From Akureyri: Lofthellir Lava Cave Exploration

Lofthellir, a 3500 year old lava cave, is a world of ice and darkness, located in the northeastern part of Iceland near Lake Myvatn.
Available: May - Oct.
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 7-8 hours
Minimum Age: 8
Pick Up: Hotel pick-up included
Price From: ISK 24.900
Cancellation Policy: Cancel up to 24 hours in advance and receive a full refund

Tour Highlights

✅ Lofthellir Lava Cave – A 3500-year-old lava cave
 30-minute hike across a lava field adorned by endless ropey lava
✅ Fully guided day tour – Cave exploration and equipment included
✅ Visit the village of Reykjahlid by Lake Myvatn
✅ Goðafoss waterfall
✅ Lúdentsborgir Crater Row
✅ Natural ice sculptures
✅ Volcanic outback by Lake Mývatn

Tour Details

Duration: 7 – 8 hours
2 adults
Meeting point: Saga Travel Information Centre or free hotel pick up
Bring with you: warm and waterproof clothes, gloves, hiking shoes & water bottle.
Included: Fully guided tour, transportation, cave exploration and equipment (helmet, headlight and rubber boots)

  • This tour is not suitable for young children, people with claustrophobia or people that are not in reasonable physical condition
  • To reach the cave is a 30 minute hike across a relatively smooth lava field
  • The short entry (approx. 1,5m) into the cave is narrow and guests need to crawl on all fours to enter
  • There is ice and water on the floor of the cave and the temperature inside the cave is around 0°C
  • Due to weather and/or road conditions we might have longer journey time or cancellation of the tour

Tour Description

Cave Exploration Lofthellir tour takes you to the mystical world of darkness and ice in the Lofthellir Cave, a natural lava cave that boasts the greatest natural ice sculptures currently known in Iceland.

We drive straight to Lake Mývatn from Akureyri and from there along a rugged track to the unique volcano Hverfell, through the crater row of Lúdentarborgir to the roots of Mt. Hvannfell. After a 20 minute walk across a lava field which is adorned by endless ropey lava, we reach the Lofthellir Lava Cave. At least one hour is spent inside the cave, observing this unbelievable natural phenomenon. We make a short stop in the village of Reykjahlíð by Lake Mývatn before returning to Akureyri.


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