Super Jeep Tours in Iceland

Super Jeep Tours in Iceland

Super Jeep Tours in Iceland | Katlatrack 

Super Jeeps rule the road here in Iceland.  When you see one pass by, you look.  In fact, everyone looks!  They are so badass to adventure around in.  But for our Katlatrack team, our super jeep tours in Iceland are raw, real and local.  We don’t ever stay on the main road and go to tourist locations in them.  Rather, we’d like to introduce you to the offbeat sides of Iceland! 

Why a Super Jeep is the ONLY way to Experience Iceland

Chances are you’ve stumbled upon this Iceland Super Jeep Tours post because you’ve been here before and or you were seeking something different.  With how popular Iceland has become in the Instagram world, it wouldn’t surprise us if a lot of your friends and family have visited Iceland already.  So maybe for your visit to Iceland, you were looking for to really talk about and I dare to say even “one-up them!”  You’ve come to the right place… Planning an Iceland 4×4 tour with our super jeep team will do it! 

The only way to experience the pure, untouched, wild side of Iceland is to get up and into the Icelandic Highlands.  It’s a rugged area that we believe requires an experienced and professional driver.  Mainly due to the fact that there are numerous glacier river crossings, landslides, and road deterioration (because the roads are not serviced).  Not to mention, it is also best to have a local guide with you to know and understand how the area is changing, like the glacier.  As it can be a dangerous place if you do not have that right knowledge and gear!

Imagine yourself rolling up to our meeting spot in Vik and jumping into one of our badass super jeeps!  No matter the weather or season, our tours go!  And prepping before you come can be key to a super jeep tour in the highlands, so make sure you head back to our What to Pack for your Vik Iceland Super Jeep Tour!  From the moment we turn off of Route 1 and venture into the highlands the energy is high!  That’s just it, a ride in the super jeep on private roads, tracks, and F-roads is a mind blowing 5 senses EXPERIENCE!  

What to look for when choosing a Super Jeep Tour Operator

Choosing a Super Jeep Tour operator in Iceland can be tricky as there are several websites that are booking agents only.  And although that is a fantastic way to book many aspects of your trip, you may find booking directly with an Iceland super jeep team is better suited for you to ask questions, etc.  When researching between South Iceland super jeep tour companies, here are several aspects you want to make sure you know before booking:

  • Solid Reviews on a third party website (like Trip Advisor or Google). And look at the lowest ones.
  • Professional trucks (are they rust buckets?) and gear (as needed like crampons, helmets, headlamps, etc).
  • Locals operating the tours.
  • Licensed and experienced drivers with navigation systems.
  • Size of the groups.
  • What they say to wear and pack during the Iceland super jeep tour.
  • The experience (compare what they put on their website to the previous reviews).

Take a Super Jeep Tour with Katlatrack:

There are so many textures and tones throughout the Icelandic landscape.  What type catches your attention the most?  For example, if you’re hoping to visit an ice cave during any season in Iceland, we offer our regularly scheduled Katla Ice Cave Tour via our super jeeps.  If ice caves aren’t your thing, we have an incredibly unique Hidden Mountains super jeep tour you should check out!

And if you find yourself with less time or money, we offer a more budget minded option too called the Fast Track (no frills).  But, booking a super jeep tour in Iceland with our Katlatrack team ensures you will have an unforgettable experience!  So today we would like to share with you 10 reasons why that’ll happen during your Vik super jeep tours with us:

1- Local Experience & Knowledge:

Our driver guides are Icelanders and have been out adventuring and scouting all around the Vik Iceland area from our very first memories as children.  Our tracks were set decades ago with permission from the local landowners, village, and government and we remain up to date on all permissions.  While on one of our custom or open tours, you’ll also delight in hearing local history, geology and folklore stories.

Additionally, our driver guides are experienced in driving the routes for years.  If weather becomes a problem, all of our super jeeps are equipped with GPS systems with the routes saved.  This can be a day saver if conditions become challenging.  Could very well be the difference in getting stuck or not during your super jeep day trip. 

2- Our Team:

Our team are not just “drivers.”  Part of our local experience during our super jeep (4×4) tours is the personality of our guide.  They are passionate about the areas, they are full of local knowledge and their enthusiasm is contagious!  Not to mention they also have all of the proper driving certifications to safely and legally drive you. 

Fun Fact: Part of our training for our Iceland Ice Cave Tour guides is to see how many times they can get stuck in a day (without guests) and how fast they can get unstuck.  Because let’s be honest, if your super driver has never gotten stuck he’s not a real super jeep guy!  You will want someone who is experienced in all types of weather situations, have a plan ready for worst-case scenarios, can navigate through it flawlessly, safely, and keep you calm in the process.

Another defining factor is that more than half of our team is part of the Iceland SAR (Search and Rescue) team.  So how does this benefit you?  Because we always plan ahead and go in with your safety in mind whether it is on the way in the super jeep or at the glacier area. 

Our guides have often been first responders to high pressure / stressful rescue missions involving glacier or mountain rescues when hikers have lost their way or hurt themselves in some way.  They understand how to keep someone calm, stabilize the situation, and react quickly.  And the few guides who are not formally apart of the SAR team are still trained to our company’s high standards in first aid.

Fun Fact: One of our super jeeps is actually one of the old Vik Iceland SAR team trucks!

3-  Offbeat and Unique Locations:

It’s been our mission since 2009, to show travellers to Iceland something more than the usually overcrowded tourist hotspots.  Likewise to also share a side of Iceland that very few will ever experience.  Come see Iceland from a local’s perspective on a super jeep private tour in Vik! 

4- Speaker System:

It’s a priority for us to ensure your super jeep tour experience is enhanced by being able to here our guides tell you about the local area and folklore.  We do this by having all of our super jeeps rigged with mic/speaker systems so you do not miss out during your Iceland adventure tour with us!

5- Reliable and Maintained Trucks:

Our Katlatrack team takes pride in having safe and dependable 4×4 Super Jeeps for you to adventure in.  The fleet is carefully maintained by our guides and/or other professional mechanics that specialize in highland vehicles.  Having a super jeep requires a lot of require maintenance and we never skimp on doing this.  But know, in the rare occasion something does happen, we have plan “b” ready to put into action!

6- Approved Glacier Gear:

It’s important to us that you stay safe.  At the beginning of our super jeep adventure tour in Vik Iceland we provide you with approved glacier gear.  So what does that mean?  It means you’re going to get a helmet, crampons and headlamps that professional mountaineers may have in their gear bags. 

7- Small Groups:

We’re a small company, so we take you on small group tours to keep the experience personal (typically you can expect 2-12 people).  Because come on, who wants to visit an ice cave with 50+ other strangers?!  And if you want an even more of a private experience, check out our custom tours

8- Our Iceland Travel Blog:

Katlatrack Adventure Tours, not only wants to be your number one choice for super jeep tours in Vik Iceland, but we also want to provide you with helpful information on visiting the area.  So rather than blogging about areas outside of Vik Iceland, we remain true to our area.  It’s our mission to go beyond the tour and allow you to learn about the local culture of Vik (Fun Fact: Did you know we are only a village of 300ish people?)!  Check out our previous post on Things to do in Vik! 

9- Katlatrack Reviews:

We are tried and true.  Our business is only run in the Vik Iceland area (we are often referred to as experts in our territory).  You can see for yourself that our team has countless reviews on Trip Advisor and also on Google.

10- The FUN You’re Going to Have:

You’re not going to want leave us!  Between the amazing offbeat areas we are going to share with you, the stories, history, and the vibe our tour just in general has you’re going to want to keep hitting the REWIND button on your adventure!

We dare you to craft your very own adventure full of secret waterfalls, hidden volcanoes, movie locations and more… Or let our team create it for you via a private tour in Iceland!

So ditch the usual hot tourist spots like the national parks and book on of our small group Iceland jeep tours!  See the real Iceland with our local guides. Maybe you’ll visit a dormant volcano, an iconic black sand beach, a stunning waterfall emerging from a glacier and much more.  We’d love to show you our local area of Vik, ice caves, and even build you a custom tour.  Feel free to contact us for more information on getting that adventure started!

Your Adventure Awaits,

– The Katlatrack Super Jeep Team in Vik Iceland

Game of Thrones Tour in Iceland

Game of Thrones Tour in Iceland

Are you familiar with the tune, “A Song of Fire and Ice?” If you’re a fan of the popular TV series Game of Thrones (GOT), you can likely hum it from memory! When you think about Game of Thrones, does Iceland come to mind? It should! There are countless areas around the country that were used as “sets” to portray the regions Game of Thrones were filmed in. Today, we would love to share some of the locations where the Game of Thrones TV series was filmed — in our neck of the woods, Southern Iceland!

Fun Fact: One of our primary staff members, David Geir, previously worked in the film-making industry before we snagged him to become a fantastic glacier guide and professional driver. He was often on the Game of Thrones sets handling special effects — you know, creating the extreme winds and snow that you see happening earlier on in the early to mid-seasons. Please note: Not all of our tour guides have had the chance to work on the actual GOT set as David has, but they are all equally familiar with the filming locations, and have plenty of GOT tales to share.

 

 

Why did Game of Thrones Choose Iceland?

 

If you haven’t found your way to Iceland for your own sightseeing tour, you may not be able to quickly answer, but the dynamic landscape really transports you to another world. Plus, there are very few areas of the world that rival Southern Iceland’s glaciers and black sand beaches! The diversity of the landscape really gave the show its edge. Several Game of Thrones staff and actors have even spoken about their experience of filming in Iceland.

 

 

Filming Locations for Game of Thrones in Iceland

 

During our Vik Iceland super jeep tours throughout Southern Iceland, guests often ask our travel guides where Game of Thrones was filmed. There are many locations that are available for visiting and exploring through filming location tours, whereas other locations are on private property and would need advance permission from landowners or special 4×4 super jeeps to access.

The good news is, booking a Private Tour with us offers you the chance to have a very special Game of Thrones Tour in Iceland. So snag your tour tickets and join us for a touring exhibition to visit some of the must-see sites that have inspired the amazing scenes throughout all 7 seasons (season 8 releases in April 2019) so far!

 

Thingvellir National Park

 

Ever wonder where Game of Thrones found crazy amounts of moss-growing lava rocks and awesome rock formations with water elements? The answer hides at Thingvellir National Park.  It is an area of Southern Iceland that you are welcome to — and we encourage you to — visit yourself. It is easily accessible by car in the days before or after your Katla Ice Cave Tour.

You may recall the memorable Game of Thrones moment that took place here. It is the famed fight between Brienne and the Hound in Season 4 Episode 10. Other Thrones film locations include the falls of Oxarafoss and between the tectonic plates of Silfra where many of the greatest massacres and bloody bath battles during the 7 seasons have taken place. A few others to note are Entrance to the Eyrie in S01E05; S04E05; and S04E08.

 

 

Hidden Mountains

 

Any diehard Game of Thrones fan loved seeing the connection of our favorite Wildling, Ygritte and Jon Snow. Their adventures north of the wall were filmed throughout some of our favorite hidden mountains. Can you imagine witnessing the stomping ground of theirs? It feels very old world, as if you stepped back into the settlement era of a Viking lodge.

North of the wall includes most of the landscapes of Iceland throughout the many seasons of Game of Thrones. The hidden mountains are for sure our second favorite (our first follows below). We would love to have you join us on a custom Game of Thrones tour where we show you these secret mountains and tell you some of the local stories that come with them.

 

 

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach in Southern Iceland

 

A super cool spot that has become a heavily populated day tour spot for tourists to visit on their own is Reynisfjara. This black sand beach is the setting for the elaborate scenes of Castle East Watch by the sea seen in Season 7 Episode 5 and 6.

 

 

Dyrhólaey Sea Arch

 

Dyrhólaey serves as The Wall and Castle East Watch which can be seen in Season 7 Episode 5 and 6. There is also a private side of this beautiful area that we could show you.

 

 

North of the Wall GOT Location

 

There are 13 glaciers in Iceland, and we are lucky to call our business home at the fourth largest, Myrdalsjökull. This fantastic glacier inspired the construction of ‘the wall’ and being ‘north of the wall’ in the Game of Thrones series. See S02E05 and others. More often than not, while exploring this area on self-guided walking tours, you’ll feel as if you are walking in the footsteps of the white walkers. Especially during winter in Iceland.  We would love to show you what ‘north of the wall’ looks like and feels like on our Katla Ice Cave Tour.

 

 

Other Areas Associated with Game of Thrones Filming in Iceland

 

  • Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellfoss Waterfall (Arrowhead Mountain) – S06E05; S07E06
  • Stöng í Þjórsádal (Village where Olly lived) – S04E03
  • Dimmuborgir Lava Area – North Iceland (Wildling Camp) S03E01, S03E02, S03E05
  • Nesjavellir (The Vale) – S04E10
  • Þórufoss Waterfall – Near to Thingveille National Park (Drogon eats the farmers goat) – S04E06
  • Grjótagjá – Northern Iceland (Famed Wildling hot spring cave) – S03E05

Unlike other Game of Thrones tour company offerings, our tour is independently operated to offer our clients a private and more personalized experience that can take place over the course of one day or several. If you wish to get the full experience of how elaborate the scenes and film locations were, we suggest you join us for three days of action-filled GOT location tours.

Winter is coming, and we dare you to join us on a custom Iceland Game of Thrones Tour! These adventures are a truly remarkable experiences that take you off-road in your own private super jeep to explore the land of ice and fire. Our Southern Iceland super jeep tour guides are Game of Thrones experts who will enlighten you about the different Game of Thrones locations and filming areas, while sharing stories about the series, the location’s history, and much more. Please contact us for more information on booking your private Game of Thrones filming locations tour!

Your Adventure Awaits,

– The Katlatrack Super Jeep Team in Vik Iceland

Best Iceland Winter Tours in Vik

Best Iceland Winter Tours in Vik

Winter has officially come to Iceland!  Although the daylight hours are limited, the adventure level still runs high during those hours.  And believe us, we utilize every single second for your adventure when you come to Vik Iceland for our 4×4 tour!  As you have likely already figured out, the South of Iceland is the richest of landscape diversity.  Every 5 minutes, your eyes will be overwhelmed by a stunning waterfall, beautifully shaped mountain, unique rock formation, or glaciers in the distance.

So when you start thinking about winter in Vik Iceland… What kind of tours get you the most excited?  Today we would love to introduce you to the incredible things to do during winter time here in Iceland (and also bust any myths that you might think are available or easy accessed)!

 

Ice Cave Tour in Vik Iceland

This might be our favorite type of tour during this time of year because every year new ice caves are formed (because our glaciers are receding each year, not growing in length).  The really amazing thing about our secret glacier area, is that there are multiple layers to the glacier so you see years of history coming out of the glacier.  How exciting is that?  You’ll feel like you’re part of Icelandic history!

You will witness black ice (from years of the black desert sand hitting it and freezing), you see pure white/clear ice (once the sand washes off) and the glimmer of blue ice (which is light reflecting).  Our ice caves in Vik Iceland are many times not the glorious “blue ice” caves you see in the typical photos, but they offer more charm, history, and seclusion.

The ice caves our Vik Iceland based Katlatrack team will take you to offer a more private feel.  We commit to not taking in large groups in to journey to the ice caves (whereas our competition in other ice cave areas will take in 30-50+ people at time) so you have a more intimate moment with the subglacial volcano.  It’s our mission to provide the most memorable and intimate experience you have when you come to visit Iceland.  So during our Ice Cave Tour in Vik Iceland, you will interact with a local guide educating you the home-grown geology, folklore stories, safety brief, and an unbelievable adventure into a natural ice cave!

Plus, our team is continuously scouting for new ice caves around our glacier so often times during our tours, we may see more than one!  The ice caves may vary in size, texture and tone, but they will leave you impressed and totally connected with Vik Iceland for the rest of your lives!  Feel free to grab a seat on one of our Ice Cave tours in Vik Iceland, HERE.

 

Super Jeep 4×4 Tour in Vik Iceland

There is something really unforgettable about buzzing through the snow in a 4×4 super jeep!  You feel like a total badass, free, and a little high on adrenaline!  So if you take our advice from our previous post of splurging on an extraordinary Offbeat Tour in Vik Iceland, you’ll never regret it!  You’ll be able to go home and know you saw areas of Iceland the majority of the locals haven’t even seen! Think Hidden caves, a subglacial volcano (say what?!), tops of incredible mountains, and landscapes you’ve only seen in movies!  Our “Under the Volcano” 4×4 super jeep tour from Vik Iceland would be a fantastic fit for you if you find yourself looking for just that!  Feel free to grab a seat on the tour, HERE.

 

Frozen Waterfall Hunting in Iceland

Waterfalls are one of the most amazing natural wonder features we have in Iceland.  And I’m proud to say that Southern Iceland is gushing with them!  In winter, they sometimes freeze partially or fully making it a really unique photo opportunity!  Fun Fact: Iceland is an island that boasts over 6,000 waterfalls and only 3,000 of them have names!  Can you imagine finding a secret frozen waterfall with us and giving it a name you create!?  We would love to take you on a custom private waterfall hunting adventure.  Feel free to contact us HERE to find out more information on a custom winter 4×4 tour in Vik Iceland.

 

Caving in Vik Iceland

There are countless unique natural caves in Iceland that have been created by lava flow, glaciers receding, or the ocean retreating.  During winter, they may need to be dug out a tiny bit, but that only adds to the adventure level, right?!  We would love to put together a custom tour for you to experience some of Iceland’s natural caves.  Contact us HERE for more information.

 

Game of Thrones Tours in Vik Iceland

Countless films and television shows have been filmed in Iceland and specifically the Southern part.  In our local area of Vik Iceland there are many locations where Game of Thrones and several of the Star Wars movies were filmed.  If you’re a fan, seeing the area in wintertime is quite the treat!  Feel free to book one of our Custom Tours to delight in that once-in-a-lifetime experience!

 

Snowmobiling in Iceland

During wintertime in Iceland, there is an endless list of company’s doing snowmobiling tours.  It can be a fun way to ride around on the landscape!  Although we prefer to stay warm and cozy in our super jeeps, we understand some of you may love the wind blowing on your face!

 

Dog Sledding

This is one of the biggest myths about Icelandic wintertime I would like to “bust.”  We are not a culture that ever required sleigh dogs.  We only use our dogs for herding sheep.  Many people assume since we are a Nordic country, dog sledding is part of our culture, but it’s not.  There is only one company in the entire island doing dog sledding tours in Iceland.  More often than not also if there is not a enough snow, they have the dogs run you on a wheeled sleigh, so it is NOT the traditional dog sledding experience I am sure you were hoping for.  That said, we encourage you to do dog sledding tours in Greenland or Lapland =) 

 

Northern Lights Hunting in Vik Iceland

Hunting for Northern Lights can sometimes be a daunting task… Why? Because it’s unpredictable.  So booking a ticket to Iceland during our “Northern Lights” season (which is typically between October-March) does not guarantee you will see them, sorry!  There are several variables in play here like the weather (it needs to be cold and a clear night), the sun (it needs to have emitted solar flares a day or two before) and the amount of nearby light (you want it to be DARK, no light pollution).  But if you have several days to commit to the challenge your chances of seeing increase!

 

Glacier Walking / Ice Climbing

Hearing the crampons click onto the ice is one of my favorite sounds.  It’s empowering and you’re one with the glacier all at the time same time.  By coming onto the glacier (either by walking or ice climbing) you’re able to experience a viewpoint that is not only unique, but gives you perspective.  More often than not you’ll leave the glacier feeling accomplished and inspired.  We offer these tours by custom booking only, based on skill level and availability.  Feel free to contact us HERE for more information on glacier walking / climbing in Vik Iceland.

So what Winter Tour will you choose in Vik Iceland?  So many exciting options!  Or if you choose to journey on your own to the tourist locations in Vik, please make sure you go back and read our wonderful blog post, “Driving in Iceland” for tips to keep you safe.  We look forward to seeing you on one of our Adventure Tours in Vik Iceland!

Until next time,

Guðjon + Katlatrack Team

Vik Iceland Adventure Tours: Lunch Options

Vik Iceland Adventure Tours: Lunch Options

When you’re out adventuring in Iceland, it’s nice to have options for lunch than just delighting in random bad-for-you snacks from a gas station…  Imagine pulling up to a natural cave and exploring around while lunch is being prepared for you!  During our private tours from Vik Iceland, we are happy to add on a custom lunch option for you and your group.

So what could that be? 

Option 1:

Packed lunches (sandwich, skyr, fruit, chocolate, and water).

Option 2:

There are not many things more traditional to Icelanders then a Pylsur (hot dog) and a Coke.  Think: A tasty lamb hot hog, on a warm grilled bun topped with crispy fried onions, ketchup, sweet brown mustard (called Pylsusinnep), and Remúlaði (kinda tastes like American potato salad).  Tell me your mouth isn’t watering just thinking about it!  Comes with Chocolate, Coke, Water, and Coffee.

 

Option 3: 

If you want to go full-on luxury during your Iceland private super jeep tour, we can offer you an amazing display of grilled marinated lamb, potato salad, and chips.  Followed by wonderful Icelandic chocolates. Your choice of Icelandic beers, sodas, or coffee.

If interested in adding on this awesome option to your private 4×4 adventure tour in Vik Iceland, please contact us for a custom quote.

 

 

Your Adventure Awaits You,

Guðjon + Katlatrack Team

What to Pack: Vik Iceland Super Jeep Tour

What to Pack: Vik Iceland Super Jeep Tour

Lots of unique adventure awaits you as you embark on your day trip with us through the super secret hidden areas near to Vik Iceland. That said, it’s important to be prepared with the basics such as the following:

1.) Rainproof (not just a water repellent) coat and pants that will also uphold to the crazy Icelandic winds. This is very important between Mid March-November. Between December and March it’s best to bring waterproof snow gear. Side Note: If for sure rains more year round here than snow (from sideways rain with wind to a constant drizzle).

2.) A hat / Balaclava / scarf

3.) Gloves (waterproof)

4.) Waterproof hiking boots (past the ankles is best)

5.) A “Go Bag” that has things you may want during the day to keep you happy and comfortable (I.E., a watch, extra gloves, extra socks, a fleece/wool sweatshirt, light snacks (granola bars), water bottle, extra cash in case you want to buy something at a bathroom stop, “Hot Hands” if you are not use to cold temperatures).

6.) Camera (and accessories if you wish IE, tripod, trigger, rain gear).

7.) Sunglasses

8.) Extra pair of boots/shoes of you are going to go glacier climbing or mountaineering with us.

9.) If on a private tour with us… Bring you favorite tunes! We may be able to play them from your phone, favorite disc or USB (please check at time of booking). So bring it to make the experience more personal!

10.) An open mind to LEARN! The secret areas our super jeep team takes you comes with some amazing folklore stories and stories on how the land has changed. We would love the opportunity to tell you!

 

With packing these basics you are surely setup for success to have an unforgettable Vik Iceland 4×4 Super Jeep Tour. We cannot wait to meet you and take you on an unforgettable journey through the pure side of Iceland!

Vik Iceland Guided Super Jeep Tour

Vik Iceland Guided Super Jeep Tour

One of Iceland’s most powerful volcanoes, Katla, lies dormant beneath the Mýrdalsjökull glacier. This Iceland super jeep tour takes you right to the foot of the glacier!  A place virtually untouched by man, surrounded by magnificent landscapes and awe-inspiring colors, textures and tones.

The next awe-inspiring spot we visit is Reynisfjall where you can see famous Reynisdrangar from above. This area is one of Iceland’s most-photographed and picturesque sites, seen from a once in a lifetime angle!

We then enter the notorious Mýrdalssandur desert area where you will hear an Icelandic folklore story that will make you laugh.  After crossing a few rivers, listening to some good tunes you will find yourself picking your jaw up off the floor as you walk into a cave that looks like out of a movie set (it also happens to be an area immortalized in countless films, TV ads and music videos).

Before ending our epic Iceland 4×4 Supper Jeep Adventure Tour, you will arrive at a stunning waterfall that emerges from the ice at the foot of the glacier.  Yes, I said waterfall AND glacier in the same sentence!  If time allows, you’ll be surprised by one more fun stop to ensure you fully end your day with a huge smile!

* Departure Point: N1 station in Vík
* Duration: 4 hours
* Highlights: Reynisfjall, Black Sand Desert, Super Secret Glacier, Hjörleifshöfði, and a Haunted Hut.
* Included: Local Guide, Super Jeep, 30 minutes hike at Katla Glacier.

* Not included: Lunch (can be added on to the package or purchased at a fuel station in route).
* Please Note: Bring warm clothing, rain/wind gear and good shoes for hiking.

Please contact us to book your “Under the Volcano” Tour today.

Your Adventure Awaits You,

Guðjon + Katlatrack Team