Cave Exploration Lofthellir from Akureyri
Explore the fascinating world beneath Iceland’s lava, on this incredible caving excursion. This tour is perfectly suited to anyone with a good sense of adventure and a passion for the lesser-known gems of the natural world.
This tour begins when you are picked up from Akureyri; from here, you will be whisked to the Lake Mývatn area. You will stop at the roots of Mount Hvannfell, and take a twenty-minute hike over the lava fields to the entrance of Lofthellir cave.
Once here, you will be provided with a helmet and torch, before following your guide down a set of steps into the underground world. As soon as you enter, you are likely to be awed. The colours of the rock are beautiful, stained by the elements of the earth, and the lava twists into fascinating shapes. The most notable thing about Lofthellir, however, is the beautiful ice sculptures within it; formed by water seeping through the porous lava, they build into incredible shapes that both hang from the ceiling and rise from the ground
The cave is 370 metres long, and you will head through it at a calm and enjoyable pace. You will spend approximately an hour exploring, while your guide discusses how this incredible place formed.
After this time, you’ll ascend from the cave, back into the open air. A short walk across the lava will return you to the vehicle. On the way back to Akureyri, you will stop at the village of Reykjahlíð on the shore of Mývatn for refreshments.
This caving tour is adventurous, interesting and awe-inspiring; it will also only take a few hours out of your day, so is easy to combine with other activities.
Do not hesitate; book now, to explore the wonders of the underground world. Check availability by choosing a date.
- Available: October
- Duration: 7 hours
- Activities: Caving
- Difficulty: Easy
- Minimum age: 8 years old
- Languages: English
Akureyri, ‘The Capital of the North’ is a town in the fjord Eyjafjordur in North Iceland. It lies just 100 km away from the Arctic Circle. It is Iceland’s second-largest urban area with a population of about 17,800.
Akureyri is an important fishing centre and port, but in the last few years tourism, industry, higher education and services have become the fastest growing sectors of the economy.
An international airport is located about 3 km from the center. A large number of cruisers also stop at Akureyri. One of Iceland's best skiing sites is found by Akureyri, at Hlidarfjall.
Traditionally Akureyri has survived on fisheries and some of Iceland’s largest fishing companies, like for example Samherji, have their headquarters there. Other large companies include Brim, Nordurmjolk, and Vifilfell hf, the largest brewery in Iceland.
FSA/Akureyri Hospital is a major employer in the area and is one of two major hospitals in Iceland.
Akureyri has excellent facilities for travelers and is located a short drive from many of Iceland’s top natural, cultural and historical attractions.
Nature & Landscape
Akureyri is surrounded by mountains, the highest one being Kerling (1538 m). The area around it has rich agriculture and a beautiful mountain ring.
The innermost part of the fjord, Pollurinn ('The Pool') further lends the town a special character. The climate in Akureyri is generally very pleasant.
The islands Hrisey in the middle of Eyfjordur and Grimsey, straddling the Artic Circle, both belong to the municipality of Akureyri. Hrisey is often called 'The Pearl of Eyjafjordur' and Grimsey 'The Pearl of the Artic' and these beautiful and peaceful islands are highly popular with travelers.
History & Culture
During World War II the town was an important site for the Allies and the town grew considerably after the war, as people increasingly moved to urban areas.
Akureyri has a strong cultural scene, with several bars and renowned restaurants. Folk culture in general is more prevalent there than in Reykjavik. During the summer there are several notable festivals in Akureyri and its surroundings.
Sites of interest in Akureyri include the brand-new Hof concert hall and Akureyri’s many museums, The Nature Museum, Nonnahus, a.k.a. Jon Sveinsson Memorial Museum, for the writer, David's house or David Stefansson Memorial Museum, for the poet, Akureyri Art Museum.
Akureyri also has several churches, Akureyrarkirkja being the most notable, as well as beautiful botanical gardens. The old town is particularly charming, ideal for a nice walk.
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!
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.
Starting time : 07:45 12:45,
Pick up and drop-off
Helmet and torch
What to bring:
Good to know:
While most of Lofthellir is open, some tours will require crawling, therefore this tour is not recommended for the claustrophobic. The rough terrain also makes it unsuitable for those with neck, back and leg issues.