✅ Guided lava tunnel tour
✅ Navigate all the way through the end of the wonderous lava tunnel Raufarholshellir
✅ One of the longest and best-known lava tubes in Iceland
✅ This natural wonder is easily accessible all year round
✅ An informative guide will take you through the cave and tell you all about the geological formations, as well as sharing wonderous tales of Hollywood adventures and other fascinating tidbits.
Minimum age: 12 years old
Duration: 3-4 hours
Departure: Everyday at 11:00
Included: Guided caving tour (English), flashlight, gloves, and a helmet.
Not included: Lunch
Difficulty: Demanding. Only for people in good physical shape. This tour is not recommended for people with back or knee problems or other health issues.
Bring with you: Warm clothes and hiking shoes with ankle support!
The tunnel is located less than 30 minutes drive (approximately 30 km) from Reykjavík and accessible by all vehicles. Driving from Reykjavík east on Route 1 and drive for about 18 km. Turn right onto Route 39 (Þorlákshöfn) and drive for another 12 km. The parking area will be on your left-hand side. You can also view the exact location on google maps. The GPS coordinates are: N.63º 56.407 / W. 021º 23.742
Navigate through the wonderous lava tunnel Raufarholshellir, one of the longest and best-known lava tubes in Iceland. Just a short 30-minute drive from Reykjavik, this natural wonder is easily accessible all year round.
5.200 years ago, a massive volcanic eruption forced tons of molten lava through the earth, forming a 1.300-metre long lava tube. This tube is known as Raufarholshellir and is the longest lava tunnel in Iceland. Exploring this natural phenomenon is a unique experience and a great opportunity to witness the inner workings of a volcanic eruption, as one gets to follow the path of the lava that flowed all those centuries ago.
In the forefront of the cave, a collapse in the cave-ceiling has formed three natural skylights that send rays of sunlight shooting through the cave and onto the rock bed below. As winter sets in and frost and snow grip the landscape, huge ice sculptures from inside the cave making the visit a truly wondrous and unique experience.
The extreme tour is for the adventure seeker and takes you all the way to the end of the tunnel where magnificent lava falls and other natural monuments await. Truly an unforgettable experience.
Please bear in mind that the extreme tour requires traverse over a difficult terrain, including big rocks and boulders so a good balance and good physical health is required. Also, you will spend 3 – 4 hours in the cave, relying on the head torch only to navigate through this wonder-world underground so we do not recommend this tour for those that may suffer from some sort of claustrophobia. We do not recommend this tour for pregnant women. Passengers must be wearing hiking shoes with ankle support. If you are staying in the Reykjavík area we can provide a free pick up and drop off if needed. Please note that this pick up needs to take place outside the bus ban zone in downtown Reykjavik. The tour inside the cave takes approximately 3 – 4 hours. However, the total tour takes approx. 5 – 6 hours including pick up and drop off.
Helmets, headlights, gloves and other specialized equipment provided. Hiking boots (with ankle support) and warm clothes are required and we recommend a backpack for water and snack. Bear in mind that there is usually some water dripping from the ceiling so wearing a water-resistant or waterproof jacket/clothes is good. Please note that there is a minimum number of two passengers for the Extreme Lava Tunnel tour. The LavaTunnel reserves the right to cancel a tour with at least one hour notice if there is insufficient number of passengers. Of course, if The Lava Tunnel cancels your tour you get a full refund. The Lava Tunnel also reserves the right to deny a passenger with insufficient clothing and/or footwear on the tour.