Katla Ice Cave Tour and Glacier Hike

Katla Ice Cave Tour and Glacier Hike
Huge icicles hang from the ceiling of Katla ice cave.
Ice caves change constantly, including those on Katla.
To get to Katla ice cave, you will travel in a super jeep from the village of Vík.
A visitor admires an ice pillar inside of Katla ice cave.
Two visitors stand awestruck at the entrance of Katla ice cave.
There is a short walk from the car park across black sands to the Katla ice cave.
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Join this incredible super jeep excursion and marvel at the unmatched beauty of an ice cave. These stunning formations only occur during the winter months in a few places in Iceland, so do not let this opportunity pass you by.

You will be picked up from the charming village of Vík at the local N1 gas station. The Super Jeep is perfectly designed for the bumpy road up to the ice cave, and its seats are limited, ensuring a personal and comfortable trip.

From Vík, your adventure begins. You will leave the black sand coastline behind, and start to ascend the volcano Katla, towards the glacier Mýrdalsjökull.

Katla is a beautiful volcano, and it's easy to immerse in the spectacular views unfolding outside your window.

Once you reach Mýrdalsjökull, the glacier which caps Katla, you will hop out the vehicle, and get into the safety gear provided for you. This consists of a helmet, headlamps, and crampons to strap around your feet to give you stable footing on the ice. 

When your group is ready, you will head to the ice cave where dazzling white snow, electric blue ice, and veins of ash swirl together, giving the inside of the cave an otherworldly beauty.

Your guide will show you around the cave, tell you about its formation, and teach you about both the glacier and the volcano it covers. Use the time to ask questions, take pictures, and simply marvel over your surroundings. Depending on your preference, we will spend 1 hour to 1 hour 30 minutes in the glacier area and our goal is always to hike and explore the glacier and 2 ice caves on this tour. 

Once your group is ready to leave, you will return to the super jeep for a fun drive to a private black beach, we are sure you have already heard about the black beach of Reynisfjara and we recommend you visit that one on your own. We prefer to stay away from the crowd and head off the beaten path and therefore we will take you to a private black beach. No doubt the memories you made here, and the photos you took, will keep a smile firmly etched on your face for the whole return journey.

Don’t wait until the ice caves melt away. Book this tour now for your opportunity to see one of the greatest wonders of nature. Check availability by choosing a date. Please note Katlatrack is the only local ice cave tour operator based in Vík.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 12 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Eyjafjallajökull, Katla, Mýrdalsjökull, Vík í Mýrdal, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 11:00.

Find the wooden cabin on the right site of the N1 gas station. You will find our super jeeps next to the cabins.

Please be at the tour start location in good time before departure. If you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

  • Guided Super Jeep tour

  • Helmet and crampons

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes, including hat and gloves

  • Sturdy boots

  • Camera (optional)

Good to know:

Ice caves require the right conditions and temperatures to form and remain stable. If these change, it can compromise the safety of the tour. The tour, therefore, can be cancelled with short notice.

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The Ice Cave Tour with our guide Bessi was fantastic! We had a lot of fun and really enjoyed the tour!
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The Ice Cave tour was absolutely amazing! Due to the nature of the caves, no two tours are the same since the caves are evolving every hour. Our guide, Bessie, was awesome! He is extremely knowledgeable and very attentive to all the members / route to the cave. Some of the footing felt a little shaky but we were given crampons (little spikes you place on shoes) which helped with grip. I highly recommend doing this excursion!
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Truly an amazing tour! The glaciers and the mountains were beautiful and once inside the ice cave, it was surreal! Only wished there was more clear ice than black ice :) The ride on the Super Jeep was really fun too!
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The crazy, sexy, French guide was also funny and friendly. Great tour thanks.
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AJ our tour guide was amazing...he made it a trip of a lifetime! This was the highlight of our trip to Iceland. It was worth every penny, and would do it over again if we could! Walked through breathtaking ice cave, hiked up the glacier to see some amazing views. 10/10 recommend AMAZING TOUR!!!!
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We had a great experience on this tour with Katla Track and our tour guide Bessi! We had a small group, and got enough time to explore the cave, take pictures, and enjoy the experience. Our tour guide was very friendly and he gave a good explanation about what we were seeing. We also enjoyed the ride to the cave, and the extra excursions to a black sand beach and a cave before the tour ended. This was one of the best highlights of our trip to Iceland, I highly recommend you do this!!
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This tour was fantastic. The guide was great, and told local stories on our way to the cave and then when we were heading towards the beach. He also helped take pictures for everyone who wanted to in the caves, and on the beach. I was a solo traveler, so this was awesome! Thanks for a wonderful experience!
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We had a great tour with a great tourguide. The Katla ice cave tour was a one of kind experience must visit when going to Iceland. Dress warm and waterproof to fully enjoy the tour and don't forget your camera (sleeve)
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Nous avons passé un incroyable moment. Notre guide (je ne saurai écrire son prénom !!) était vraiment chouette. Il a grandi près de Vik et a plein d'anecdotes à raconter sur le volcan Katla. Le trajet depuis Vik jusqu'au glacier fait vraiment partie de l'aventure : Super 4X4, passages de gués, on rebondit dans tous les sens... Je pensais que ce genre de véhicule étaient utilisés pour attirer un peu plus les touristes (comme j'ai pu le voir avec les buggy dans le désert du Pérou) mais pas du tout, c'est vraiment indispensable d'avoir un super 4x4 pour se rendre à Katla. Pendant ce temps de trajet, notre guide nous a raconté les légendes liées au volcan, c'est un vrai conteur, il sait vous mettre dans l'ambiance. Nous avons pu visiter 2 grottes de glace : une immense qui était splendide, avec des strates de gris (la cendre déposée en été) et de bleu (la glace créée en hiver), l'autre était beaucoup plus petite et nous avons du ramper sur une cinquantaines de mètres pour y parvenir. Attention, claustrophobes s'abstenir ! Cependant, notre guide est très prévenant et bienveillant et si nous ne nous sentions pas les capacités de visiter cette deuxième grotte, nous pouvions rester dans la première (où nous étions seuls !). Nous avons tous décidé de faire la deuxième, et si elle était moins spectaculaire que la première, nous n'avons pas regretté. Notre guide nous a donné plein d'informations très intéressantes sur le plan scientifique et historique. Il nous a équipé de crampons et de casques qui étaient loin d'être superflus, surtout dans la deuxième grotte. Pour la deuxième partie de l'expédition, nous sommes allés sur la côte, avons visité une grotte de pierres, les plages de sables noirs pendant que notre guide nous racontait son enfance sur ces lieux. On ne peut pas faire un guide plus prévenant que lui ! Nous avons vraiment été ravis de notre expédition à ses côtés. Nous étions un groupe de 8 mais je pense qu'il peut y avoir jusqu'à 14 personnes pour une expédition. Nous y sommes allés le 19 février 2019.
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Amazing!! Great experience and fantastic guide (Best). The Katla Cave is a wonderful work of nature, and the waterfalls and black sand beach after it were great finishing touches, but our guide made it all even more exceptional and enjoyable! Can't be more grateful to him nor happier with the tour!! All 3 of us had the most excellent time!
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