Caving Tour to Lofthellir Cave with Flight from Reykjavik
Descend into the earth on a tour of the lava cave of Lofthellir and the peculiar world of darkness there, in the icy underground. The destination for this trip is a unique cave boasting some of the greatest natural ice sculptures known to exist in Iceland.
You’ll be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavik for a short flight from Reykjavik Domestic Airport to Akureyri, Iceland's second largest town, also called “The capital of the North.”
Akureyri is a beautiful city you may want to get to know on its own: there are many activities and opportunities to be found in the surrounding countryside, which is surprisingly lush in the summertime. Other activities such as horseback riding and whale watching are available, or you can choose something relaxing, such as a walk around the beautiful botanical gardens there.
There, you will meet your local guide and be driven to Lake Myvatn from where you go on to the unique Hverfell volcano, through the Ludentarborgir crater row to the foot of Mt. Hvannfell.
Before you reach Cave Lofthellir, you take an easy walk across lava fields for 20 minutes, surrounded by otherworldly scenery. You spend at least an hour inside this cave to observe the spectacular natural phenomena. Before returning back to Akureyri you will make a stop at the Reykjahlíð village located by Lake Mývatn.
Reykjahlið is famous for its church, which escaped the eruption of the volcano Katla in 1729. While the rest of the town was destroyed by the flowing lava, the priest prayed that the church would be saved. It was, though the church was later rebuilt in 1972. As a result of its history, many sulphur springs and steaming lava fields can be viewed in the area.
Lava caving is one of the most popular tourist activities in Iceland, so don’t miss your chance! Check availability by choosing a date.
- Available: October
- Duration: 10 hours
- Activities: Caving, Sightseeing
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Languages: English
North Iceland is very popular area in Iceland and contains some of the best attractions on the island. Akureyri is the capital of North Iceland and is the second largest "city" in Iceland. Around 20.000 people live in North Iceland.
The North coast has four major fjords (or bays) with mountain ridges between them and each of the fjords has corresponding agricultural districts.
More attractions in the amazing Thingeyjasysla are mentioned below. Note that the first three areas are geologically speaking ancient formations, while Thingeyjasysla is recent and full of volcanic activity, young lava fields and tuff mountains.
In Eyjafjörður is the capital of the North, Akureyri with 17.000 inhabitants. It is a very charming town and highly popular with travelers, so we advise you not to miss it. Many cruisers land in the port of the town.
The older part of Akureyri is particularly worth a stroll. If you like skiing or snowboarding, one of the best skiing sites in the country is located nearby.
We also recommend the botanical gardens there, fine restaurants and many interesting museums, such as Davidshus and Nonnahus, dedicated to the memory of poet David Stefansson and Jon Sveinson, author of the Nonnabaekur ('Nonni’s books').
Not far from Akureyri is the unique turf framhouse of Laufas, a museum and a prime example of the old architecture and farmlife. Also not far from Akureyri are the submarine geothermal silica cones of Strytur, a natural wonder and an excellent place for a dive.
One of Iceland's most beloved poets, Jonas Hallgrimsson was born in Eyjafjordur, at the farm Hraun in Oxnadalur valley and the knife-edged lava peaks there are particularly stunning. Also essential when traveling in the area is the beautiful and peaceful island Hrisey, often called 'The Pearl of Eyjafjordur'.
Siglufjordur has the distinction of not falling under the regular four part division, as it straddles the border of Eyjafjordur and Skagafjordur. Here we highly recommend the herring era museum and the folk music museum. Indeed, Siglufjordur hosts an annual folk music festival that is truly worth experiencing.
Among major attractions in Hunathing are the Regional Museum at Reykir in Hrutafjordur, the Seal Watching Center at Vatnsnes and the Arnarvatnsheidi heath, with a large numbers of ponds and lakes full of trout.
In Skagafjordur, the largest town of which is Saudarkrokur, we particularly recommend the historical bishop’s seat of Holar and the agricultural university there, the Glaumbaer museum, and Drangey island.
Near Myvatn is the chaotic lava field Dimmuborgir, a truly amazing sight (and paid homeage to by the Norwegian Black Metal band of the same name).
Husavik is the whale watching capital of the North so don’t miss that one either.
The Jokulsargljufur National Park is home to some of Iceland's most beloved natural attractions, Holmatungur, Hljodaklettar and the Asbyrgi canyon. In the river Jokulsa a Fjollum is Europe's most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss.
At the Melrakkasletta peninsula you can see fascinating birdlife and there is good trout fishing to be made there. Seals may be sighted as well as whales off the coast. The vegetation is rich and this is an ideal place to enjoy the midnight sun. Northern lights may also be spotted from late August to early April.
Far north, straddling the Arctic Circle is Grimsey island, the northernmost inhabited territory of Iceland, with a population of about 100 people. It is renowned for its fishermen, its rich vegetation and birdlife.
Myvatn is a beautiful lake with many small islands in the north of Iceland, the fourth largest lake in the country. Along with its surrounding area, the lake is one of Iceland's most amazing natural attractions.
Some of the islands in Myvatn are pseudocraters, formed by steam explosions. The lake has rich birdlife and more species of ducks than anywhere else in the world. As for vegetation, it is one of the few places in the world that grows Marimo, also known as Cladophora ball, Lake ball, or Moss Balls in English, a species of filamentous green algae (Chlorophyta).
The Myvatn nature baths are also renowned throughout the world, a perfect place to relax, surrounded by breathtaking landscape.
Close to the lake is Dimmuborgir, a fascinating area of dramatic and chaotic lava. Norwegian symphonic metal band Dimmu Borgir takes its name from the the lava field, and it continues to inspire travellers from all over the world.
The Myvatn area is definitely one of the most beautiful places in Iceland. Don´t miss it!
Hverfell is an explosion crater on the east side of Lake Mývatn in northern Iceland and is one of the largest explosion craters in the world.
The diameter of the crater is 1000 metres and it is around 140 metres deep. It was formed in a volcanic explosion some 2800-2900 years ago.
Hverfell is also known as Hverfjall, both spellings are correct.
Ludentarborgir is a crater row east of Lake Myvatn, about 15 meters long.
These craters take their name from the explosion crater Ludent, to their north east. The astronauts of space shuttle Appolo 11 trained for their mission in the lunar landscape of Ludentarborgir. The two southernmost craters are known as Threngslaborgir, and that name is often used for the whole crater row, or at least the southern part.
A volcanic eruption in the crater area created the Stora Laxarhraun lava field some 2300 years ago. The lava field covers some 220 km2 and is home to such attractions as the famous Dimmuborgir and the Skutustadagigar pseudocraters.
Hvannfell is a mountain in Sudur-Thingeyjarsysla county in North Iceland.
The mountain is located near the famous Lake Myvatn. The Burfellshraun lava field lies between Hvannfell and mountain Burfell, with colourful and mixed lava.
Lofthellir is a lava cave in North Iceland, situated in the lava field of older Laxardalshraun.
The Lofthellir lava cave is renowned for having some of the largest, most varied and most beautiful ice sculptures of any lava cave in Iceland and spectacular lava formations as well.
Reykjahlid is a small village by the shores of Lake Myvatn, in North Iceland.
Reykjahlid has about 300 inhabitants and is close to many natural attractions, such as Krafla, Dimmuborgir, Viti, Hverfjall and the lake itself. Many tours are hence operated from Reykjahlid and the village offers excellent facilities for travelers.
Departure time : 07:10
Reykjavik Domestic Airport
Fully guided tour
Cave exploration equipment; helmet, headlight and rubber boots
What to bring:
Warm and waterproof clothing
Good walking shoes