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Raufarhólshellir Lava Tunnel: Underground Expedition

1. Raufarhólshellir Lava Tunnel: Underground Expedition

Begin the experience at Raufarhólshellir lava tunnel and explore one of the longest and best-known lave tubes in Iceland. As the tunnel is a work of nature, the terrain can be quite rough and hard to maneuver. Follow the route of the footbridge with your guide as they explain the geological formations. Marvel at the ever-changing colors, landscape and geological formations. Hear entertaining tales of Hollywood adventures, its ties with the ancient Indian tribes and other enjoyable tidbits. Enjoy approximately 1 hour of pure adventure.

Iceland: Lava Caving Small Group Adventure

2. Iceland: Lava Caving Small Group Adventure

Explore the fascinating world beneath the lava fields on this 3-hour caving tour. Located near Reykjavik, it’s a perfect example of an Icelandic lava tube, providing a truly unique experience as you explore the dark and mysterious underworld. During your adventure you will see curious rock formations left behind by the last volcanic eruption. In winter the cave is often filled with glistening icicles of all shapes and sizes, a sight not soon forgotten. After you have been equipped with all necessary caving gear, you will crawl beneath the surface of the earth to explore the fairytale passages and crevasses of the cave. With guaranteed departures from Reykjavik every day of the year, put on a pair of good shoes and gloves, and bring a sense of adventure for this unorthodox trip. It helps if you are not afraid of the dark!

From Reykjavik: Raufarhólshellir Lava Tunnel by Bus

3. From Reykjavik: Raufarhólshellir Lava Tunnel by Bus

Journey by bus from Reykjavik to the Raufarhólshellir lava tunnel about 30 minutes from the capital. Upon arrival, explore one of the largest lava tubes in Iceland, where the ceiling has caved in near the entrance to create beautiful columns of light. Marvel at the fantastic range of colors in the tunnel wall caused by different mineral types in the rock. Go on a sensory journey as you hear the cave "talk" and feel the forces of nature like never before. Step out of your comfort zone at a site so extraordinary it was selected as a filming location for the Hollywood movie "Noah" starring Anthony Hopkins.

From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Lava Caving Adventure

4. From Reykjavik: Golden Circle and Lava Caving Adventure

On this tour you will discover stunning natural beauty, interesting history, amazing geological wonders, and a great caving adventure. The tour takes you round Iceland’s beautiful sights to the caves in the Blue Mountains, Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hot spring, and Þingvellir National Park. The tour starts with an underground visit under the great lava field in the Blue Mountains, where you can witness how Iceland was created. This is an amazing hike through an ancient underground lava tube. Following this remarkable experience you will be dropped off at a bakery where you will have the opportunity to purchase lunch before being picked up at 13:00 for the Golden Circle part of the tour. Drive on to Gullfoss, the undisputed queen of Icelandic waterfalls. Gullfoss is an amazing sight with water rushing down three steps of lava layers with breathtaking power and grandeur. Drive on to the geothermal area of Geysir, the home of the one and only Geysir hot spring. There the earth gurgles and bubbles when super-heated water escapes from the ground with enormous force, a sight not soon forgotten. The last stop will be the famous Þingvellir National Park (Parliament Fields), a UNESCO world heritage site and the original birthplace of the oldest existing parliament in the world. In addition it is the place where the tectonic plates of America and Europe meet and the rift valley is clearly visible. From the national park there is a short drive back to Reykjavík, where the tour ends.

Raufarhólshellir: Lava Falls Adventure Tour

5. Raufarhólshellir: Lava Falls Adventure Tour

Your Lava Falls adventure tour takes you off the beaten path into the depths of one of Iceland's largest lava tubes, known as Raufarholshellir. Throughout your tour, discover the many wonders of the underground and witness evidence of how the lava flowed through there over 5,000 years ago. The tour goes over difficult terrain, including big rocks and boulders. It takes on average 3-4 hours to complete, relying on an experienced guide and head torches to navigate through this underground wonder. Once you reach the end of the cave and the source of the underground flow, you are rewarded with views of the amazing lava falls - a rare lava formation that can be seen in only a few places in the world. This tour is designed for those that want adventure, and sees you traveling a total distance over 1.3 kilometers inside the lava tube to witness it's incredible colors. The tour is conducted in small groups of a maximum of 8 people, and is led by an expert caving guide.

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What people are saying about Raufarhólshellir

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 489 reviews

We really enjoyed this tour. The cave guide was so informative and funny. It was wonderful to see the lava tunnel and learn its history. We would recommend this tour. Once you keep your eye on where you're walking and watch your step, it's very safe. Not too strenuous to walk. Peter, our bus guide was very nice and friendly. Pick up was on time. All very well organised.

We've explored other lava tunnels in the past, but this one was by far the coolest. Lots to explore and the scenery was amazing. We were told of an extreme tour too that went even further into the cave/tunnel, but this was perfect for our two children, ages 8 and 10.

We really enjoyed the 1 hour tour. Our guide gave us all the important information about the cave in a very lively way, so that our children were never bored for a second. We highly recommend this tour! However, nothing for people who are not good on foot.

This was a really unique and educational experience, unlike other caving I have done in the states. It was relatively short, less than 500m into the cave but well worth it to experience such a distinct place.

I was skeptical about the price, but the cave was worth the money in the winter. We were there for 1.5 hours. It's well lit, huge icicles and it's totally dark at the end.