point an opening in the glacier and that’s where you are going. With giant ice walls on each side, you will go deeper into the glacier and further into the cave. 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.

Katla Ice Cave under the volcano

At the end of the ice tunnel, you will find an opening, a hole in the glacier roof where light shines in creating a heavenly atmosphere. This feels a lot like standing in a cathedral’s’ dome but this one of 100% natural and inside a glacier. One simply must try!

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


What to bring: Warm clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, hiking boots, head-wear and gloves.

 

Why are there glaciers in Iceland?

When snow stays long enough in one place then it will turn to ice. Over long periods of time, the ice layers up becoming huge blocks called glaciers.

As there is a lot of snow in Iceland,  it forms to create ginormous glaciers that sweep across huge masses of land. Iceland is home to Europe’s largest glacier named Vatnajökull.

 

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 Special Tours, 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 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. 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.

How do I get to Reykjavik from Keflavík International Airport?

The drive from KEF airport to Reykjavik takes around 45 minutes. If your flight is delayed, please call our customer service team to go over what options you may have.

These are the two most common ways to get from the airport to Reykjavik city:

Airport Shuttle

The cheapest and most convenient way of getting to and from Keflavik International Airport. The shuttle drops you off at the BSI Bus Terminal downtown or takes you all the way to your hotel or the closest drop off location. If you’re arriving on the same day as your tour departures we highly recommend to pick BSI Bus terminal as your pick up location.

Book your airport transfer in Iceland.

Taxi

The quickest way to get to Reykjavik city is by a taxi. The taxis can drop you off at any of our pick-up locations. Taking a taxi is always more expensive than the airport shuttle.  

For further information about getting to and from Keflavík International Airport.

How is the weather/climate in Iceland?

There is a saying in Iceland, if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes. This might sound like a joke but it is strangely true! Thanks to the beloved Gulf Stream, our country enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate, this means refreshing summers and fairly mild winters. So basically, Iceland maintains a surprisingly moderate temperature all year around. For further information about the weather in Iceland and how to dress for it.

If your tour includes a glacier activity it’s very important to dress appropriately. Dress in 3 or 4 upper layers 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 reflection from the glacier.

You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours.

What is tipping like in Iceland?

Tipping is not a requirement in Iceland although it is permitted and is well received in most cases.

What is internet access like in Iceland?

Iceland is a very high-tech country and we actually have one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the world. Many restaurants and cafés, especially in Reykjavik, have free Wi-Fi access, so if you have a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone you can get Internet access almost anywhere. All of our vehicles also have free Wi-Fi.

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.

Should I bring mosquito repellent when traveling to Iceland?

Here is the plus side to a cold country like Iceland. No dangerous insects survive here! Iceland has about three areas where some mosquitoes have now settled but nothing you will have to worry about on our tours. So, to sum it up, no you will not need any repellant!

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.

 

What is it like to drive in Iceland?

Driving in Iceland can be tricky for two different reasons. The first being the weather conditions, especially in the winter months. The second reason is that if you’re not experienced in driving in conditions such as ice and snow then it could become dangerous.

If you are choosing a self-drive tour or to meet on location then make sure you have checked the driving conditions to make sure it is safe. At road.is you can find all the latest updates about travelling around Iceland. You should still check in the summer months just to make sure there is no storms or other types of weather warnings.

What type of safety can be expected on our tour?

Vehicles are equipped for both summer and winter driving conditions, and drivers are very experienced driving in difficult conditions.

Before starting any of the activities, 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 activity. 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.

Do I need any insurance before going on an Arctic Adventures tour?

As with any and all world travel, we strongly recommend having travel insurances that can provide cover if you need to cancel your travel reservation with short notice. We also recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland.

Useful numbers and services

Emergency number 112

Police 444-1000

Medical assistance 1770

Dental Emergency 575-0505

General Information 1819

Weather forecast www.en.vedur.is

Road conditions www.road.is

Does the ice cave always look exactly the same?

Ice caves are an ever-changing natural phenomena that are only accessible during winter when the temperature drops well below zero so the water from the rivers that run underneath the glacier freezes and leaves us with this phenomena to explore. Each year new caves are formed in different locations. We will visit one 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 a glacier 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 glacier 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 glacier tour?

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

I want to learn more about Ice Caves, is there any information to help?

It is a great idea to gain more knowledge about Ice Caves before your tour. They are amazing natural wonders and here is where you can find everything you need to know:

Disclaimer
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.

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The Ice Cave under the Volcano | Average rating: 4.7/5 based on 27 customer reviews


"A genuinely amazing trip" | 5 stars By Adam Nettleship 22/02/2018
A genuinely amazing trip that was the highlight of an all round great time in Iceland.
"Awesome adventure" | 5 stars By Richard Maloney 25/02/2018
Awesome adventure. The ice cave is in the middle of nowhere and is absolutely breathtaking. Highly recommend you take this adventure.
"Best guide and tour" | 5 stars By Kathryn 13/03/2018
This was honestly the highlight of our vacation in Iceland! Our tour guides were extremely knowledgeable and very funny. The tour is perfect for seeing all the best parts of Iceland, many photo opportunities and light activity if you're not looking to trek while you're there. Having used two other tour agencies while there, Arctic Adventures was the best out of all of them. Well worth the price as groups are smaller and more engaging. I would use them to plan everything for my next visit!
"Natural Ice Caves tour was even better than expected" | 5 stars By Michael 14/03/2018
Our tour guide Elkie (sp?) made our trip a truly memorable one. It was our first full day in Iceland and he provided us with a TON of knowledge about the country, the geographic uniqueness, and anything else we asked about. I highly recommend this tour, and even more so our guide. Thank you!
"Fantastic experience" | 5 stars By Samantha callà 17/03/2018
Beautiful hike in the ice caves, beautiful superjeep ride to get to the caves with a nice guide. I recommend it to everybody!
"Well worth the effort" | 5 stars By John Christensen 21/03/2018
We joined this tour as ""meet on site"" guests. Unfortunately we encountered a very bad snow storm on our way from Reykjavik to Vik, and arrived about 1/2 an hour late. We were very surprised to find that the tour guides had waited as, as we weren't the only family that was late, and they knew about the road conditions. We joined the Super Jeep, and waited for others to arrive, and departed about 15 minutes later. The cave and the glacier trip were fantastic, the guides were very knowledgeable and gave some good insight on the cave and their formation. Thanks very much Arctic Adventures and the local guides.
"Katla Ice Cave Tour" | 4 stars By Skylar 21/03/2018
We had a fun time off roading to the ice cave tour. It was about a 30-40 minute drive from the meeting point in Vik. Just a heads up it's a bumpy ride and snowy. We had a blast. Once we got there we put on our crampons and helmets and our guide let us explore and offered some history on the cave and volcano in general. The cave and the area outside in is certainly other worldly. We got back in 1 piece and we're glad we had the experience, though we do feel it's a bit overpriced- as with many things in Iceland!
"Best tour!" | 5 stars By Terri Totzke 22/03/2018
My friend and I scheduled this tour at the last minute, because we were not able to both be included on the two-day trip we originally wanted to take. At the end of the day, we were SO glad we were able to do this one! The weather was less than optimal, but that just added to the fun. George, the tour guide was so friendly and helpful and willing to answer questions. He also took us to the black beach as an extra, which was beautiful. The SuperJeep driver to the ice cave, Elsa , was great, as well. Very entertaining! They also timed our trip through the cave around lunchtime, so we were able to get in rather quickly. This was reallly nice; as we were leaving there were about 5 other groups in line to go through. This was a super tour with competent and friendly tour guides - they are professional while at the same time very approachable and fun. My friend and I wished we would have scheduled all of our tours with Articadventures. Highly, HIGHLY recommended. You won’t be disappointed! Thank you!
"Stunning ice views" | 4 stars By Eva 23/03/2018
Our family of 5 really enjoyed our trip to see the ice caves on the edge of the glacier. This is not a spelunking tour, but a chance to see caves on the edge of a glacier. The ice and ash layers are striking to see. The ice changed color based on lighting. My family was awestruck to stand within a cave made from ice older then our combined ages. Be warned that The ice cave tour picked us up from the foyer near the food court of the icewear store which isn’t easily understood from the receipt. Be prepared that the vehicles taking you to the tour won’t say Arctic Adventures either. Be sure to dress for the weather like the receipt states and pack dry clothes just in case. Fortunately we wore wool socks, because your feet do get soaking wet crossing the streams. The guides do warn you that you will get wet. Magnus, one of our guides, willingly answered all our questions and seemed to truly love his job. I did not get a chance to speak with our other guide, but he too seemed to answer any questions thrown at him. I would have loved to have spent more time both exploring the area and speaking to our guides.
"The tour was great, plenty of time" | 4 stars By Anne-Marie 23/02/2018
The tour was great, plenty of time. The place where we must be for the pickup was great, only dificult to find the guide. So we have walk a lot to find some on the help us. Try to contact the office but there was no one at the telephone.
"Awesome tour" | 5 stars By Eric Kainz 22/03/2018
Awesome tour with a joung funny and informative tour guide. Always my pleasure. Kind Regards Eric Kainz
"Great tour" | 5 stars By Kristell 22/03/2018
The cave under the volcano was a great tour, amazing landscape with a nice and interesting guide.
"A wonderful trip" | 5 stars By Olga 28/03/2018
A nice and wonderful trip. Mýrdalsjökull glacier is amazing. The ice caves are very different than expected, but really beautiful. It was well a prepared and planed trip with much interesting information during the way, good guids. Only thing, I could think different, is that it could be more time for lunch in Vik.
"Ice Cave under the volcano - Katie Ice Cave Tour" | 5 stars By Marcia Glaros 29/03/2018
This was the best tour we took on our trip to Iceland. It was a small group of people, so we were all able to experience the sights on a personal level without any other tour groups around us. We were taken far from the beaten path on a crazy Jeep and had an great experience. The cave was amazingly beautiful and unlike anything we had ever seen before. The guide was both friendly and competent. I highly recommend this tour.
" Thank you Magnus!" | 5 stars By Alessia Pinto 29/03/2018
Ice caves are impressive! So beautiful! But we have to say that this tour was so great also thanks to Magnus, our super guide! We really enjoyed this tour with him! Grazieeeee!!!
"Amazing experience" | 5 stars By Esther Laliga 02/04/2018
We booked the Crystal cave tour, but they had to change the tour as the cave was flooded, and it was fantastic. It makes a different to know that they don't simply cancel and refund the money, as It's usually difficult to rearrange the tour for another day when you are on a round trip through the island. We were 5 people and we all loved the tour. The guides were really funny and the place was magnificent. We enjoyed an amazing ride through rivers, ice and snow, and an unforgettable visit to a unique place.
"Everything is good" | 4 stars By William 05/04/2018
Everything is good. If it can spend more time in ice cave, could be much better
"AMAZING" | 5 stars By Nadia centeno 06/04/2018
Great tour, it was amazing. And. The guide was a great guy
"Fun Tour with Knowledgable Guide" | 5 stars By Gordon 09/04/2018
Ice caving was a truly unique experience. Though it took a little while to get out there, being able to see the cave, ash and snow was something that I will definitely remember. The actual ride out there in the SuperJeep was also an adventure, as we had to go off road in the snow and through (shallow) streams, etc to reach our destination The one caveat is that it is quite a long trek to get out to the volcano site. Luckily, our guide took us to a couple of waterfalls on the way back that broke the ride home up a bit. Overall, I would recommend this trip.
"Beautiful Ice Cave" | 5 stars By Patricia 09/04/2018
The ice cave we had booked got flooded and Arctic Adventures offered us another option, which we really enjoyed. It is a lot of fun the way to the ice cave in the 4WD, but I got a little bit carsick from all the shaking - perhaps Arctic Adventures could offer some carsick pills for those in need. The tour is not cheap, but comparing to other places we saw it seemed to be one of the best prices. The tour is not rushed, which allowed us to take our time and take some pics :)
"Ice Cave Tour" | 5 stars By Jim Berlin 09/04/2018
Very enjoyable day. Our guides were all informative, friendly and fun. Worth the trip for sure.
"It was overall a very nice experience" | 4 stars By BLS 11/04/2018
The tour was scheduled for three hours, but lasted closer to two. Wish we spent more time in the cave. Also wish the tour guide gave more history/background/etc on the drive out there, but she did have her hands very full. Regardless, it was overall a very nice experience.
"Fun Tour!" | 3 stars By Ryan Logrieco 20/04/2018
Well organized tour - suitable for all ages Wished we could have explored more but I assume there are limited number of caves and areas to explore.
"Wet & wild" | 4 stars By Ed R 24/04/2018
We went to the two caves in a driving rain so conditions were not ideal but our tour guide was good and personable. He got us out to the caves and back with no problems. The super jeep was sturdy and safe but we were all very cramped, especially because everyone had on rain gear. The caves were great but fairly small. I was expecting more. That said, they were very beautiful. Overall, we were satisfied and would do the tour again.
"It was a good tour" | 4 stars By Teresa 28/04/2018
It was a good tour. We followed directions as per email to wait at the entrance and look for our guide who will be holding a sign by the entrance or near the Arctic Adventures bus. There were multiple entrances and there was no guide holding a sign or waiting by the Arctic Adventures bus. My husband and I looped around the entire centre multiple times to ensure we didn't miss the group. Turns out the guide had his own unbranded van and was waiting with a group which we had assumed was another private tour. It would have been nice for the guide to come look for us - we had arrived 20 minutes early and ended up being late to meet the group because we were waiting at the entrance.
"This was a great tour! " | 5 stars By Kellan 29/03/2018
This was a great tour! Our tour guide was experienced and made the trip enjoyable for the whole group. He provided educational background on the caves and Iceland. I would highly recommend this trip for anybody.
"Ice cave tour" | 5 stars By Mrs Alla James 21/05/2018
Had a great tour to an Ice Cave near Vik. Meeting instructions were sufficient, the tour left on time and the guide was very informative. Needless to say, the ice cave itself was great. What else could you wish for :-). Would recommend this tour with Arctic Adventures.
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