Thrilling 1-Hour Raufarholshellir Lava Cave Tour

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Raufarhólshellir, Iceland
1 hour
All year
Minimum age
3 years old


Explore one of Iceland's biggest lava tunnels in this thrilling Raufarholshellir lava cave tour. This 1-hour adventure takes you deep into the underworld full of fascinating wonders you've never seen before.

The action starts when you meet an expert guide outside the Raufarholshellir lava cave. They will give you a brief background about the tour and answer any questions you may have about the tour and the cave.

Formed thousands of years ago during volcanic eruptions, the Raufarholshellir lava cave  stretches around 4,461 feet (1,360 meters) long and 33 to 98 feet (10-30 meters) wide, depending on which part of the cave you're standing in. Raufarholshellir is also the fourth-largest lava cave in Iceland.

Interestingly, some parts of the Raufarholshellir lava cave are underground. These parts specifically go under the road to Thorlakshofn.

Before entering the Raufarholshellir lava cave, the guide will give you all the necessary safety equipment, such as a helmet and a head torch. If you're visiting during winter, you'll be given crampons to keep you from slipping inside the cave.

As you enter the lava cave, you'll see different landscapes sculpted by flowing lava. The cave's interior is full of complex rock formations and rainbow-colored walls. Back in the day, the Raufarholshellir lava cave was full of stalactites. However, these features started to become fewer around the 1950s. During your exploration, searching for stalactites can be an added challenge.

 As for the walls, you'll see them sporting various colors, such as ruby, turquoise, emerald, and lilac, all in different hues. These rainbow colors are mineral deposits that helped shape the Raufarholshellir lava cave for thousands of years.

You'll also notice that the most fascinating parts of the lava cave are illuminated. Ample lighting was installed so visitors could better appreciate the uniqueness of these areas. Throughout the tour, your knowledgeable lava cave expert will discuss the cave's history and the science behind its awe-inspiring features.

Note that the environment inside the Raufarholshellir lava cave changes depending on the time of year. If you visit during winter, you'll see shards of ice sparkling from the cave's ceiling. During summer and the rest of the year, all eyes are on the colorful walls and rock formations.

At the end of the tour, you'll return to your hotel, taking home pictures and memories of your unforgettable experience inside the lava cave.

Grab this opportunity to witness one of Iceland's most impressive natural wonders in this 1-hour Raufarholshellir lava cave tour from Reykjavik. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Experienced lava cave guide
Caving helmet
Head torch



What to bring

Warm outdoor clothes
Waterproof pants and jacket
Durable hiking shoes

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