Explore the magnificent lava tunnel Raufarhólshellir, one of the longest and best-known lava tubes in Iceland. It is located just 30 minutes from Reykjavík and is easily accessible year round.
A journey into Raufarhólshellir is a unique experience and a great opportunity to witness the inner workings of a volcanic eruption as one walks in the path of lava that flowed 5.200 years ago. In the forefront of the cave, three skylights give the cave a unique surrounding as columns of daylights find its way into the lava tunnel. Every winter spectacular ice sculptures are formed inside the entrance of the cave making the experience of visiting the lava tunnel even more breathtaking.
Tours are available as of June 2017.
Our standard tour allows you to explore the tunnel in an easy and enjoyable manner. Due to its rough terrain, we have built a footbridge/path so you are navigate the cave in a comfortable manner. We have also put up impressive lighting which highlights the changing colors and the amazing geological formations inside the cave. A guide will take you through the caves unique geological formations and its ties with Hollywood and the great explorer Magellan, among other things. This tour is open to everyone that is comfortable walking on an uneven surface and departs every hour on the hour from 10 am to 5 pm. The tour takes approximately one hour. Our extreme tour is for the adventure seeker and takes you all the way to the end of the tunnel where magnificent lava falls and other natural monuments await.
Please note that Raufarhólshellir lava tunnel is located less than 30 minutes drive (approximately 30 km) from Reykjavík and accessible by all vehicles.
Driving from Reykjavík east on Route 1 and drive for about 18 km. Turn right onto Route 39 (Þorlákshöfn) and drive for another 12 km. The parking area will be on your left hand side.
The GPS coordinates are: N.63º 56.407 / W. 021º 23.742
Bring with you Warm clothes and sturdy shoes!
- Drive yourself from Reykjavik (or other starting point) to Raufarhólshellir lava tunnel.
Please take road east on Route 1 and drive for about 18 km. Turn right onto Route 39 (Þorlákshöfn) and drive for another 12 km.
- The tour takes around 1 hour.
- Guided caving tour
- flash light
- Warm clothes
- sturdy shoes
Terms & Conditions
Please note that you need to drive to the lava tunnel.
1/5 For most people although we do not recommend to those that have difficulties walking up/down stairs or on snow.