The evening tour takes approximately 1 hour and this evening version is ideal to combine with evening activity such as Northern light hunt (in winter), midnight sun tour (summer) or dinner along the south coast. Thousands of years ago, a massive volcanic eruption forced tons of molten lava through the earth, forming a 1.300 metre long lava tube. This is one of the longest lava tubes in Iceland and is commonly known as Raufarhólshellir. Exploring the cave is an experience you‘ll never forget. Our guests get the opportunity to witness the inner workings of a volcanic eruption, as they follow the flow path of the lava as it forced its way through the earth all those centuries ago. On this evening tour, an experienced guide takes you approximately 350 meters into the lava tunnel on a path made out of lava rocks and platforms. A sophisticated lighting in the cave allows you to explore its magnificent geological formations in an easy manner.
This summer (June - August) we will have an evening tour and we can therefore offer access to our standard tour after regular working hours. Evening reservations are open to everyone but reservations must be done at least 5 hours in advance. The tour takes approximately 55 - 60 minutes. It is necessary to pre-book an evening tour as our reception/ticket sale is not open during the evening times. The Lava Tunnel is located at one of the best Northern lights sightseeing spot around Reykjavik and is therefore an ideal combination with your evening program outside Reykjavik in winter. Seeing the Northern lights is never a guarantee but our caving adventure is guaranteed fun! In the summer, this evening tour is ideal for those that want to take advantage of the long summer days and head into an evening adventure after a dinner in Reykjavik or along the south coast.
Helmets and lights provided as well as crampons (anti-slip shoe grips) if needed. Warm clothes and hiking shoes are needed and bear in mind that there is usually some water dripping from the ceiling so wearing a water resistant or water proof jacket/clothes is recommended.
For most people although we do not recommend to those that have difficulties with balance, difficulties walking on uneven surface (such as snow) or difficulties walking up or down steep stairs.
The tunnel is located around 30-35 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 (under the name "Raufarholshellir" or "The Lava Tunnel"). The GPS coordinates are: N.63º 56.407 / W. 021º 23.742