Ice Cave Tours

The Secret Ice Cave from Reykjavík

A one day adventure from Reykjavík to a spectacular natural ice cave by the Katla volcano in South Iceland. One of the country's hidden gems.

Tour code: IMG08b

Discover the Stunning Secret Ice Cave On A Day Tour from Reykjavík

Join us for an exploration of the Secret Ice Cave on this small-group day-tour from Reykjavík. Located directly underneath the dormant volcano Katla, the ice caves of Kötlujökull (or Katla’s glacier) are a testament to the natural forces that have shaped this country. It is a rough drive up there, but your expert guide will safely lead you there in one of our modified but comfortable 4x4 vehicles. In the meantime, you can enjoy the unique surroundings of vast black sands mixed with mossy green mountains.

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 marvellous sight.

To enhance your caving experience, your guide will bring a special searchlight specifically made for caves so that you have the perfect lighting for your unique ice cave photo. To ensure that you have a safe and comfortable adventure, your guide will use their extensive glacier safety training and professional safety equipment inside the cave.

On the way back to Reykjavík, you will have time to explore the classic sights of the South Coast with a stop at Skógafoss waterfall. This is the only tour available that allows you to travel from Reykjavík to explore a natural ice cave and get back to the city in time for dinner.

If you have your own transport, please take a look at the Secret Ice Cave, with departure form Vík.

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.

Tour Overview

  • Difficulty



    Accessible to all people in good health.


    All year


    11 hrs

  • Pickup

    30 min before departure

  • Group Size

    2 - 12 per guide

  • Active

    1.5 - 2 hrs

  • 10

    Minimum age

    10 yrs

  • Language


Customer Reviews

“The Guides were very good, very knowledgeable and very friendly…”
Chithalka, Sri Lanka — 2018-03-01

Tour Highlights

Kötlujökull Ice Cave


Ice Tunnel

The View


  • Experienced and qualified guide
  • Transport
  • Glacier gear
  • Safety equipment

Not Included

  • Rain gear
  • Hiking boots
  • Warm clothing
  • Lunch

Optional Extras

  • Rain gear (jacket or pants)
  • Hiking boots