The Secret Ice Cave
A one day adventure from Vík to the natural ice cave by Katla volcano in South Iceland. Discover the beauty of one of the country’s treasures.
Tour code: IMG08
Explore the Stunning Secret Ice Cave Along The South Coast of Iceland
Join us on this tour to the Secret Ice Cave of Kötlujökull Glacier. Located directly under the dormant volcano Katla, this ice cave is a great example of the dynamic natural forces that shape this country.
To get to the cave, you must take a bumpy road, only accessible by modified 4x4 vehicles. During the drive, use the time to take in the stunning view as you drive through vast black sands that are broken up by emerald green mountains and hills.
Once there, you are greeted with an ash covered wall of ice, marked by the volcanic eruptions of the past. As you walk closer to the glacier, an enchanting opening will appear that will allow you to explore the insides of the glacier. The cave's illuminating blue ice walls form a high contrast with the surrounding black ash and are a marvelous sight.
Don't miss this opportunity to visit the only accessible ice cave in this region.
Please note: This tour is run by our selected partners Katla Track. This tour departs from Vík, if you are looking for a tour from Reykjavík, please take a look at the Secret Ice Cave from Reykjavík.
Disclaimer: Please note that ice caves are a natural phenomena and the conditions can change depending on weather. Your safety is our first priority. It is possible that our tours may be canceled with short notice due to weather conditions or safety concerns. If this happens, we will always do our best to offer you an alternative tour, if weather permits. Minimum 2 persons is needed to run this tour.
Accessible to all people in good health. Some tours involve walking for total of 1-4 hrs, sometimes on uneven terrain. These tours are most often with out carrying any or very little weight.
The Katla Track Meeting point west of N1 gas station in Vík. Please be ready 15 minutes before departure time.
2 to 12 per guide
1.5 - 2 hrs
We did the SecretIceCavetour that departs from Vik. It's only offered in April/May because the cavesare temporary, formed by the springtime melting of the glacier. I thought this 4-hour tour was a great way to get a taste of the glacier experience—ride in the big icetruck, strap some clampons to your shoes, and climb the cave—without committing to a much longer full-day hike.
The Katla Ice Cave
Wall of Ice
- Experienced and qualified guide
- Transport from Vík in a Super Jeep, 45 -60 minutes
- All necessary glacier gear; helmet, headlamp and crampons
- Safety equipment
- Rain gear
- Hiking boots
- Warm clothing
- Rain gear (jacket or pants)
- Hiking boots