Katla Volcano Ice Cave Tour – The Ice Cave under the Volcano Departure From VÍK
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Katla Volcano Ice Cave Tour – The Ice Cave under the Volcano Departure From VÍK

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Why we love this tour

  • Scenic Super Jeep ride
  • View over Myrdalsjokull
  • Visiting a natural Ice Cave
  • Epic landscapes
  • Expert info on the ice cave

Detailed description

Katla Volcano Ice Cave Tour

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!

Katla Volcano and Mýrdalsjökull Glacier 

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!

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!

What's included

  • Super Jeep Ride
  • Visit to a natural Ice Cave
  • Crampons for walking on ice
  • Knowledgeable glacier guide

What's Excluded

  • Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Pick up

What you need to know

  • Departs from: Vík
  • Meeting point: The Katla Icecave tour departs from The Ice Cave Bistro/ Restaurant in Vík. 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”.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Rated: EASY
  • Minimum age: 10 years old

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