The Katla Ice Cave Tour from Reykjavik

The Katla Ice Cave Tour from Reykjavik
The Katla Ice Cave Tour from Reykjavik
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  • Duration11 hours
  • Group SizeSmall group
  • Meeting LocationPick up and drop off anywhere in the great Reykjavik area

Tour description

The Katla Ice Cave Tour from Reykjavik  

Once picked up in Reykjavik, it’s time to continue to the glaciers. 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.

The Katla Ice Cave 

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, but it is not demanding!

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.

On the way back

When we return 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 fantastic; in wintertime, the sun will start to sit behind the mountains, creating a magical wintery sunset. Make sure to bring your camera!


If daylight allows us (from the 1st of February until the 15th of November), we will swing by some majestic waterfalls. We’ll stop by the Skógafoss waterfall, 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!

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

What's Included

  • Transfer from Reykjavik
  • Super Jeep Ride
  • Visit to a Natural Ice Cave
  • Crampons for Walking on Ice
  • All Required Safety Equipment
  • English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide

Good To Know

  • The minimum age of passengers is 6
  • Please bring your sturdy hiking shoes, warm clothing, waterproof jackets and pants, headwear, and gloves
  • Meals are excluded; please have some food and drinks with you

Why Your Friend in Reykjavik Recommends This Tour

The level of this tour is easy and exploring a natural ice cave is an extraordinary experience for everyone!

A super jeep trip on Iceland’s off roads is also great fun and offers fantastic views!

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