South Shore and Katla Ice Cave

South Shore and Katla Ice Cave
Each ice cave is as unique as a fingerprint
No two ice caves are the same and are only around for a limited time
A super jeep is perfectly equipped to handle the terrain
The snowy expanse of the area towards an ice cave in southern Iceland
A snapshot of the journey towards the ice cave
An outlook on the quaint town of Vík on Iceland's South Coast

Think you don’t have time to visit an ice cave during your visit to Iceland? Think again! This South Coast and Natural Ice Cave Tour is the perfect way to experience an ice cave. 

You will be whisked away to a secret glacier area where you will have the chance to explore one of these incredible natural wonders for yourself. This is a unique experience that you won’t soon forget, and one that any visitor to the South shore should have on their bucket list.

You will start the day from Reykjavik on a bus and visit the Lava Centre, where you will find seven monitors directly connected to all earthquake information over the last 48 hours. There you will see how many volcanoes are here in Iceland and how many are active. From there you will travel to the gorgeous Skógafoss waterfall before heading to the quaint seaside town of Vík.

Skógafoss is a popular waterfall to visit in Iceland. It has been a guest star in quite a few films including;  Thor: The Dark World, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and in the Games of Thrones TV series. You will have free time for lunch in Vík. 

You will then climb into a super jeep for an exhilarating ride through the local landscape. Once you arrive at the glacier area, your expert glacier guide will provide you with a full safety briefing.  You will be fitted with some equipment, including a helmet, headlamp, and crampons. From here it’s a fun 5 to 10-minute hike across the glacier to the ice cave. 

Once inside, you will have lots of time to explore the cave, see the fascinating colours and formations, and learn all about these incredible structures. Your local guide will explain how the ice caves are continually changing. Each ice cave is as unique as a fingerprint and might not last long, so that the cave you explore this season may never exist again, making this truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. 

After a full 45 to 60 minutes of exploration, you will hike back to the super jeep and take another exciting ride back to Vík. Here you will have some free time to explore on your own. You should definitely head to the black sand beach to see the Reynisdrangar rock formations standing freely in the ocean and the hexagonal basalt columns.  You can then go and relax in the local swimming pool or take part in some other activities. In the local area you can go horseback riding, hiking, visit the Icelandic Lava show, Skaftfellingur museum or even more thrilling adventures like Paragliding or the Zipline ride.

On the way back you will stop at Seljalandsfoss which is part of the Seljandsá river, which has its origins in the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. What makes Seljalandsfoss so famous and exciting is that you can walk behind it. It is recommended you bring either a raincoat or a waterproof coat along if you want to walk behind it. 

Where you will stop during the tour:

Lava Centre, Skógafoss, Vík í Mýrdal, Katla Ice Cave, Seljalandsfoss (Plus additional comfort stops).

What you will see along the way (weather permitting):

Volcanoes: Hekla, Eyjafjallajökull, Vestman Islands and Katla. Glaciers: Langjökull, Mýrdalsjökull and several glacier snouts. Waterfalls: Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss and several others. Sandy plains: Skógasandur, Sólheimasandur and Mýrdalssandur.Coastlines: In Vik and view towards the south coast in several places. Fertile farmland and mossy lava fields.

Please note that this tour is partially unguided.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jul. - Dec.
  • Duration: 14 hours
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Vestmannaeyjar, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Hekla, Eyjafjallajökull, Katla, Mýrdalsjökull, Sólheimasandur, Langjökull, Myrdalssandur, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 07:00.

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

  • Professional Local Guidance

  • Superjeep tour inside Katla Ice Cave

  • Wi-Fi on bus

  • Meals and beverages

What to bring:
  • Remember to dress according to weather

  • Warm clothes, waterproof jacket, and sturdy shoes are recommended

  • We recommend bringing thermal layers, a winter hat, scarf, gloves, and wearing warm socks for colder days 

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Free cancellation
No credit card fees
No booking fees