Information about Vatnshellir Cave

Vatnshellir cave is a must-see attraction on the Snæfellsnes PeninsulaPhoto from Into the Underworld | Vatnshellir Caving Tour

Vatnshellir is an 8,000-year-old lava tube on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and a popular site for caving tours.

At 200 meters (656 ft) long and 35 metres (114 ft) deep at its lowest point, it is a perfect place to observe the geological forces that have helped shape Iceland; the rocks within are differently coloured by their mineral deposits, and of different textures depending on how they cooled during the cave’s formation period. Caves also tell of Iceland’s folklore, as it is said that they were the homes of the trolls.

Traversing the cave is relatively easy for those who can walk unaided without trouble. It should only be entered on a sanctioned tour, however, due to the dangers associated with caving alone and without experience.

Vatnshellir is a protected site, as it is within the Snæfellsjökull National Park.

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