Into The Underworld | Vatnshellir Caving Tour

Into The Underworld | Vatnshellir Caving Tour
On the Into The Underworld Vatnshellir Caving Tour you will descend 35 metres below the surface.
Vatnshellir Cave is located in the sublime Snæfellsjökull National Park.
A tour into Vatnshellir cave is perfect for those travellers looking to experience something truly unique whilst in Iceland.
On the Into The Underworld Vatnshellir Caving Tour you will be provided with all the necessary caving gear to help you see deep below the earth.
In Vatnshellir cave, you can follow the path of the lava flow, about 200 meters into the cave.
Guests marvel at the the subterranean beauty of Vatnshellir cave.
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Explore this 8,000-year-old lava cave by booking this exciting tour to Vatnshellir Cave, found in the forever-sublime Snæfellsjökull National Park. This tour is perfect for thrill seekers, nature lovers and those travellers looking to experience something truly unique whilst in Iceland!

Given that this cave has only been open to the public since 2011, you can be guaranteed that this is one of Iceland's most exciting new activities. Vatnshellir can be located just 10-minutes drive from the village of Hellnar, making it easily accessible to those travelling through the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. 

You'll receive all the necessary gear (ie; a helmet and headlamp) to help you see deep below the earth. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, as the volcanic rock beneath your feet can be quite difficult to traverse! When everyone is ready, there is a spiral staircase to descend into this naturally formed underworld. 

You will follow the path of the lava flow, about 200 meters into the cave, 35 metres below the surface, to see some truly amazing colours and lava formations. The cave is an easy walk, but the ground is sharp and uneven, so children age 5 and up are welcome, as are visitors in good health and physical fitness - the tour provider prefers everyone on the tour to be able to walk unassisted!

At the bottom of the cave, you'll turn off your lights for a moment to experience the all-consuming darkness! In the modern era, we are used to having easy access to light, so it can be startling to imagine life before electricity! After feeling a little spooked, you will proceed to explore a number of chambers hidden within the cave. 

Throughout the tour, your guide will be eager to tell you all about the bursting eruption which cracked the earth open to form this cave, as well as the folklore woven into the fabric of the peninsula.

So what are you waiting for? Don't miss this opportunity to see the strange, subterranean beauty of Vatnshellir cave! Check the booking availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Nov. - Sep.
  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • Activities: Caving, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 5 years.
  • Languages: English, Icelandic
  • Attractions: Snæfellsjökull, Snæfellsnes, Hellnar, Vatnshellir Cave
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 10:00. 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 18:00,

The Vatnshellir Cave Car Park
Please be at the tour start location in good time before departure. If you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly. You can also find your meeting location here:
  • Helmet

  • Lights

  • Guide

What to bring:
  • Hiking boots / shoes

  • Gloves

  • Warm clothes

Good to know:

If you have any special requirements, please inform the tour operator as quickly as possible. Please arrive 10 minutes before the tour starts

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Guide was absolutely wonderful. Loved the facts that we wouldn’t have known otherwise. Even with facts not regarding that cave.
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I took part in the "aurora hunters" - a round tour in iceland, in july... Our guide was Raknheider. She was a wonderful guide. Explained many things along the way, told us many stories about the life in iceland, about the eruptions and shared with us much of her knowledge. She was very kind to travellers who forgot things at the hotels where we slept. I recommend her very much. The tour was very impressive and included magnificent waterfals and sights. I enjoyed it very much!
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Our trip to Iceland with Guide to Iceland was amazing. Guide to Iceland was very organized and took care of all the details and bookings, which is great for anyone who has a busy schedule. Our tour guides were very knowledgeable and made the trip even more enjoyable. Would highly recommend this tour to my family, friends, and anyone interested in traveling to Iceland.
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The trip around Iceland provided an amazing array of sights and experiences - many beautiful waterfalls, magical glaciers, glacial lagoons, wild flowers in profusion, the geyser and hot mud pools, lava caves, coastal scenery, and many bird species, especially the puffin rookery. Our guide was very knowledgeable and very helpful - attending to our needs and whims. Unfortunately, it rained for the first week, restricting views of the mountain scenery, but the sun shone for the last few days to give wonderful views of the ice-capped Snaefelljokul. Accommodation was very good, with the sole exception of the first night in Reykjavik (at the Leifur Ericsson Hotel) which was very sub-standard. All things considered, an amazing trip.
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Guide Carlos was absolutely amazing!! He was trying to do everything for us and beyond to make everyone happy. Very knowledgeable. Was showing us the places according to the tour and his own places which helped us to see and appreciate the beauty of Iceland.
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Highly recommended of this tour!! The guy bring us very friendly and tell us a lot of story and information for this cave. The temperature of cave very cold so Please remember wear warm clothes when you visit here.
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Es una bonita experiencia... El guía excelente. Vale la pena
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This was a fascinating tour.... I hope they leave it as is... no lighting, small groups, informative guides! Just the way it should be!!
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Our guide Rúnar (I think?) was very friendly and approachable and told us he'd wait if we needed to go over to the loos at the gestustofa across the way (we had some 10 mins in hand). We were each equipped with a helmet and torch and off we went on our excursion. The cave is in three parts and describes itself as the centre of the earth by being 35m below the surface and 35m above sea level - Pretty neat huh?! The caves are amazing, and likely only a part of what is there just behind a wall/floor - don't jump too hard on the floors there just in case!! Rúnar talked knowledgeably and in a fun way about the cave and its history, made jokes in all the right places, and gave us an experience of the total darkness down there. A little pool is there with fresh filtered water to try, and a photo opportunity on the tall spiral staircase. Rúnar was happy to take photos for us, and for us to take all we wanted. There is a skeleton of an arctic fox down there, interesting but sad to think of it lost in the pitch dark down there :( It turned out that we were one of Rúnar's first tours, but you honestly wouldn't have known it, he had learned all the detail very well, showed no nerves at all, and remained only to read Jules Verne's book to add the final finesse to his guiding! A great value tour, a beautiful and fascinating opportunity.
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Excellent tour of an underground lava cave. Tour guide Gummy was excellent, funny and informative and held our attention.
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