Katla Volcano Ice Cave
Super Jeep from Vik
Jump into a Super Jeep and explore the mighty Dragon Glass caves of ash and ice. To get there, you'll take a ride into the highlands on our 4x4 Super Jeep as you admire the majestic mountains and fields of moss.
✓ Visit a natural Ice Cave ✓ Views of ice formations ✓ Super Jeep ride ✓ Small Group
✓ Ride on a 4×4 Super Jeep ✓ Guided Ice Cave Tour ✓ All Necessary Equipment ✓ English Speaking Certified Guide
Are you ready for the adventure?
Tröll Expeditions proudly welcomes you on a tour that will truly take you off the beaten path: The Katla Volcano Ice Cave and its outstanding canyon.
Katla Volcano Ice Cave Tour is a unique place highlighted by ice and fire at the foot of the mighty Katla volcano.
✓ A Super Jeep drive into a magnificent canyon and ice cave
✓ Panoramic views during the off-road journey towards Katla Volcano Ice Cave
✓ Off the beaten path
✓ Away from the crowds
✓ Real Game of Thrones Dragon-Glass
✓ Volcanic glacier ice mixed with lava from Katla
✓ One of the best kept secrets in Iceland
✓ A tour only accessible with modified jeeps
✓ Stunning ice formations
✓ Guide will take photos of you (if requested)
The tour begins at the Soup Company in Vík, where you will find our experienced glacier guide and a modified Super-jeep at our meeting point. You will climb aboard an off-road monster truck that will navigate you through rough terrain towards the edges of the legendary Katla Volcano and the massive icecap which resides above it.
As you absorb the sweeping views of the mountains, glaciers and black volcanic deserts of the Mýrdalssandur flood plains, your guide will share with you the fascinating stories, tales and extraordinary geology that are connected to this beautiful area in the South of Iceland.
After the adventurous drive up to the highlands, you will get off the Super-jeep near the edge of the glacier. You will be given a helmet, headlamps and crampons to wear whilst hiking. Your qualified guide will inform you on how to use the gear and how to stay safe and secure during this adventure that takes us through multiple ice formations in the volcanic glacier outlets of Mýrdalsjökull glacier, that is inaccessible for the typical tourist.
Katla is a name that will put shivers down any Icelanders spine. She is one of Iceland’s most feared and devastating volcanoes. Having been dormant for over 100 years to this day, we want to take you up to her roots for an unforgettable adventure, playing in the fire and ice and seeing the picturesque landscapes that have been formed and shaped by the might and power from the previous Katla eruptions.
This tour is for travelers who want to experience something extraordinary and truly unique. If you want to venture off the beaten path and away from the crowds, Katla Volcano Ice Cave is the right tour for you!
• 18:00 (from 1rst June to 10th September)
About 4 hours
Easy to moderate
8 years old
✓ Pick up from Vik
✓ Ride on a 4×4 Super-Jeep up to the glacier
✓ Certified Super-jeep driver
✓ Small Group
✓ Ice cave equipment: helmet, headlamps, crampons
• Warm clothes (first layer)
• Waterproof outdoor clothing (second layer)
• Hiking boots (available for rent on booking)
• Gloves and hat
• Joy and happiness!
• Jeans are not recommended for glacier activities. Once it gets wet, it takes a long time to dry, leaving you cold.
• Ice caves are a dynamic ever-changing natural phenomenon. Each year new unique caves are formed in different areas of the glacier. The photos on our website and social medias are from this season, but the ice cave we visit might have changed due to the dynamic nature of these formations.
• There is several ice caves and ice formations available in the area, the access of certain areas might be affected by the weather conditions.
• All day tours can be cancelled up to 24 hours from the departure time with the full price refunded by sending an email to [email protected] All cancellations requested less than 24 hours from the departure time are non refundable.
• In the case of cancellation of the tour by the operator because of extreme weather, road conditions or other factors, we will assist you with rebooking to another date or booking other activities when possible, or provide a full refund.
We highly recommend that you arrive at our meeting point 20 minutes before the departure time stated on your ticket. Please note that if you arrive after departure time, your place on the tour cannot be guaranteed or refunded.
The meeting point for this tour is inside The Soup Company Restaurant (Víkurbraut 5) in Vík. To find the exact location and directions, you can look up ”Tröll Expeditions Katla Ice Cave” on Google Maps . Your guide will be waiting for you by our Super Jeep, with a sign of this tour.
Driving time to Vík from Reykjavík is around 2 hours 30 minutes in good road conditions.
Click on the map for the exact location and directions.
What should I wear for glacier tours?
Weather in Iceland is very unpredictable. For tours during winter: warm clothing as first layer, waterproof outdoor jacket and pants, hiking boots with high ankle protection, a hat and gloves are ideal. For tours during summer, bringing a light rain jacket and pants is in most cases enough protection. Icelanders often say, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes”. Jeans are not recommended for outdoor trips as they become very heavy and cold when they get wet.
Do I need hiking boots?
We encourage bringing hiking boots for glacier tours. They have to have hard on the sole and be tight around the ankle. You have the option to rent hiking boots for our Katla Ice Cave Tour during the booking process for 1500isk per pair.
How difficult are glacier hikes?
Our tours are considered to be safe for anyone in good physical condition. You have to be able to walk for about an hour up and down on slopes and uneven surface. Longer tours will be more challenging in endurance for some areas of the glacier. We also recommend you remember that we offer all the safety equipment necessary and you will be hiking with a professional and certified glacier guide. If you have specific questions regarding one of our glacier tours, feel free to email us.
If I am pregnant, can I join a glacier hike?
This is a personal choice. We have had pregnant women on our glacier hikes and we always recommend you read the description of the activity to get a better idea. In any case, feel free to contact our Service Team for further questions and concerns.
How does weather affect my tour?
Wind and rain are common in Iceland, in addition to snow in the winter, but we do not let challenging weather stop us from going out and enjoy nature. All we need to do is choose our clothing wisely, which is why we recommend wearing waterproof jacket and pants as the second layer. Of course, safety is our #1 priority, in case of extreme weather or road conditions, we will cancel our tours and do our best to reschedule your booking at a further date or provide a full refund.