Last Day Activities
Many flights depart in the afternoon from Iceland. This means a lot of people are looking for a morning adventure on their last day to make the most of their stay in Iceland. The Lava Tunnel is one of those options, close to Reykjavík and possible to do in only a few hours. The cave is only about 35 minutes drive from Reykjavik and the “Standard Tour” takes under an hour. It is receiving amazing reviews on TripAdvisor and Google and is fast becoming one of the hottest destinations in Iceland since opening in the summer of 2017.
About The Lava Tunnel
Raufarhólshellir also known as The Lava Tunnel is a magnificent lava tube formed by a lava flow from Leitahraun volcanic eruption about 5200 years ago. The cave is actually the path of an underground lava flow, almost like an underground river. When the eruption finally stopped and the lava flowed away the lava tube remained empty and full of amazing rock formations and filled with colors.
The Lava Tunnel prides itself of the good access it provides for all ages. Most of the Standard Tour is on raised platforms to ease access and protect the cave but the first part is on a path created for the film Noah, featuring Russell Crowe.
Helmets and a helmet lights are provided and during winter also crampons and walking poles for those who need it. During winter the accessibility is slightly worse due to the incredible ice formation inside the tunnel. Spectacular icicles and ice formations cover the inside of the cave making the experience even more astonishing.
So check out the available tours on our tours page. There are three main ways to get to the cave:
- Driving on your own (Check the road conditions during winter)
- Tour with transport
- Longer organized tour with our partner tour operators.
So make the most of your stay in Iceland, use your last day wisely and visit The Lava Tunnel.