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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.

Raufarhólshellir Lava Tunnel: Underground Expedition

2. Raufarhólshellir Lava Tunnel: Underground Expedition

Begin the experience at Raufarhólshellir lava tunnel and explore one of the longest and best-known lave tubes in Iceland. As the tunnel is a work of nature, the terrain can be quite rough and hard to maneuver. Follow the route of the footbridge with your guide as they explain the geological formations. Marvel at the ever-changing colors, landscape and geological formations. Hear entertaining tales of Hollywood adventures, its ties with the ancient Indian tribes and other enjoyable tidbits. Enjoy approximately 1 hour of pure adventure.

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

3. 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.

From Reykjavik: Raufarhólshellir Lava Tunnel by Bus

4. From Reykjavik: Raufarhólshellir Lava Tunnel by Bus

Feel the thrill of discovering the unique rock formations in the Raufarhólshellir lava tube on a guided tour. Venture into the cave with a high-quality flashlight and helmet. Stay connected during your trip with complimentary WiFi on the climate-controlled bus from Reykjavik to the cave. Journey by bus from Reykjavik to the Raufarhólshellir lava tunnel about 30 minutes from the capital. Upon arrival, explore one of the largest lava tubes in Iceland, where the ceiling has caved in near the entrance to create beautiful columns of light.  Marvel at the fantastic range of colors in the tunnel wall caused by different mineral types in the rock. Go on a sensory journey as you hear the cave "talk" and feel the forces of nature like never before. Step out of your comfort zone at a site so extraordinary it was selected as a filming location for the Hollywood movie "Noah" starring Anthony Hopkins.

Iceland: Lava Caving Small Group Adventure

5. Iceland: Lava Caving Small Group Adventure

Explore the fascinating world beneath the lava fields on this caving tour. Located near Reykjavik, it’s a perfect example of an Icelandic lava tube, providing a truly unique experience as you explore the dark and mysterious underworld. During your adventure, see curious rock formations left behind by the last volcanic eruption. In winter the cave is often filled with glistening icicles of all shapes and sizes, a sight not soon forgotten. After you have been equipped with all necessary caving gear, crawl beneath the surface of the earth to explore the fairytale passages and crevasses of the cave. With guaranteed departures from Reykjavik every day of the year, put on a pair of good shoes and gloves, and bring a sense of adventure for this unorthodox trip. It helps if you are not afraid of the dark.

From Vik: Myrdalsjokull glacier and Katla Ice Cave Tour

6. From Vik: Myrdalsjokull glacier and Katla Ice Cave Tour

Looking for something off the typical tourist track? This is the tour for you! It’s time to jump in a super jeep, strap on your crampons and step onto the mighty Myrdalsjokull glacier. Mother Nature has really outdone herself with this one, the movie-like surroundings and glaciers are everywhere you look. Grandiose ice walls tower over you as you walk among them to enter the magical blue and black ice dome of the outlet glacier named after the powerful volcano Katla. Prepare to have your breath taken away! Mýrdalsjökull glacier is one of the best-known in Iceland- from which the alluring Kötlujökull glacier originates. Kötlujökull is named after the robust Icelandic Volcano Katla, which is covered by the glacier. As the enormous mass of ice has been slowly crawling down from the volcano-mountain, it creates in some of Iceland’s most impressive natural ice caves. On this exhilarating Super Jeep tour, you will get to explore the wonders of this stunning natural phenomenon. You will see why as soon as you step in! We will come to a stop near the roots of Kötlujökull glacier and the view that greets us is otherworldly. We will take on our crampons and helmets, and take a short walk to the opening of the ice cave. We might need to climb a few steps on ladders to the entrance of the cave. As the natural ice cave is in a constant change, conditions can be different at each tour. The climb is, however, not difficult at all and anyone in an average physical condition should be able to climb these steps. It might look adventurous but it is not demanding at all! Beautiful layers of different colored ice and volcanic ash unfold from the ice as we come closer to the cave, painting impressive stripes in the glacier. Your guide will tell you all about the history of the glacier, the ice cave and the area around it making the tour educating and exciting all at once. This tour is a meet on location from Vík.

From Reykjavik: Guided Exploration of Katla Glacier & Caves

7. From Reykjavik: Guided Exploration of Katla Glacier & Caves

Leave Reykjavik to discover the frozen wilderness of Iceland. Take a scenic drive to the coastal village of Vik, before going off-road in a jeep modified for icy conditions. Arrive at Katla glacier and walk across frozen water to venture into the ice caves. Venture south from Reykjavik to the coast of Iceland. Immerse yourself in the picturesque scenery as you drive, encountering waterfalls, black sand beaches, and breathtaking mountain backdrops. Catch a glimpse of Kekla in the distance, Iceland’s most active volcano. Visit the coastal village of Vik, hopefully not connected to any living Vikings, and get ready for the adventure to begin. Jump into your modified super jeep, capable of driving through anything. Experience the thrill of off-road travel to reach Katla glacier. Arrive in the wondrous icy wilderness and gear up to delve into the ice caves. Walk across the frozen water with provided crampons and find yourself beneath Katla glacier. Marvel at the way the light filters through the caves. 

From Reykjavik: Iceland 4-day South and West Coast Tour

8. From Reykjavik: Iceland 4-day South and West Coast Tour

Enjoy the experience of a lifetime on this unforgettable 4-day tour of the Land of Fire and Ice! Your adventure will start with a city pick-up, traveling in a small group (19 or less), and savoring the scenery en route to West Iceland. Day 1 - Silver Circle & Lava Caving After a stop in Borgarnes, you’ll see the most powerful hot spring in Europe at Deildartunguhver and two spectacular waterfalls at Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. Then we’ll take you deep underground to explore a lava tunnel at Víðgelmir, where you’ll see fascinating ice and lava formations! Day 1 will end in the Viking heartland of Húsafell and Reykholt before spending the night in Borgarnes. Day 2 | Snæfellsnes National Park The second day will take you to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, often called “Iceland in Miniature.” You’ll see the famous “Black Church” at Budakirkja and the thrilling rock formations at Arnarstapi, including Gatklettur and the towering pinnacles at Lóndrangar. Take a stroll on the picturesque black sand beach at Djúpalónssandur and enjoy the breathtaking sight of Kirkjufell, one of Iceland’s most photogenic peaks. We’ll then return to the city for the night. Day 3 | South Coast Waterfalls & Black Beach The third day takes you to Iceland’s stunning South Coast, where you’ll be amazed by a parade of astonishing waterfalls, including Seljalandsfoss, Gljúfrabúi, and Skógafoss. You’ll get close to a glittering glacier at Sólheimajökull, discover the dark rock arches of Dyrhólaey, and walk on the famous black sand beach at Reynisfjara. We’ll stay in the peaceful countryside overnight, always watching for the Northern Lights overhead, provided the weather conditions are suitable! Day 4 | Glacier Lagoon & Blue Ice Cave The final day brings you to the dream destination of the Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach at Jökulsárlón. Then we’ll take you deep into the Vatnajökull National Park with a Super Jeep journey for a Blue Ice Cave experience! On our return to Reykjavík, you’ll also see a traditional turf-roofed church at Hofskirkja.

Silfra: Leidarendi Lava Caving & Snorkeling Tour with Photos

9. Silfra: Leidarendi Lava Caving & Snorkeling Tour with Photos

Combining snorkeling and caving gives you the ultra experience of Icelandic nature. You will explore the hidden world of the lava fields on foot and underwater. The cave we will visit is called Leiðarendi. The 900-meter-long lava tube offers unique rock formations, such as stalactites and shelves. Some light crawling may be required yet Leiðarendi cave has a rather easy access to the underworld wonders of the Icelandic lava fields. You will snorkel under the UNESCO World Heritage site, Þingvellir national park  at the freshwater fissure Silfra, one of the best diving site in the world. Silfra is about 60-63 meters at its deepest. Silfra is a freshwater fissure and you can almost see end to end as the water is so clear. No diving experience is needed as you will snorkel at the surface of the canyon. We provide all the gear that you need and offer snorkeling in wetsuit and drysuit all dependant on your interest. Adventure Vikings is the only company in Iceland offering wetsuit snorkeling and we really recommend you to do that as you will get more freedom in your snorkeling experience.

Raufarhólshellir: Lava Falls Adventure Tour

10. Raufarhólshellir: Lava Falls Adventure Tour

Your Lava Falls adventure tour takes you off the beaten path into the depths of one of Iceland's largest lava tubes, known as Raufarholshellir. Throughout your tour, discover the many wonders of the underground and witness evidence of how the lava flowed through there over 5,000 years ago. The tour goes over difficult terrain, including big rocks and boulders. It takes on average 3-4 hours to complete, relying on an experienced guide and head torches to navigate through this underground wonder. Once you reach the end of the cave and the source of the underground flow, you are rewarded with views of the amazing lava falls - a rare lava formation that can be seen in only a few places in the world. This tour is designed for those that want adventure, and sees you traveling a total distance over 1.3 kilometers inside the lava tube to witness it's incredible colors. The tour is conducted in small groups of a maximum of 8 people, and is led by an expert caving guide.

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based on 272 reviews

This activity was the highlight of our stay! We were captivated by the beauty of the ice caves, the good humor of the guides and their explanations were also very pleasant! For us, if we had to choose only one activity, it would be this one!

Great Experience, not enough time and photos in the caves, that's a shame… Thanks to Siki and Chris for this moment, you are the best guides in Iceland! Cherine

Just wow.. Been allover the world and today was up there in the top 2 or 3 days ever. Just incredible.

An unforgettable experience, something out of the ordinary. Very professional guides

A very impressive tour! We are so small in the context of this tour