Katla 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 Glacier Guide
Are you ready for the adventure?
After being picked up from Vík, we’ll take you on the road of “no man” that leads to the mysterious cave. The road is bumpy and the views are out-of-this-planet. You’ll feel like you are taking a sneaky peek into the highlands as you see yourself surrounded by mountains covered in moss.
The ice cave is located at Kötlujökull Glacier, which is an outlet of Mýrdalsjökull Glacier. Underneath awaits the mighty Katla volcano, that names both the glacier and the ice cave. Visit the cave of “Dragon Glass”, known from the famous TV Show Game of Thrones, accessible all year around.
Witness the formation of an Ice Cave, while you’ll learn all about glaciers, ice caves and the natural phenomena of ice calving. The view of the Ice Cave is truly spectacular. The color combination of the ice is hard to believe, prepare to be amazed!
• 18:00 (until Sept 9th)
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 Glacier Guide
✓ Small Group
✓ If needed, we offer ice cave equipment: helmet, ice axe, headlamp, and 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 winter season, but the ice cave we visit might have changed due to the dynamic nature of these formations.
• 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. To find the exact location and directions you can look up “Tröll Expeditions Katla Ice Cave” on Google Maps or you can click here. 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 and 30 minutes in good road conditions. If you arrive early, you can stay inside the restaurant which offers free parking and has restrooms.
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.