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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!

Glacier-Hiking Ice-Caving

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 need a pick-up from Reykjavik please see our other tour that offers pick-up from Reykjavik The Ice Cave under the Volcano from Reykjavík

  • Availability

    February 1st - May 31st

  • Duration

    ~ 3 hours

  • Level


  • Pickup


  • Meet on location


  • Min. Age

    10 years

  • Ratio


  • Departs from


  • Price from

    19.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Scenic Super Jeep ride
View over Myrdalsjokull
Visiting a natural Ice Cave
Epic landscapes
Expert info on the ice cave
Super Jeep Ride
Visit to a natural Ice Cave
Crampons for walking on ice
Knowledgeable glacier 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 Café in Vík / Icewear Store / Vík Wool. By the entrance, you will be able to find our guide holding an “Arctic Adventures” sign or standing by a super jeep that is marked “Arctic Adventures”.

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 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.

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!

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

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.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

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.

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 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 (to be found here) are also suitable for all ages. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

Do I need an insurance before going on an Arctic Adventures trip?

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.

What is a safety briefing?

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.

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 routesdepending 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.

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The Ice Cave under the Volcano | Average rating: 5/5 based on 4 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!
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