The Ice Cave Beneath the Volcano - AA32

Amazing Katla Ice Cave Tour from Reykjavík

This tour into the astonishing Katla Ice Cave will take you far away from the regular tourist trail to the most majestic mountains and glaciers in Iceland. Entering the incredibly stunning black and blue ice cavern with our expert guide is like walking onto the set of a surrealist ice movie.

This tour is also available as a meet on location tour from Vík:
The Ice Cave under the Volcano from Vik

Duration: ~11 hours

Pick-up: 09:00-09:30

Available: All year

Age limit: 8 years

Difficulty: Easy

Tour Highlights:
  • Scenic Super Jeep Ride
  • View over Myrdalsjokull Glacier
  • Visit to a Natural Ice Cave
  • Epic Landscapes & Scenery
  • Skogafoss Waterfall (From Apr. 1st)
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall (From Apr. 1st)

Included Pick up in Reykjavík or from one of our South Coast pick up locations, Super Jeep ride to the glacier, visit to a natural ice cave in Kötlujökull glacier with a specialist glacier/ice cave guide and crampons for walking on the ice.  

Bring with you Warm layers (not jeans or cotton), waterproof top layer, headwear, gloves, scarves and good strong hiking shoes. Remember your camera!

Stops during winter: From 1st November until 16th of February, we won‘t be able to stop at Skogafoss due to limited daylight. However, we will have a view of Skogafoss from our minibus and you will be able to see the amazing Reynisdrangar basalt sea stacks from Vik.

Click here to watch a video from "the Ice Cave Beneath the Volcano" tour!

24 990 per adult

Children (10-15): 18 743

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Tour Description

katla volcano ice cave tour

Inside the Katla Ice Cave

If you like to collect rare experiences this Katla Ice Cave tour is the one for you. Katla volcano is shrouded beneath the Ice of Kötlujökull, a glacier tongue of Mýrdalsjökull glacier. In these parts no one can forget the presence of the fabled volcano, Katla, Kötlujökull literally means Katla´s glacier! Some of the most amazing ice caves Iceland can offer have formed in this incredibly blue glacier.

katla volcano ice cave tour

Putting on the crampons!

Starting out in Reykjavík you will pass through beautiful countryside and coastal areas, more participants might join the tour at some of the enchanting villages. The road is always threading a path between the mountains and the ocean, so you can expect spectacular views on the way to Vík. As your journey heads east we will take a turn inland, your Super Jeep adventure will take you over really rugged terrain, as mountain glacier landscapes loom around you. When you come to a halt the dramatic Kötlujökull glacier will be standing right before you, with its astonishingly strong blue colors and amazingly clear ice layers.

Strapping on our crampons we will head for the opening in the glacier and the magic moment when you step inside. You will be walking in between high and spellbindingly beautiful black and blue ice walls, as you explore more deeply within the glacier. You will come to an expansive area with an opening through which you can see the sky. At all times you are surrounded by shimmering snow and ice, the shapes, shades and forms are so beautiful it looks as though an incredibly talented ice artist has shaped them. Words cannot do justice to these sights which nature alone has fashioned!

Katla volcano ice cave tour

Outside the Cave in the Winter Sun

Your guide will tell you all about the cave, you get time to wander around and take photographs. Before we board the sturdy Super Jeep there is a little time to explore around the sensational Kötlujökull mountains, perhaps we will find a smaller accessible cave?

Katla volcano ice cave tour

Enjoying the scenery under the volcano

Stops are made at the village of Vík, as well as Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss waterfalls on the journey back to Reykjavík. Skógafoss is a scintillating 60 m high waterfall has featured in folklore tales and legends, when you feel the special atmosphere which lingers here you will, perhaps, know the reason why! On the right side many steps lead to the top of the falls, the views from the top are amazing. Seljalandsfoss is the famous waterfall where you can walk behind the stream of water for a truly unique experience.

Read customer reviews

- Rated 5/5 based on 2 customer reviews

One of the most memorable excursions I’ve been on

5 by Al Castillo 2018-03-22
The drive up to the cave was intense, helping pull other vehicles out of the snow and almost getting stuck ourselves, our driver was amazing though and was always able to find his way. The cave itself was an unforgettable experience, tour guides were very knowledgeable, very informative and also added good humor throughout the tour. Will absolutely recommend Extreme Iceland to others who visit. Thank you for an amazing experience

Simply perfect !

5 by Mel 2018-03-24
Our tour (Crystal Ice Cave) was cancelled due to a flooding so we were moved to another tour (The Ice Cave under the Volcano) which was just amazing ! The tour was not crowded, guides were very friendly. We are very happy to have been able to make this tour.
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Disclaimer: Ice caves are an ever-changing phenomena and highly dependent on weather conditions. Therefore, we reserve the right to alter or cancel the tour if conditions are not safe.

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