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.
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…
For most people although we do not recommend to those that have difficulties walking on uneven surface or walking up or down steep stairs.
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
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.
Yes, that is no problem. You can attend a different departure than you booked, as long as there is availability.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.