Explore the earth from with in, on this magnificent Raufarholshellir lava tunnel tour. This is one of the longest and best known lava tunnels in Iceland, and only 30 minutes outside the city.

Raufarholshellir lava tunnel was formed in a volcanic eruption about 5200 years ago. As you walk into the tunnel, you can witness the incredible power a volcanic eruption holds, and closely explore the remnants they leave behind, once the lava has cooled down.

For the longest time, the tunnel was difficult to navigate, but now the land owners have built wooden platforms to walk on, making the lava tunnel accessible to nearly everybody. The customized LED lighting will illuminate the array of stunning colors in the lava, unveiling a magnificent display of volcanic beauty.

For the standard tour option above, you can select between a transfer from Reykjavik, or meeting your expert guides on site. Make sure to select the right tab in the booking engine.

If you want to test your caving abilities and challenge your claustrophobia, you can opt for the extreme version of this tour. On this option, you will venture further into the cave, all the way to the end of it, where magnificent lava falls await you. This is truly an unforgettable experience and not for those who are not in good physical condition. The tour duration is about 3-4 hours in the cave, hiking over rough terrain. Age limit for the Raufarholshellir lava tunnel extreme is 12 years of age, and difficulty level is 3/5.

There is a special tab in the booking engine for this option.

For something even more grand, you can check out this tour here;

Inside the volcano

Standard tour – 1 hour in the cave (~ 3 hrs with transfer)
Extreme tour – 3-4 hours in the cave
All year
Pick up time:
please see booking engine
Expert cave guide, all necessary caving equipment; helmet, head lamp, gloves

Good to know before the tour:

Jeans are not suitable clothing; warm sweater, water proof jacket and sturdy shoes are recommended

Age limit for Raufarholshellir lava tunnel extreme is 12 years of age. The tour is not recommended for those with back, knee or other health issues. Difficulty level 3 out of 5.

Age limit for the standard tour is 3 years of age, and accessible for most. Difficulty level 1 out of 5.

You can expect any kind of weather in Iceland, so make sure to check conditions before you start your drive to the tunnel.

This tour can change depending on conditions, so this tour needs to be flexible. We are concerned about your safety. 

Get ready for adventure and don’t forget your camera!


Standard tour - meet on location


Standard tour - from Reykjavik


Extreme Lava Tunnel tour


The 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. You can also find us on google maps. The GPS coordinates are: N.63º 56.407 / W. 021º 23.742

Directions to Raufarhólshellir

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