About Tour - Katla Natural Ice Cave
Visit the Natural Ice Cave under Katla Volcano and Glacier. The only natural ice cave that is accessible all year in Iceland.
Take this tour and experience some of the best things that Iceland has to offer in a single trip. From the rarest of the rare phenomena to the thrilling Super Jeep rides, the tour to Katla Ice Cave is the perfect mixture of adventure, thrill, beautiful sites, serene landscapes, and unfolding the seldom visited. Taking you through the “no man” road, this tour will travel through a few southern wonders of Iceland before you get to the main attraction of the tour. The lunar surroundings, the green moss-covered mountains, and the beautiful surrounding glaciers are a few sights that you can expect to experience on this fabulous tour.
About Katla Ice Cave
Katla ice cave is one of the most recently discovered ice caves of Iceland. While most caves are crystal and blue ice cave in Iceland, the Katla ice cave is a ‘black ice’ cave. Also popularly known as “Dragon Glass” ice cave, Katla ice cave is one of a kind. The name “Dragon Glass Ice Cave” became even more popular after its appearance in the popular show Game of Thrones. The appearance is uncanny and the formation process is also somewhat related. The ice cave is located in Katla volcano, one of the most active volcanos in Iceland. A very little amount of light enters these caves and whatever amount manages to get it creates a fabulous combination of colors.
The Ice Cave Tour
The trip will start at Vik which is very popular for its black sand beach, and then you will be taken on the “no man” road. This bumpy road will be traveled in a super jeep which is exhilarating beyond comprehension. The sights are out-of-the-world, much like the highlands, so you will feel like you are getting a sneak peek into the harshest part of the land of ice and fire.
Katla volcano is located underneath the glacier Kötlujökull which is an outlet glacier of Mýrdalsjökull glacier. The ice cave is located in the cavity of the volcano. And this is where you will get face to face with the ice cave.
As soon as you arrive at the foot of the glacier, you will be briefed about the necessary equipment that you need to put on before accessing the cave. Your tour guide will make you understand how each piece of equipment works and will help you put it on. After you and the guide have made sure that you are all set with the equipment, you will take a short walk on the glacier to get to the mouth of the “dragon glass” ice cave.
You will be accompanied by your tour guide at all times who will not only supervise your journey but also provide you with various facts about the black ice cave of Katla volcano. While there is a certain type of thrill in visiting an ice cave, taking a walk on a glacier and traveling the bumpiest of roads in a humongous super jeep, the biggest thrill of this trip lies in witnessing one of the rarest and the most eccentric ice caves of Iceland. That too while walking on Iceland’s most active and dangerous volcano. If you are a beginner in the game of ice caving then don’t worry, our expert guides will ensure your safety and train you in the techniques required for your tour.
What to bring
Hiking boots with hard sole and ankle support
Warm clothing (first layer)
Waterproof clothing (second layer)
Gloves and a hat
Good to know
- This tour is operated in small groups.
- Meeting point is inside the restaurant of the Icelandic Lava Show in Vík where there are tables reserved. Be there 20 minutes before departure time.
- Ice caves are a dynamic natural phenomena. New unique caves are formed in different areas of the glacier. We visit a naturally formed ice cave during this tour. All the photos on our website are from the current season, but some formations we visit might have changed due to the natural reasons.
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Most frequent questions and answers
The meeting point for this tour is inside the restaurant at the Icelandic Lava Show. To find the exact location and directions you can look up “Icelandic Lava Show” on Google Maps or you can click here. Your guide will be waiting for you by our Super Jeep with a sign saying with the name of the tour.
Click on “Directions” the map for the exact location and driving directions.
We will see you at our meeting point, 20 minutes before the departure time stated on your ticket. Please note that if you arrive after departure time, your place on the tour can’t be guaranteed or refunded.
Driving time to Vík from Reykjavík is around 2 hours and 30 minutes in good road conditions. If you arrive early, you can stay inside the restaurant which offers free parking and has restrooms.
We encourage bringing hiking boots for glacier tours. They have to be hard on the sole and tight around the ankle. Unfortunately, we don’t have the option to rent hiking boots for the Katla Ice Cave Tour from Vík for the moment.
Weather in Iceland is very unpredictable. For tours during winter: warm clothing as first layer, waterproof jacket with a hoodie, hiking boots with ankle protection and hard sole, a hat and gloves are ideal. For tours during summer, bringing a light rain jacket or a soft shell with a hoodie is in most cases enough protection. Icelanders often say, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes”. Jeans are not recommended for the tour as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet.
It rains a lot in Iceland, but we do not let rain stop us from going out and enjoy nature. All we need to do is choose our clothing wisely, which is why we recommend wearing waterproof clothing as the second layer. Of course, safety is our #1 priority. In case of extreme weather conditions, we will cancel our tours and do our best to reschedule. In these cases, you’ll receive a full refund.
This is a personal choice. We have had pregnant women on our glacier hikes and we always recommend you read the description of the activity to get a better idea. In any case, feel free to contact our Service Team for further questions and concerns.