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Katla Ice Cave Under the Volcano

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It's time to hop into a Super Jeep, secure your crampons, and venture into the majestic glaciers and ice caves of South Iceland. Get ready for breathtaking landscapes and sights unlike anything you've witnessed. Hike across the Myrdalsjokull glacier and explore the stunning blue and black ice cave of Kötlujökull glacier on Mt. Katla.
  • View Over Myrdalsjokull
  • Visiting a Natural Glacial Ice Cave
  • Scenic Super Jeep Ride
Activity Level: Easy Active
Moderately active but not overly strenuous. This level includes activities like casual cycling, yoga, or excursions/activities that typically last 3-5 hours total each day.

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Day 1: Katla Ice Cave

The drive commences on the famous Road 1, but soon, a turn leads into what appears to be a no-man's land. Along the way, stunning glaciers and mountains surround you. The super jeep effortlessly tackles the rough and rugged road, adding excitement to the drive.

Stopping near the roots of the Kötlujökull glacier, an otherworldly view awaits. Equipped with crampons and helmets, a short walk to the ice cave's opening follows. Climbing a few steps on ladders to the cave entrance might be necessary. Although the natural ice cave conditions vary, the climb isn't challenging and is suitable for those in average physical condition. Despite its adventurous appearance, it's not demanding at all!

Approaching the cave, beautiful layers of differently colored ice and volcanic ash unfold, painting impressive stripes in the glacier. Your guide shares insights into the glacier's history, the ice cave, and the surrounding area, making the tour educational and exciting.

After exploring the glacier, a walk around to seek accessible smaller ice caves precedes the return to the super truck. The drive back to Vik offers a fantastic experience, especially during wintertime when the sun begins to set behind the mountains, creating a magical wintery sunset. Remember to bring your camera!

If daylight permits (from February 1st to November 15th), several breathtaking waterfalls await your visit. Head to the eerie Skógafoss waterfall in the beautiful Skógar area, where folklore tales abound. Hike up the right side of the waterfall to catch a glimpse of the troll's face, forever petrified while gazing at Skógafoss. Additionally, stop (all year round) at the stunning Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which you can walk behind. Located on the Seljalands River, it originates from the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano!

The minimum age requirement for a Glacier Hike is eight years old.

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  • Access to a 24-7 Emergency line while traveling
  • Gear Rental: Crampons (for walking on ice)
  • Pick up in Reykjavik
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  • Additional excursions during free time
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The trip was terrific with great planning on your part. Most of the adventures were not mainstream and somewhat off the beaten path which made it especially enjoyable!! We felt taken care of and you all were readily available to respond to questions and issues. I would highly recommend your company and friends have already expressed interest based on our pictures and excitement.
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