Lofthellir Lava Cave Tour from Akureyri

Lofthellir Lava Cave Tour from Akureyri
The Caving Tour to Lofthellir Cave from Akureyri is not suitable for people with claustrophobia.
In Lofthellir cave, the walls convey tails of an ancient eruption and unspeakable natural power.
Lofthellir ranks amongst Iceland's most beautiful caves.
During winter, some parts of Lofthellir cave will be tucked in a blanket of snow.
Mt. Hverfjall is one of the many stunning mountains that surround Lake Mývatn.
The ice sculptures in Lofthellir cave form over many, many years.
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Climb down into a world of dazzling ice amid lava rock colored by mineral deposits on this day tour of Lofthellir lava cave and its peculiar world of darkness, icicles and buried wonders.

You’ll begin in Akureyri and be whisked away to explore a unique cave boasting some of the greatest natural ice sculptures known to exist in lava caves in Iceland. But that’s not all – first you’ll gain an appreciation for the way these caves and other features of the Icelandic landscape are created, in a furious dance between fire and water. When a volcano erupts, the lava pours over the landscape. When it reaches a river, the cooler temperatures of the water meeting the lava cause an explosion, which often tears apart the landscape by creating steam vents.

You'll drive to Lake Mývatn, where you'll visit nearby sites such as the unique Hverfell volcano. Hverfell is part of the Ludentarborgir crater row, which takes you to the foot of Mt. Hvannfell. The rock here is embedded with rich deposits of volcanic glass, created when the lava from an eruption cools so rapidly that it forms crystals.

After you have enjoyed all this, it’s time for magic. You'll get some exercise in a 20-minute walk across lava fields, surrounded by otherworldly scenery to reach the Lava Cave of Lofthellir. The cave is located in the vast desert plain of Ódáðahraun, created by the meeting of various lava flows, which flattened the land.

The contrast between the lonely landscape above and the ice cave below is startling! You spend at least an hour inside this cave to observe the spectacular natural phenomena. The cave is narrow in some places, so you may have to crawl on hands and knees to reach some of the most interesting parts.

Finally, you will make a stop at Reykjahlid village, an old-fashioned town located near Lake Mývatn, before returning back to Akureyri.

Seize your chance to see the surprising beauty hidden below the desert rocks! Check availability now by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: May. - Mar.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Activities: Caving, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: North Iceland, Akureyri, Mývatn, Hverfell, Lúdentarborgir, Hvannfell, Lofthellir, Reykjahlíð
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:45. 09:15,

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Pick-up starts 15 minutes before tour departure.  

  • Fully guided tour

  • Transportation

  • Cave exploration equipment (Helmet, headlights, rubber boots and gloves)

  • Refreshments

What to bring:
  • Warm and waterproof clothing

  • Gloves

  • Good walking shoes

  • Water bottle

Good to know:

● This tour is not suitable for young children, people with claustrophobia or people that are not in reasonable physical condition.

● Not recommended for people with knee or hip problems

● 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

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It's amazing ! Probably the most wonderful experience in Iceland. It's a must-go.
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We really enjoyed the Lofthellir Ice Cave Tour. The ride off road in the Monster truck was fun as was the walk across the lava fields. The cave was truly amazing, beautiful ice structures and fun to navigate through the cave. It's hard to believe it's all created by nature. It was an overall very special experience!
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If you're driving the Ring Road yourself, get the pick up for this tour in Myvatn. Since we had our own car, there was really no reason to get the pickup in Akureyri as parking there is much more difficult than Myvatn. That said, this was an incredible tour lead by a knowledgable and personable guide--one of our favorites in all of Iceland. It was a blast talking to him and learning about all aspects of Icelandic culture during the 9+ hours we spent with him. (If you get the pickup from Akureyri, the tour took more like 9 hours than 7).
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