The Cave Explorer | Family Friendly Tour of Vidgelmir Lava Cave

The Cave Explorer | Family Friendly Tour of Vidgelmir Lava Cave
Caving guides in Iceland are experts on the country's geology.
A bridge leads through a cave in Iceland.
A vast cavern in Vidgelmir cave.
Iceland's lava caves are spectacular places to explore.
Ice forms beautifully in Iceland's caves in winter.
Iceland's caves boast some beautiful formations of ice.
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Enjoy all the wonders of the spectacular Víðgelmir lava cave on this guided tour into one of Iceland’s largest and grandest caves. Take a guided stroll and admire a colourful underground world on an unforgettable trip the whole family can enjoy.

Caves can often be dark and tight, but this is not the case with Víðgelmir lava cave. After descending into the cave, you’ll walk through a narrow tunnel, which is the only tight space you’ll encounter on this cave tour. The cave then opens into a wide space with countless of icicles, amazing colour display and rock formations. In winter you can see some beautiful ice formation as well.

Leading from one great hall to the next, the access walkway is lit with fixed lights at selected locations so when the light hits the icicles they sparkle, and the colours of the walls become rainbow-like. The tour guide will at one point turn off all the lights in the cave, so you’ll be able to experience the striking contrast between the light and the darkness.

Víðgelmir cave is a short drive from Húsafell, a popular destination for travellers in western Iceland. For those travelling by bus or those who would prefer not to drive themselves, pickup for this tour is available from Hótel Húsafell.  

Just shy of 1600 metres long and around 150,000 cubic metres (m³), Víðgelmir is one of the biggest caves in Iceland and one of the largest lava caves in the world. It is located in Hallmundarhraun lava field in Iceland’s highlands.

The lava field was formed over 1100 years ago, during the Viking age, when volcanic craters from under Langjökull glacier erupted. Formed by flowing lava moving under a hardened surface, Víðgelmir lava cave is one of Iceland’s hidden treasures that is well worth seeing.

Don’t miss out on exploring the stunning beauty of this magical underworld on this family-friendly trip. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 1,5 hours
  • Activities: Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English, Icelandic
  • Attractions: Víðgelmir
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:00. 10:00, 11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00,

Víðgelmir cave parking lot

All tours start at Víðgelmir service House. NO PICK UP IS AVAILABLE. 

  • Professional guide. Helmet and Headlamp. 

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes, gloves and a hat with no brim. Bring a camera and your best smile. 

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We enjoy it. It was well organized and we will recommend it
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It was quite an interesting tour, the experience of being in the cave, the glowing bacteria on the walls, the absolute darkness when we turned off the lights. The guide was very informative and was able to answer our questions.
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Guide to Iceland made our travel plans and trip to Iceland very easy. I recommend them highly. Our only suggestion is when booking a hotel for visitors with a car try to book hotels which have parking. We had a difficult time staying at the City Center Hotel in Reykjavik with respect to where we could park our car. There was absolutely no place to park so we had to return the car to the car rental agency and pay a large sum to take a taxi to the airport to leave for home.
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Guide was funny and had fun facts about Iceland. Tour time was just the right amount of time especially with kids.
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The lava cave was really cool! An experience not to be missed while in Iceland. The cave itself was very interesting wtih various features to look at. The path itself was easy and not strenuous. Our tour guide Maria was friendly and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend this tour!
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Our guide was the fellow who built the walkway in the cave, lives on the land and knows everything there is to know about Lava caves (very informative)! Although our tour was the first clear day after a two-day snowstorm, we were still able to make it. I was a bit nervous driving on the long and narrow, snow-covered and ice frozen road.... but we made it and it was worth the trip!
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Guide was very funny and with a lot of info and stories. The cave is amazing and very easy to visit. We reached the starting point with a car on a gravel road, with a little bit of holes. Max from Italy
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Absolutely excellent! .. Our guide was extremely informative, and very personable. He was very good about helping some of the folks on the tour to make sure they had good footing, etc. and took the time to make sure that everyone's questions were answered before we moved on to each section of the cave. Well worth the drive, it's something we will never forget!
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An excellent tour of a fantastic cave. Guide was very friendly, knowledgeable, and excited to share with the group. Also a beutiful drive to the area and the cave isn’t far from the start point for the glacier tour, so it’s very easy to double up and go from the top of a mountain to underground parking in one day. A wonderful experience.
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Our guide was super friendly and very knowledgeable. Our tour group was the last of the day and was very small so we were afforded some fantastic photo opportunities. Very cool lava cave and well run family business.
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