Raufarhólshellir | Standard Lava Tunnel Tour

Explore the beautiful, hidden world of a lava cave on this incredible adventure. Raufarhólshellir, reopening this June and then accessible throughout the year, is one of the longest and best-known lava tubes in Iceland. It is not a sight to be missed.

The meeting point for this tour is just a thirty-minute drive from Reykjavík, close to the geothermal hotspot town of Hveragerði. Tours from here start every hour, from 10:00 AM to 17:00 PM, and last for fifty minutes.

This is plenty of time to be blown away by the secret world that exists beneath your feet. You will walk along a path traveled by the lava of an eruption through the area some 5,200 years ago. The rocks form fascinating shapes and sculptures, which will all be explained by your qualified guide as you travel.

Raufarhólshellir also has a beautiful colouration from the minerals that rose from the earth when it was formed, sure to push you into a state of wonder. If you visit the cave in winter, then you will find it even more breathtaking, as it becomes adorned with fascinating ice formations, hanging from the ceiling and twisting up from the ground.

You will traverse along the recently constructed footbridge from viewing platform to viewing platform, meaning that, unlike in other caves, there is no need for climbing. The ceiling of the cave is also up to 10 meters (33 ft) high, so there is no need for crawling either.

This means that the tour is accessible for people of all ages and abilities; only those with serious back, neck or knee issues may want to practice caution. Those who avoid dark confined spaces also need not fear, as the tunnel is lit throughout, and far more roomy than most other caves.

This caving adventure is fascinating, exciting, undemanding and very affordable, so don’t hesitate to book. Discover the secrets of Iceland’s underground world. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00

Departure location:
Raufarhólshellir
Included:
  • Helmet and torch

  • Experienced, qualified guide


What to bring:
  • Warm clothes and sturdy shoes

  • A camera


Good to know:

This tour operates every hour from 10:00 AM to 17:00 PM; it is wise to book in advance to ensure you get into the slot that you want to. The cave does not reopen until June, however.

There is no fitness or age requirements for the tour, but it is encouraged that only those in good physical health partake.



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