On a thrilling ice cave tour on the South Coast of Iceland, go inside a newly discovered ice cave and walk along a secret black sand beach — all in one day. Become a glacier explorer for the day as you step foot in a Myrdalsjokull Glacier cave and surround yourself with crystal-blue ice formations. Afterwards, get away from the crowds for a scenic walk on a secret black sand beach. This small-group experience led by certified glacier guides makes for the ultimate Iceland South Coast day trip!
Available all year
Duration: 4 hours
Departs From: Vik
Group maximum: 1:8
Available: All year
Age limit: 12 years
- Small-Group Experience
- Thrilling Super Jeep Ride
- Star Wars Rogue One Film Location
- Stunning Myrdalsjokull Landscapes
- Newly Formed Myrdalsjokull Ice Cave
- Hjörleifshöfði Cave
- Secret Black Sand Beach
- Small Secret Waterfalls (depending on conditions)
- Ice cave tour in Iceland with professional glacier guide
- All necessary safety gear (a helmet, headlamp, and crampons)
- A scenic Super Jeep ride.
To start off this tour, meet us at the Ice Cave Bistro parking lot in Vik at the time written on your ticket. More information about meet-on-location tours can be found here.
Lunch is not included. We recommend grabbing lunch before or after the tour — many nice restaurants are located close to our meeting point.
Bring With You:
Warm outdoor clothes (ideally multiple layers) and solid hiking shoes. Also feel free to bring your own snacks and drinks (especially water).
We strongly recommend bringing a camera with you. If you’re concerned about getting your camera wet, we suggest bringing a dry-bag.
This unforgettable Iceland day trip begins with an off-the-beaten-path Super Jeep ride towards magical glacier landscapes. What follows is an afternoon full of incredible natural wonders, including a newly discovered ice cave and a secret black sand beach.
Enter a Natural Ice Cave at Mýrdalsjökull
We begin our day’s adventure by exploring a beautiful, newly discovered natural ice cave. Pass by amazing landscapes as we make our way to Kötlujökull — a Myrdalsjokull outlet glacier. On our way, get ready to drive up majestic Icelandic mountains as we approach the glacier wilderness.
Our tour officially starts when we first step foot onto Kotlujokull Glacier. As we become totally surrounded by glacier panoramas, we’ll take a minute to put on the necessary equipment (a helmet, headlamp, and crampons) and listen to a short safety introduction from our expert guide.
Once we’re all geared up, we begin our epic ice caving adventure. As we enter the cave, our local guide leads us into a world like never seen before. Filled with crystal-blue textures and wondrous icy shapes, the freshly formed cave is sure to leave you in awe.
Just when you think you’ve seen it all, come upon stripes of volcanic ash trapped inside the ice. With Katla Volcano close by, the cave’s unique black and blue ice is a frozen showcase of long-ago eruptions. Our guide will share local insights about the ice cave’s history and creation.
Marvel at Secret Waterfalls
If the conditions are right, gaze upon Mýrdalsjökull Glacier’s lovely waterfalls. If you're lucky, these natural wonders will make an appearance and take your breath away. The hidden glacier waterfalls form when meltwater escapes through holes in the ice. Be sure to get up close so you can soak it all in!
Walk On a Hidden Black Sand Beach
After our glacier exploration, we’ll hop back on our Super Jeep and head towards a hidden black sand beach. Once you step foot on the rugged shore, become amazed at the beautiful white waves gliding onto jet black sands.
The best part? This off-the-beaten-track beach is usually missed by travelers, meaning it’s likely we’ll get it all to ourselves. With roaring waves, volcanic sands, and rocky cliffs, the beach will make you feel like you’re walking on another planet.
Admire Hjörleifshöfði Cave
To end our adventure, we’ll take a picturesque drive to famous film-set locations. If you’re a Star Wars buff, you’re in for a real treat. This drive will pass by spots where Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) was filmed while our local guide tells us behind-the-scenes info.
Our scenic drive also includes a visit to the popular Hjörleifshöfði Cape. Also known as the “Yoda Cave”, this large, isolated rock is famed for having a small cave shaped like the Star Wars character. From the seats of our jeep, we’ll also see filming locations for blockbuster hits such as Noah, Oblivion, and Transformers.
As we reach the final leg of our trip, look out the window to catch a glimpse of the stunning Reynisfjara Beach near Vik. Glimpsing the mighty Reynisdrangar sea stacks is a surefire way to end our adventure on the perfect note.
Map - (click to enlarge)
Disclaimer: Ice caves are an ever-changing phenomenon and highly dependent on weather conditions. Therefore, we reserve the right to alter or cancel the tour if conditions are not safe.