Standard Tour With Transport

Our standard tour allows you to explore the tunnel in an easy and enjoyable manner. The tunnel is in many places covered in large rocks and difficult to pass. A footbridge and several paths have been built over the roughest terrain making the standard tour accessible by all. Impressive lighting in this part of the tunnel highlights the changing colors and clearly shows the powerful volcanic activity that formed the tunnel.







This tour which includes transport has a daily departure at 09.00 and 13.00 from BSI bus terminal. Pick up from other destination is at least 30 minutes before departure. Note the pickup is operated by Reykjavík Excursions and the bus is marked "Tour Pick Up". Each tour takes approximately 3 hours with 55 - 60 minutes inside the cave.

The standard tour with transport is daily at 09.00 and 13.00 from BSI bus terminal. The tour takes about 3 hours with approximately 55 - 60 minutes inside the cave.

Helmets and lights provided. Warm clothes and sturdy shoes are recommended 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. It can also make a difference to bring a smile along the way…

11.400 isk
Minimum age:
3 years old
Total duration:
3 hours

For most people although we do not recommend to those that have difficulties walking on uneven surface or walking up or down steep stairs.

Daily at 09.00 and 13.00 from BSI bus terminal.
Bus fare, guided caving tour (English), flash light and helmet.
Not Included:
Bring with you:
Warm clothes and sturdy shoes!

How to arrive at The Lava Tunnel

The tunnel is located about 40 - 45 minutes from BSI bus terminal from where the tour departs. We will drive 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

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The kids thought it was amazing and they loved exploring it. I highly recommend this for a quick visit.

One of the cheapest and best excursions to do near Reykjavik

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there an actual flowing lava in the cave?

Flowing lava is an extremely hot liquid. On average, fresh lava can be between 1,300° F and 2,200° F (700° and 1,200° C).  Thankfully, there is no flowing lava in the cave or otherwise it would not be possible to enter it.  However, you will see clearly the path that the lava once flowed, some 5.200  years ago.

Q: Can I move my booked departure time without a penalty?

Yes, that is no problem. You can attend a different departure than you booked, as long as there is availability.

Q: How long is the tour?

The standard tour is approximately 55 minutes in the tunnel. However, the extreme tour is usually around 2,5 to 3,5 hours in the tunnel.

Q: Do I need to be part of a group to come on a tour?

No there is not need, you can simply show up for the standard tour as we depart every hour on the hour. If you book yourself on the extreme tour, then you may find yourself in the company of others exploring the tunnel all the way to its bottom although the extreme tours have maximum capability of 8-10 people.

Q: Do you offer private departures?

Sure, please contact us and we can arrange a private tour for you, whether you are just enjoying this nature wonderland or if you want to shoot a video or even planning to get married in TheLavaTunnel!

Q: Is the extreme tour for everyone?

No, it is not for everyone.  You need to be in good physical shape and be able to walk through rough terrain with big boulders without a difficulty.  You need to have a good balance and generally we recommend the extreme tour only for people in good physical conditions and we don´t recommend it to those with back or knee issues. The age limit is 12 years old for the extreme tour.

Q: How do I get to the tunnel?

The tunnel is very easily accessed and is less than 30 minutes drive from Reykjavik. TheLavaTunnel is easily accessable in the winter time as well. Head east on road no. 1 and drive for about 18 km. Turn right onto road no. 39 (Þorlákshöfn) and drive for another 12 km. The parking lot is right by the road. The GPS coordinates are: N.63º 56.407 / W. 021º 23.742

Q: Do I have to book the tour in advance?

You do not need to book the standard tour in advance, although we recommend you do so, in order to guarantee a place for the hour you want. The standard tour runs every hour on the hour from 10am to 5 pm. For the extreme tour you need to book in advance.

Q: Do I need any special equipment when visiting the tunnel?

No, we provide all necessary equipment such as helmets and lights. However, we recommend that you wear good hiking shoes (especially for the Extreme tour) and take note that the temperature inside the cave is around 0 – 4 degrees celcius (32 – 38 Fahrenheit). Water sometimes drips from the ceiling of the cave so wearing a waterproof jacket helps.

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