Unforgettable Adventure Awaits at Katla Volcano in Iceland

3 days

medium difficulty

1359 USD

Enjoy a 3-day trek near the Katla volcano in Iceland.
Ever thought about a volcano excursion to Iceland? Come and join us on the trip of a lifetime!
Get ready for a three-day adventure unlike any other.
What’s in store? It is a rare opportunity to trek under the mighty Katla Volcano in Iceland. Led by experienced local guides, you will go deep into the heart of stunning Iceland, we will take you far beyond the typical tourist routes.

Unforgettable Adventure Awaits at Katla Volcano in Iceland

Highlights of the Volcano Tour Iceland

  • Activity: Explore the Ice Cave and surrounding area
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Safety: Professional local guides ensure your safety
  • Duration: 3 days (2 nights)
  • Ice Cave Tour: Kalta Ice Cave tour is part of the package
  • Location: Starts from ice cave by the Katla volcano

Travel Details:

  • Journey Begins: Travel to Katla Cave via the famous Road 1
  • Adventure Landscape: Cross the ice fields, wade rivers, and hike through a majestic gorge
  • Camping: Overnight in Þakgil (tents provided)
  • Going further: Descend to the green valleys of Presthil (second night)
  • Explore: Enjoy a South Coast tour with a Black Beach stop on your way back to Reykjavík.
  • Facilities: Luggage transport is provided between campsites. Travel light during the day!
  • Language: English-guided tour for up to 16 people.
  • Sustainable: Explore Iceland while supporting local communities and conservation efforts



Our journey starts on the famous Road 1, following the scenic south coast.

We'll see the famous Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls of Iceland before entering a world of glaciers and mountains. Our powerful Super Jeep will easily tread the rough terrain for an exciting ride.

Exploring the Kötlujökull Glacier

When you reach the glacier base, you'll be awestruck by the stunning scenery.
Once you have geared up with crampons and helmets, we'll hike to the ice cave entrance, possibly using ladders (easy climb).

Remember, the Katla ice cave conditions change every time. However, it's suitable for most in decent physical shape. 

Þakgil Valley Trek

The trek starts from the ice cave by Katla volcano, leading through the beautiful Þakgil Valley. You'll cross the glacier which offers incredible views of the southern terrain.

We'll pass by Rjúpnagilii and descend Höfðabrekkäfrét, encountering a majestic gorge carved by rivers and glaciers.

Please note that wading shoes are needed to cross two rivers. As evening falls, we reach the unique campsite in Þakgil, where we'll spend our first night.

Camping Þakgil


Morning Adventure

  • You'll depart from Þakgil early in the morning and head to Sandá.
  • Then, you'll cross the river and proceed to Sandhöfúd.

Heiðargil Descent

Begin the descent from Heiðargil, enjoying panoramic views. You'll get to see:

  • Mýrdalsjökull glacier (Iceland's 4th largest glacier)
  • Reynisfjörður
  • Mýrdalinn valley

Vatnsdal Lake

As we descend to Vatnsdal, get ready to see a large lake. All those who feel brave enough can take a dip at the lake!

Green Valleys of Presthelli

You'll continue the trek to the lush green valleys of Presthelli. Finally, we will set up camp for the night in Presthelli.

Camping Dalaheiði


A Memorable Journey

  • On the third day, we tend to walk from Stóra dal to Gæsavatni by Vatnsdal where we will then walk down to Lambhagann.
  • From there, we will go down the gorge and Ford Hafursánn after which we will make our way to Steinbogan where we will continue our way down Stórhöfðann.

Reaching the Farmhouse

  • We then bend down towards Litlihöfði where we will see Búrfell, Pétursey, and a view of the sea.
  • At the end of the day, we will come down to our accommodation at the Farmhouse in Skeidflot.

South Coast Return

  • Enjoy a scenic South Coast tour with a Black Beach stop on your way back to Reykjavík.

Rest and Relaxation

  • Unwind in the comfort of your bed in Reykjavík.

Own bed



Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Facility fee in Landmannalaugar
Camping fees
Tent for single use
Luggage support
English-speaking professional guidance
Pick up and drop off in Reykjavík City


Backpack 28-30 L
Men's Outdoor Pants
Women's Outdoor Pants
Men's Outdoor Raincoat
Women's Outdoor Raincoat
Hiking Shoes
Hiking Poles
Sleeping Bag Thin
Sleeping Bag Thick
Sleeping Mattress 50 mm / 2 inches
Sleeping Mattress 70 mm / 3 inches
Sleeping Bag Liner
1 Person Tent
Beanie For Sale
Gloves For Sale
Luggage Storage

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Why Choose Local Adventures for Your Katla Volcano Tour? 

Peace of Mind & Flexibility: 

  • Fast & Secure Payments: Enjoy a smooth and secure online booking process.
  • Flexible Bookings: Our guarantee ensures refunds, complete financial security, and the option to reserve your trip with a deposit. (subject to terms and conditions). 

Unforgettable Experience: 

  • Best Price Guarantee: We offer competitive prices for your adventure. 
  • Professional Guide: Explore safely and learn from our knowledgeable and experienced local guides.  


Say Yes to Sustainable Katla Volcano Tours 

We are committed to sustainable practices that protect Iceland’s pristine environment while offering unforgettable Katla Volcano adventures. Here’s what sets us apart: 

  • Supporting Local Communities: We prioritize using local suppliers and building long-term partnerships to ensure economic benefits stay within Iceland. 
  • Minimizing Environmental Impact: We strive to reduce water and air pollution through responsible practices and promote eco-friendly tourism. 
  • Small Group Tours: Our small group sizes ensure a lower impact on local infrastructure and a more personalized experience for you. 

Join us and explore the wonders of the Katla Volcano in Iceland that benefits both people and planet!  

Minimize your footprint, and maximize your adventure with Local Adventures Iceland. 

Escape the crowds and discover Iceland’s hidden gems 

Embark on a unique, off-the-beaten-path trek, our expert local guides learned this secret route from an old Icelandic shepherd. Immerse yourself in breathtaking landscapes rarely seen by tourists, all while enjoying the comfort and expertise. 

Unique Shepherd’s Trail: 

Follow a historic path, passed down through generations. 

  • Experience Iceland like the locals have for centuries. 
  • Be among the first to explore this breathtaking route. 

This is more than just a trek, it’s an adventure unlike any other. 

Frequently asked questions

A: Unfortunately, due to safety reasons, it’s not possible to visit Katla volcano directly. 

A:While you can’t trek directly under an active volcano like Katla, there are some amazing Icelandic adventures that get you up close! One option is a three-day tour of the Katla Volcano offered by Local Adventures.  

This is what our Adventurers say


Domestic trip, cool experience!

Very cool experience, definitely recommended. Harm takes you to places inland where you probably wouldn't otherwise go and the landscapes are amazing. The tents and mats are also excellent, and with a nice group you can make it a fantastic two-week domestic trip!

Northern Lights trip with Local Adventures

Wonderful, pleasant, active trip through beautiful Iceland in the autumn. Very good price-quality ratio, many included, beautiful overnight stays at unique locations, small group and a tour guide who knows a lot about Iceland and therefore visits relatively undiscovered places in addition to the hotspots and can adapt the program flexibly.

Recommended! Tour Iceland with Local Adventures

Just returned from the 12-day camping trip Tour of Iceland with Harm / Local Adventures. What a beautiful journey through a beautiful country! Harm's passion and love for Iceland and for showing all the beauty the country has to offer - including some lesser-known gems - provided an extra golden edge to the already beautiful trip. The flexibility in the itinerary and the nice, relatively small group made it complete. Highly recommended!