Day Tour South Coast & Katla Natural Ice Cave
Here´s a packed daytour: the waterfalls and black sand beaches of the south coast of Iceland and also a visit to the Katla ice cave with a super jeep transfer. Oh what a day!
- Reynisfjara Black Sand beach
- Katla Ice Cave
Think you don’t have time to visit an ice cave during your visit to Iceland? Think again! The South Coast and Natural Ice Cave Tour is the perfect way to experience an ice cave. We’ll whisk you away to a secret glacier area where you’ll have the chance to explore one of these magnificent 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.
We start the day from Reykjavik in a bus and visit the Lava Center where you find seven monitors directly connected to all earthquake information over the last 48 hours.There you see how many volcanoes there are in Iceland and how many are active.
Our next stop is at the gorgeous Skógafoss waterfall before we head to Vik. Skógafoss is the starting point of the Fimmvörðuháls hike over to Þórsmörk nature reserve. Skógafoss has been used in the films Thor: The Dark World and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and in Games of Thrones series. You will have free time for lunch at Vík. There we will meet at our partners and you climb into a super jeep for an exhilarating ride through the local landscape. Once at the glacier area, your expert glacier guide will provide you with a full safety briefing. We’ll then fit you up with some loan equipment, including a helmet, headlamp, and crampons. From here it’s a fun 5 to 10 minute hike across the glacier to our ice cave. Once inside you’ll have plenty of time to explore the cave, admire the amazing tones and wild shapes, and learn all about these incredible structures. Your local guide will explain how the ice caves are constantly changing, 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, we’ll hike back to the super jeep and take another exciting ride back to Vik.
After the visit to Katla Volcano Ice Cave you have plenty of free time to explore Vik on your own. We recommend going to the black sand beach and and see the Reynisdrangar rock formations and columnar basalt. You can then, for example, go and relax in the local swimming pool, go horseback riding, hiking, visit the Icelandic Lava show, Skaftfellingur museum or even more thrilling adventures like Paragliding or the Zipline ride. Please note that these tour options are on the cost of the passenger.
On the way back we stop at Seljalandsfoss which is part of the Seljandsá river, which has its origins in Eyjafjallajökull glacier. What makes Seljalandsfoss so famous and interesting is that you can walk behind it. We recommend you bring either a raincoat or a waterproof coat along if you want to walk behind it.
Where we will stop during the tour:
- Lava Centre
- Vík í Mýrdal
- Katla Ice Cave
- 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 south coast in several places.
- Fertile farmland and mossy lava fields.
Dates & prices
Departures: Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, all year.
Tour Duration: 14 hrs.
Price per person: ISK 28.999
Teenagers (8 -15 YRS): ISK 19.999
- National park entrance fee
- Bus fare
- Professional local guidance
- Superjeep tour to and from the ice cave
Good to know
- Please note that this tour is partially unguided
What do I need to bring?
- Remember to dress according to weather
- Warm clothes, waterproof jacket and sturdy shoes are recommended
- Good to bring thermal layers, a winter hat, scarf, gloves and wearing warm sock for colder days