Pick-up from Town Hall of Reykjavík, Tjarnargötu 11 or Hlemmur Bus Stop
10 – 12 hours
All year round, based on conditions
Minimum 2 Guests / Maximum 12 Guests
12 years (please see our ‘Custom Tours’ for younger guests)
Local Guide, Expert Ice Cave Guide, minibus, Super Jeep Transport, safety equipment for exploring the Ice Cave (includes helmet, headlamp and crampons).
What to bring
Please bring warm clothing according to weather, waterproof rain gear, hat and gloves. Hiking shoes or snow boots are essential.
Stops at 2-3 Natural Ice Caves (including “Secret” Ice Cave), Reynisdrangar, Vik, Ice Caves, Glacier walk, Skógafoss Waterfall, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Offbeat and private locations, Off-road driving in a Super Jeep, expert local guides.
ABOUT THE TOUR
It’s now possible to explore both the South Coast of Iceland AND a natural ice cave in a single day tour from Reykjavik. There’s no need to choose between one tour or the other, and no need to hire a car. Let us take care of everything while you sit back, relax, and prepare to be awed by just how much natural beauty we have to show you in one day. This is a once in a lifetime adventure that you can only experience with a Katlatrack guide. We are the only tour company to combine a South Coast tour with a visit to a natural ice cave in a single day.
Our day starts at 8:00am, when your Katlatrack driver collects you from central Reykjavik. Our small group will head south, as we wind our way through the ever changing scenery towards the breathtaking south coast. Our first stop is Hvolsvöllur for some coffee and snacks for the day.
The next stop is our home town of Vik, where we meet up with your Katlatrack Ice Cave Guide and our adventure begins! We’ll climb into a super jeep and take an exhilarating ride through the private back road of Vik to reach the glacier area.
In true Katlatrack style, this will be an offbeat experience that will show you the quieter, authentic side of Iceland, far away from the crowds and the mainstream tours. As local guides, we spend more time than anyone else exploring this landscape and we know where all of the best ice caves hide! We’re also proud to say that we are one of the very few companies who can offer ice cave tours all year round, thanks to our extensive local knowledge and our expert caving skills.
As always, your safety is paramount on our tours. Visitors should never risk exploring an ice cave without a highly experienced guide, so after fitting you up with some of our loan equipment (a helmet, headlamp and some crampons for your shoes), we’ll provide a full safety brief before making our way to the cave. After a short (10-15 minute) walk across the glacier, we’re ready to enter our ice cave!
The first stop is at the front of Kötlujökull – the Katla outlet glacier. Kötlujökull is actually part of the famous Mýrdalsjökull glacier – the fourth largest glacier in Iceland. Your safety is paramount at all times on a Katlatrack tour, so we will pause here and your glacier guide will fit you up with some loan equipment (a helmet, headlamp, and crampons) and provide you with a full safety briefing.
From here, it’s a fun 10 to 15-minute glacier hike across the ice to explore your first ice cave! You’ll marvel at the magnificent colours and textures inside the ice cave, and the crazy shapes and crystal ice will leave you in awe. Your Katlatrack guide will share the history of the Iceland ice cave and explain how it was formed. You’ll learn how the volcanic eruptions of the Katla volcano caused the ash and sand to combine with the ice, to form the incredible shades of black and blue that appear almost like ‘dragon glass’. There will be plenty of ice cave photo opportunities, and plenty of time to ask questions and learn all you wish to know about these magnificent icy structures.
After some time in the main cave, we’ll take another short glacier walk as we hunt for secret waterfalls and hidden glacier canyons. You may have heard that visiting an ice cave is a “Once in a lifetime experience” – this couldn’t be truer, and we love nothing more than sharing this very unique experience with our guests! Iceland’s ice caves are constantly shifting and changing with the seasons, so the caves that you will experience on your glacier tour will never exist in the same form again. We are always scouting the glacier ice for new and hidden caves, so we know exactly where to find the most spectacular (and the safest) ice caves to show you on our tours. Some of these caves are on private land that can only be accessed with a Katlatrack guide, so it is also possible that your tour will include a visit to a secret ice cave. We’ll also explore one or two other ice caves, depending upon the current conditions on the glacier.
After our ice caving adventure, we’ll head back to the super jeep for our next destination: a private black sand beach. You will already be very familiar with Iceland’s most famous black sand beach, Reynisfjara, and we definitely recommend that you explore this beach in your own time. However, in true Katlatrack style, we prefer to take you off the beaten path on our tours. Therefore, we will visit a lesser-known black sand beach that you can explore and enjoy in privacy – far away from the tourist crowds!
Finally, our jeep then takes an exciting detour through the wild terrain as we drive through the actual film set from Star Wars Rogue One. You’ll see exactly where the opening scenes were shot as your guide shares all of the behind the scenes details. We then take in some more filming locations on our way home, as we visit the film sets of some other favourites, such as Transformers, Noah, and Oblivion. Along the way, you will also enjoy some other memorable sights from the comfort of the jeep, including the historical promontory of Hjörleifshöfði (named after one of the first Viking settlers in Iceland), the distinctive Reynisdrangar sea stacks, and of course, the beautiful local area around Vik.
From here, we’ll wave farewell to your Ice Cave Guide and start our journey back to Reykjavik. Our adventure continues on the way home however, as we detour along Iceland’s Ring Road and pay a visit to two of its most famous waterfalls.
Our first stop is the thundering Skógafoss, where you’ll marvel at the power of this towering waterfall and learn all about the legend of the secret treasure that it hides. Our final stop is Seljalandsfoss, a truly magnificent and picturesque waterfall, and one that you can even walk behind during the summer months.
Our tour will then conclude back in Reykjavik, where our driver will leave you with many memories to keep and many stories to share.
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