Raufarholshellir | Standard Lava Tunnel Tour

Raufarholshellir | Standard Lava Tunnel Tour
Countless icicles adorn the interior of Raufarhólshellir cave.
Raufarhólshellir contains numerous ice formations, including countless beautiful icicles.
The path through Raufarhólshellir cave has been cleared, making it safer to explore.
In some parts of Raufarhólshellir cave the roof has caved in.
The dramatic interior of Raufarhólshellir cave is stunning to behold.
Raufarhólshellir can best be described as 'otherworldly'.
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Explore the beautiful, hidden world of a lava cave on this incredible adventure. Raufarhólshellir is one of the longest and best-known lava tubes in Iceland. It is not a sight to be missed.

There 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.

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 morning to late afternoon, and last for fifty minutes.

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:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Activities: Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Raufarhólshellir
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:00. 10:00, 10:30, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 20:00, 21:00,

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.
  • 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.

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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Brilliant! Really informative and an amazing experience. A great start to our trip!
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Fantastic, must see while in Iceland! In addition to the amazing experience of walking through a 5000+ year lava tunnel, the tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and explained how the tunnel was formed and the significance of what we were looking at.
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Excellent!! The booking process was smooth, the person who helped us was so kind to answer all our questions and needs. The tour itself was amazing. I'll definitely be booking again with you guys - perhaps the extreme tour next time I'm back in Iceland (my favourite country so far!)
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Excellent! My experience exploring Reykjavik and Iceland in general was great. I rented a car, drove around the island and saw many wonderful places. Unfortunately everything is way overpriced here, especially restaurants.
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Exciting tour with interesting information about the lava tubes
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AMAZING! We absolutely loved this tour. Our guide was incredible, knowledgeable, and made us laugh. If you are looking for a tour rich with information on the history and geology of the lava tubes, I would highly recommend this tour. We were hesitant to book a guided tour but it was 100% worth the money. We only did the short tour but if we had more time, the extreme tour would have been great.
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