The Raufarhólshellir Lava Tunnel & the Golden Circle

The Raufarhólshellir Lava Tunnel & the Golden Circle
Raufarhólshellir Lava Tunnel just outside Reykjavík city.
Gullfoss waterfall on a sunny day, South Iceland.
Travellers exploring Raufarhólshellir lava cave.
Þingvellir National Park in summertime. Golden Circle, Iceland.
Raufarhólshellir cave main skylight seen from the lava field.
Strokkur erupting in Haukadalur Geothermal Valley, Golden Circle, Iceland.
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Join us for a day of wonder, and visit spectacular attractions both above ground and below. We'll head out form Reykjavík early in the morning and drive to the lava fields south of the city.

There we start our adventure by going underground in Raufarhólshellir, also called the Lava Tunnel. We'll walk into the earth to explore the inner side of a lava tunnel in a 5000 years old lava called Leitarhraun. Raufarhólshellir is the longest lava tunnel in Iceland, about 1360 meters long in total and up to 10 meters high but we will explore approximately 1/3 of its entire length. 

Inside we will explore colourful lava formations along with ice-sculptures made by nature. The cave is located in just 30 minutes’ drive from Reykjavík and is easily accessed year-round. We explore the first part of the tunnels on an approximately one-hour tour with experienced cave guides. Helmets, head-lights and safety instructions are provided on site. Good shoes are recommended and warm clothes. 

After we surface again we drive through the beautiful countryside and pass by a small village, Hveragerði, often called the Flower town, and the small town of Selfoss.  After passing Selfoss, we head on to the Classic Golden Circle route. 

Our first stop on the Golden Circle route is Gullfoss waterfall where we take a short walk down to the waterfall. Our next stop is Geysir geothermal area with many erupting hot springs. The most active one is called Strokkur, and it blows up quite frequently. 

Our final stop on the Golden Circle is Þingvellir National Park, where the continents; Europe and North America are being forced apart - and we walk the path between them. Þingvellir is a picturesque site so be sure to save some of the battery on your phone or camera.

After that, we will return to the city after a day of exploration. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jul. - Sep.
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Activities: Caving, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Raufarhólshellir
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 07:45.

Please be at your pick up location in 45 minutes prior to departure!

  • Guided tour of the Golden Circle

  • Entrance to the Lava tunnel and safety equipment

  • Meals and drinks

What to bring:
  • Warm and waterproof clothing

  • Good shoes

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Everything went very well. We loved the day tour and we thought it was very appropriate and do-able for young child (4 years old). Thank you for this wonderful tour and these wonderful views!
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I was impressed by the Lava Tunnel. It is stunning inside. Golden circle however didn't hit the spot. But an idea to combine golden circle and the tunnel is amazing. There was mic in he bus so it was easy to listen to the guide.
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