Katla

Katla: Our most recommended tours and activities

From Vik: Katla Ice Cave Jeep Tour and Glacier Walk

1. From Vik: Katla Ice Cave Jeep Tour and Glacier Walk

Explore a natural ice cave on this guided trip from Vik. Board a jeep in Vík and go off the beaten track into the Icelandic wilderness. Geared up in safety equipment, journey through a landscape of majestic mountains and glaciers toward the Katla Ice Cave. From Vík, jump into a jeep and step into the mighty glaciers and ice caves of South Iceland. Strap on your crampons and helmets to explore this natural phenomenon. Walk across the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier, situated below the Katla volcano. Wander through the cave and marvel at spectacular color combinations of blue, gray and black, as your guide tells you about the Kötlujökull glacier and the Katla ice cave’s formation.

From Vik or Reykjavik: Katla Ice Cave and Super Jeep Tour

2. From Vik or Reykjavik: Katla Ice Cave and Super Jeep Tour

Discover southern Iceland’s unique ice caves on a guided tour from Vik or Reykavik. Experience breathtaking views as you drive along the country's spectacular south coast. Jump on a Super Jeep and head down a rural road. Approach incredible landscapes and jaw-dropping sights as you make your way to your first stop. Arrive at Myrdalsjokull Glacier and hike across it to reach Kötlujökull Glacier with provided crampons. Explore the frigid blue and black ice cave and admire its interior with your experienced guide. Head back to the minivan for the return drive to Vik or Reykavik.

Iceland South Coast Full-Day Minibus Tour

3. Iceland South Coast Full-Day Minibus Tour

After an early wake-up and pick-up in one of the coolest cities of Europe, take a great 10-hour tour to see Iceland. Make your first stop at waterfall Seljalandsfoss, with no doubt one of the most famous one in the country. This is a waterfall you can walk behind, with a drop off 65 meters and a part of the river Seljalandsá which has its origins underneath the glacier Eyjafjallajökull - the famous volcano that erupted in 2010 and put the world's flights on hold.  Head to the stunning waterfall Skógafoss, one of the largest at a width of 25 meters and drop off 60 meters. It can also be seen from above as there are footsteps that lead above the waterfall. Stop in Reynisfjara for lunch. Try Icelandic meat-soup or many other dishes. Take a walk on a black sand beach and maybe see  puffins if you are lucky. After that, drive to the Village of Vík for a short stop. Sólheimajökull Glacier is between the volcanoes Katla and Eyjafjallajökull, and a part of the larger Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Be dropped off in the parking lot and take a 15 to 20-minute walk along the glacier. On the way back to the city, hear the stories about all the trolls in the rocks, the elves and stop at some secret places, before you arrive back in Reykjavik at around 6:00 PM.

Sólheimajökull: 3 Hour Glacier Hike

4. Sólheimajökull: 3 Hour Glacier Hike

This hike is for anyone who wants to experience hiking on the beautiful glacier of Mýrdalsjökull. Located underneath the ice cap is one of the largest Volcanoes in Iceland, Katla which erupted last in 1918. You will meet your guide at the Sólheimajökull parking lot where you will receive all the necessary safety gear and hike towards the glacier. There you will get a safety briefing as well as a tutorial on how to attach the crampons to your high ankle boots. Explore the impermanent glacier formations as well as crevasses and moulins. During the hike, you will see the beautiful views of the area, surrounding mountains as well as some volcanic ash on the glacier. Your guide will be happy to explain these natural phenomena and answer your questions. If you have never been on a glacier, your skilled guide will make sure you will have a safe and enjoyable experience.

From Reykjavik: Iceland's South Coast and Glacier Tour

5. From Reykjavik: Iceland's South Coast and Glacier Tour

Depart Reykjavik aboard a bus equipped with computer tablets in every seat that allow you to use the GPS-sensitive audio guide in 10 different languages. Learn interesting facts about Iceland and the places you will visit in a language that you are most comfortable with. Make use of other facilities, such as the USB charger and free Wi-Fi, and ask your host any questions you may have. Travel through fertile farm lands and pass small villages. Known for its Viking heritage, this epic scenery is guarded by the infamous volcanoes of Eyjafjallajökull and Hekla. On clear days, you will get some great views of the volcanically-active Westman Islands, where the eruption of the Eldfell volcano in the 1970s forced the island's 5,000 inhabitants to be temporarily evacuated to the mainland. Stop first at the rugged outlet glacier of Sólheimajökull, which flows from the main ice-cap of Mýrdalsjökull where the mighty Katla volcano lies. Put on the provided crampons to explore the glacier's cracks, crevasses and ice with a certified glacier guide. Hike for 20 minutes to find yourself standing on top of a few hundred meters of ice, yet still only slightly above sea level.  Continue to the stunning waterfall of Skógarfoss, and feel the spray of the water on your face. Climb up the 527 steps of the hill to look at the majestic 60-meter high waterfall from above, and watch the water plummet down on its way to the Atlantic Ocean.  Then, go to the Seljalandsfoss waterfall to discover one of Iceland’s most famous attractions. Get a different perspective of the landscape as you take a walk behind the cascades and look through the wall of water.

Private Ice Climbing at Sólheimajökull

6. Private Ice Climbing at Sólheimajökull

The outlet glacier is a rugged, raw and an ever changing environment of ancient frozen water, breathtaking to behold. Start the day with a peaceful walk up towards Sólheimajökull glacier.  After a short but very important demonstration on how to properly use the glacier equipment, head up the riddled outlet glacier ready for your climb. Walking between deep crevasses, amazing ice formations, jagged ridges and spine-tingling sinkholes, feel the vastness of this stunning landscape. Spend a good amount of time trying out various ways of ice climbing in a fun and educating way while you take in the amazing scenery surrounding you. This gives you the perfect opportunity to get that glacier climbing photo you've always wanted.

From Reykjavik: Private South Coast Tour to Vik

7. From Reykjavik: Private South Coast Tour to Vik

Head towards the east as far as the village of Vík. Discover the fascinating history of the area which goes as far back as the first settlers in Iceland and holds a lot of secrets that you will explore and enjoy along the way. On the way, visit the iconic waterfalls Skógafoss, where you will get to walk up the 527 steps up to look below you at the astounding view, and Seljalandsfoss, where you will walk behind the waterfall and look out at the incredible view. See the village of Vik, nestled under the mountains and close to some of the most powerful volcanoes in Iceland, Katla and Eyjafjallajökull, which many know for the trouble it caused in Europe when it last erupted.  During the tour, stop at a black sand beach and look out at the ocean. If possible, hike on the glacier Sólheimajökull or go on an ATV ride on the black sand and hunt for the DC-3 plane crash, if there is time for extra activities.

From Reykjavik: South Coast Private Tour with a Photographer

8. From Reykjavik: South Coast Private Tour with a Photographer

Stretching from the greater Reykjavik in the west to the glacier lagoon in the east, The South Shore area is a paradise for travelers who love exploring every possible corner on foot. We’ll arrive at your accommodation and take you on board our Super Defender, heading towards the first major attraction – the majestic Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Get ready to have your breath taken away by one of the most photographed features in all of Iceland! Also, make sure to have a decent breakfast in the morning as we’re in for some serious walking. Seljalandsfoss can be fully encircled by following a pathway that stretches around it, with rocks and cliffs hiding a wide cavern inviting you to explore its mysteries. Continuing north, after about a 10-minute stroll we’ll find a cave that hides another treasure, Gljufrabui. Let’s put on our waterproof clothes – there’s some “drizzle” waiting for us at the entrance. Smaller in size, but no less magnificent than other icelandic beauties, the waterfall will provide you yet another mystical experience of walking up its gorge. It’s an excellent spot to take a short break and admire the beauty of nature in peace. Now we let our Defender take us to another powerful waterfall, Skógafoss. Here’s a real hero, not once and not twiced featured in popular motion pictures. No wonder – its astounding height and seemingly endless cascades of water make Skógafoss one of Iceland’s biggest players. The amount of spray produced by the running water paints a gorgeous rainbow on the sky whenever the sun peeks out from behind the clouds. If you ever seen “Vikings” then you’ll surely recognize Skógafoss as the first wonder spotted by Floki when he discovers Iceland. Trust us, so astounding are the views that you’ll feel like in a movie yourself! Time for a little change of scenery. Moving towards Dyrhólaey promontory we’ll admire the impressive coastline and a wide, jaw-dropping landscape of the Katla glacier. Having reached the hill, the view from the cliffs will reveal the wild beauty of Reynisfjara Beach with its characteristic, black sand. We’ll then go down to see the impressive large basalt columns sitting on the shoreline in a close up. The local legend says they were once evil trolls, trying to pull ships from the ocean. The mighty sun eventually turned them into stones to stop this mischief. Now, ladies and gentlemen it’s time to visit picturesque fishing village of Vik. No better place to recharge after a fun-filled day. However, if you’re still hungry for more adventures, listen closely to our guide when in the car – he’ll mention some hidden gems!

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What people are saying about Katla

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 586 reviews

Our group of 9 had a great day with Bus Driver Annie! It was a pretty small bus (we had close to half of it to ourselves) which made it feel pretty personal. Everything we saw was absolutely breathtaking - several different waterfalls (all extremely unique), a glacier, a few villages, and (probably the highlight) a black sand beach and cave, which is easily recognizable from Game of Thrones. Annie was a fantastic guide, giving us so much background on everything we saw, Iceland's history, recommendations in Reykjavik, a taste of different Icelandic music, and a witty sense of humor. Would recommend this tour to anyone wanting to see a lot of Iceland in a single day!

We’re so happy we did this! This was the best experience of our whole trip. The scenery was amazing. The hike itself was easy and manageable especially thanks to the instructions and gear that they provided us. We absolutely loved our guide. Uza was so helpful and knowledgeable. Her enthusiasm was contagious and made the hike a very enjoyable experience.

From beginning of the tour , all services were good, and the visit to the caves were awesome, with great security and Kuba the tour guide provided lots of information

This was such a special experience would absolutely do it again. From start to finish was so blown away by the views and adventure!

Loved the explore in and around the ice cave! Guides were great!