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

 

Your Adventurous Super Jeep Guide in Vik Iceland

Your Adventurous Super Jeep Guide in Vik Iceland

Vik, Iceland is one of the most mysterious and adventure filled areas in Iceland. It has hands down the
most dramatic scenery Iceland has to offer! We are proud to say we not only born and raised in this
area of Iceland and know it inside and out, but we offer unforgettable Super Jeep Adventure Tours of
this area and beyond. No matter if it’s winter or summer, we have exclusive itineraries that will leave
you in complete and utter “wow” of Iceland.

Do you know that several Hollywood productions have been filmed in this majestic area of Vik, Iceland
as well? Just to rattle off a few that I’m sure you’ve seen or heard about…

 

  • Walter Mitty
  • Noah
  • Batman Begins
  • Oblivion
  • Star Trek
  • Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • Prometheus
  • Thor
  • Interstellar
  • …Star Wars (previous and up and coming)

 

What Makes Us Different? With Iceland becoming quickly heavily saturated by tourism (seriously 100’s
of people flood the usual Route 1 stops), we personally strive to take you beyond the normal overrun
sightseer stops and show you Pure Iceland. We spend our time out discovering super-secret areas of
Iceland that are privately owned and you are only able to get there by our experienced guiding skills.
We want you to feel like you have just discovered the area by yourself for the first time!

 

Now you’re probably wondering what you might see during an Iceland Adventure Tour with us…

 

  • Subglacial Volcanos
  • Secret Waterfalls
  • Locally known Icelandic Hot Springs (so much more amazing than the Blue Lagoon!)
  • Private Caves
  • Icelandic Deserts
  • Basalt Rock Formations
  • Black Sand Beaches
  • Viewpoints that will make your jaw drop!
  • Mountains that have been featured in movies!
  • River Crossings that will get your adrenaline going!
  • Abandoned houses and airplanes
  • Breathtaking Canyons
  • Historical family run churches
  • Grass Covered Houses
  • Moss Covered Lava Fields
  • Personal Hiking / Discovery Guide
  • Icelandic History & Folklore Stories along the way during our exploration!
  • Lunch! …did someone say a super fun BBQ of Icelandic hot dogs or delicious gourmet sandwiches?! Yum!
  • ….The list is actually endless but we wanted to give you a little taste to get you excited! =)

 

So all that being said, we invite you to come and explore Vik, Iceland… Bring your families, your spouse,
your friends, or even your team building business groups! We’ll show you a day you’ll never ever forget!

Your Adventure Awaits You,

Guðjon + Katlatrack Team

 

Vik, Iceland Weather Advice for your Katlatrack Tour

Vik, Iceland Weather Advice for your Katlatrack Tour

Icelandic people are hearty.  For years, they have been bred and born on this tiny island in the North Atlantic, hundreds and even thousands of miles away from other countries.  They have learned to self-sustain, use everything (no waste) and adapted tricks to ensure survival against the extreme weather conditions each season brings.  They have grown up in and are used to bad and stormy weather conditions.  They are not only raised in it, not only know how to handle themselves in it, but also how to encourage and prepare others to get through any sort of scary snow storms and windy storm weather conditions.

The weather in Iceland is the most unpredictable (some may even say volatile) you will ever encounter while travelling, anywhere.  Specifically, in Vik Iceland, the landscape is so diverse, which is what creates those amazing natural wonders in the first place, is actually that extreme weather.  Iceland is the land of fire and ice for a reason after all!  We often have wind storms, sandstorms, snowstorms, hail/sleet even in summer and Vik is on average one of the more rainy parts of Iceland.

That said, our 4×4 Super Jeep adventure tours in Vik Iceland operate rain or shine.  Because honestly, if we only did tours in perfect weather (IE, sunshine and light winds) we would not be able to share these amazing, unique local areas with anyone!  And that would be such a shame because our adventurous locations outside of Vik allow you to experience the untouched pure (non-touristy) side of Iceland which very few actually get to experience.  So don’t worry if the weather is bad on your scheduled adventure tour with us, because our team is more than capable of how to handle it and keep you safe all the way through it.  Today we would like to walk you through what that means when you book an experience with Katlatrack Adventure Tours in Vik Iceland, no matter the weather.

When bad weather comes during a scheduled 4×4 super jeep tour in Vik Iceland, we embrace it!  Why?  Because our guests will get a very real Icelandic experience.  Our team is also very skilfull in handling themselves through it to ensure your safety at hand is #1.  We prepare in advance and have an advantage over other adventure tour companies.  You might be curious to how?  Allow me to elaborate below:

Experienced Super Jeep Drivers:

All of our Katlatrack super jeep guides are thoroughly experienced drivers in all vehicle types and in all conditions.  They all must have a specific commercial driving license and be trained up to our standards in maneuverability.  Driving through snow and heavy rains becomes an art-form.  And by training… I don’t just mean being able to drive the super jeep itself, I rather mean we go out and drive in blizzards, wind storms, etc to ensure they are able to handle it all.  So from crossing mountain passes or driving through rivers or storms, our team is fully trained and experienced.

Navigation:

During storms and heavy fog in Vik Iceland, one can often become disorientated if tracks are not tried and true beforehand.  Our top of the line geographical highland navigation system helps our guides adventure through all conditions clearly and accurately.  This not only ensures your safety in the 4×4 super jeep but also the safety of the landscape (IE, remember from our Driving in Iceland post, off-road driving is illegal).

Local Knowledge of Vik Iceland:

Being based in Vik Iceland, our guides have a local knowledge of the area that is superior.  We have been doing tours specifically in Vik Iceland professionally since 2009.  This gives us an overall advantage to know and understand how the rivers behave, what it means when winds are coming from a specific direction or when they are at their strongest and when tide levels are high or change.  Also, we visit the glacier every day and see and feel the changes that happen, which allow for us to make judgement calls on what is safe and not for our group (or what gear is needed to safely venture in) to explore during an ice cave tour for example.

First Aid Trained:

If the worst case, something were to happen during one of our Vik Iceland Adventure Tours or during an Ice Cave Tour, please remain worry free, as each Katlatrack team member is trained in first aid and can carefully work through any type of situation that may arise.  We are also skilled in keeping situations calm.

Although, some people may get scared/worried/stressed when the weather turns bad on an adventure tour at the glacier, rest assured our team is experienced and ready for you!

Until next time,

Guðjon + Katlatrack Team