Mýrdalsjökull Glacier

Mýrdalsjökull Glacier

Mýrdalsjökull is Icelandic for “Mire Valley glacier”. Mýdalsjökull glacier is in the south of Iceland North of Vík & next door to the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. The Fimmvörðuháls pass is a hiking route between the two glaciers.

Glacier activities take place either on an accessible tongue called Sólheimajökull or via a mountain road close to Sólheimajökull which ascends the mountain to a low part of the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier. The Katla ice cave is closer to Vik and is only possible with access to private land.

Katla Volcano

The dome shaped Mýrdalsjökull Glacier covers a large strato volcano named Katla. The volcano has a diameter of 6 mile caldera & she usually erupts every 40–80 years. Katla’s previous eruption was in 1918. Scientists continuously monitor the volcano. Katla is close to the Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano which erupted in April 2010 causing travel disruptions around the world.

Locals feared travelling across the plains in front of the glacier before the number 1 highway was completed, because of the regular glacial floods called jökulhlaups. The flood from Mýrdalsjökull Glacier after the Katla volcanic eruption of 1918 extended the beaches by 3 miles.

Mýrdalsjökull Glacier is a very wet location, with regular precipitation of rain or snow each year. Accommodation can be found in the village at Vik, or guesthouses near Dyrholaey and Skogafoss waterfall.

Glacier Activities

Here are a collection of activities that feature the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier.

Private ice climbingThis activity includes Ice climbing on Sólheimajökull glacier. The glacier guide will issue glacier equipment and show you how to use it. Then you walk onto glacier with its incredible ice forms, ridges, and moulins. We will find a perfect location for Ice climbing, then everybody will have an opportunity to climb on the ice. This is your chance for a unique exploration of Iceland.

  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Physical: Easy
  • Included on the tour
    – Helmet
    – Crampons
    – Ice axe
    – safety equipment

    You need to bring
    Warm clothes, waterproofs, hat, gloves and lunch. Hiking shoes are recommended!

    Cancellation policy
    Fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 2 days or less before event

    Important
    Minimum age is 10 years

    Private ice climbingThis is a chance to hike on one of Iceland’s most famous glacier tongue at Sólheimajökull. The glacier is on the South coast of Iceland and we guide you through its amazing features. We hike up the easily accessible slopes and experience ice formations and crevasses. Our experienced glacier guides will show you how to use the safety equipment necessary for glacier hiking.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Physical: Easy
  • Included on the tour
    – Helmet
    – Crampons
    – Ice axe
    – safety equipment

    You need to bring
    Warm clothes, waterproofs, hat, gloves and lunch. Hiking shoes are recommended!

    Cancellation policy
    Fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 2 days or less before event

    Important
    Minimum age is 10 years

    KATLA ICE CAVE

    Katla is an active volcano under the Mýrdalsjökull glacier on the South Coast of Iceland. The cave is a 800 ear old glacier feature under the Kötlujökull glacier outlet which is where glacier floods from the active Katla volcano burst forth. The ice is black and blue due to the regular volcanic eruptions. It is about 3 hours from Reykjavik which makes it suitable for a day tour combined with the black beaches and waterfalls of Iceland’s South Coast.

    Katla ice cave

    Katla Ice cave – all year tour!

    This tour explore both the South Coast of Iceland & a natural ice cave in a day tour from Reykjavik. This adventure can only be experienced with a Katlatrack guide. Katlatrack are the only tour company to combine a South Coast tour with a visit to a natural ice cave in a single day.

    Our day starts at 8:00am, when your Katlatrack driver collects you from central Reykjavik drives the South Coast to Vik. Then you experience wild local landscapes on the way to the cave. You will be loaned all safety equipment and be shown how to use it. After around 45 minutes exploring the cave, the tour returns to Reykjavik including Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls.

    • Duration: 12 hours
    • Difficulty : Moderate

    What’s included?

    Local Guide, Expert Ice Cave Guide, minibus ,
    Super Jeep Transport, Loan equipment for exploring the Ice Cave (includes
    helmet, head lamp and crampons),

    Exclusions

    Food & drinks
    What do I need to bring?
    Warm Clothing, Waterproof Rain Gear, Hat,
    Gloves, Hiking Shoes or Snow Boots are essential.

    Cancellation policy

    We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 2 days or less before event

    Know before you go

    Minimum age of passengers is: 12

    Katla ice cave

    Katla Ice cave – fast-track tour!

    This tour explores a natural ice cave in South Iceland. This adventure can only be experienced with a Katlatrack guide. The guide will meet you at the N1 Service Station in Vik. You will experience wild local landscapes on a 30-45 minute Superjeep ride to the cave. Your guide will provide you with helmets, crampons and any other required safety equipment. The guide will explain how the cave was created while you explore the ice cave area. You will have 40-60 minutes in the glacier area before returning to Vik to continue our adventure.

    • Duration: 3 hours
    • Difficulty : Very Easy

    What’s included?

    Local Guide, Expert Ice Cave Guide, minibus ,
    Super Jeep Transport, Loan equipment for exploring the Ice Cave (includes
    helmet, head lamp and crampons),

    Exclusions

    Food & drinks
    What do I need to bring?
    Warm Clothing, Waterproof Rain Gear, Hat,
    Gloves, Hiking Shoes or Snow Boots are essential.

    Cancellation policy

    We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 2 days or less before event

    Know before you go

    Minimum age of passengers is: 8

    Mýrdalsjökull Activities

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    Snowmobile Tour

    The snowmobile tour with Arcanum is an exhilarating way to traverse a glacier. For many visitors, this is the highlight of their trip to Iceland.

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    This video shows the sort of fun you can have and the views you can see.


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